Savannah State University (SSU), established in 1890, is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The university’s students select majors from four colleges — Business Administration, Education, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and Sciences and Technology. The campus is by far the most picturesque in the state of Georgia, with moss-laden sweeping oak trees and expansive marsh and historic architecture that creates a resplendent yet tranquil atmosphere. Beneath the beauty and splendor is a vibrant residential campus bursting at the seams with the vim and vigor of quality collegiate life: relevant academic majors, engaging lectures, cutting-edge research, quality student-faculty engagement and a nurturing environment.
Savannah State University has more than thirty academic programs and is ranked number one in the nation in the production of African American Bachelor of Science and Master of Science graduates in the Marine Sciences. Additionally, academic programs are nationally and/or internationally accredited by The Council on Social Work Education (Social Work); the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (Civil Engineering Technology and Electronics Engineering Technology); the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (Business Administration); the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (Journalism & Mass Communications); the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (Public Administration); and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (Education).
With that as a backdrop, SSU announces the search for a Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs. The university is ready for a new president to take the helm, stabilize the leadership team and lead a prominent HBCU forward. SSU, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is poised to prosper with renewed national attention the role HBCU’s play in higher education in the our country. We welcome prospective candidates to look at our University with fresh eyes and imagine the future.
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The Vice President for Business & Financial Affairs is a senior officer of the University responsible for advising the President and leadership team on fiscal matters ensuring that the University is fiscally sound, safe and maintained in a way that promotes Tiger Pride. The VP works with the leadership team to create an atmosphere that encourages student success, and promotes the well-being for all faculty, staff and visitors to the campus.
The Vice President for Business and Finance must effectively articulate a vision for the conduct and outcomes of business operations that is consistent with the University’s mission and strategic initiatives. The VPBF will also provide strategic and innovative leadership in business administration, facilities management, budget and financial operations, human resources, information technology, public safety and auxiliary services with a commitment to innovation.
The VPFBA will direct Fiscal Affairs, Human Resources, Campus Security, Auxiliary Services Facilities, and Information Technology and have the following responsibilities:
Provide financial oversight and administrative services to the University’s campus consistent with Board of Regents policies
Provide strategic leadership in all aspects of the University’s financial operations
Direct and develop financial policies and standards that support the University’s mission and goals
Create an environment that supports resourcefulness to help the university achieve its goals
Ensure financial systems meet the highest standards for providing financial information that allows strategic financial analysis and decision making
Prepare and submit to the President all budgets for the University
Coordinate the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the annual university budget and provides regular, timely reports to all budget managers
Exercise fiscal responsibility in management of all allocated resources
Oversee the receipt of all funds paid to the University and receipts given in the name of the University
Serves as the university representative on financial, business and facility matters and works directly with the University System of Georgia in these areas
Ensure strong coordination between Financial Services and Financial Aid
Direct and ensure that all annual financial audits are completed and will manage financial security through financial forecasting and risk management
Oversee responsible and strategic debt management
Oversee the University’s financial resources and ensure the economic viability of the university, as well as position the university to dedicate resources to achieve its strategic priorities
Organize and provide administrative direction for all accounting procedures, financial reports and internal auditing procedures
Possess the ability and willingness to delegate effectively and hold direct reports accountable
Sign checks against funds deposited by the University
Maintain adequate records of all contracts and leases; compile cost analyses
Supervise the preparation of business and financial reports
Monitor all accounts, claims, and demands against the University to ensure accuracy
Promote staff participation in institutional decision making; collaborate and coordinate with all other areas of the University
Strong decision-maker with transparency in decision-making and management
Serve as liaison with USG System Office on fiscal matters
Collaboratively advise the President and the President’s Cabinet on formulation of strategically valuable policies, programs, and procedures supporting the priorities of the university and best practices in business operations and financial management
Provide oversight for the implementation of the Campus Master Plan and related construction, renovation and infrastructure projects
Serves on the governing boards of the university affiliated foundations
Perform other duties as assigned by the President
The Chief Business Officer will exhibit qualities of emotional maturity, genuineness, self-confidence, common sense, judgment, fairness, creativity, discretion, decisiveness, political savvy, diplomacy, tact, resiliency, adaptability, and courage of convictions. Demonstrated behavioral expectations include:
Unquestioned integrity and trustworthiness
Commitment to return on investment/value-added activities
Commitment to the University’s mission and strategic plan, as well as missions and strategic plans for Academic Affairs
Ability to make good, consistent and fair decisions (based on fact and data)
Ability to work with cross-functional teams and to foster teamwork
Advanced degree in Business, Accounting, or Financial Management from an accredited college or university, supplemented by a minimum of five years of experience at the senior management level, preferably in an institution of higher education
Strong management and interpersonal skills
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, with attention to details; timelines, deadlines, and the University-wide context of decisions
Commitment to customer service and understanding of the effects of fiscal policy on all aspects of the University community
Strong understanding of accepted standards and practices to ensure that University audits are problem free
Experience in positive change management
Excellent communication skills verbal, written and presentation
Extensive experience with computer applications in financial and management areas
About Savannah State University
For 131 years, Savannah State University has been an important part of higher education. As the oldest public HBCU in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the historic city of Savannah, SSU has served this community with distinction while meeting the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student population.
The 201-acre campus is by far the most picturesque in the state of Georgia. The moss-laden sweeping oak trees, expansive marsh and historic architecture create a resplendent yet tranquil atmosphere. Beneath the beauty and splendor is a vibrant residential campus bursting at the seams with the vim and vigor of quality collegiate life: relevant academic majors, engaging lectures, cutting-edge research, quality student-faculty engagement and a nurturing environment. We invite you to become a part of the SSU family.