Vice Chancellor for Finance

University of Illinois Chicago

The Opportunity
The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) seeks a talented, collaborative, and dynamic leader to serve as the Vice Chancellor for Finance (VCF). The VCF is a key member of the senior leadership team and is responsible for the financial sustainability of the university while ensuring that institutional priorities are supported. This pivotal position is accountable for the university’s $3.9 billion annual budget, including a human resources function supporting more than 13,000 faculty and staff. The VCF will bring to this role highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, as well as experience in developing operating budgets, financial planning and modeling, analysis, and forecasting.

The successful candidate will nurture partnerships with internal and external stakeholders and exhibit great leadership abilities and instincts to gain trust and credibility. The VCF will combine creativity and innovative thinking with a pragmatic and fiscally savvy approach that links ideas to the university’s goals and strategic vision.

As a highly visible university leader, the VCF will create and foster an organizational culture and infrastructure that supports operational excellence; delivers quality customer service; and promotes optimal efficiency of human resources, procurement, budget and financial analysis, access and equity, and institutional research offices, while assuring compliance with federal and state laws, regulations and university policies.

The VCF serves as the lead finance executive for UIC and is responsible for oversight of financial, budgetary, human resources, procurement, accessibility and employment equity, and institutional data management. The VCF provides leadership and enhances financial management, including authorization of resource allocations, talent management, collective bargaining, financial strategy, capital plans, debt management and cash flow optimization. Reporting to the Chancellor, the VCF advises the institution’s senior leadership on setting operational budget priorities, leading the annual campus budget process, maximizing, and protecting resources, overseeing a progressing and innovative human resources program and labor relations, ensuring equitable and accessible employment practices, preparing and coordinating the development of annual and multiyear funding models, and related analysis.

The VCF supervises six direct reports – (1) Director of Budget, HR and Financial Operations; (2) Director of Budget Redesign; (3) Executive Director of Purchasing and Contract Management; (4) Associate Vice Chancellor for Budget and Financial Analysis, who also oversees Institutional Research; (5) Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources; and (6) Associate Chancellor and Director for the Office for Access and Equity. The VCF has responsibility for approximately 140 total staff.

UIC has retained Korn Ferry, a national executive recruiting firm, to assist with this search. All nominations, inquiries, and application materials should be submitted in confidence to Korn Ferry. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. 

Please direct all applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position to the search firm assisting UIC at the contact information below:

Victoria Antolini, Principal
Ken Kring, Senior Client Partner
Lila Wojnarowicz, Associate
UIC specific email:  UIC-VCFinance@kornferry.com 

The University of Illinois Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status age or any other characteristic protected by law.

The University of Illinois Chicago conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit: https://www.hr.uillinois.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=4292&pageId=1411899.

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