Warner Pacific College’s Mission: Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts college dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds with an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Our hiring practices reflect our missional commitment to being a Christ-centered institution.
Warner Pacific College’s Commitment to Diversity: Warner Pacific College is committed to hiring staff and faculty with an intentionality that demonstrates the importance of having an employee community that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the students we serve. In the fall of 2016, more than 57% of our traditional students were racially or ethnically diverse. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Summary Description: The Vice President for Finance/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) reports to the President and supports the mission of the College by overseeing and enhancing the financial management of the college, which includes: resource allocations, financial strategy, capital plans, debt management, cash flow optimization and financial information systems. The CFO’s business responsibilities encompass treasury, investments, budgets, accounting systems, the audit, and accounting oversight of the endowment. She/he is also responsible for supervision of human resources, facilities, campus safety, and information services. These activities require that the CFO have a central role in senior administration in allocating resources annually and strategically. The CFO is also a key advisory to the President on financial and non-financial issues.
- Coordinates the long-range financial plans and business model of the College.
- Manages the cash-flow position of the College, including projecting sources and uses of funds. Assures the College has adequate liquidity to fund its operations.
- Coordinates and facilitates the College’s annual budgeting process.
- Ensures the maintenance of appropriate financial records and preparation of required financial reports including interim and year-end financial statements and reports for governmental and regulatory agencies.
- Provides Executive Cabinet, the President, and Board with regular updates on the financial status of the College.
- Assures protection for the assets of the College through internal control, independent external audits, and obtaining proper insurance coverage.
- Oversees the College’s physical facilities including maintenance and campus safety departments. Assesses the College’s space needs and develops strategies for meeting those needs. Develops capital financing plans as required and within institutional capacities to advance the College’s strategic development goals.
- Reviews and updates investment policies and practices to develop better investment performance monitoring techniques and practices. Coordinates all of the investment, reporting, accounting, and policy work that governs management of investment assets.
- Oversees information systems/technology and human resources functions.
- Oversees compliance of policies related to finance, personnel, safety, etc.
- Responsible for risk management – identifying and mitigating risks that have direct financial effects on the institution, including such things as: environmental health and safety, deferred maintenance, insurance, business office controls, data security, etc.
- Coordinates and facilitates the work of the Finance Committee and Investment Committee.
- Serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the College.
- Actively participates in the development, review, amendment, and implementation of the College’s strategic plan.
- Participates in Warner Pacific College professional development opportunities.
- Adheres to College policies and procedures.
- Demonstrates a commitment to a Christ-centered liberal arts education by upholding the mission of the College and abiding by the Employment Standards and Lifestyle Agreement.
- Exhibits commitment to inclusiveness and sensitivity in areas of national origin, ethnicity, culture, gender, and disabilities.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Truth Teller: The chief role and responsibility of the CFO is to provide facts, analyses, and observations that are the unvarnished truth. The CFO must be a data expert with the ability to produce, organize, and present financial information that demonstrates the resources available to achieve the college mission. Additionally, the CFO must be able to present financial realities so the truth can be heard and understood by stakeholders.
- Exemplary Manager: In addition to being a proponent of sound ethical practices, the CFO must model behavior that reflects the highest ethical and professional standards. Exemplifying best practices in job performance and supervision responsibilities builds credibility, positioning the CFO to effectively advocate for good management practices throughout the institution.
- Maximizer of Resources: Primarily through budgeting and financial management, the CFO helps the institution focus its available resources on the most critical priorities. Balancing operating revenue and operating expense budgets to attain and sustain long-term equilibrium, rooting out inefficiencies, and questioning allocation of resources for lower priority objectives.
- Guardian of Resources: The CFO must ensure that the institution protects its human, financial and physical resources; including minimizing the risk of destruction of facilities from natural causes, tort liabilities for negligence, data systems vulnerabilities due to hardware or software failures or to external system attacks, and damage to the institution’s reputation.
- Policy Compliance Officer: Ensures that policies are followed and internal controls are effective. Aggressively pursues potential and actual problems, asking hard questions about strategy, budgets, contracts, purchases and institutional proposals with financial consequences.
- Effective Communicator: Has the ability to explain complex technical issues in uncomplicated and understandable terms; raise difficult questions; and convey a sense of urgency when necessary without causing undue alarm.
- Institutional Strategist: In conjunction with other senior administrators, engage the strategic planning process.1
- Bachelor degree required, preferably in business administration or accounting.
- Strategic and organizational agility with the ability to collaborate and communicate with all levels or the organization including internal and external constituencies.
- Minimum five years experience as a senior financial manager in a complex financial environment, with increasingly responsible financial positions encompassing a broad range of managerial roles.
- Knowledge of principles and practices of accounting, cash management, and business management.
- Demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively solve problems and initiate and implement projects independently.
- Ability to multi-task, work effectively, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Strong oral and written communication skills including the ability to communicate financial information to others and effective public speaking skills.
- Strong leadership, management, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to make effective decisions based on facts and sound judgment.
- Proficient in computer programs including Windows, Outlook, Word and Excel, and the Internet.
- Experience working with diverse populations.
- Higher education, university, or college experience as a financial and/or operations executive.
- Experience managing core operational functions including human resources, facilities, safety, and information services.
- Master of Business Administration degree.
- Proficiency in Spanish language.
Warner Pacific is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural learning environment. We, therefore, encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college. Warner Pacific College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse workforce of committed Christians from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds
To Apply: In order to be considered an applicant for this position, please complete our online employment application at www.warnerpacific.edu/jobs. Click “Apply Now” to complete the online application, and submit the following:
- Cover letter with names/contact information for three professional references