Vice President for Financial Management

The Vice President for Financial Management (VPFM) provides leadership for accounting, budget, procurement, and other finance-related tasks for the University. The VPFM directs budget planning, allocation and execution monitoring and negotiates with government agencies for the OIST budget request.  OIST seeks a strategic thinker and effective leader who can build internal and external funding and ensure a stable financial future for the University.


1919‐1 Tancha, Onna‐son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495


  • Provide the highest quality services in budget, accounting, and procurement to the faculty, staff, and students at the University, with emphasis on efficient systems, streamlined processes, and clear policies. 
  • Develop and enhance effective business practices in the University through introduction of up-to-date financial and business information systems to provide electronic, paperless services.
  • Provide ongoing financial analysis using appropriate algorithms to track and predict budget execution and to optimize budget planning, control, and reporting.
  • Prepare and negotiate annual budget requests with governmental funding agencies.
  • Manage the use of internal government subsidy funds according to government accounting rules.
  • Support the University plan for developing external funding and manage external funds use and investment. Implement international standards and practices to encourage growth of a broad range of external funding for the University.
  • Support the development of philanthropic funding and provide management of gifts accounting and investment.
  • Prepare annual budget reports.
  • Oversee risk assessment in finance, liability, and insurance.
  • Support an open communication policy that welcomes comments and suggestions for providing better financial services to the community.
  • Lead long-term strategic financial planning and management of the University, maximizing income and containing costs.
  • Carry out any other duties as required.



  • 5+ years of experience in the budget request process and management of government subsidy budgets from ministries, agencies or other related institutions.
  • Able to advise University Executives on strategic and operational financial decisions, to serve as a partner on financial management strategies, and to supervise Financial Management Division members.
  • Able to support and manage IT based financial systems.
  • Able to lead financial operations to ensure implementation of OIST policies and procedures in collaboration with executives and managers.
  • Skilled decision making, with integrity and transparency.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in Japanese, with native level English speaking skills.


  • Experience in financial management in higher education/research institutions.
  • Experience in financial and administrative staff leadership, preferably in managing people in a multinational environment.
  • Experience in developing and managing external, non-government-subsidy funding.

Report to 

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Starting Date 

April 1, 2021

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 3 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.

Working hours: 9:00-17:30

Compensation & Benefits 

In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations

Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
Annual paid leave and summer holidays
Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid )
Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
Worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

How To Apply 

Apply by uploading your submission documents HERE*.
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or send by post to the following address:
HR Recruiting Support Section

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

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Submission Documents 

- Letter of intent in both English and Japanese
- Curriculum vitae in both English and Japanese
- Names and contact information of 3 referees, one of which should be a previous employer

Application Due Date 

October 30, 2020 (Applications will be screened upon arrival)


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