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Vancouver Island University
Associate Vice President, Finance

Known as a centre of excellence for teaching and research, Vancouver Island University (VIU) produces quality graduates who are in demand by employers in the local community and region, across the country and around the world. VIU offers three supportive campus communities to a highly diverse student population, focused on innovative teaching methods, undergraduate and graduate research, scholarly activities, open access, and creating an exceptional learning experience for our students. Located on British Columbia’s spectacular West Coast on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, VIU is committed to working in partnership with Indigenous peoples.

Reporting to the CFO & Vice President, Administration, the Associate Vice-President, Finance (AVP, Finance) provides vision, strategy, and direction to the University’s financial services department. Working with a team of Directors and Managers, the AVP, Finance will provide leadership, management, and planning within a number of areas of responsibility including: Banking, Budget, Financial Planning, Business Intelligence, Treasury, Payroll, Payment Services, Procurement, and General Accounting.

This position works closely with the CFO & Vice President, Administration to maintain the financial integrity of the University, including the ongoing development and monitoring of internal control systems. The AVP, Finance engages with University leadership and cross-departmental teams to define and implement institutional strategies designed to support the achievement of the organization’s goals, students, academic mission, and research.

The ideal candidate is a collaborative and innovative leader and change-maker who looks beyond the numbers and sees opportunities to support teaching, research, and learning. The AVP, Finance will effectively align with the mission, vision, and values of the University, and will thrive in a values-driven organization, working in partnership with a variety of constituent groups. They will bring many years of senior financial leadership and a proven track record of effectively working with diverse groups toward a shared vision. The selected individual will have demonstrated an ability to produce practical financial information which allows senior leaders to make informed decisions, and they are practiced at enabling new ideas through the effective allocation of resources. In addition, they will ideally bring experience in large capital planning and project implementation, and sound knowledge of how to create integrated people and systems plans into the overall operations of a large and complex institution.

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Indigenous descent.

VIU has been awarded a BC’s Top Employer award for the last four years from the Top Employers program. https://reviews.canadastop100.com/top-employer-vancouver-island-university

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