Executive Search

Washington State University, a public research university comprised of six campus locations, 39 extension offices, and a thriving student body, seeks an innovative and experienced leader to serve as the Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer.

Summary of Duties:

The Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer for the OneWSU system oversees the financial and physical assets of Washington State University (WSU), including all aspects of the University’s system wide financial and capital planning, compliance and risk management, and real estate portfolio.

Major responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Direct the OneWSU system’s finance, budget, business operations, procurement and contracting, and related support functions and ensures that business systems, policies and procedures are in compliance and aligned with short- and long-term goals and objectives.
  • Provide oversight of the administration of public safety and emergency management; internal audit and enterprise project management.
  • Serve as the chief fiscal officer charged with the fiduciary responsibility for the integrity of the OneWSU system.
  • Serve as a member of the President’s Executive Council, System Leadership Councils and Senior Staff and the Treasurer for the WSU Board of Regents.
  • Promote a culture of excellence, inclusion, innovation, accountability, and transparency by engaging key stakeholders identifying opportunities to achieve excellence and to ensure alignment of financial and operational strategies with the OneWSU land-grant mission.

Job Duties:

  • Percent of Time: 40%
  • Duties Performed
    • Provide oversight for the financial and physical assets of Washington State University (WSU). This includes all aspects of the University’s system wide financial and capital planning, compliance and risk management, and real estate portfolio.
    • The EVPBA-CFO is the chief fiscal officer charged with the fiduciary responsibility for the integrity of the OneWSU system.
    • Directs the OneWSU system’s finance, budget and business operations, procurement and contracting and related support functions and ensures that business systems, policies and procedures are in compliance and aligned with short- and long-term goals and objectives.
    • Oversees the administration of public safety and emergency management; internal audit and enterprise project management.
    • In collaboration with the President’s executive council, guide major resource deployment, organizational functionality, and strategic decision-making.
    • Manages a broad portfolio of functions including finance, budget, controller’s office, investments, treasury, compliance and risk management, public safety, real estate, and business services.
    • Lead the efficient and effective budget and financial operations in support of the OneWSU system, ensuring the highest standards of fiscal and administrative integrity and providing exceptional support and services to faculty, staff and students.

  • Percent of Time: 35%
  • Duties Performed
    • Responsible to assess current and future organizational structure for administrative services at WSU and provide the President with recommendations of for possible realignment.
    • Promotes a culture of excellence, inclusion, innovation, accountability, and transparency by engaging key stakeholders identify opportunities to achieve excellence and to ensure alignment of financial and operational strategies with the OneWSU land-grant mission.

  • Percent of Time: 10%
  • Duties Performed
    • Responsible for developing and maintaining excellent relationships with senior leadership, campus administrators, Board of Regents, state and local government officials, community leaders, faculty, students and staff.
    • Oversee a variety of statewide and institutional activities; represent the University to governmental agencies, professional organizations and a wide range of external constituencies; serves on various boards and makes presentations and participates in public meetings as necessary.

  • Percent of Time: 10%
  • Duties Performed
    • Serves as a member of the President’s Executive Council, System Leadership Councils and Senior Staff.
    • This position also serves as the Treasurer for the WSU Board of Regents.

  • Percent of Time: 5%
  • Duties Performed
    • Perform other related duties as necessary

Job Requirements

  • Required Qualifications
    • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in financial administration, analysis, or planning which has included demonstrated leadership ability and management skill in a large complex organization involving distributed electronic financial management systems. A Master’s degree in a relevant field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience.
  • Additional Requirements
    • Must have, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid driver’s license.
  • Preferred Qualifications
    • Senior-level management experience in an institution of higher education, governmental organization or a comparable corporate environment is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, or Competencies

  • Knowledge of the University strategic plan, mission, structure, resources, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the basic principles, practices and WSU policies associated with personnel management and supervision. Knowledge of complex organizational structures and ability to work effectively within that framework.
  • Project-management skills and demonstrated ability to manage a project team.
  • Organization and time-management skills. Skills in managing multiple projects and initiatives, and meeting related deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, problem-solving, interpersonal, and presentation skills. Budget management skills. Skill and ability to engage groups of people in conversation, dialogue, and decision-making.
  • Ability to analyze complex issues, conduct thorough and appropriate fact finding inquiries, reason logically, and articulate sound solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively operate standard office equipment including computers, telephone and electronic messaging.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships within the department, University, outside agencies, and other organizations. Ability and willingness to share ideas, to be open to the ideas of others, and work toward organizational goals and interests. Ability to instill trust and build consensus.
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple, complex issues in a timely manner.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, to the extent allowed by law. Ability to set priorities and provide direction.
  • Ability to influence and work in a cross-functional organization.
  • Ability to work with individuals at all levels of the University. Ability to respond to changing situations, and work well under pressure while maintaining individual and team effectiveness.
  • Ability to use software tools to develop professional documents and presentation materials.
  • High Tolerance for Change – the ability and willingness to work in WSU’s ever- changing and fast paced environment to solve complex concerns. Strong Team Attitude and Approach – the ability and willingness to share ideas, to be open to the ideas of others, work toward organizational goals and interests.
  • Strategic Thinking – the ability to formulate effective human resource strategies consistent with accomplishing the business and mission of WSU. Having a long- term perspective and the ability to assess the impacts of proposals – both pro and con.
  • Systems Thinking – the ability to focus on how an issue being reviewed interacts with the other components of our systems.
  • Strong Customer Service Orientation – the desire and ability to provide friendly and flexible services that resolve concerns in a timely fashion in accordance with the appropriate processes and procedures.
  • Consulting Skills – the ability to work with customers to define their concern(s), identify options and potential consequences, and place them in a position to make their own decision as to an appropriate course of action.
  • Commitment to Diversity – an appreciation of the benefits of a diverse workplace and willingness to take actions to enhance the diversity of WSU.

Mental Requirements

  • Ability to reason logically and make sound decisions, to consider alternative and diverse perspectives, to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, to remain poised under all circumstances, and to interact effectively with people in a positive manner that engenders confidence and trust.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently in high stress and conflict situations. Ability to simultaneously address multiple complex problems.
  • Ability to multitask without loss of efficiency or accuracy, including the ability to perform multiple duties from multiple sources.
  • Ability to work and sustain attention with distractions and/or interruptions.
  • Ability to interact appropriately with a variety of individuals including customers/clients. Ability to deal with people under adverse circumstances. Ability to work as an integral part of a team.
  • Ability to maintain regular attendance and be punctual.
  • Ability to understand, remember and follow verbal and written instructions. Ability to complete assigned tasks without direct supervision.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and make decisions.
  • Ability to perform under stress and/or in emergencies.
  • Ability to perform in situations requiring speed, deadlines, or productivity quotas.

The Search Committee:

Sandra Haynes

Chair
Chancellor, WSU Tri-Cities

Jill McCluskey

Chair
Regents Professor, College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
Director of School of Economic Sciences 

Kasi Balmforth

Talent Management Administrator, WSU Foundation

Todd Butler

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Doug Call

Regents Professor, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health
Chair, WSU Faculty Senate

Dave Cillay

Chancellor, WSU Global
Vice President of Academic Outreach and Innovation

Mark Leid

Dean, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Colleen Kerr

Vice President of External Affairs and Government Relations
Chief Legislative Officer 

Isaac Marroquin

Vice President, ASWSU Tri-Cities

Anne McCoy

Senior Associate Athletic Director, Athletics

Vicky Murray

Executive Director, Finance and Administration

Saichi Oba

Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

Jenny Chambers-Taube

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations, WSU Vancouver

Ellen Taylor

Interim Vice President/Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Lynne Varner

Associate Vice Chancellor, WSU Everett
Chief of Staff, WSU Everett 

Olivia Yang

Associate Vice President, Facilities Services 

Ginger Druffel, staff support

Senior Executive Assistant to the President, Office of the President 

Theresa Elliott-Cheslek, ex officio

Vice President of Human Resource Services
Chief Human Resource Officer

The recruiting firm of Isaacson, Miller will aid the search committee in identifying possible candidates for the position.