Associate Vice President of Budget and Financial Planning

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Search Committee | AVP for Budget and Financial Planning Prospectus | Responsibilities | Competencies | Abilities

About Stetson | Mission | Recognition

Summary of the Position

Stetson University’s Office of Budget and Financial Planning provides financial analysis supporting development of strategic initiatives, creates and monitors University operating budgets totaling $138 million, and assists with capital maintenance planning. The University’s programs include undergraduate and graduate programs at the DeLand campus as well as the College of Law located in the Gulfport/St. Petersburg area and its satellite campus located in Tampa.

The Associate Vice President for Budget and Financial Planning will have the responsibility for effectively leading and managing the Office of Budget and Financial Planning with supervision of a staff member as well as partnering with other members of the financial team including the Associate Vice President for Budget and Finance at the College of Law and the Associate Vice Presidents for Facilities; Finance and Risk Management, Information Technology; and Human Resources and Organizational Development at the DeLand Campus.

Opportunity and Expectations for Leadership

  • Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, the AVP for Budget and Financial Planning will work collaboratively across the University as well as with Senior Leadership to help lead a central financial function that provides a strategic view.
  • Delivering effective budget planning presentations and communications to Board committees
  • Utilizing Synario for multi-year financial planning
  • Supporting strategic initiatives through financial analysis
  • Modeling the principles and values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Key areas of Responsibility

  • Advising senior leadership on strategic financial issues and initiatives
  • Attending and presenting at Finance and Facilities Trustee Committee meetings
  • Working closely with Vice-Presidents, Deans, Athletic Director and non-academic Department Heads
  • Developing and monitoring performance of annual operating budgets
  • Participating in strategic staffing decision-making
  • Projecting year-end outcomes throughout the fiscal year
  • Educating University personnel who intersect with budgets how to optimize their processes and enhance organizational efficiency


  • Ability to develop, understand, and use data for analysis and problem-solving
  • Collaborative communication style with the ability to communicate well with all audiences
  • Developed interpersonal skills to work well with various and different constituencies
  • Experience working in a complex organizational environment
  • Facile with technology including budgeting, reporting, and planning software
  • Presence to inspire confidence and build credibility and trust
  • Inspired and motivated to improve society’s future through education
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion through both the completion of job duties and in interactions with others. Ability to lead cross-functional groups, work in diverse teams, and build consensus among divergent perspectives.

Abilities, Attributes, Experiences

  • An MBA or CPA and other relevant advanced professional/graduate degree is preferred or the equivalent combination of education and experience
  • At least 10 years’ experience leading and managing financial and business operations at an institution of higher education or equivalent or with career progression in a large complex organization
  • Experience and knowledge of managing financial and capital planning
  • Proven leadership success in establishing and maintaining productive, collaborative relationships all constituencies
  • Strong organizational and technical skills
  • Strategic thinker, strong communicator and listener, and possessor of absolute integrity

About Stetson

Founded in 1883, Stetson is a top-ranked, comprehensive university known for academic rigor and active citizenship.

As Florida’s first private university, it enrolls more than 4,500 students at its three locations: a historic campus in DeLand, between Daytona Beach and Orlando; its College of Law campuses in Gulfport near St. Petersburg and in downtown Tampa.

At its core, Stetson is a community with a deep commitment to learning and values. Faculty, staff and alumni create an environment that nurtures students’ intellect, opens them to new possibilities, and gives them the space and resources to develop holistically as free thinkers, leaders and innovators.

Toward this end, and as a dynamic and diverse reflection of its communities, Stetson champions the respectful, constructive exchange of ideas and viewpoints. It places high value on preserving, building and restoring the connections that celebrate individuality and uplift us all.

The university’s steadfast commitment to teaching and learning means that it has maintained its 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio even as it has increased undergraduate enrollment 47.6 percent since 2010, in a period of dynamic institutional growth.

Since 2010, Stetson’s endowment grew 140 percent to $256 million. Its Beyond Success – Significance comprehensive campaign concluded last year, surpassing its goal of $200 million. Institutional and donor support have provided resources that support technology, faculty learning, and an array of curricular and co-curricular programs in a vibrant campus environment where students flourish.

Mission and Values

The mission at Stetson University is to provide an excellent education in a creative community where learning and values meet, and to foster in students the qualities of mind and heart that will prepare them to reach their full potential as informed citizens of local communities and the world.

Stetson values the development of the whole person committed to engaging and building lifelong connections with the larger world through Personal Growth, Intellectual Development and Global Citizenship. To that end, the university fosters policies, practices, and modes of inquiry to support and explore these values areas.

External Recognition

In 2021 Stetson is ranked 4th in “Best Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report, a Top 10 in “Best Undergraduate Teaching” and a Top 20 “Best Value.” Stetson is ranked by The Princeton Review 2021 as one of the Best 386 colleges, an honor given to only the top 15% of colleges and universities nationwide. and one of College Magazine’s Top 10 Pet-Friendly Universities.

U.S. News 2020 also ranks Stetson’s College of Law No. 1 for Trial Advocacy (21 times at No. 1 in 25 years) and No. 3 for Legal Writing (consistently among the top since the ranking’s inception in 2005).

Applications and Candidacy

Interested parties shoiuld read theAVP for Budge and Financial Planning Prospectus and utilize the university's employment system, Silkroad. For full consideration, application materials (including a letter of application and a curriculum vitae/resume) should be received by Nov. 25 , 2020. Candidate confidentiality will be respected, and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.