Vice-President of Finance & Administration
Position Title: Vice President for Finance and Administration
Department: Business and Finance
Position Status: Full-Time
Directly Reports To: President of the College
A member of the President’s Cabinet, the Vice-President for Finance and Administration (“VPFA”) serves as a critical strategic partner and advisor to the President of the College, Cabinet, and the Board of Trustees.
The VPFA is Catawba’s chief financial and business officer, providing leadership to ensure effective stewardship of Catawba’s physical and financial resources. The VPFA oversees Catawba’s financial functions, including but not limited to budgeting, accounting, financial reporting, financial planning and strategy, asset management, and risk and liability management. The VPFA is also responsible for a range of administrative functions including but not limited to the operation and maintenance of Catawba facilities, construction projects, Information Technology, sustainability, fleet management, camps and conferences, and purchasing.
As part of the President’s Cabinet, the VPFA is part of a collaborative and innovative leadership team guiding Catawba consistent with our Mission and Values. The VPFA will contribute strategic thinking, wise counsel, and effective management to Catawba, and serve as a positive influence on Catawba’s culture.
The VPFA reports directly to the President of the College. The selected candidate will work closely with members of the President’s Cabinet, particularly the Provost and Director of Human Resources, and supervise the leaders of Catawba’s facilities, maintenance, housekeeping, and Information Technology departments.
The chosen candidate must be an effective leader of people, and must exhibit the ability to develop leaders, address and manage personnel problems, and contribute to a growing, vibrant, thriving organizational and institutional culture.
Catawba College is a small institution in Salisbury, North Carolina, equidistant from Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte. Catawba provides an education focused on an institutional philosophy of a liberal education, which entails a broad range of knowledge, intellectual and practical skills, and individual and social responsibility fostered and developed in all academic programs, including general education and majors, and from the freshman to senior years. Catawba’s mission is to provide “students an education rich in personal attention that blends the knowledge and competencies of liberal studies with career preparation” and to enable “students to reach their highest potential while becoming responsible citizens.” More information about Catawba College is located at www.catawba.edu.
Note: This job description indicates in general the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities, and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of an incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required. An incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.
Essential Functions: Knowledge and skills necessary to perform the position include but are not limited to, the following:
- Serve as integral member of the President’s Cabinet and be a key partner to the President, Provost, and Director of Human Resources
- Provides leadership and direction to Catawba Business, Finance, and Information Technology departments
- Oversee facilities operations, building maintenance, custodial services, and grounds keeping activities and ensure work completed to established standards.
- Act as a key partner in academic and departmental planning, including budget planning
- In concert with the President, direct and lead Catawba’s overall budget strategy and provide the President and key stakeholders budget recommendations, forecasting, detail, and analysis
- Responsible for planning, preparation, supervision, and presentation of the College’s annual budget to President, Board Finance Committee, and the Board of Trustees
- Develop and communicate Catawba budget protocols
- Execute financial reporting in accordance with current standards
- Develop long-term financial policies and strategies
- Lead annual planning and promote service excellence for Business and Finance Office
- Maintain Catawba’s official fiscal and accounting records
- Provide general supervision of fiscal reporting, accounting, and budgetary control functions
- Analyze income and expenditures and recommend budget revisions
- Recommend accounting procedures and supervise auxiliary fund accounts
- Serve as a liaison between external auditors and governmental agencies
- Collaborate with the President and Cabinet members in aligning financial management, short and long-term financial planning, and projections with Catawba’s overall operational goals
- Oversee long-term budgetary planning, resource use, debt management, facilities management, information technology, and investment opportunities
- Report budgetary information to President, Cabinet, and Board of Trustees
- Report financial information to the Board of Trustees, with specific support of the Board of Trustees Finance and Institutional Operations Committees, with primary responsibility to recommend for action and to report issues, trends and changes in the operating model and operational delivery policies related to business and finance
- Collaborate with the Vice-President for Development to ensure endowment and restricted funds are properly managed
- Maintain and foster positive working relationships with Catawba’s banking and lending partners
- Oversee Catawba audits and coordinate activity with Catawba’s audit firm(s)
- Oversee facilities master planning, major renovations, and new construction as required including related project financing. Act as integral participant in development of Catawba capital project program
- Develop policies and procedures for the procurement of goods and non-personnel services
- Provide leadership and guidance to ensure the campus-wide technology strategy is responsive to the needs of the college community
- Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Demonstrated understanding and experience of fiscal management, fund accounting, financial reporting, budget preparation, and control in a private education institution
- Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of constituencies including administrators, faculty, staff, students, Board of Trustees, and external public
- Experience as an effective leader with significant budgetary and organizational responsibilities
- Demonstrated understanding of academic/higher education institutions
- Strategic planning and organizational management skills
- Ability to work collaboratively, independently, and within a diverse environment
- Extensive knowledge of state and federal financial reporting requirements and operations
- Knowledge of appropriate computer applications and software
Education and Experience:
- Master’s degree in business administration, finance, accounting or an equivalent combination of education and work experience beyond the bachelor’s degree required
- Expertise in understanding business and financial operations including the budget process and fund management, facilities, and information technology required
- At least ten (10) years of work experience with extensive progressively demanding levels of fiscal management responsibilities required
- Minimum seven (7) years of progressively responsible management/supervisory experience directly related to administrative, business and/or financial expertise required
- Five (5) years experience with an institution of higher education in budget management/endowment management strongly preferred
- Current CPA licensure in good standing preferred
- Executive level experience in higher education management preferred
Work Environment: This job operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment such as a computer, phone, and copier.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing and movement is required. This would require the ability to lift files and file boxes, open filing cabinets, walking, and bending or standing as necessary.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants must submit the following materials, preferably in a single file, pdf version only, to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Letter of interest;
- Current resume or curriculum vitae; and
- Contact information for three (3) professional references.
Catawba will give priority to applications received by January 15, 2021.
Catawba College is an equal opportunity employer. As such, Catawba College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status, unless allowed by law and deemed necessary to the operation of Catawba College. Catawba College complies with all federal, state, and local laws governing non-discrimination.