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Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services

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Work type: Limited - 12 Month
Location: Platteville
Categories: Administration

Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services

The University of Wisconsin – Platteville seeks a dynamic and innovative leader to act as a change agent in the role of Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services. Reporting directly to the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services (VCAS) serves as a senior administrator overseeing the development and implementation of administrative plans and programs in strategic alignment with university values, mission, vision, and goals. The scope of services performed by the VCAS impacts, supports, and resonates across all units and functions of the university.

This position serves as the chief business officer and is accountable for all business and fiscal matters of the university. The VCAS is a member of the Chancellor’s cabinet and is responsible for providing visionary leadership and management over the functions of the units of Auxiliary Services, Capital Planning, Facilities Management, Financial Services, Human Resources, Project Management Center of Excellence, Ethics and Compliance, Safety and Risk Management, and University Police in a manner that aligns with the mission, values, strategic plan, and overall goals of the university.


  • Primary Responsibilities: The VCAS is responsible for ensuring the human resources, fiscal decisions, and operational planning support the mission, identity, strategic plan, and overall goals of the university.
  • Serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet.
  • Works in collaboration with Chancellor’s Office and senior leadership on issues related to university administrative services in a manner that promotes transparency, cooperation, and inclusion in decision-making processes in the best interest of the university.
  • Provides administrative leadership and direction to programs and activities of the Division of Administrative Services including Auxiliary Services, Capital Planning, Facilities Management, Financial Services, Human Resources, Project Management Center of Excellence, Safety and Risk Management, and University Police.
  • Establishes mission, vision, and goals for the division that are compatible with the university's mission and vision and that are in support of strategic initiatives.
  • Oversees the development, implementation, and supervision of capital budget and planning projects; works closely with UW System Administration, Wisconsin Department of Administration, and state and local governmental and regulatory offices in the implementation of the plan.
  • Guides the development of the institutional annual budget, provides appropriate oversight of the budget system, and ensures that finances and budgets are managed in accordance with state law and generally accepted accounting standards.
  • Implements personnel policies, procedures, and practices that foster human resource development, effective deployment of human resources, and assures compliance with federal, state, UW System Administration, and UW-Platteville rules and regulations.
  • Develops and administers a contract management policy that establishes protocol and procedures for effective contract administration and management; facilitates the review of proposed contract language; and functions as the institutional contract officer.
  • On behalf of the Chancellor, works closely with UW System Board of Regents, administration, and the State of Wisconsin on matters pertinent to areas of responsibility.
  • Works with various constituents to develop and/or facilitate the development of administrative systems that are effective, efficient, and compatible with institutional priorities.
  • Assists in the implementation of the Chancellor’s vision and goals for the campus by collaborating with System and campus leaders, including being directly involved in strategic planning, strategic planning execution, and programs to advance the mission of the institution.
  • Maintains a high level of working knowledge on all federal and state regulatory matters to facilitate sound, informed, efficient, and effective decision-making.
  • Serves as the institution’s primary liaison to the UW System Office of General Counsel and the Wisconsin Department of Justice for civil litigation, administrative agency complaints, or other disputes that involve external judicial or administrative review.
  • Works closely with shared governance and constituency groups on campus on campus-related matters to promote open communication, information, and resources throughout the campus community on areas of responsibility.
  • Serves as the point of contact to UW System on internal audits or incidents that may pose a serious risk to the health or safety of the campus community.
  • Serves as designated university representative for the national organizations of National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and Central Association of College and University Business Officers (CACUBO).
  • Provides leadership and direction on special projects, as assigned by the Chancellor.
  • Performs various other duties and assignments, as determined by the Chancellor. 

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • A master's degree from an accredited institution in business, management, finance, or related field.
  • Proven ability to successfully lead and oversee the daily operations of a major unit or office at an institution of higher education or similar organization.
  • Ten years of progressively responsible experience in higher-level business and/or administrative experience in higher education.
  • A record of successful accomplishments in developing effective strategies that uphold and promote the mission, structure, and integrity of an organization.
  • A record of working collaboratively with others to fulfill the mission, values and strategic plan of an organization or institution.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • A high level of professional integrity and work ethic.
  • The ability to effectively present and explain complex data to a general university audience.
  • Ability to lead a variety of operational areas through effective communication, influence, and persuasion at all levels of an organization while balancing patience with a sense of urgency.
  • An innovative and forward-thinker regarding planning, strategy, and implementation.
  • A working knowledge of federal and state government regulations, court decisions, and higher education practices in areas applicable to this position.
  • Strong negotiation skills with the ability to arrive at solutions jointly with stakeholders while acting in a fair, flexible, confidential, and ethical manner at all times.
  • Leadership skills that include sound administrative, fiscal, and operational decisions that align with an organization’s mission, identity, and strategic plan.
  • Highly energetic and self-motivated; ability to prioritize work, develop effective policies and practices within units; ability to manage conflict in a positive and productive manner.
  • Willingness and ability to implement organizational change in an effective and productive manner.

Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 47 baccalaureate and 10 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Application Deadline:
Priority deadline: To ensure full consideration applications must be received by June 12, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

How to Apply:
The following documents are required for applicant consideration:

  • Letter of application addressing all required qualifications
  • A current resume
  • Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.
  • Additional documents as needed

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

            Tara Rucker,

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam era veteran, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state. Sexual harassment is illegal and will not be tolerated. Co-workers and supervisors may not retaliate against any employee, student, or job applicant because he or she filed a complaint, assisted in an investigation or participated in any proceeding alleging discrimination on the foregoing basis.

The University ensures physical accessibility to work environments for persons with disabilities and will provided reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to employment. Upon request, the University will provide reasonable accommodations for religious observances and practices. The University is committed to a program of affirmative action for women, racial minorities, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era. While the Chancellor assumes overall responsibility for the success of the program, university administrators and supervisors are responsible and accountable for implementation. Authority for monitoring the program is delegated to Human Resources.

Each individual associated with the University is called upon to pledge a new and revitalized commitment to build and maintain a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination, an environment that fosters mutual respect, recognizes the dignity and worth of all people, and promotes to the fullest, equal employment opportunity through affirmative action.

In compliance with the Clery Act of 1998, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Annual Security & Annual Fire Safety Report is available for review. Call the UW-Platteville Campus Police Office at 608.342.1584 for a paper copy of the annual report.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

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