This is a Promotional and Open Competitive Recruitment, which
will result in two eligibility lists.
DIRECTOR OF THE SANTA MONICA COLLEGE FOUNDATION
(CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER)
WELCOME TO SANTA MONICA COLLEGE!
We know you have dedicated
your career to supporting others, and we invite you to bring this
passion to the Santa Monica College (SMC) Foundation, where you
will help eliminate barriers to ensure academic success for Santa
Monica College students. For more information about the SMC
Foundation, please visit us here
The Director of the Santa Monica College Foundation will serve as
the Foundation's C hief Financial Officer
. In this
capacity, the selected individual will serve as a 'working
with significant responsibility for personally
performing and overseeing all areas of financial management,
including accounting, budgeting, accounts payable/receivable and
payroll. The successful candidate for this position must possess
significant experience performing the full scope of financial
activities for a non-profit organization.
This position also supports the Dean, Institutional
Advancement/Santa Monica College Foundation in fundraising efforts
to further expand the Foundation's financial resources, and
interfaces regularly with the Foundation's Board of Directors to
plan and provide updates on the Foundation's fiscal
Why Work at SMC?
At SMC, you will work beside a diverse group of individuals who
leverage their combined talents and passions to accomplish
something great. No matter what department you are in, or what job
you have, your contributions will be critical to helping our
students fulfill their dreams.
Some details about us:
- We are currently the number one transfer college to UCLA, USC,
the University of California system, and Loyola Marymount
- We are committed to sustainable practices and are accessible
via environmentally-friendly transportation options, including the
Expo Line and Big Blue Bus.
- We are one of the select community colleges in California
approved to award a Bachelor's degree. SMC currently awards a
Bachelor's degree in Interaction Design.
Please visit www.smc.edu/aboutsmc
to learn more about us and
why we are Proud to Be SMC!
We value our employees as individuals, and recognize the value of
work-life balance, the health of you and your family, and
professional development. We offer a variety of benefits and perks
to support new members of our team, including:
- 16 paid holidays
- 24 paid vacation days
- 12 paid illness days
- Fully paid medical, dental, and vision-care coverage
(including eligible dependents)
- Membership in the California Public Employee Retirement System
- 5% increase in base pay for every 5 years worked with SMC, up
to 35 years of service.
- Free access to the Employee Assistance Program (EASE).
- Free Big Blue Bus access and monthly incentives for eligible
employees through the
Sustainable Transportation Incentive Program
Generally, new employees start at the first
step on the salary schedule. A new permanent classified employee
may request a higher salary placement based on recruitment issues
and/or additional training and experience which greatly exceeds the
minimum requirements. Please note that salary placement above the
third step requires additional approvals by Santa Monica College
Upon promotion, the new salary for a
current, permanent employee is based on Merit Rule 12.2.8. In
accordance with this rule, employees are entitled to at least a
one-step (5%) salary increase, and may be eligible for advanced
step placement in accordance with established criteria.
What You Will Bring to the College
The ideal candidate will be a seasoned Chief Financial
and possess current and extensive finance and
accounting operations experience for a Non-Profit 501(c)(3)
organization, which included performing day-to-day activities such
as financial management, accounting, budgeting, accounts
payable/receivable and payroll. This individual will have financial
oversight experience at a non-profit organization with a $5 million
annual budget and a $10 million endowment.
In addition, the candidate will have honed presentation skills, be
comfortable presenting to the Board of Directors and be dedicated
and experienced with developing and nurturing relationships with
donors. The selected individual must possess demonstrated integrity
in maintaining and upholding internal controls and fiscal policies.
Finally, the candidate will be self motivated and possess excellent
communication, fiscal acumen, professional ethics and have
experience in process development and improvement.
About the Selection Process
The selection process will consist of a Qualifications Appraisal
Interview with Technical Project (weighted 100%), and a Training
and Experience Evaluation (Pass/Fail). The Training and Experience
Evaluation will consist of a structured evaluation of experience
and training, based on your responses to the supplemental questions
included in your online application. This process is intended to
assess your qualifications above and beyond the minimum
for the job. Only the top qualified applicants
whose backgrounds best match the requirements of this position will
be invited to move forward to the Qualifications Appraisal
Candidates must be successful on all parts of the selection process
to be placed on the eligibility list. Two separate eligibility
lists will be created from this recruitment: one for promotional
candidates and one for external candidates. The promotional list
will be used first, and must be exhausted before we can hire
external candidates to fill vacant positions. The eligibility
list created from this recruitment will be used to fill any
vacancies that occur during the one year life of the eligibility
list, including permanent and temporary positions.
We suggest that you review the following link, titled 'Tips for
Completing a Training and Experience Evaluation', prior to
completing and submitting your application for this position:
Tips for Completing a Training and Experience
Santa Monica College reserves the right to modify the stated test
parts and weights prior to the administration of any test.
Communication for this recruitment will be via e-mail.
must check your e-mail on a regular basis to be informed of your
status for this recruitment.
The Santa Monica Community College District is committed to the
principles of equal employment opportunity. All qualified
applicants for employment, as well as District employees, shall
have full and equal access to employment opportunity. No person
shall be subjected to unlawful discrimination in any program or
activity of the District. The District's Board Policy 3120 (Equal
Employment Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment) may be
'Santa Monica College encourages candidates that are equity-minded
to apply. SMC is a minority-serving, Hispanic-serving institution.
We actively seek to attract candidates from minority groups that
value equity, diversity, and inclusion. Equity, diversity, and
inclusion are built into the culture at SMC, and are an essential
component of the work that we do. SMC is committed to racial and
socioeconomic diversity as it is a reflection of our student
population and we strive to hire candidates that share this
Examples of Duties
Formulates the Foundation’s funding policies and procedures with
the Foundation Board of Directors and coordinates implementation of
policies and procedures with faculty and department managers
establishing funding priorities and grants.
Serves on the selection committee for grants and scholarships.
Communicates regularly with donors to and sponsors of scholarships
to make sure distribution criteria for academic and financial need
is fully communicated to the Scholarship Office for recipient
selection and is reviewed to assure conditions are met.
Authorizes payment of awards and tracks usage.
Directs the Foundation’s planned giving program, including
development of annuities and making public presentations.
Drafts, reviews, approves, and manages all contracts entered into
on behalf of the Foundation to ensure contractual terms are
favorable to the Foundation, that risk is mitigated and to provide
advisement on contract interpretation.
Assists the Dean, Institutional Advancement in designing and
conducting fundraising campaigns for both restricted and
unrestricted gifts to the College through the Foundation.
May represent the Dean, Institutional Advancement at various f
unctions to speak on behalf of the Foundation and its funding goals
to external and internal audiences. Actively participates on
program committees and is present to work and implement donor
relations skills at events throughout the year.
Works with the investment management company and the Board of
Directors to develop and maintain solid investment policies and
strategies involving assets to assure continued growth and
Plans and directs the Foundation’s activities in general
accounting, special funds accounting, cash and investment
management, accounting system development and analysis; accounts
payable and payroll for Foundation employees.
Plans, organizes, and directs the Foundation’s accounting and
budgeting systems, prepares detailed income and expenditure
budgets, and develops and implements accounting controls to
regulate financial stability.
Directs fund establishment (more than 400) and distributions from
those directed funds for endowments, scholarships, programs, and
Establishes practices and controls for safe and efficient handling
of funds, establishes reporting procedures of financial
transactions and directs the preparation and maintenance of a
variety of narrative and statistical reports, records, and files;
reviews related financial and statistical reports;
Supervises the Foundation’s accounting office and data management
staff including upkeep, design and oversight of the Foundation’s
website used for information, marketing and on-line
Oversees training, use and integration of all accounting software
platforms that manage fundraising and financial activities of the
Maintains current knowledge of changes, methods, concepts,
requirements, regulations and policies for assigned programs,
including computer programs and software.
Plans, coordinates, and facilitates the annual and quarterly audits
to ensure the integrity of financial operations and financial
Coordinates and administers the year-end closing process and
compilation of fiscal year financial statements.
Delegates responsibility and authority to subordinate staff and
Develops, recommends, and implements staff training and development
programs to provide opportunities for individual employee growth,
continuity of work flow and long range development of
Directs the development of performance evaluation standards for
subordinate staff; formally evaluates the work of direct
Interviews and selects staff reporting directly to this position
and assists with other interviews as necessary.
Authorizes response to employee grievance and disciplinary actions
and contributes to the establishment of organization policy
Performs other related duties as requested or assigned.
Examples of essential duties are descriptive and not restrictive in
nature, and are generally listed in descending order of
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Public
Administration, or a closely related field. Certified Public
Accountant (CPA) is highly desirable.
Six (6) years of progressively responsible experience using
computerized on-line program applications to perform fund
accounting, budget control, auditing and/or financial systems
design, which included at least three (3) year’s experience in a
supervisory capacity in a non-profit organization. Experience as a
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) or Controller is highly desirable.
Fundraising and marketing experience is also highly
Experience and/or education of the same kind, level or amount as
required in the minimum qualifications may be substituted on a
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