Vice President for Finance & Administration, CFO

Vice President for Finance & Administration, CFO
 Salt Lake City, Utah
Job Description

The Vice President for Finance and Administration is responsible for providing strategic vision and leadership, stewardship and direction for key administrative and support departments within the College including Budget & Planning, Business Services, Facilities Services, Information Technology, Public Safety & Emergency Management, Risk & Contract Management and Internal Audit.

The Vice President is responsible for leading a team of over 400 staff, overseeing multiple campuses of 370+ acres on 10 sites, and managing a college-wide budget that exceeds $300 million This position participates as a member of the President’s executive management team and is the Chief Financial Officer for the College.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the community college mission vision, and values and be a collaborative, approachable, equity-minded and effective leader. They will also demonstrate a leadership style consistent with the culture that has enabled SLCC to be recognized as one of the best places to work in Salt Lake City.

The Vice President may be called upon to act on the President’s behalf and/or participate in College, system, or state-wide committees as a representative of the College. They will be expected to serve as the external face of the College including building strong collaborations with other system CFOs. This is an at-will position.

Business Services. Provide direction of College investments for safety and maximum yield possible. Ensure controls and processes are in place to produce reliable and relevant financial information for decision making, including external financial statements and reports. Oversee the acquisition of goods and services at the best possible price without sacrificing quality. Insure appropriate business related policies and procedures to provide institutional effectiveness for accounts receivable, accounts payable, collections, purchasing, and payroll. Oversee the College bookstore, food service operations and auxiliaries of the College. Provide for review and assistance of College revenue generating functions.

Facilities Services. Provide and maintain adequate and safe facilities including: buildings and grounds, construction/remodeling, equipment and motor pool. Facilitate College master planning by monitoring College planning and research including development of new building goals. Work with the State’s Department of Facilities Construction and Management to ensure College projects are adequately prioritized and that funding is received.

Budget & Planning. Develop and oversee systems and procedures for proper expenditures and control of the College budget to insure the fiscal stability of the institution. Oversee College budget to support department operations and allocation to areas including, staffing, operations and equipment.

Information Technology. Oversees strategic direction of information technology & security efforts for the College’s networks, software and general infrastructure. This includes administrative applications as well as student/faculty tools and support in facilitation of teaching and learning.

Auditing/Compliance. Coordinate efforts and provide leadership of internal audit function. Ensure policy, contracts and compliance efforts are developed and maintained to mitigate audit findings and that a proper internal control system is in place and functional.

Public Safety Services. Provide leadership in the area of public safety in coordination with the College’s police force to ensure the safety of students, employee, and visitors of the College. Oversees the College’s parking operations and provides coordination of all existing and new parking services of the College.

Risk/Emergency Services. Assess the risk activities and provide reasonable mitigation and help provide a safe working environment. Ensure legal compliance with all business related functions to insure appropriate services. Implement and direct the College emergency plan, when necessary, to provide appropriate disaster response.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Administrative experience in large, complex organizations
  • Administrative experience in higher education
  • Certified Public Accountant

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Higher Education Administration or closely related area from an accredited college or university
  • Eight to ten years progressively responsible administrative experience in many of the reporting areas

Knowledge, experience and abilities:

Demonstrated knowledge of:

budgeting systems, governing board policies and regulatory standards relating to higher education
related business management and controlling principles and practices, budget research and planning, accounting techniques, auditing principles, inventory, purchasing, payroll, accounts receivable/payable and cashiering.
business and employment law
long range master planning, facility design, construction and maintenance, capital asset acquisition and leasing protocols, real estate financing and investment regulations;
public safety and emergency management systems and ability to lead such efforts
program evaluation methods
the relationship between a foundation board and the College’s financial operations
informational technology solutions that address the need for strategic and enhanced use of technology and data driven solutions.
investment policies and strategies
risk assessment and management

Demonstrated experience in:

leading the development, organization, management and assessment of a wide variety of business services functions
real estate negotiations, capital financing, campus master planning and coordinating efforts of consultants, advisors, and counsel in capital project endeavors
leading collaborative initiatives to effect institutional change.
serving, leading and advocating for employees and students from diverse backgrounds.
identifying and implementing strategic technology-based solutions to strengthen and integrate business practices.
working with foundations, including grant-writing and fund raising.
collaborative work with enrollment management

Demonstrated ability to:

effectively interpret and implement the vision, mission and goals of the College and the Finance and Administration division to both internal and external audiences
make fiscal and operational decisions in the context of the college’s mission and goals
analyze, interpret, and articulate regulations, data, College goals, and governing board requirements clearly to stakeholders to ensure compliance and effective outcomes
write clearly and concisely
make decisions and move the division forward with an equity-minded and inclusive lens
serve with integrity and honesty in all fiscal matters on behalf of the College
speak to diverse constituent groups, communicate effectively and facilitate solutions
effectively present and advocate for administrative, budget and capital asset priorities to Board of Trustees, Board of Higher Education, Building Board and legislative committees
provide effective oversight and management of all financial audits
solve problems effectively through sound decision-making processes and collaborative practice
lead, motivate, manage and evaluate a diverse staff
manage conflict and effectively diffuse tense and/or unproductive situations.
analyze and anticipate the institution wide impact of decisions and policies implemented through his/her unit
communicate effectively with a broad range of diverse people, ability, culture, and ethnic background, to maintain good working relationships across the College.
work with all groups in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic background of community college students, faculty, and staff, including those with disabilities.

Full consideration will be given to applicants who apply on or before the priority review date indicated above.

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