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Completed application materials MUST include: - A letter of application addressing educational and professional level work experience and knowledge as it relates to all minimum and preferred qualifications for the position; - A professional resume and; - A document listing the names and contact information for three professional references. This is a continuous recruitment with an initial review data of 08/08/2017. Applications received after 08/07/2017 may not receive consideration.

Position Information

Posting Details

Working Title: Associate Vice Chancellor/Director of Business & Financial Services
Position Number 01375591
Division B02 Finance and Administrative Affairs
Department B02 **Div-Finance & Admin Affairs**
Position Type Limited Appointment
Appointment Type Limited
FLSA Status Exempt
Percent 100
Posting Type Executive/Limited
Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a doctoral research-extensive university in the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System all broadly governed by the State’s Board of Regents. It was founded on the belief that if Milwaukee were to be a great city, it would need a great, urban public university. The themes of educating students, excelling in research, and serving its urban community are echoed in all University activities. The University offers more than 180 degree programs, serving 28,000+ students. The 104-acre main campus is located in a residential neighborhood near the shores of Lake Michigan, just minutes from downtown Milwaukee.

The Division of Finance and Administrative Affairs delivers essential business services that provide a foundation for UWM’s student success, research excellence, community engagement, climate and culture, and visibility and image.
The departments in Finance & Administrative Affairs provide a wide array of services to steward and facilitate the management of the university’s primary resources: human capital, finances, facilities, and information technology. FAA staff perform the accounting functions, plan for building construction and remodeling, provide technology infrastructure and enterprise IT services and resources, maintain healthy and safe research environments, provide security and protective services, clean and maintain the campus buildings and grounds, ensure fiscal integrity of campus financial operations, and provide legal advice and representation.

Consistent with UWM’s guiding values, we strive in all we do to model and promote innovations and collaboration, integrity and responsibility, positive transformation of individuals, transparent and inclusive decisions, a caring community, stewardship of resources, diversity in all it definitions, and pride in our vital role.

For more information about UWM, visit us at

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Job Summary

Under the direction of UWM’s Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Affairs, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial Services provides leadership, policy direction and management oversight for all business and financial services at UWM, including UWM’s overall fiscal policy, procedures, reporting, communications, forecasting and planning. Specific services housed centrally within the Division of Business and Financial Services include the controller, accounting services, accounts payable, bursar, financial data administration, budget planning, purchasing and travel. The Associate Vice Chancellor also serves as a campus leader and partner on business and financial matters to UWM’s schools, colleges, and divisions, including their business staff, to UWM leadership, and UWM governance groups and subcommittees. The Associate Vice Chancellor also serves as a partner and point of contact to UW System Administration, the other campuses of the UW System and other Agencies of the State of Wisconsin. Upon request, the Associate Vice Chancellor may serve as a deputy to the Vice Chancellor.

Campus Level Business and Financial Planning and Policy Development:

  • Provide leadership, policy direction and management oversight for all UW Milwaukee business services.
  • Provide strategic resource deployment guidance to senior University leadership and governance bodies.
  • Support the overall strategic goals of the University by providing business and financial expertise to help enable improved decision-making across the institution.
  • Provide campus-level financial reports and assessments of fiscal health to the Chancellor, Provost, and Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs; prepare summaries of key campus financial data in format suitable for campus/public viewing.
    Provide campus divisions and deans/division heads with financial data needed to support key business decisions (e.g. financial dashboards, key performance metrics, quarterly statements, etc.)
  • Manage campus financial resources consistent with the Chancellor’s mission, including advising Chancellor, Provost, and Vice Chancellors on business decisions and how they affect the integrity and overall health of UWM’s financial assets.
  • Serve as a resource for University leaders by helping them to evaluate business decisions, particularly as it relates to the financial viability of those decisions.
  • Engage with governance and other members of the university community on matters relating to the university’s budget and financial future.
  • Collaborate with the University’s planning and facilities leadership to evaluate capital planning decisions and the impact such decisions have on the long term health of the university’s assets.

Operational Activities:

  • Direct and lead the Department of Business and Financial Services to ensure the University has efficient and effective central financial operations.
  • Lead, manage, and motivate the sub-departments and personnel of Controller’s Office, including Accounting Services, Accounts Payable, the Bursar, and Auxiliary Services, the Budget Planning Office, and Purchasing.
  • Define approaches for enhancement of university-wide services and technologies which support business and financial administration, including the budget allocation model and financial forecasting.
  • Collaborate with unit leaders across the university to investigate, evaluate and implement best and emerging practices as they relate to university business and administrative functions, including shared services, and strategic enrollment management.
  • Lead and collaborate with the Unit Business Representative (UBR) group, providing training and guidance on various issues through regularly scheduled meetings and information sharing.
  • Orient new UBRs and develop their connections with Business and Financial Services.
  • Orient new staff and university leadership as requested to Business and Financial Services (BFS) units.
  • It is particularly important that the Associate Vice Chancellor / Director of Business & Financial Services promote an environment that is free of harassment, discrimination and retaliation and that he or she make efforts to increase the recruitment, retention and promotion of qualified candidates and employees in underutilized employee groups.


  • As a direct report to the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administrative Affairs, share in the planning, formulation and implementation of Division-wide policies and procedures and provide leadership in the development of policy for those areas reporting directly to this position.
  • Collaborate with University of Wisconsin System Administration and other UW campuses on a variety of services and projects.
  • At the Vice Chancellor’s direction, serve as a representative to UW System and/or university committees that focus on initiatives affected by business procedures and financial issues.
  • Participate in a number of special projects, committees and other activities as a member, an advisor or as chairperson.
  • On behalf of and in conjunction with the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Affairs, develop and implement strategic financial plans for the University as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice Chancellor.
Minimum Qualifications

-Financial management experience within a university setting.

-Demonstrated record of collaborative, ethical, team-oriented leadership-extensive experience.

-Demonstrated record of progressive, successful management of personnel and business functions (Finance, Accounting, HR, etc.).

-Master’s Degree or equivalent in business a related discipline.

Preferred Qualifications

-Accounting degree or experience

- Financial management experience, including for example, budgeting, student accounting, and/or research accounting experience within a public university setting.

-Management and administration of budgets, personnel and facilities (e.g., office space, technology resources)

-Working knowledge of enterprise systems for financial and budget functions

-Understanding of or willingness to learn State of Wisconsin, UWS and UWM policies, procedures, laws and shared governance

-Sensitivity and commitment to equal opportunity and diversity in working with both internal and external stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, and the community

-Demonstrated ability to maintain, negotiate, and strengthen relationships with a wide range of internal and external constituencies, including all levels of administration, faculty and staff, and external entities

-Possesses strong interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to work well in a fast-paced, team environment.

Application Instructions

Completed application materials MUST include:
- A letter of application addressing educational and professional level work experience and knowledge as it relates to all minimum and preferred qualifications for the position;

- A professional resume and;

- A document listing the names and contact information for three professional references.

This is a continuous recruitment with an initial review data of 08/08/2017. Applications received after 08/07/2017 may not receive consideration.

Application Deadline
Continuous (Open Until Filled?) Yes
If Continuous, Initial Review Date 08/08/2017
Position Contact Name Hannah Gay
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Application Notes

For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. References
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