The Director of Finance is a member of the senior leadership team and is responsible for the fiscal management of the department including grant projections and departmental forecasting, and asset management. In conjunction with the Associate Executive Director, the Director of Finance will train staff at Berea College on federal financial procedures. The Director of Finance serves as liaison with the campus leadership for A-133 audits and other financially related activities and ensures that grant programs are compliant with all required financial regulations. The Director of Finance leads and operates with the Partners for Education goal in mind that all Appalachian students succeedin school.
Education required to ensure success in this position:
A Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, business, finance, management or related field, required
Experience required to ensure success in this position:
Six or more years of mid to high level financial management, budgeting, forecasting and accounting experience including the ability to develop and manage multi-million dollar budgets
Proven leadership skills with experience working with staff who monitor time-sensitive and confidential information
Demonstrated experience in managing day to day business operations including the coordination of workflows
Contract administration experience and the ability to conduct in-depth cost reviews of contract proposals and vendor files
Experience with asset management and purchasing processes for a high volume department Working knowledge of automated accounting systems.
Working knowledge and experience in developing worksheets, graphs, and use of other productivity tools.
The ability to communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing.
Able to multitask and work independently.
Special skills, knowledge and abilities:
Knowledge of computerized accounting system, knowledge of Banner desirable.
Knowledge of federal grant procedures including match.
Strong organization, interpersonal, written and verbal skills.
Thorough understanding and ability to apply fundamental accounting principles.
Strong numerical and analytical skills.
Extensive knowledge of spreadsheet, graphic and database software.
Ability to recognize and respect the confidential nature of information.
Accuracy, organization and attention to detail.
Maintain confidentiality as required in all areas of the position.
Proven ability to work as a team player and appropriately exhibiting a positive attitude.
Ability to resolve issues, resulting in mutual respect and tolerance for varying points to view.
License, certification, or registration necessary:
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living to...gether. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.
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