Chief Financial Officer - FT, Management Non-Unit position
About Greenfield Community College: Greenfield Community College is located in the beautiful and historic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, between the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains and the fertile farmland of the Connecticut River watershed. GCC is a public community college serving over 4,800 people annually in credit courses and credit-free workshops. Known for the caring and supportive attitude of the faculty and staff, and for the broad support it enjoys from the surrounding community, the college is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition to a strong Liberal Arts focus, the College offers a wide variety of innovative and successful programs including Gender and Women's Studies, Fine Arts, Nursing, Renewable Energy, and Outdoor Leadership, as well as varied learning environments, from traditional classrooms, to distance learning, peer tutoring, one-on-one faculty-student advising, workforce development, and learning communities that cater to specific needs and interests. Close to fifty percent of Greenfield Community College students transfer to four-year colleges, and it is Smith College's largest source of community college transfer students. Much of the College has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation that incorporates universal design principles to meet the needs of all our students. Greenfield Community College actively encourages and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development.
Job Description: GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
The Chief Financial Officer is a member of a high-performing executive team that reports to the President of the College. S/he is responsible for the College's budget development and planning, operation, coordination, evaluation, administration and leadership of all administrative services areas including the physical plant, auxiliary services, business office, payroll, and purchasing, information technology and public safety. The successful candidate will be expected to build strong relationships with a variety of key partners?university, local, regional, and state stakeholders in order to support and empower entrepreneurship and grow a robust and effective entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem across the College.
The Chief Financial Officer engages the President, college community, and the Board of Trustees to develop short, medium, and long-term financial plans and projections. S/he is skilled at developing budget models to project future revenue and expense. S/he co-leads efforts to develop incentive funding, cost recovery, and other best practice models that support innovation and growth. The chosen candidate will bring a strategic mindset and service orientation for convening key constituencies together to constructively achieve the academic mission and evolve the academic enterprise in ways that support our commitment to equity, institutional agility, innovation, and life-long learning.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Leads the preparation of all budgets, financial reports, and expenditures of funds of the College
Serves as the College's Internal Control Officer pursuant to Chapter 647 of the Mass. General Laws
Plans, develops, and implements the College's short and long-range budget. Advises the President and Board of Trustees of the administrative and financial management of the College
Develops financial business plans and forecasts in alignment with the College's mission and organizational strategy.
Develops and utilizes forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into the organization's operations and business plans.
Leads and implements transformative initiatives, such as accounting system conversions, to improve the efficiency of financial and reporting systems.
Ensures compliance with the institutional mission by working with unit managers to develop and review unit plans, goals, and objectives, assuring development of effective business processes incorporating automation with appropriate technologies, designing systems of effective controls to guide work toward expected outcomes, and evaluating progress towards their accomplishment.
Assesses organizational performance against both the annual budget and the organization's long- term strategy; develops tools and systems to provide critical financial and operational information to the President and make actionable recommendations.
Serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the College, with responsibility for receipt and control of all revenue including state appropriations, federal, state and private grants, loan and all Trust Funds
Formulates and implements policies and procedures necessary for the financial and administrative operations of the College. Prevents institutional liability in financial operations
Monitors expenditures and revenues, establishes internal controls, identifies risks and develops appropriate policies and contingencies to deal with those risks; and performs periodic internal reviews
Coordinates the planning and implementation of building construction, renovation and repair projects with the Director of Facilities
Coordinates and monitors all purchasing and contractual and auxiliary services which the college undertakes
Reviews, evaluates and makes personnel recommendations in accordance with collective bargaining agreements and/or personnel policy handbooks;
Provides leadership in developing and implementing College plans as they relate to physical resources, allocation of financial resources, staff development, information resources and security and public safety
Serves as a member of the president's leadership team and represents the president and college at various activities in the community and the Commonwealth;
Supports and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for staff to maintain a strong, highly skilled, and diverse high-performing team
Serves as liaison with all relevant state and regional agencies regarding fiscal and administrative matters
Maintains an environment of shared governance when working with faculty, staff, students, and administration
Performs other duties as assigned.
Requirements: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Master's degree in Business, Accounting, or other closely related field;
Experience with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB);
Expertise in developing, analyzing, and implementing effective and innovative budgets, financial, and administrative strategies;
Minimum of six (6) years of progressively responsible managerial experience in administrative services in a higher education institution;
Broad understanding of the mission of a comprehensive community college;
Experience with college auxiliary services;
Experience in strategic and budgetary planning and resource management;
Strong interpersonal skills;
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, embracement of lifelong learning;
Strong commitment to working as part of a high performing, mission driven team.
REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND APTITUDES:
Ability to make and implement firm, clear decisions;
Demonstrated ability to be entrepreneurial and be financially creative while operating within established standards and the law.
Ability to utilize data for decision-making within an academic institution;
Ability to work effectively in a participatory and collaborative manner with all segments of the college community;
Ability to administer collective bargaining contracts;
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
A commitment to the values of multiculturalism and diversity and inclusive excellence; and
Proficient in Microsoft Office software applications.
Experience in community college finance and administration;
Experience with the Massachusetts state accounting system;
Experience with SCT Banner;
Evidence of success in creating professional development opportunities for staff;
Successful record of administrative leadership and vision;
Successful experience with supervising grant funded projects;
Comprehensive knowledge of Commonwealth of Massachusetts financial and administrative infrastructure; and
Experience working in a collective bargaining environment.
Additional Information: EQUIVALENCY STATEMENT:
Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.
The CFO will have the ability to serve as an innovative change agent, willing to take calculated and creative risks to re-engineer existing practices, shape the sustainable business model that will carry the institution forward for the next decade, and evolve the academic enterprise. The ideal candidate will be forward thinking, with the intellectual and analytical skills to drive cogent strategic planning. S/he will be able to set aside his/her specific functional hat to think holistically and collaboratively in advising the President and leadership team.
The Chief Financial Officer will exhibit qualities of self-confidence, common sense, judgment, fairness, creativity, discretion, decisiveness, diplomacy, tact, resiliency, adaptability, courage of convictions and tolerance for ambiguity. S/he will combine a sense of equanimity with humor to sustain an intense, productive and collaborative leadership effort over a long period of time.
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The College offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.
START DATE: November 2018
Application Instructions: In order to be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online.
Create a Greenfield Community College account to upload the following required documents for consideration:
Contact information for 5 professional references
When preparing your cover letter and resume, please refer to the minimum and preferred qualifications and, if applicable, include an equivalency statement. Official copies of all academic transcripts will be required at the time of hire. Successful completion of a CORI check may be required.
Applications accepted up to and including October 5, 2018.
Applications received after October 5, 2018 MAY be considered until the position is filled.
GCC is an accredited public community college in western Mass. known for the helpfulness of the faculty and staff and for the strong GCC support from the local community. Whether students pursue a traditional liberal arts path or one of GCC’s innovative programs such as Renewable Energy, Fine Arts, or Outdoor Leadership, it’s GCC’s mission to teach what’s necessary for our students to reach their highest potential. Access and excellence are what drive every decision at GCC