About UVAFinance

OUR VISION IS TO BE THE VALUED AND TRUSTED FINANCIAL PARTNER THAT THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY TURNS TO FIRST. 

Our Mission

We build and maintain the financial framework that allows us to steward University resources in a way that is accurate, effective, and transparent.

We share trustworthy financial expertise, information, solutions, and insight with our stakeholders.

We enable our stakeholders (students, educators, researchers, and administrators) to be their best in a complex educational and healthcare environment.

 

Our Values

We deliver accurate, consistent, and reliable information.

We provide excellent service and support to all stakeholders.

We create innovative solutions and pursue continuous improvement.

We build collaborative and trusted relationships.

We value and respect our colleagues.

We train, develop, reward, and recognize our teammates, and value their diversity.

 

What We Do
  • Lead financial management at an institution with $2.7 billion in operating revenues, an $8.2 billion net position, AAA bond ratings, and tier 3 status under the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act.

  • Produce UVA’s consolidated annual audited financial report and quarterly interim report.

  • Develop Academic Division’s annual budget plan and multi-year financial plan and manage University Financial Model to guide effective decision-making and strong financial management for 12 schools, the College at Wise, and business units.

  • Provide valued data, analysis, and recommendations for senior leadership and the Board of Visitors.

  • Support UVA’s affordable excellence initiative by balancing tuition requirements and financial aid programs to achieve investment in the excellence of our academic programs while meeting 100% of financial need and minimizing student debt.

  • We are assessing current processes while planning and developing a business case to support the finance strategic transformation, which includes improving the financial service delivery model and upgrading to a cloud-based enterprise financial system.

  • Oversee $1.5 billion in annual cash inflow and outflow, including all payments to vendors and employees, as well as the collection of tuition, state appropriation, and external research funding, as well as the distribution of endowment earnings.

  • Maintain a robust and effective framework to ensure internal controls and financial compliance management.

  • Build an informed and collaborative financial community by delivering training and an annual conference, as well as sponsoring user support through affinity groups, an online community, a blog, and a podcast.

Leadership
Melody Bianchetto
Vice President of Finance Melody Bianchetto

Melody Bianchetto, a Certified Public Accountant, was named the Vice President for Finance at the University of Virginia in 2015. She oversees financial operations (accounting, financial reporting, procurement, and payroll), treasury, financial planning & analysis, student financial services, and the University’s Finance Strategic Transformation project. Melody began her UVA career as a budget analyst in 1996, after working in public accounting at EY in Washington, D.C. and Henderson & Everett, PC in Charlottesville.

Melody earned a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from James Madison University. Melody presents regularly at national and regional conferences on higher education finance and management and received NACUBO's Rising Star Award in 2014.

Melody serves on the EACUBO Board of Directors, NACUBO’s Advisory Committee on Women Leaders, the NCAA Board of Governors Finance & Audit Committee, and the SACSCOC 2020 Committee on Fifth-Year Interim Reports.

More from Melody (video content)

                                                                                 Read the latest updates from Melody in the UVAFinance blog. 

 

Join Our Team

Director of Finance Systems, Processes, and Data


Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Financial Operations, the Director of Finance Systems (DFS), has oversight responsibility for the Workday financial platform and is responsible for oversight of the Workday Financial System. The DFS leads the day-to-day operations in support of the Workday Finance Systems (FINS) and stewards the associated business processes, data, and associated improvements. The Director is a member of the Finance extended leadership team and a highly visible collaborator with the Human Resources and Information Technology departments, playing an integral role in the continual evolution of the University Workday ecosystem and its overall governance. The Director will help recruit and lead a cross-functional team of system architects and analysts, providing mentoring and guidance in support of optimal results for team members and system stakeholders. Together, the team ensures a high level of service with a strong commitment to quality and user responsiveness, growing and developing skills of our staff who engage in the Workday ecosystem. As a collaborator, this Director aids in facilitating feature evaluation, business process improvement, and overall Workday Financial management. The Director has an opportunity to continuously and positively impact and optimize a state-of-the-art financial, planning, and reporting environment as a pivotal leader for Workday systems at the University of Virginia.
 

The ideal candidates embody the UVA Finance Core Value of Diverse and Inclusive Teams:  We value diversity, equity, inclusivity, and respect. We strive to create a culture where every team member feels included and valued, and where different backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas are celebrated. UVAFinance is committed to the belief that diversity in all its forms is not merely a desirable complement to excellence; it is an essential component of it. The diversity of our team itself, and our team’s commitment to the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, strengthens our ability to effectively serve staff, faculty, students, suppliers, and the University community. Within UVAFinance, we are taking these efforts seriously, both in terms of our service to the University, the community, and our commitment to our employees.  


Ideal candidates have experience supporting, developing, and continuously improving global ERP and associated business processes. Workday experience is preferred along with other cloud-based ERP’s however experience with other tier 1 ERPs is also desirable. The Director is adaptable and a people-oriented leader and can fluidly adjust to changing business needs and priorities with demonstrated past of effectively leading organizational change. 

 

Qualifications 


Experience and Education: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree required with a concentration in Management Information Systems or a related field is preferred.
  • At least 8 years of relevant experience with 5+ years of relevant ERP systems management, support, and development experience required, cloud-based ERP experience preferred.
  • Two plus years of demonstrated experience hiring, managing, mentoring, and developing talent within a systems environment.
  • Experience in higher education is preferred.
  • Experience with Workday and/or Adaptive Planning is strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Experience developing and supporting ERP cloud implementations for core financial, planning, and reporting applications. Workday or Adaptive Planning experience is preferred.
  • Ability to interact with senior leaders and adapt style as needed for technical or non-technical audiences.
  • Strong facilitation skills and demonstrated experience with leading cross-functional, cooperative efforts with team members across departments. Strong negotiation and team-building skills with the ability to create consensus around decisions and mitigate conflicts among different teams.
  • Exceptional Project Management experience with demonstrated experience in implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work towards optimization on a shared ERP (Workday) platform with Human Resources and Information Technology partners.
  • Ability to identify the need for and lead ERP platform optimization efforts.
  • Understanding of the principles and process of shared platform governance and ability to lead and collaborate in this environment.
  • Excellent executive presence, presentation skills, delegation skills, and strategic and tactical thinking.
  • Proven people management expertise in managing a high-performing team of diverse professionals.  Experience building a new team in support of changing operating environment is preferred.
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving, and engagement skills are essential.
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills with ability to clearly communicate issues to a wide audience.
  • A unifier of people and transparent and open communication style that fosters deep engagement and constructive critical analysis.
  • Self-starter who thrives in an ever-changing, fast-paced business environment.
  • Ability to creatively steward financial data to support a vibrant reporting and analytics environment.
  • Experience in all phases of the software development lifecycle.
  • Knowledge of general accounting and corporate financial reporting is preferred.
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving, and engagement skills are essential.
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills with the ability to clearly communicate issues to a wide audience.
  • A unifier of people and transparent and open communication style that fosters deep engagement and constructive critical analysis.
  • Self-starter who thrives in an ever-changing, fast-paced business environment.
  • Ability to creatively steward financial data to support a vibrant reporting and analytics environment.
  • Experience in all phases of the software development lifecycle.
  • Knowledge of general accounting and corporate financial reporting is preferred.
  • Ability to partner and collaborate with Finance functional directors to improve business processes in support of ERP platform optimization.
  • Eager to work in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Consistently show ability to recognize and deal with priorities. Recognize and perform duties that need to be performed although not directly assigned-assisting others as needed.
  • Ability to lead projects using standard project management processes (e.g., Proposals, Charters, Workplans, etc.) and adapt/adjust based on individual project complexity and scope.
  • Support Finance Core Values of diverse and inclusive teams, collaborative partnership, strategic continuous improvement, service excellence, and impeccable source of information.

 

The University of Virginia is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion. UVA recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. The University strives to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay, and to perform to their highest potential.  


https://itcareers.apexsystems.com/job/14127293/director-of-finance-systems-workday-/

For more information regarding this opportunity to express interest please contact Preston Badra at[email protected] 

Continuous Improvement

UVAFinance strives to meet the needs of the University community, and a big part of that is maintaining a culture of continuous improvement.  We focus on better training and process standardization in order to produce results more effectively and better support our stakeholders and the University's mission.

The UVAFinance Continuous Improvement Committee (CIC) works to guide UVAFinance to meet these goals while minimizing the burden on faculty and staff. 

If you have any questions related to continuous improvement, please get in touch with the CIC here

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

The Inclusive Excellence Advisory Committee

UVA's Inclusive Excellence framework was implemented to support our collective diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts in order to propel us on our mission to be a University that is both great and good.   Here in UVAFinance, we support this effort with our own local group, the Inclusive Excellence Advisory Committee.  

The UVAFinance Inclusive Excellence Advisory Committee includes Melody Bianchetto, Patty Marbury, ToShun Campbell, LaVerne Harris, Raegan Harouff Gaye, Mohammed AlKaisy, James Cobb, and Brandi Van Ormer.

The committee will transition to an Equity Action Team in January 2022 with the goal of continuing the work of the advisory committee and implementing action items in the UVAFinance Inclusive Excellence plan. This new team will include individuals from across UVAFinance and team members will have staggered term limits to ensure that all interested team members have an opportunity to participate, while also providing continuity.

DEI in the News in UVAFinance

 

Recruitment and Hiring Resources

Inclusive Excellence Posting Language:  It is important that our job postings reflect that we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diverse and Inclusive Teams is one of our UVAFinance core values and that should be stated in every job posting. This language should be included in every job posting.

Inclusive Excellence Posting Language

Inclusive Excellence Interview Questions and Resources:  If we are to create and continue to have a culture committed to the value of Diverse and Inclusive Teams, any new UVAFinance team members need to demonstrate this commitment. Interview questions for both individual contributor and manager positions are provided. Select one or two of the questions and during the interview, assess candidates on their commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Inclusive Excellence Interview Questions and Resources

Internal UVAFinance Job Opportunity Procedure:  We are committed to equality in the employment opportunities available within the organization. Team members within UVAFinance should be considered (first when possible) for open positions. The goal of this procedure is to create a fair, equitable, and consistent process to ensure that when permanent, temporary, or interim employment opportunities are available, they are shared with all UVAFinance team members, and a competitive process is established and followed.

Internal UVAFinance Opportunity Procedure

 

COMING SOON:

  • Recruiting Diverse Applicants (where to post your listing to get a diverse candidate pool)
  • Guidelines for Selecting Diverse Search Committee Members
  • Tips on Evaluating Job Qualifications to Eliminate Bias

 

Values Document

A Valued and Trusted Financial Partner is the vision for UVAFinance. To realize this vision we have identified five core values: Collaborative Partner, Strategic Continuous Improvement, Service Excellence, Impeccable Sources of Information, and Diverse and Inclusive Teams. In addition to the description of each value, some sample descriptive behaviors that demonstrate each value are included.

Values Document

     

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Education

    Sprint Discussions

    UVAFinance hosts bi-weekly discussions where we have open and respectful conversations about topics and current events relevant to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We have discussed many topics including racial inequalities, privilege, symbols of white supremacy, microaggressions, and current events such as the Capitol insurrection, police brutality, voting rights, education, and more.

    We have also discussed books, movies, and podcasts including Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and his Slaves, and The Vanishing Half, and The 1619 Podcast. In the summer of 2021 we spent several months discussing the book Caste: The Origins of our Discontents.

    All UVAFinance team members, colleagues, and friends (even those outside UVA) are invited to join us for these thought-provoking discussions. Ideas for discussions are always welcome. Please contact Patty Marbury, [email protected] for more information or to suggest a topic.

    Training

    In 2021 our UVAFinance managers completed an online class, Inclusive Leadership, led by Dr. Shirley Davis, and participated in a facilitated discussion following the class. All team members attended two classes facilitated by The Racial Equity Group: Bigger than Racism and Allies for Racial Equity and Inclusion. UVAFinance received an Inclusive Excellence grant to offset some of the cost for these two classes. Please contact Patty Marbury, [email protected].edu, for more information about any of these training courses.

    Resources for DEI in UVAFinance

     

    COMING SOON:

    • Examples of Performance Goals