A38 - Vice President for Finance & Administration/ Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, California

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The VP for Finance & Administration/CFO is the chief financial officer responsible for developing the university’s overall financial policies and setting the strategic direction of all financial functions including accounting, budget, credit, insurance, tax, and treasury. The VP for Finance & Administration/CFO ensures that proper financial controls are in place and that financial transactions support the overall business strategy while conforming with applicable laws and regulations.

The VP for Finance & Administration/CFO is also the chief business officer responsible for exceptional leaders in: Human Resources, Information & Media Technology, Facilities Management, and Auxiliary Services. He or she is responsible for setting divisional strategy for areas within the span of care, defining vision and strategy while providing direction and focus. Executing multiple high-impact initiatives to achieve overall university goals, the VP for Finance & Administration/CFO is responsible for planning and directing all aspects of the university’s staff and service functions and ensures the operations of the university are within a secure, efficient, and organized work environment.

Required Education

  • MBA and CPA preferred
  • Higher Education experience in a private institution is desirable
  • Must have competency in all finance functions

Required Experience

  • Minimum of 15 years of progressive experience in finance and operational management, preferably in higher education.
  • Preferred experience overseeing administrative functions including Human Resources, Information & Media Technology, Facilities, and Auxiliary Services.

Primary Duties/Essential Functions

Provide senior executive leadership for the following areas: 


  • Provide strategic management and overall financial leadership to the University.
  • Management of the Business Office, including financial management and reporting, budget and forecast preparation and control, payroll oversight, purchasing, fiscal record management, tax compliance, and systems and processes related to the disbursement of funds.
  • Plans, coordinates, and presents the annual university budget and ongoing forecasting, adjusting the direction to the University and updates throughout the year to the Board.
  • Implements appropriate fiscal contingency planning and ensure the University is appropriately responsive to external changes and trends.
  • Prepares long-range projections to manage a financial strategy.
  • Ensures timely and accurate financial reporting: bond, city, county, state, and federal authorities.
  • Develops policy and support systems for the management of university investments and financials.
  • Member of the President's Cabinet and several operational committees as determined by the President.
  • Superior aptitude for financial management, accounting, auditing and analytics; understands financial complexities and manages budgets on sound principles.
  • Proficient in a wide variety of administrative and educational technologies commensurate with a $200 million enterprise.
  • Administers all phases of the finance and budgeting of the University.
  • Manages and reviews the investment of the endowment, trust, and other funds subject to the guidelines and limitations prescribed by the President and the Board of Trustees.
  • Serves as the primary administrative resource for the Financial Affairs, Investment, Audit, and Strategic Oversight Committees of the Board of Trustees.
  • Coordinates assigned corporate responsibilities on behalf of the President and the Board of Trustees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the President and the Board of Trustees.

Human Resources

  • Through a divisional leader, provides oversight of the HR function related to the university’s human capital, human resources operations, programs, and services, including but not limited to employee relations, talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, and learning and development. Supports the university’s mission and strategic plan in addition to ensuring excellent consultative, strategic, and operational services.

Information Media Technology (IMT)

  • Through a divisional leader, provides oversight of the IMT function related to the university’s technology and information services including the vision and strategy of university technology platform.

Facilities Development and Management

  • Through a divisional leader, provides oversight to facilities development and management, including maintenance operations, custodial, landscaping, transportation, construction and design, space planning, and asset management; owned and leased property.

Auxiliary Services

  • Through a divisional leader, provides oversight to Auxiliary Services, including housing, dining/hospitality services, and the university bookstore. Provides management of the Auxiliary Services functions, including the Bon Appetit contract, setting housing and dining rates, and reviewing the profitability of Auxiliary Services.


  • Proven effectiveness as a business partner with the President and President’s Cabinet as well as key university leaders, and the Board.
  • Strong expertise in financial reporting and annual budget development and controls.
  • Familiar with external and internal auditing principles and effective operational implementation.
  • Experience developing multi-year budgeting processes with the flexibility to test various budgeting options.
  • Demonstrates ability to develop and lead detailed financial analysis of various business strategies and options facing higher education.
  • Ability to organize and present financial data in an effective format for various levels of the organization.
  • Knowledge of and experience developing highly effective staff within Finance, Human Resources, Technology, Facilities, and Auxiliary Services.
  • Demonstrates leadership in planning, organizing, and implementing motivational and team-building processes for financial functions.
  • Effective writer with exceptional quantitative skills.

Mental Demands

  • In agreement with the purpose and goals of Azusa Pacific University in providing a Christian-based higher education for its students and deeply committed to the Christian theology of APU’s Statement of Faith.
  • Deep and abiding faith and obedience to Jesus Christ, pursues unity and embraces Christian diversity.
  • Prayerful dependence on God’s provisions, exercises gratitude, giving glory to God and credit to others.
  • Energetic and resilient, with a large capacity for work and responsibilities.
  • A patient listener in personal conversation and responds with grace to criticism and listens well.

Physical Demands

  • Intermittent sitting and standing. 
  • Requires keyboard and 10-key work.
  • Extensive telephone usage. 
  • Ability to lift, pull, grasp, bend and reach. 
  • Ability to lift up to 20 lbs.

Visual Demands

  • Computer monitor and reading.


  • Pleasant office, comfortable temperatures. 
  • Multiple conversations and transactions occurring simultaneously.


  • Proficient computer skills with Windows XP and Microsoft products to complete tasks, including Word documents, MS Outlook electronic mail, MS Excel spreadsheets.
  • Proficient in Google Apps.


  • Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, experience, and internal equity.

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation. 

You can learn more about APU by watching the stories of faculty, staff, and alumni as they carry out our mission here: http://www.apu.edu/stories/

Azusa Pacific University will conduct a background check on all final candidates. 

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged t


Working at Azusa Pacific University

Developing disciples and scholars since 1899, Azusa Pacific is a comprehensive, Christian, evangelical university, committed to God First and known for excellence in higher education.

Azusa Pacific University is located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. 

APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelor’smaster’s and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized asone of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running.

The origins of Azusa Pacific University go back to 1899 when a group of spiritual leaders from various denominations met in Whittier, California. The first Bible college founded on the West Coast, the Training School for Christian Workers focused on preparing students for service and missionary endeavors. The initial class of students met March 3, 1900, with Mary A. Hill serving as the first president.

The institution then moved three times before settling in Huntington Park in 1907. In 1939, the Training School became Pacific Bible College and offered four-year degrees. Also in 1939, Cornelius P. Haggard, Th.D., emerged as the right choice to lead the school. Haggard’s early years as president were fraught with adversity—enrollment was down and donations from the prior year totaled only $27. Among his many accomplishments, Haggard launched a variety of innovative fundraising efforts, including the annual Dinner Rally that continues today. Haggard served for the next 36 years, achieving many significant milestones along the way. He served for 36 years until his death in 1975.

By the mid 1940s, Pacific Bible College had outgrown its Huntington Park campus. The Board of Trustees decided to purchase a 12-acre school for girls in the city of Azusa. Classes began on the new campus in 1947, and in 1956, the college’s name was changed to Azusa College.

Azusa College merged first in 1965 with Los Angeles Pacific College, a four-year liberal arts institution founded in 1903, and acquired the name Azusa Pacific College. Three years later, the school merged with Arlington College, which was founded in 1954. Having achieved university status, the college changed its name in 1981 to Azusa Pacific University.

After Haggard’s death, Paul E. Sago, Ph.D., became president, serving until 1989. Among his many accomplishments, Sago encouraged the development and growth of off-site educational regional centers throughout Southern California, and presided over the addition of master’s degree programs and the development of schools within the university.

Richard E. Felix, Ph.D., became president in 1990. Felix painted a vision of a flagship Christian university offering men and women an opportunity to earn not only bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but also doctorates. Felix was instrumental in initiating the university’s first three doctoral programs. This growth necessitated a renewed emphasis on the school’s historic Christian mission and priorities for community building and service. Felix reframed these values as the Cornerstones of the university—Christ, Scholarship, Community, and Service—and oversaw the construction of seven new buildings, a doubling of student enrollment, and the quadrupling of graduate programs. He announced his retirement in April 2000 after the celebration of the university’s centennial.

The Board of Trustees unanimously selected Executive Vice President Jon R. Wallace, DBA, to follow Felix as the 16th president of Azusa Pacific, effective November 27, 2000. New programs under his tenure include the Master of Fine Arts, Master of Social Work, and Ph.D. in Nursing. Spurred by Wallace’s vision to be known first as a Christ-centered institution, today Azusa Pacific University seeks to offer transformational scholarship opportunities within the context of life-giving community and is dedicated to the practice of selfless service. This understanding of APU’s Cornerstones guides the university in all its programs and actions.

In addition, Wallace’s vision emphasizes a commitment to partner with the local community and send students out of the classroom to learn. The Neighborhood Wellness Center, for example, is a university-run clinic that brings student nursing services to the public, and the Azusa Reads Program enlists students to teach local children how to read. The High Sierra Semester (formerly Great Works Program) debuted fall 2001, offering students an opportunity to study classic Western art, music, and thought in the scenic setting of the Sierra Nevada mountains. APU also offers the Los Angeles Term, Azusa Oxford Program, the South Africa Semester, and more than 40 other national and international study opportunities.

Wallace has also overseen the completion of the on-campus residence facility, Trinity Hall, and the John and Marilyn Duke Academic Complex, both in 2003. The Duke Academic Complex added additional classroom and office space, and houses the Noel Academy for Strengths-Based Leadership and Education, the School of Theology and its library, and more.

Additionally, in 2009 Azusa Pacific completed the most fiscally significant project in its history with the building of Segerstrom Science Center, a three-story, 72,000-square-foot academic facility located on West Campus. The center includes a 90-seat lecture hall, 23 discipline-specific classrooms, 3 general-purpose classrooms, 37 teaching and research laboratories, nuclear magnetic resonance and electron microscope rooms, faculty offices, and student study and community areas.

Over the years, APU’s athletic programs have also excelled. Currently, the university’s award-winning intercollegiate athletic program consists of 17 teams, including the recent additions of the women’s water polo and swimming and diving teams. Beginning in 2005, the athletics program has won an unprecedented six consecutive National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Directors’ Cup awards. APU also belongs to the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC).

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