Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Florida

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted May 28, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time


Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO


Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), the largest of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, invites applications for the position of Vice President for Finance and Administration.  Individuals with a strong financial, administrative, investment and technology background are desired.


Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is one of twelve state-supported universities in Florida.  The University is governed by a 13-member Board of Trustees which is governed by the Florida Board of Governors.  FAMU is an 1890 land-grant Comprehensive/Doctoral University, which was established by the Legislature in 1887 in the capital city of Tallahassee.  The University has a current enrollment of approximately 10,700 students and over 700 faculty members who provide instruction, research and service through 13 colleges and schools.  The University has been an historic leader in recruiting National Achievement Scholars and has been number one in the production of African American baccalaureate graduates. In addition to 54 outstanding baccalaureate programs, FAMU offers 29 master’s level programs, three professional programs, including the JD in the College of Law, the Doctor of Public Health and 11 Ph.D. programs.


The Vice President for Finance and Administration reports directly to the President and serves as the Chief Financial and Business Officer for the University.  As the principal administrative and fiscal advisor to the President, the Vice President will serve as an active participant on the President’s Leadership Team.  The Vice President is responsible for supporting the University’s academic mission and programs through the following institutional functions: Financial Planning, Controller and Treasury Operations, Information Technology, Operational Analysis, Budgeting, Business and Financial/Auxiliary Services, Purchasing, Construction and Facilities Management, Plant Operations and Maintenance, Environmental Health and Safety, and the Administrative Services Assistance Program (ASAP). 

The Vice President will oversee the development of the University’s annual operating budget and ensure appropriate reporting to the President, the Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors.  This position will be responsible for the financial accounting system, financial reports and statistical data concerning the financial health of the University and will also be responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive, multi-year financial model to guide strategic decision making through detailed analysis and projections.  In addition, this position will be accountable for the development and maintenance of the University’s information technology infrastructure. The Vice President will also serve on the University’s Foundation Board and Investment Committee.

The successful candidate for this position will possess:


·         A master’s degree in a business or finance-related area; an advanced degree or CPA is preferred;

·         A minimum of ten years of successful and progressive senior leadership in finance and administration in a complex organization; experience in higher education preferred;

·         A strong commitment to diversity and inclusion;

·         A demonstrated ability to build relationships and work collegiately with internal and external constituencies;

·         An understanding of the interrelationship of academic and administrative units;

·         Strong financial, analytical and problem solving skills;

·         Demonstrated skills in financial and budget planning and management;

·         Excellent communication skills;

·         Demonstrated success in leading and mentoring professional staff and cross functional teams;

·         Experience managing data and systems; ability to embrace and utilize emerging technologies;

·         Knowledge of challenges and trends in global higher education.


Individuals interested in this position must apply online at  For best consideration please submit application materials prior to June 20, 2014.  Application materials should include a resume, a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, and contact information for at least five references.  Nominations are welcomed.



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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer, including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities. Successful candidate is subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks and verification of education.


If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 850-599-3076.

This search is being conducted under Florida law, including the Sunshine law and public records law.


The Office of Human Resources

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

211 Foote-Hilyer Administration Center

Tallahassee Florida, 32307

(850) 599-3611

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