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Vice President, Strategy, Finance and Administration

Employer
Front Range Community College
Location
Could be located at one of our three campuses in Longmont, Fort Collins, or Westminster
Salary
$160,000 - $170,000 annually + benefits
Start date
Oct 9, 2023

Job Details

This position provides leadership to the entire college and has the opportunity to be located at any one of our three campuses (Boulder County, Larimer, or Westminster). 


Who We Are
With three campuses along Colorado’s Front Range, Front Range Community College is the state’s largest community college. We enroll close to 28,000 students annually from our diverse service area, which offers a variety of cultural and recreational activities.

Each year approximately 5,000 FRCC students transfer to four-year universities.  FRCC offers more than 36 career training programs that prepare students for immediate employment and rewarding careers. Last year, more than 5,000 high school students took concurrent enrollment classes with us, earning college credit without having to pay college tuition. And we were recently ranked as one of the “Top Online Colleges” in the country by Newsweek.

One of FRCC’s main goals is to offer educational excellence for everyone. The college’s strong commitment to student success means we start by creating an inclusive and equitable environment—one where both students and employees feel they belong and are supported. FRCC’s focus on diversity, equity and inclusion is woven into the fabric of our college conversations and decision-making processes. We are actively seeking to hire a workforce that reflects the diversity of our student body.

The college is also an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. For us, becoming an HSI is an intentional commitment to being a college where our Latinx (and other historically marginalized) students thrive.

FRCC employees and leaders work hard to create a culture of collaboration, innovation and pride. We’re looking to hire people who share these values—along with our commitment to student success, equity and excellence.

Who You Are

As the Vice President of Strategy, Finance and Administration (VPSFA), you will be a key member of the President’s Cabinet, working as the senior financial and operations officer for the college general fund budget of $120M and strategically leading finance and campus operations. In addition, you will provide leadership in identifying strategic institutional priorities.  You will develop and advise the President’s Cabinet and college leadership on short- and long-term institutional planning and provide information and research to support decision making and strategic planning.  You will manage a broad portfolio, including the leadership and strategic direction of business and financial affairs, strategic planning, accreditation and assessment, grants and resource development, data science and institutional research, campus security and preparedness, capital projects, facilities management and information technology services.  As a key advisor to the President and other college leaders, you will provide fiscal and budget guidance on all key college initiatives, contributing significantly to key decisions on capital development, program review and development, and overall college strategy.
 
Ideally, you are an inclusive leader who weighs decisions thoughtfully and involves others in the decision-making process as appropriate.  You are a strategic thinker, a skilled communicator and a consensus builder who will facilitate change and engage the college in difficult and challenging decisions.   You possess a proven track record of quality and integrity with expertise in current financial methodology and regulations.  You are a talented relationship builder with unmatched listening skills who appreciates the culture of shared governance.  

Please note: This is an on-campus position with an opportunity for hybrid remote work. You need to be a Colorado resident on your first day of employment.  
 
SALARY: $160,000 - $170,000/annually
 
BENEFITS: Please click here to find more information about APT & Faculty Benefits 
 
SELECTION PROCESS: Position will remain open until filled with an extended priority deadline of November 8, 2023. 

Preliminary screening will be made based on a completed application package submitted by candidate. In your application, please include a resume and cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the Vice President of Strategy, Finance and Administration. 

Primary Duties:

Strategic Leadership

  • Shapes college strategy and policies by serving as an advisor to the President and active participant on the President's Cabinet.  Serves as a key advisor on a range of long-term strategic initiatives to translate goals and vision into plans of action.  
  • Partners with Cabinet and college leadership and collaborates with stakeholders across the college to actively drive the strategic plan forward.   Builds an atmosphere of coordination and clear understanding of the college’s mission, vision and goals.  
  • Provides strategic direction and leadership for departments of responsibility, ensuring that each department supports the college’s mission and vision for student success, has strong department-level leadership, and operates efficiently and effectively.
  • Addresses a set of key opportunities and challenges to help ensure FRCC’s ongoing success, including leading FRCC’s business and financial affairs divisions with transparency, stability, and open communication. 
  • Collaborates with cross-functional teams to achieve timely, high impact, relevant and responsive outcomes.  Develops processes to accomplish measurable institutional goals.
  • Advises the President and executive leadership on institutional research data analysis to support information dissemination, decision-making, and continuous improvement. Fosters a culture of evidence in support of data-informed decision-making processes. 

Administrative Operations

  • At the direction of the President, serves as a lead change champion for assigned college efforts; leads special projects, task forces, and committees; supports and moves new initiatives forward by resolving issues impeding cohesive movement towards organizational goals; provides clear timely communication regarding project scope and status to ensure stakeholder buy-in and mission alignment.
  • Develops and reviews strategies to ensure college initiatives align with the strategic plan and desired outcomes and are rooted in equity and inclusion.  
  • Ensures that all departments of responsibility provide excellent service to their customers including students, faculty, staff, guests, and visitors. 

People Management and Development

  • Provides student-centered leadership that values inclusive excellence and promotes equity.
  • Develops and implements short- and long-term departmental goals, monitors performance and provides timely feedback to enhance professional development.
  • Creates a culture of community and develops relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives and cultural backgrounds across the college.   

Financial Management 

  • Ensures that the college has an effective revenue and expense forecasting model that supports the long-term financial health of the college, and a budgeting process that fairly allocates college resources, maintains proper controls of expenditures, and provides managers with timely and useful information.   
  • Directs all the fiscal affairs of the college, including ensuring accurate and complete accounting of all college financial transactions and compliance with federal, state, system and college fiscal policies.  Ensures that all purchasing and contracts comply with federal, state, and system policies and statutes. Ensures the college has effective internal controls, including controls on cash handling, inventory, expenditure approvals and all related activities.
  • Identifies grant funding and advocacy opportunities that align with the college’s objectives and priorities.  Creates a systematic and targeted approach to connect legislative priorities, local and regional opportunities that impact community colleges. 
  • Provides guidance and assistance to all college departments on general business operations and issues. 

Department Leadership

  • Guides the Fiscal department ensuring accurate and compliant financial operations.  Directs financial reporting, audits and compliance with fiscal policies, promoting transparency and accountability.
  • Leads the Budgets and Business Operations team, driving effective resource allocation and financial planning, manages budget creation, monitoring and reporting, and fostering prudent fiscal decisions across the College.  
  • Provides direction for the Contracts and Procurement department, managing purchasing processes and vendor relationships.  Ensures that contracts align with college goals, policies and regulations, optimizing value and minimizing risk.  
  • Manages the Information Technology Services department, driving the realization of the College’s technology vision.  Ensures seamless and efficient IT delivery, aligning with the College’s strategic vision.   
  • Provides leadership to the Campus Security and Preparedness department, safeguarding the well-being of all campuses and sites.  Develops and maintains robust emergency plans, and establishes systems to proactively address, mitigate and respond to emergencies.   
  • Coordinates long-term facilities planning and management of capital construction and controlled maintenance projects. Develops and maintains a facilities master plan to include renovations, space utilization and efficient management of physical assets.  Leads the coordination of long-term facilities planning, managing capital projects and controlled maintenance initiatives.  
  • Provides leadership on institutional research data analysis to support information dissemination, decision-making, and continuous improvement. Fosters a culture of evidence in support of data-informed decision-making processes.
  • Provides leadership for grant administration and approach, ensuring alignment with strategic priorities of the college. 
  • Provides leadership for accreditation and assessment, ensuring a culture of meaningful and sustainable assessment at the institution and leading institutional processes aligned with Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reaffirmation of accreditation. 

Required Competencies:

  • Commitment to Values: Demonstrates leadership and collaborative behaviors and actions that support FRCC values.  
  • Student Success Focus: Makes decisions that support a student-first culture.  Focus on priorities that place students at the center of the institution’s work.  
  • Strategic Planning: Develops a vision for the future and creates a culture in which the long-range goals can be achieved.  
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Demonstrates behaviors that convey the importance of diverse lived-experiences and uses an equity lens to guide decisions.   Develops strategies and initiatives that value and promote the DEI goals of the college.  
  • Organizational Design: Understanding that the changing landscape of higher education drives changing components, or the organizational structure, based on emerging trends and issues for student success.
  • Institutional Culture: Seeks an understanding of the institution’s culture while creating strategies that build on the past and present to address the future.  
  • Change Catalyst: Ability to encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches when addressing problems and opportunities.   Uses data and research to guide college progress and growth, 
  • Data Informed Culture: Continue to identify opportunities to refine data collection on outcomes that enhances the decision-making capacity for the institution.  
  • Communication: Effectively communicates ideas and information to a variety of constituency groups.  Engages in courageous conversations.   
  • Motivation: Ability to inspire oneself and others to reach goals and/or perform to the best of their ability.  
  • Coaching: Serves as a coach and mentor to emerging leaders to strengthen the leadership pipeline.
  • Governance: Engages with different stakeholders to gain insight into decisions that have the potential to affect them.  
  • Financial management and accounting principles, including internal controls: Ensures that all revenues and expenses of the College are appropriately accounted for, following all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Strategic resource allocation and budget development: Directs development and monitoring of the College’s annual budget of approximately $120M general fund.   Ensures that the college’s resources are aligned to support college strategies.  
  • Local, State & Federal Policy: Knowledge of local, state and federal policies and an understanding of how the policies impact college operations and priorities.   Advance efforts to redesign strategies to get the necessary outcomes and to come in compliance with policies.  

Required Education/Training & Work Experience:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution.  
  • Significant years of increasingly responsible experience in developing and executing both short-term and long-term strategy, initiatives, business operations and planning through data-informed decisions.  
  • Proven leadership in strategic planning, program development and budget management. Experience aligning institutional goals with community needs and industry trends.  
  • Proven record of developing relationships and building consensus among diverse stakeholders to enhance the organizational mission and processes.  
  • Strong leadership abilities and a track record of successfully leading teams and departments.  A leadership record with a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion with an equity-focus to decision making.  
  • Expertise in strategic planning, including the ability to set goals, develop strategic initiatives and measure outcomes.  

 

Welcoming. Respectful. Inclusive. Together, we are FRCC.

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Join the FRCC Family

Are you looking for an organization that understands the importance of having a diverse workforce, and values equity and inclusion? Do you want to collaborate with others to make a difference in your community? Look no further—join the Front Range Community College (FRCC) family.

Our number one priority is student success

Our mission is to enrich lives through learning. FRCC employees have an intense focus on student success and exceptional teaching. We work together to ensure that all students at Front Range Community College can accomplish their educational and career goals.

We value excellent teaching in a dynamic and varied learning environment. We provide support for students from diverse backgrounds throughout their journey with FRCC.

We believe this is possible because the strong partnership between students, faculty and staff enables us to focus on helping our students reach their goals.

We are committed to inclusive excellence

Our college community has made a strong commitment to welcoming all people and embracing our diversity. We value the commitment, knowledge, diversity, and uniqueness of our employees. 

We are committed to educational equity and advancing opportunity for all. Read FRCC's Philosophy of Inclusion to get a better understanding of our commitment to inclusive excellence and why we feel it is important to the success of our students, faculty and staff. 

We impact lives everyday

One of the greatest rewards working for an educational institution is when your actions today can impact hundreds of lives for years to come. We're serious about our mission to enrich lives through learning. We live our vision every day by continually focusing on student success, exceptional teaching, a strong commitment to diverse learners, and strengthening our business and community partnerships. Learn more about our strategic priorities and values.

We have an intentional focus on meeting the needs of our local community and region. We offer dynamic, current, and relevant programs that lead to sustainable employment. Our efforts are focused on helping students succeed:

  • Nationwide, we are one of six top community colleges for student success recognized in a recent report by the Aspen Institute.

  • We are part of the American Association of Community Colleges' Pathways Project.

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