Goucher College seeks a collaborative, innovative leader with exceptional financial, strategic, and interpersonal skills to join the leadership team as Vice President for Finance and Administration (CFO), reporting to President Kent Devereaux. The CFO will be the institution's senior finance and administrative leader and will partner with the president, provost, senior leaders, and the board to provide comprehensive, strategic fiscal, and operational leadership across the College and ensure that planning, operational, and budget activities support institutional goals. The CFO will steward the long-term financial sustainability of the College's mission to continue providing a premier liberal arts education for many years to come. Read and download the position profile at https://koyapartners.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/GOUCHER-COLLEGE_CFO_-Position-Profile-by-Koya-.pdf.
The CFO will be strategic and results-driven with strong leadership skills and a proven track record of success in similarly broad and complex roles of progressively greater responsibility. The ideal candidate will have a robust financial, administrative and business background, excellent relationship-building capabilities, and strong verbal and written communication skills. The CFO will have good business judgment, an analytical mindset, capacity for flexibility and adaptability to shifting priorities, and sound, thoughtful decision-making abilities.
A natural change agent, the CFO will have the opportunity to innovate and improve services toward greater integration, optimization, and efficiencies. They will guide the College through the decision-making process and change management required to successfully migrate the institution to a new cloud-based technology platform. They will be nimble, strategic, and collaborative, incorporating internal perspectives while informing decisions based on industry best practices.
The CFO will have the business savvy, financial and administrative expertise, and good judgment to establish the necessary trust and credibility, and cultivate and maintain excellent working relationships with administration, staff, faculty, students, outside consultants and advisors, and colleagues. The CFO will work effectively to earn the respect and confidence of the College's Board of Trustees.
A baccalaureate degree plus relevant financial leadership and extensive management experience is required. An advanced degree such as an MBA or other advanced degrees and/or certification in the fields of accounting (e.g., CPA), business, finance, or management is preferred.
In addition, ideal candidates will have the following core competencies, personal qualities, and qualifications:
Financial and Administrative Experience: The CFO will have proficient knowledge of financial and budget management, financial analysis and planning, and experience in managing a diverse team in finance, www.koyapartners.com | firstname.lastname@example.org |7 administration, and technology with a measurable track record of success in developing and implementing strategies, policies, and effective business process that create better outcomes. The CFO will be responsible for identifying trends that may impact the College's fiscal standing and developing and implementing strategies to prevent, manage, and mitigate these issues, and will serve as the institution's primary liaison to external bond rating agencies. This executive will have demonstrated expertise in a range of administrative functions, and have knowledge of industry best practices, standard tools, and metrics including financial modeling, budget development, and budget management. The CFO will partner with the president, Board of Trustees, the senior administration, and the Goucher College community as the leadership team identifies key needs, opportunities, and strategies. The CFO will provide oversight of compliance and risk management functions, including the creation of policies and procedures as necessary, serving on the College's policy committee, determining when to engage outside legal counsel, and managing the various insurance contracts. The CFO will also provide advice and counsel around the planning and implementation of large capital projects, mergers and acquisitions, identification of new potential revenue streams, strategic and campus planning, human resources management and administration, and be flexible in adapting to emerging needs of the College as they develop. The CFO will serve as an expert in these areas for Goucher College's Board of Trustees and president, providing thoughtful, focused insight on various projects and initiatives in a clear, collaborative manner.
Strategic and Entrepreneurial Leadership: In partnership with the president, the CFO will have skills to develop and implement clear, action-oriented, innovative strategies to build the organization's capacity and service in the areas of finance, human resources, and technology. The CFO will inspire quality performance and enhance morale with the leadership capacity to build, nurture, and retain a strong team of professionals that is focused on excellence, accountability, and efficiency. Critical to success in this role, the CFO will be a natural entrepreneur and leader of culture change organically and collaboratively; they will be a nimble problemsolver, able to balance multiple tasks efficiently and effectively while balancing a complex array of constituent needs. The CFO will have a high level of business acumen and judgment, with the ability to make practical, realistic, data driven, and timely decisions. This individual will understand, analyze, and interpret complex problems and utilize appropriate approaches to achieve sustainable solutions with the sophistication to be creative in identifying and developing new strategies to 'get things done.'
Relationship Builder and Collaborator: The CFO will have demonstrated success in developing, managing, cultivating, and leveraging major relationships and partnerships with a proven track record of 'closing deals.' The CFO will be a collaborative partner with the president across all administrative functions, developing strong working and interpersonal relationships across all levels of Goucher College. With strong facilitation and negotiation skills, the CFO will possess the ability to communicate effectively and transparently with diverse constituencies, including the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders. The CFO will effectively share information with appropriate direct reports, keeping the president and others up to date on matters related to the overall financial and administrative priorities or needs. By leading collaboratively from relationships and partnerships, the CFO will be able to synthesize divergent views and coalesce all community members around a shared plan.
Passion for the Mission: The CFO will have a passion and commitment for Goucher College's mission, history, and its work. The CFO will understand how this role contributes to the overall mission, drawing inspiration for the position of CFO from the community. The CFO will prioritize the experience of Goucher College's students, faculty, staff, and leadership, endeavoring to raise the quality of the academic and personal environment at the College. Driven by the mission, this individual will influence the culture and impact of Goucher College through modeling and adoption of best practices. The CFO will be an inspiring and empathic individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics, and values, treating others with respect, and have a demonstrate record of supporting and driving initiatives to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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About Goucher College
Among the 40 Colleges That Change Lives, and ranked first in the nation for study abroad programs by U.S. News & World Report, Goucher is a selective, liberal arts college located 20 minutes north of Baltimore, MD. Goucher enrolls approximately 1,500 undergraduates, 84% of whom live on campus, and 1,200 graduate students. At Goucher, we’re redefining the meaning of a liberal arts education in order to help our students prepare for the jobs of the future. Goucher College is committed to increasing the diversity of our community and seeks applicants dedicated to applying principles of equity and inclusion in all areas of the campus community.