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Vice President, Budget, Financial Planning & Decision Support Chicago, IL

Rush University Medical Center (Rush) welcomes inquiries, applications and referrals for the position of Vice President, Budget, Financial Planning & Decision Support (VP). This is an excellent opportunity for a forward-thinking financial leader to play a critical role in serving an academic health system recognized for transformative health care. As Rush continues to advance its mission of providing the best health care through the integration of outstanding patient care, education, research, and community partnerships, the VP will play an essential role in supporting this growing enterprise through the development of sound financial planning and decision support services. With a commitment to excellence, Rush intends to become the undisputed leader in the region and nationally recognized for transforming health care. 

Rush University Medical Center is a highly regarded academic health system, located on Chicago’s near west side. The Rush System comprises Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush-Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital, as well as numerous outpatient care facilities. Rush University, with more than 2,500 students, is a health sciences university that comprises Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and the Graduate College.

The VP will report directly to the Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer and will serve as a key member of the Finance Leadership Team. Working in close partnership with finance and hospital leadership, the VP is responsible for providing comprehensive budgeting, financial planning and decision support services, and ensuring a high degree of transparency and collaboration. The VP will direct the annual budgetary process, interim forecasting, and decision support activities aimed at informing leadership of the performance in several key areas, including finance, quality, and operational efficiency. Central to this role is the development and support of integrated long-range financial, operational, annual and capital plans. 

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of at least ten years of experience in financial management within a large, complex academic health system or similar environment. Prior experience in budgeting, financial analysis, decision support systems is required. While a bachelor’s degree is a minimum requirement, an advanced degree in healthcare administration, finance,  business, or other relevant field, is preferred. Thorough understanding of the financial components associated with academic medicine (education, research, etc.) is expected, as are exceptional analytical, problem-solving and strategic planning skills.  In addition, the successful candidate will have demonstrated an ability to lead teams with excellence as well as develop and build future leaders. This would include ability to develop and mentor of departmental leaders and staff including a focus on business analytic capabilities. Given the visibility associated with this role, candidates must have experience in leading large scale change and efficiency efforts as well as possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, coupled with the ability to interact with all levels of the organization including the Board of Trustees.

Dan Rodas is leading the search with Jane McMahon.

Rush is an equal opportunity employer. As such, they evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.


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