The Vice President of Finance and Operations provides vision, leadership, and strategic direction for all budgeting, financial planning, fiscal operations, facilities, financial aid, auxiliary enterprises, risk management, safety/security programs and oversight of capital construction. This position serves as the Financial Officer for the College, serves on the Executive Committee and reports directly to the College President. As a senior leader of the College and a member of the Executive Committee, this position provides critical input to the President on key issues and opportunities related to financial and facilities operations.
This role requires a commitment to shared goals with the College President and with the College's Executive team, as well as the ability to establish and maintain productive collegial and professional working relationships with the internal and external community. This senior level administrator position supports a two-campus operation to help promote excellence in teaching and learning through a continuous improvement process focused on institutional planning, resource allocation, and other administrative functions, including operational and strategic planning and facility initiatives.
The individual in this position is expected to be a trusted advisor whose empathy is demonstrated through inclusiveness and service to others and active principles of ethics, integrity and caring for others. Consistent with the College's vision, mission, and guiding principles, this leader will demonstrate a strong commitment to the value of diversity among students and staff, as well as sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of Ridgewater College staff and students. The individual in this position is also expected to work collaboratively with employees, supervisors, and administration to create a strong sense of fiscal accountability across the College and build an atmosphere of trust and respect in which all can succeed.
Bachelor's degree in a relevant field
Five years of relevant professional experience.
Demonstrated experience in leadership, management, supervision, communication, and interpersonal relations.
Experience interpreting and applying federal and state legislation, regulations and state, system, and institutional policies.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and Inclusion.
Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with a broad and diverse range of colleagues and constituents.
Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.
High degree of computer literacy, including proficiency and demonstrated ability to use technology to develop business process efficiencies.
Advanced degree in a related field.
Experience working in a collective bargaining environment.
Experience in public sector accounting, finance or business management.
Experience in higher education, preferably with a public two-year institution.
Experience in strategic planning, project management, and change management.
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A Minnesota community and technical college, Ridgewater offers more than 100 educational programs in transfer and technical education. In fact, some of our programs are unique in not only Minnesota, but also the nation. With campuses in Willmar, Hutchinson, and online , Ridgewater serves more than 5,500 students. For 2020 and 2021, Ridgewater has been ranked as Minnesota's #1 Community College based on value, strong academics, student life, facilities, diversity, student experiences, location, and safety! (Source: www.niche.com)
Ridgewater College offers a comprehensive benefit package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as life, health and dental insurance, a retirement program, tuition waiver for employee and dependents, tax sheltered annuity program (403b), a deferred compensation program (457), as well as a variety of other benefits. Each collective bargaining unit agreement determines which position will be eligible for benefits.
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Ridgewater College is a community and technical college that offers more than 100 educational programs in Transfer Education, transfer options, and technical education. Ridgewater College serves more than 5500 students on its campuses in the growing communities of Willmar and Hutchinson, Minnesota. Ridgewater College also offers some programs that are unique in the state of Minnesota and nationally. Small class sizes, up-to-date technology, and access to many student activities and organizations (including intercollegiate sports, choir, theater, and Student Senate) give students the opportunity to enjoy a positive college experience. Ridgewater College is proud of its scholarship foundation, and excellent graduation and job placement rates. As a partner in the region's business and industry, Ridgewater College strives to maintain a quality of education for tomorrow's workforce, and to keep pace with the needs of the community by offering Customized and Continuing Education courses. Ridgewater College is recognized as an educational leader that exemplifies innovation and excellence within a student-centered learning environment, and is dedicated to providing an accessible, affordable, and supportive setting for all students.