Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Fairfax, VA, VA
Sep 26, 2018
Jan 22, 2019
Full Time

Job Category : Admin or Professional Faculty

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Salary : Commensurate with education and experience.

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Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

George Mason University (“Mason”), Virginias largest and most diverse public research university, seeks a seasoned and innovative finance and operations executive to serve as its next Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration (SVP). Located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and known for its entrepreneurial spirit and rapid emergence, Mason is one of the most remarkable success stories in the past half-century of American higher education.

Mason was established in 1957 as the northern Virginia branch of the University of Virginia and became an independent public university in 1972. In the decades since, it has been on a steep growth trajectory. It is now a major national research university with a deep-seated mission of access to excellence and a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. In 2016, the university achieved a Tier 1 research designation and in fall 2018 was named one of the top 150 universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and one of the top 95 in the nation by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancys Academic Ranking of World Universities.

With an enrollment of more than 37,000, including students from 130 countries and 50 states, Mason continues to grow and is responsible for about half of all the enrollment growth in Virginia public universities over the last decade. With three Northern Virginia campuses - and an international campus near Seoul, South Korea - Masons location just outside of the nations capital provides exceptional opportunities for the university to engage the U.S. government, international organizations, and major corporations in a myriad of industries.

This is a pivotal moment in the universitys trajectory and an opportune time to join its senior leadership team. Reporting to the President and collaborating closely with the Executive Vice President/Provost (Provost) and the Board of Visitors, Mason seeks an SVP who will help lead the next stage of Masons impressive growth by providing a vision for fiscal strategies and operational effectiveness while also fostering a community-wide ethos of innovation, collaboration, and accountability. Direct reports to the SVP include: finance and accounting; human resources and payroll; facilities management, planning, financing and construction; information technology services; university police and emergency safety; purchasing and accounts payable; budget and strategic planning; auxiliary enterprises; transportation and parking services.

The successful SVP candidate will possess technical expertise and broad managerial experience combined with a collegial style that will engender trust and foster collaboration across the university. The SVP will be expected to skillfully and responsibly manage the universitys financial affairs, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of campus operations, steward its assets, manage risk, and provide astute financial counsel to guide the university in achieving its aspirations. Key to the SVPs success will be the ability to partner effectively with senior academic leaders and to help realize the universitys current growth and innovation strategy. The candidate also must clearly and effectively articulate the universitys financial direction and maintain dialogue with faculty leadership on financial and budgetary matters.

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Special Instructions : For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Mason is assisted in this search by Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm. Nominations, applications, and inquiries are being accepted for the position. Consideration of candidates will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must electronically submit a resume and cover letter. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence. Confidential electronic inquiries concerning this search should be directed to Ponneh Varho or Anna Graulich at Isaacson, Miller via:

MasonAd : Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report Up and Coming spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Masons diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

Equity Statement : George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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