Vice President of Finance

Vice President of Finance
Columbia Gorge Community Colleg
 The Dalles, Oregon
Job Description

Who we are…

Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) is a rural community college, sized perfectly to be dynamic, nimble and innovative. We serve a full-time equivalency (FTE) of approximately 850 students, with a total headcount of approximately 4,000 students. CGCC has a current operating budget of approximately nine (9) million dollars which is made up of state support, local taxes, and tuition and fees.

CGCC serves a diverse region in north-central Oregon and south-central Washington. Our main campus is within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in The Dalles. There is also a satellite location in Hood River, Oregon.

We are in need of…

A strategic, forward thinking individual to serve as Vice President of Finance. The successful candidate will be instrumental in directing College financial operations, including budgeting, accounting, purchasing, financial reporting, and fiscal audits. As a leader at the College, you will champion a continuous improvement mindset, build a culture of accountability, and advance strong decision-making and risk assessment capabilities for the leadership team.

What you will do…

  • Promote the financial well-being of the College by overseeing budget management, monitoring appropriated investments of temporary cash balances, and safeguarding all financial assets and resources.
  • Advise the President, senior management, and members of the Board of Education on issues related to the College’s financial status, to include short-term and long term financial objectives, and regulatory issues and actions affecting the College.
  • Provide leadership in the development of the College annual budget building process and budget planning through the subsequent biennium. Ensure budget process is integrated with strategic planning.
  • Oversee the College accounting and financial systems, and monitor and report on the financial status and performance of the College to the campus community and Board of Education.
  • Provide strategic direction as it relates to all financial matters to ensure long term fiscal sustainability of the College.
  • Establish positive working relationships to advance College interests with external organizations to include architects and construction, Oregon Community College Association, legislatures, auditors, legal counsel, grant sources, etc.
  • Prepare annual audit with independent auditors.
  • Oversees all capital and fiscal planning affecting the College.

What you bring….

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration or related field

Minimum of five (5) years of relevant finance/administrative leadership experience.

Experience implementing/managing Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) software.

Demonstrated knowledge of principles and standards of fund accounting for public colleges and universities, as defined by AICPA and GASB. Experience working in higher education a plus.

What the area offers…

Columbia Gorge Community College is located in an area of exceptional scenic beauty, recreational opportunity, and climatic diversity. The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area offers spectacular waterfalls and scenic vistas, while the majestic Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood volcanoes dominate the skyline to the north and south.

Manufacturing, technology, and IT companies are expanding rapidly in the area, which is home to companies such as Insitu/Boeing, Tofurky, Cardinal Glass, Sagetech, HoodTech, and Google. Much of the area is connected to agricultural pursuits, with large acreages of wheat fields, cherry, pear, and apple orchards, and dozens of vineyards. Outdoor recreation is one of the primary lifestyle benefits of the area, and it attracts a busy tourist industry. Portland is only an hour away, with its various urban attractions and access to international travel.


Studies have shown that women and people of color may be less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't meet every one of our qualifications listed. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications for this position, please feel free to contact us to discuss your application.

Position information

Open until filled

Please include a resume, letter of interest and unofficial transcripts with your application materials