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Vice President Finance and Administration

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Author pmnationtalk
Date March 5, 2020
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Education/Administrative
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Vice President Finance and Administration

Posting ID : 11391
Position Title : Vice President Finance and Administration
Job Type : Full-time, Continuing
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : President and Vice-Chancellor
Position Summary :

Wilfrid Laurier University is seeking a collegial, collaborative and community-minded leader as its Vice President Finance and Administration.

It’s a great time to join the Laurier team. The university’s new 2019-2024 Strategy, Today. Tomorrow. Together. focuses on two distinct themes: thriving community and future readiness – and positions Laurier to address societal and sector challenges and harness opportunities by leveraging foundational strengths in academic excellence, research, partnerships and community.

As a leading Canadian university, Laurier excels at educating with purpose, offering its 20,000 students across multiple campus locations a range of undergraduate and graduate programs in arts and social sciences, business and economics, music, science, social work, education and theology. Through its community of researchers, leaders and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its academic excellence and global impact. Closer to home, Laurier was named one of the Waterloo Area’s Top Employers in 2019. Laurier has also been ranked #1 for comprehensive universities in student satisfaction (Maclean’s University Rankings) for the past four years thanks, in no small part, to its unique community-centered culture. Laurier continues to grow and today has close to 2000 staff and faculty, $879 million in assets and an operating budget of $350 million.

Reporting to the President and Vice-Chancellor and as a key member of the executive leadership team, the Vice-President Finance and Administration is integral to the achievement of the university’s mission, providing oversight to the institutional budgeting and planning process (in partnership with the Provost and VP: Academic) and ensuring responsive, efficient and accessible administrative, technology and financial services to the Laurier community. The VP: F and A guides all day-to-day aspects of university operations, including Financial Resources, Internal Audit, Facilities and Asset Management, Information Communication Technology, Enterprise Risk Management and Safety as well as Student and Ancillary Services managed in partnership with VP: Student Affairs.

As the ideal candidate, you are a strategic leader, trusted partner and empowering manager who is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. You build and maintain relationships through collaboration, consensus, and collegiality, and have had great success leading people to achieve exemplary performance. A persuasive communicator and engaging facilitator, you bring a transparent and innovative approach to financial management, operations management, financial planning, risk management, and technology systems. You are an evidence-based decision-maker with extensive experience overseeing complex finance and budgets and a broad range of administrative and financial support functions. Highly professional and respectful, with unquestioned integrity and judgment, you can confidently and competently guide your teams through change, while successfully navigating the ambiguity and challenges of a dynamic academic environment.

You hold a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 10 years of progressive, senior level experience in an academic or comparable, organizational environment with a focus on financial and administrative operations or equivalent.

To Apply :

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your CV in confidence to Collin Ritch and Michael Naufal Laurier University’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses are located on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabe and​​ Haudenosaunee peoples.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with the best available candidates who have the appropriate combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating an inclusive community is a key theme of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Plan and one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or

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