Vice-President (Finance and Administration)

Job Title: Vice-President (Finance and Administration)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Edmonton
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Reference: 13930
Job Published: July 17, 2020 14:28

Job Description

The University of Alberta is seeking their next Vice President (Finance and Administration) to take on a unique opportunity and help lead an unprecedented period of transformational change. The Vice President (Finance and Administration) will join the University of Alberta as it reimagines its academic and administrative structures to create a more efficient, innovative and sustainable model of the modern post-secondary institution. The University of Alberta will build on its place as a leader in higher education and research, and its central role as a driver of economic growth, innovation, and creativity, in the province and beyond. The Vice President (Finance and Administration) will play a key role in leading and supporting this transformation and will be part of a team that has the potential to inspire a new model for the post-secondary sector across the country, positioning the U of A as a national and international leader in entrepreneurial and innovative solutions in higher education.   

At the U of A, the Finance and Administration portfolio provides the appropriate systems and resources for the academic community to advance and achieve its vision, to retain and attract talented people, and to provide best in class support to the university community. The unit focuses on financial and human resources stewardship and services, on enhancing the quality of staff, on providing training and change management while improving business processes and IT solutions. Finance and Administration works continuously on strategic initiatives to provide robust systems and deliver effective services to the university community.

As a member of the leadership team reporting directly to the President and working closely in partnership with the Provost and the Vice President (Academic), this Vice President supports the U of A’s academic, teaching and research mission and strategic direction through planning, directing and overseeing the administrative and business functions of the university. The Vice President (Finance and Administration) is the University’s Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for coordinating and managing the university’s operating and capital budgets and for safeguarding and optimizing return on the university’s assets, financial and human resources, and operating, capital, research and other revenues and expenditures annually. The Vice President (Finance and Administration) plays an integral role in the achievement of the U of A’s vision by overseeing the provision of responsive and accessible institutional services.

In addition, the Vice President (Finance and Administration) will work with the President and Provost in implementing the President’s vision of the U of A for Tomorrow, which outlines the path for academic and administrative restructuring in response to the current challenges. As part of this plan, the Vice President (Finance and Administration) will lead the Service Excellence Transformation team, which is focused on making the most of these economies of scale, streamlining processes and increasing efficiency across U of A’s administrative services.

As the ideal candidate, you bring advanced education and professional credentials (e.g. CA, CPA, CMA, CGA), along with leadership experience within a diverse portfolio of functions and in organizations with complex governance structures and broadly accountable contexts. You have demonstrated that you are innovative and able to envision and introduce new ideas, systems, processes and programs. You possess the strategic acumen and global thinking to enable you to set your sights on the horizon, to understand the goals of the university and to translate them into plans that support the university’s mission, allow students, faculty and staff to realize their goals, and ensure the University’s sustainability in the broadest sense. You are service, solutions and systems focused and are passionate about how you and your team can collaborate with and support others in the pursuit of the academic, teaching and research mission of the university.

About the University of Alberta

The U of A is the province’s leading educator, generator of new ideas, and engine of social, cultural, and economic prosperity, and is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. Ranked 113th best university in the world (2020 QS Rankings), the U of A is home to nearly 40,000 students from 156 countries and over 14,000 faculty and staff and has an annual budget of more than $1.8 billion. The University offers over 200 undergraduate and 500 graduate programs in 18 faculties on five campuses – including one rural and one francophone campus. The largest of the U of A’s five campuses (by population and in the greatest concentration of activity) has 150 buildings covering 50 city blocks and is nestled on the edge of the North Saskatchewan River in the City of Edmonton.

For more than a century, U of A scholars have inspired graduates to become purposeful, active citizens and leaders. The University’s alumni—now numbering more than 290,000— have founded more than 70,000 organizations and businesses around the world, creating one and a half million jobs, nearly 400,000 in Alberta. Today, the U of A is one of Canada’s leading research institutions with expertise in established and emerging areas including health and life sciences, social sciences, energy, business, computer science, agriculture, AI, humanities and engineering. The University’s expertise and strength attracts over $500 million annually from various research funders and partners including federal and provincial government, industry, foundations and other organizations. Standing with pride among the world’s finest public institutions, the U of A brings the ideas of Albertans to the world, and the world of ideas to Albertans.

 If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Katherine Frank or Beth McLennan at 1-866-822-6022. Information on how to apply can be found at: Completed applications can be submitted online at

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

The University of Alberta and KBRS will provide support in the recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation in order to participate as a candidate in the recruitment process, please contact or communicate your needs to the recruitment professional named in the job description.

The University of Alberta acknowledges that it is located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and all First Peoples of Canada.