Sea Education Association (SEA), www.sea.edu, invites applications for a permanent full-time Director of Finance and Administration.
About SEA: SEA is a non-profit educational institution and an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. Since 1971, SEA has educated undergraduates about the world’s oceans through its Boston University accredited study abroad program, SEA Semester®. SEA is located on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, and owns and operates two sailing research vessels: the SSV Corwith Cramer in the Atlantic Ocean and the SSV Robert C. Seamans in the Pacific.
SEA is an EOE committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the organization; our goal is to create an academic and working community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity.
We’re a dynamic organization in search of a multi-faceted person who can provide strategic and day to day leadership broadly in the areas of finance, human resources, facilities management, and technology.
The Director’s primary responsibility is to provide direction and management of financial resources to enhance the goals of the institution in a manner consistent with SEA’s mission and current and future fiscal health. A key component of this position is to provide financial expertise and leadership in all institutional planning efforts.
Qualifications, Experience and Education
The successful candidate will have proven managerial and leadership experience with demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills including
The ability to motivate and coach
Discretion and confidentiality a must, humor a plus
Understanding of automated accounting systems
Extensive knowledge of accounting principles and non-profit management
Strong capital project experience
S/He will have a minimum of 5 years of experience in business management in a supervisory role
Broad knowledge of facilities and technology management, regulatory processes and insurance needs
Substantial experience in establishing fiscal controls and in providing financial management for a school, college, not for profit or other equivalent experience
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business management, finance or related field required; CPA or masters level preferred
Reporting to the President, the Director of Finance and Administration works to implement best business practices, procedures, and systems throughout the institution to insure sound fiscal management.
Develop, implement and oversee SEA’s annual operating budget, which is approved by the Board of Trustees
Serve as member of the senior management team
Manage the Business Office Manager, Human Resources Coordinator, Shore Facilities Coordinator, Fiscal Coordinator and Network Administrator
Regularly update and advise the President as to the current status of financial affairs and business-related activities
Manage the investment of institution funds in accordance with Board instructions and in consultation with the Investment and Finance Committees
Ensure compliance with all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements
Act as liaison to the Finance, Audit, Investment, and Risk Management Committees
Participate in Trustee meetings and the annual and semi-annual meetings of the corporation
Works collaboratively with fellow SEA team members, volunteers, trustees and board members