FINANCE AND RESOURCES PLAN 2025

Finance and Resources staff serve an important role in helping to advance the University of Saskatchewan as "the university the world needs". Our specific role and purpose is to lead in major administrative areas by providing a high performance, networked team that has the capability to provide the university with enhanced potential, creative solutions and a sustainable future.

This plan is intended to align with the University’s Plan and define the ways Finance and Resources will contribute to the advancement of our university. It sets out goals and strategic objectives that create opportunity for challenging current ways of doing things; allow for collaboration, teamwork and coordination of initiatives with others in and outside of our portfolio; and provide direction for the entire unit.  

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Our Vision

Partnering to be the university the world needs

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Our value proposition

Working with our partners in the delivery of solutions, programs and services

Our Goals

GOAL 1

Create a safe, engaging and welcoming environment that inspires learning and discovery.

GOAL 2

Focus relentlessly on our shared commitments.

GOAL 3

Empower all to support and sustain the USask mission for future generations.

GOAL 1

CREATE A SAFE, ENGAGING AND WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT THAT INSPIRES LEARNING AND DISCOVERY.

Our desire is to ensure that all who work, learn or visit USask feel an affinity to our university through:

  • embracing diversity
  • fostering inclusivity
  • living university values
  • contributing to safe work and learning physical and virtual environments

To enable this goal, our strategic objectives are to:

CREATE AN EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

We offer programs and lead or partner on initiatives and projects that contribute to an exceptional experience at USask for our stakeholders, with a particular focus on students, faculty and staff.

PROTECT PEOPLE AND DATA

Programs and solutions that empower faculty, staff and students to ensure work and learning environments are safe, engaging and inclusive.

WE ARE SUCCESSFUL WHEN:
  1. We all feel part of an institution that places priority around equity, diversity and inclusion.
  2. We are part of an environment where all place priority on safety in physical, mental, social, and digital environments
  3. We prioritize our stakeholder experience when partnering with and delivering services across our university
  4. We see measurable improvements in our level of student and staff engagement and satisfaction at the unit and institutional levels.
  5. Systems and structures increasingly contribute to building the culture of trust essential to collaboration.
  6. An increased spirit of holistic wellness, mutual respect and inclusive diversity imbues all our engagement efforts.
  7. We intentionally seek out and resolve processes that cause unintentional harm and establish an environment that promotes the health and well being of all who study at our campuses regardless of location.

GOAL 2

FOCUS RELENTLESSLY ON OUR SHARED COMMITMENTS.

We partner and collaborate with the university community in developing and providing solutions that support the university’s plan. We strive for excellence in providing accessible and value-added programs, solutions and services to our university community, ultimately helping the university and individuals achieve goals.

To enable this goal, our strategic objectives are to:

SUPPORT THE UNIVERSITY PLAN

Partner and collaborate to offer solutions and change-related supports that shift our university towards achieving our aspirations. Specifically, we offer our professional capacities to contribute to the efforts that advance the university's goals of courageous curiosity, boundless collaboration and inspired communities. We will develop plans focused on each of people, technology, and spaces and places that will define pivotal areas of focus for supporting the achievement of the university's overarching plan.

DELIVER THE BEST STAKEHOLDER VALUE

Deliver programs, solutions and services that provide value to stakeholders, enabling them to focus on and achieve their goals. To support this, we will clarify the services and supports we offer so people know what to expect from us and we build and maintain our relationships so we can ensure focus on solutions with and for our stakeholders. We do this through delivering a consistent, high-level of customer service, placing our customers first when providing both day-to-day support and strategies that enable growth and advancement within their organizations.

WE ARE SUCCESSFUL WHEN:
  1. We are sought-after by our campus community for our professional expertise and guidance
  2. Our business initiatives and resources are aligned with the University's plan
  3. We have developed institutional-level plans for employees, as well as the university's financial, technical and capital resources.
  4. We have developed supporting operating plans across Finance and Resources that align with the university plan 
  5. There is transparency and accountability in service delivery and programs offered across Finance and Resources.

GOAL 3

EMPOWER ALL TO SUPPORT AND SUSTAIN THE USASK MISSION FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

Our university requires long-term, forward-thinking, institutional-level strategies for its employees, as well as the university's financial, technical and capital resources. As leaders and professional specialists in the areas of human resources, finance, procurement and physical and technological infrastructure planning, we are best positioned to lead the strategy development for our university. These strategies must evolve and adapt to our changing environment and consider opportunities that are best for the university today and in years to come, and be aligned with the vision to be the university the world needs. This goal focuses on setting direction with and for our university community that enables decision-making to sustain the university's operations in the future.

To enable this goal, our strategic objectives are to:

ENABLE INSTITUTIONAL STEWARDSHIP

Collaboratively developed, forward-thinking, creative strategies that guide university leaders to make the best use of resources over the long term and optimize the use of our assets. 

IMPLEMENT ALTERNATE REVENUE STREAMS

Efforts to grow university revenues in a mission-consistent way to sustain institutional programs and support Finance & Resources operations. These efforts are focused on the opportunities within the Finance and Resources mandate.

WE ARE SUCCESSFUL WHEN:
  1. We have ensured long-term financial sustainability, 
  2. We have ensured long-term, integrated sustainability of the university's land and physical and technological infrastructure

BRINGING OUR PLAN TO LIFE

To achieve the Finance and Resources vision and goals on a long-term basis, we must ensure continuous improvement of our processes and practices; we must ensure, as Finance and Resources employees, that we are motivated to review the work we do; to identify, develop and launch innovative programs and services that bring cutting-edge ideas or practices to serve unmet institutional needs.

Internally-focused strategies are critical to enabling our goals. Key learning and growth strategies for our leaders and employees will ensure that our work is aligned, and that people leaders and employees seek out and bridge any knowledge, skill or ability gaps that could potentially impede our execution of key internal processes and projects.

These internally-focused strategies will focus on continuously building and improving Finance and Resources in delivering on our vision and goals:

ACHIEVE OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

We focus on effective administration, strategic investments in time and resources, and improvements to the effective delivery of programs that add current and future value. This includes processes that produce and deliver products and services, enhance customer value, create new products and services, and improve the environment and communities.

ENGAGE AND DEVELOP EMPLOYEES

We provide the supports and tools employees need to do their jobs, from ensuring access to career development plans and appropriate equipment, to relevant advances in technology.

RECRUIT EXCELLENT STAFF

We focus on promoting and recruiting diverse employees who are best suited to our roles and desired culture.

ALIGN FINANCE AND RESOURCES EMPLOYEES TO OUR SHARED BELIEFS AND UNIVERSITY VALUES

We expect an organizational culture that aligns with university’s plan, mission and values; in Finance and Resources, this includes additional focus on courage, collaboration, accountability, innovation and agility to create the environment that allows us to work together to serve our customers, as defined in Finance and Resources shared beliefs.

BUILD AND GROW LEADERS

We support our employees in their growth as strong, responsible and adaptive leaders who help instill the desired culture, celebrate accomplishments and learn from failures, and constructively and positively engage with employees and stakeholders. We want our leaders to have the right mix of functional, professional and leadership capabilities to enable the right level of customer centricity and service orientation expected across Finance and Resources.

WE ARE SUCCESSFUL WHEN:
  1. We have a culture that embraces continuous process improvements
  2. We have employee engagement results that reflect our desired outcomes
  3. We have a culture in Finance and Resources that is aligned to our shared beliefs, and the university's values, mission and plan

FINANCE AND RESOURCES SHARED BELIEFS

We must live and foster our shared beliefs every day

Working together will strengthen our culture and make us successful 

WE ARE FOCUSED ON THE PEOPLE WE SERVE

We start with a “can-do” mindset, we seek to truly understand their needsand work together to find the best way to meet them.

WE WORK TOGETHER

We collaborate across functional boundaries and openly share information to come up with the best solutions.

WE LEARN

We coach, give constructive feedback, seek input from others and strive to be innovative.

WE ARE COURAGEOUS

We take informed risks and do what is right, even if in the face of adversity.

WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE

We hold ourselves and each other accountable to achieving clear, integrated priorities.

WE TRUST EACH OTHER

We delegate decision making and support each other on the decisions we make.

WE VALUE CHANGE

We are agile, responsive, flexible and open to new solutions.