The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a non-profit educational consortium of 14 residential liberal arts colleges across five states, seeks an innovative leader and strategic advisor to serve as its Vice President for Finance, Administration, and Planning. Located in downtown Chicago, the ACM enriches residential liberal arts education and strengthens members through collaboration. The Vice President reports to the President.
The Vice President for Finance, Administration, and Planning ensures the long-range strategic priorities of the consortium are translated into high-quality, multi-year financial plans, annual operating budgets, and associated forecasts. Working in close collaboration with consortial staff, the Vice President ensures the budget and supporting processes effectively and efficiently advance the ACM’s mission. The Vice President plays a key leadership role in providing timely, accurate, high-quality financial analysis and strategic advice to senior staff and ACM’s Board of Directors and sets a new standard for the quality of financial planning, analysis, and innovation in higher education.
The Vice President for Finance, Administration, and Planning has responsibility for all financial and accounting processes, annual audit, tax compliance, and insurance. The Vice President also manages all aspects of rented facilities, insurance programs, vendor relationships, budgets, accounting and audit, billing, investments, and payroll. They will also write and prepare narrative and visual financial reports to present to the ACM’s Board of Directors, Advisory Board of Deans, and related committees including the Executive Committee, Audit Committee, and Investment Committee.
The ACM’s new strategic plan will build on its success and create the next generation of programs prioritizing initiatives that 1) leverage the Greater Midwest through place-based interdisciplinary learning experiences, 2) create opportunities for the exploration of career and education pathways, 3) promote excellence and diversity through leadership and professional development, and 4) provide a platform for the exchange of information, resources, and insights to drive innovation across the consortium. The Vice President for Finance, Administration, and Planning will be integral to the daily operation of the ACM, leading the financial planning and modeling to support the development and implementation of its new programmatic initiatives.
This is a full-time, exempt position in Chicago, IL. Salary dependent on experience. The ACM offers an excellent benefits package and a flexible, stimulating environment.
Start date: July 15, 2019
Application deadline: For full consideration, please submit application materials by May 29, 2019.
If you would like to be considered as a candidate for this position, please send:
a letter explaining your interest in the position, the qualifications you would bring, and how you would contribute to ACM goals for this position;
a professional resume;
available start date;
salary requirements; and
a list of references, including contact details (who would be contacted only with prior permission).
Materials should be submitted electronically as attachments, in MS Word or PDF format, to email@example.com using the subject “Vice President for Finance, Administration, and Planning.”
The ACM is a consortium of 14 residential liberal arts colleges located in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, founded in 1958. The ACM enriches residential liberal arts education and strengthens members through collaborative initiatives and programs for faculty, students, and staff. The ACM is governed by the presidents of the 14 member colleges and an advisory board of deans. The colleges enroll about 24,000 students, almost 60% from Midwest states, and have 2,700 faculty. In the past five years, the ACM has received more than $11 million in foundation support for its programs and initiatives.
The Associated Colleges of the Midwest is an equal employment opportunity employer. ACM does not discriminate in the operation of its educational programs, activities, or employment with regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law.
ACM member colleges: Beloit College, Carleton College, Coe College, Colorado College, Cornell College, Grinnell College, Knox College, Lake Forest College, Lawrence University, Luther College, Macalester College, Monmouth College, Ripon College, and St. Olaf College.
A minimum of 10-12 years of increasingly responsible experience in finance/accounting, operation management, and planning.
Demonstrated skills in all accounting and finance functions, including budgeting, forecasts, cash management, AP/AR, financial reporting, expense and transaction reporting, account reconciliation, tax and compliance reporting, vendor management, payroll.
High level of accuracy and consistent use of good judgement and best practices in financial management.
Ability to be tactical with day-to-day activities and strategic with planning.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences, including Board members, college staff, ACM staff, faculty, parents, and students.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Abila MIP (or a similar accounting system), and the ability to learn custom systems.
Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment in an efficient, professional way.
Must be detailed oriented, have a hands-on management style, and work well in a small office.
Ability to travel to off-site meetings in Chicago and on ACM campuses, as needed.
Ability to work after hours as necessary.
A valid driver’s license and the ability to operate a motor vehicle.
Experience with a not-for-profit or educational organization.
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