Stephens College is seeking an experienced and effective financial executive, problem-solver and collegial leader for the position of Vice President for Finance and Administration. The VPFA is a member of the president’s cabinet and provides strategic leadership and hands-on management to the following departments:
- Finance and Budget, including Accounting, Accounts Payable, Budget, Student Accounts and Procurement;
- Human Resources, Payroll;
- Facilities, including Custodial Operations, Plant Operations, Grounds Maintenance and recycling.
In particular, the VPFA:
- provides leadership and oversees the daily fiscal operations of the College, including: collection, receiving, receipting, depositing, and disbursement of all funds; accounting, financial reporting, internal control; and long-term financial planning of the business affairs of the College in consultation with the President.
- keeps the President fully advised on all financial matters of the College.
- manages and evaluates the College’s financial affairs offices and staff.
- provides leadership and vision for the development and execution of a strategic plan for the finance and administration functional areas at the College. Works with staff to establish measurable outcomes for all finance and administration functional areas, monitors assessment of those outcomes, and develops action plans for improvement.
- manages the College budget, including the development of policies and best practices around expenditure control and institutional revenue options, and makes related recommendations to the President.
- provides leadership in the areas of risk management, insurance, contract and employment matters.
- oversees the staff and functions of the human resources office.
- maintains interaction with the College's external auditing firms and prepares related responses regarding audit results and the annual management letter.
- serves as the primary liaison to the College's lender(s) and ensures that all required reporting and communication takes place in a timely and accurate manner.
- provides leadership and oversight for all Debt Management matters.
- directs the outsourced investment activities of the College.
- oversees cash management and banking matters,
- develops, implements, monitors and revises policies and procedures relating to the areas supervised. Oversees the development and compliance with all College policies through the compliance function.
- works with faculty and staff to resolve finance and administration issues and complaints in a timely and collegial manner in compliance with college policies and procedures.
- provides staff support to the Board of Trustees’ finance and audit committees, as well as the Board of the Stephens College Endowment Foundation; and
- performs other duties as assigned.
Master's degree in accounting, business administration, finance, or related field from an accredited college or university is preferred. Additional education and/or Certified Public Accountant status are desirable.
An extended career track of increasing responsibility and documented success in financial administration of a college or university, large non-profit or similarly complex organization, preferably at the controller, assistant vice president or vice presidential level.
Demonstrated knowledge of the planning, implementation and monitoring of budgets in an educational environment.
Demonstrated knowledge of the rules, regulations and principles of higher education accounting and financial reporting.
Demonstrated knowledge of human resources policies, procedures and practices, as well as federal, state and local laws and regulations related to all employment matters.
Ability to effectively supervise and motivate personnel. Demonstrated excellent supervisory, administrative, communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills to interact with individuals from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with students, college employees, board members, alumnae and the public. Skill in working effectively in a team environment with a customer service focus.
Demonstrated organizational skills in handling and directing multiple and complex assignments and projects. Demonstrated experience in organizing, developing, and implementing operational systems and writing guidelines in an educational setting and managing a high volume workflow office.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; and effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or the board of directors. The uncommon ability to convey complex ideas that are brief, but to the point.
Proficient in the use of e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software and use of the Internet to access data, maintain records, generate reports, and communicate with others.
High level of energy and good sense of humor with the capacity for extraordinary time and effort demands.
Demonstrated experience of positive and proactive approaches in identifying problems, creating innovative solutions, managing projects, leading teams through collaboration, and implementing efficiencies and effectiveness using technology. Experience in brainstorming, planning, leading and managing development projects, including coordinating with peers to achieve desired outcomes.
A strong commitment to and passion for the College's Mission.
To Apply: Interested candidates may send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and three references to VPsearch@stephens.edu.
The institution will continue to review applications until filled.