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Internal Search: VPAS

January 12, 2012

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MACOMB, IL -- Due to an unsuccessful national search for a vice president for administrative services (VPAS) in 2011, an internal search will take place during the Spring 2012 semester. Applications are being accepted from qualified internal candidates. A VPAS search committee, chaired by Provost Ken Hawkinson, will begin screening applications Feb. 22. The projected start date is April 1.

Required qualifications: The successful candidate will demonstrate strong financial and administrative leadership at a senior level in a higher education institution. He/She will also bring a high level of financial aptitude with an ability to understand and explain economic and accounting information, prepare and manage budgets and make sound long-term investment decisions. Also required is a record of excellent analytical and communication skills. He/She will have demonstrated strategic vision and the ability to align the unit's goals with the larger mission and vision of the University. Organizational and interpersonal skills, including the demonstrated ability to problem solve, actively listen, and effectively build and maintain relationships with the various internal and external constituencies of a comprehensive university are essential. An advanced degree from an accredited institution is required. The complete job description is available at

Nominations and/or letter of applications and a current vitae, email, copies of transcripts and the names and contact information for five current professional references should be sent to: Provost Ken Hawkinson, VPAS Search Committee Chair, Office of the Provost; Sherman Hall 211, 1 University Circle; Macomb, IL 61455-1390.

The vice president of administrative services reports to the president and serves as the treasurer to the Board of Trustees and as the University's chief administrative, business and financial officer. The VPAS is the spokesperson and liaison on financial matters to various state and federal agencies, and to the many external publics the University serves. The VPAS provides direction and leadership for the delivery of Universitywide services in the areas of Administrative Information Management Systems; Business Services; Document and Publication Services; Human Resources; Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute and Media Resource Center; Physical Plant; Public Safety; Purchasing; and Risk Management and Emergency Preparedness. The VPAS also oversees the insurance and state-mandated ethics programs, provides University coordination with contracted legal counsel and serves as administrative liaison to the Council of Administrative Personnel and the Civil Service Employees Council.

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