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Vice President of Finance and Human Resources

Institution: University of Texas at El Paso
Location: El Paso, Texas
Admin-Business And Financial Management
Posted: 08/19/2019
Application Due: 00/00/0000
Type: Fulltime

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) seeks an experienced and visionary business professional to serve as its next Vice President of Finance and Human Resources (the Vice President). The Vice President will be responsible for supporting the University's mission of access and excellence and its goal of serving with distinction as a model public research university serving a 21st century student demographic. 

This position oversees an operating budget of roughly $475 million and a host of administrative offices and functions. A record of integrity and success in the leadership and management of a wide range of complex business affairs in higher education is required. This includes strong interpersonal communication, proven analytical skills, broad finance and accounting experience, a working knowledge of construction and capital projects financing, and experience with implementing and improving the functionality of large scale human capital and financial management software systems. Candidates should possess a service-oriented mindset and excel in working with diverse populations of students, staff and faculty. 

Reporting to the University President, the Vice President will serve on the President's Cabinet and provide executive leadership for several administrative units that are responsible for managing the comprehensive finance and human resources activities of the University. 

The Vice President of Finance and Human Resources is responsible for directing fiscal and human resource functions and coordinating activities where it is essential to assure strategic alignment of major operational initiatives and University goals. In this role, the Vice President is directly responsible for managing the University's balance sheet and capital structure, financial planning, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, audit activities, capital planning, and human resources. The Vice President is tasked with fostering an environment that encourages collaborative decision-making and forging an aspiring vision for the future. 

Minimum requirements are:

  • Brings a record of success with financial planning, human resource management, an understanding of public financing processes, and a commitment to advancing the objectives of a rapidly developing public research institution.

  • Master's or professional degree

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills

  • Personal and professional integrity

Preferred qualifications are:

  • Experience and success leading the financial and human resources functions of a major public research university or other relevant experience

  • Operational leadership experience with PeopleSoft or similar enterprise resource planning platforms

  • Experience in legislative and regental oversight settings, including giving hearing testimony and/or governing board presentations.

  • MBA/MPA or equivalent degree

UTEP has emerged as a national leader in redefining U.S. public higher education. The University's unwavering commitment to ensuring both access and excellence to students in its binational metropolitan region has resulted in its standing as the only research-doctoral university in the United States with a Mexican-American majority student population. The successful creation of highly competitive academic and research programs, while maintaining a deep commitment to serving a 21st century student demographic, has changed the narrative on higher education as well as the trajectories of the lives of tens of thousands of students. 

A Carnegie high-research-activity, urban university with more than 25,000 students, and nearly $95 million in annual research expenditures, UTEP is a member of The University of Texas System ( www.utsystem.edu). It serves its primary constituency--residents of far west Texas, southern New Mexico, and northern Mexico-with 72 undergraduate programs, 74 master's programs, 22 doctoral degree programs, and a growing portfolio of online degrees. With an 80% Hispanic student population- and an additional 5% from Mexico-UTEP proudly reflects the demographic composition of the binational region from which it draws 90% of its students. The Brookings Institution named UTEP the national leader in fostering social mobility through equal access to higher education in 2017. Our president, Diana Natalicio, was named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world in 2016 and among Fortune's Top 50 world leaders in 2017. 

The University's mission of ensuring access is coupled with a commitment to excellence reflected in rigorous programs, which prepare students to make significant contributions to their professions, their communities and the world. As a research/doctoral institution, UTEP fosters a climate of scholarly inquiry, with a special focus on applying innovative interdisciplinary approaches to explore and address major issues that confront the multicultural U.S.-Mexico border region. 

Application Instructions: Candidates should submit a cover letter detailing their experience, vision, and strategic direction for the position at UTEP, a resume, and at least three (3) professional references, including names, phone numbers, and email addresses. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continues until the position is filled. 

All candidate information will be held confidential. References will not be contacted without prior approval. 

Application queries or nominations should be sent to: 

Benjamin Gonzalez 

Search Committee Chair 


To view the full position announcement and to apply, please visit: http://utep.edu/employment 

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or the provision of services.


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