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Chief Financial Officer

Mohave Community College
Arizona, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Sep 23, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Financial Affairs, Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents
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Full Time
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Mohave Community College is seeking a seasoned academic financial leader to help shape its evolving footprint and drive cultural and operational change. Serving as a strategic thought partner to executive leadership, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will ensure MCC's fiscal health by strengthening its financial performance and championing its sustainability plan.

What you'll love about us: 
  • We create the future by cultivating relentless curiosity in our students and each other to unlock new opportunities and break barriers. We take risks, adapt to oncoming challenges and opportunities, and engineer new ideas as we learn together from our mistakes and successes.  
  • We engage fearlessly, bringing passion and energy to our work by dreaming big, being bold, having fun, and fostering a caring environment. Celebrating each other and our results with enthusiasm makes our work meaningful and exciting. 
  • We build together. Our individual differences and backgrounds strengthen our teams, where we seek input and ensure every voice is heard. We amplify our impact when we empower each other to take ownership and work together toward common vision. 
  • We live authentically, being our best when we share information openly, create clarity, invite stakeholders to participate in decision-making, and communicate with utmost respect. 
  • We care! We care about our students, our communities and each other, finding ways to actively engage and invest in the success of those we serve.
  • What we'll love about you: 
  • Your record of excellence in leadership, working with others in the spirit of partnership, transparency and care, to inspire action. 
  • Your unwavering commitment to the academic, emotional, and social development of all students. 
  • Your ability to plan for change in ways that ensure broad buy-in and action that, in turn, significantly improves student success. 
  • Your ability to build long-lasting, engaged, and collaborative relationships, paving the way for ongoing student success by forging partnerships with outside entities, including federal, state, and local officials. 
  • Your strong ethical orientation and ability to make discerning, evidence-based decisions. 
  • Your ability to build effective and cohesive teams with a common commitment to and focus on student success.


     Typical Duties:
    1. Prepares and maintains long-term financial forecasts for all of the college’s funds. Monitors both short and long-term internal and external financial and operational developments to ensure that forecasts are current and accurate.
    2. Contributes to the college meeting its strategic objectives by assisting administrators and department heads in conducting financial analysis of current and proposed activities.
    3. Monitors the college’s financial condition and provides budget information to budget supervisors. Oversees preparation of monthly financial statements for the college.
    4. Reports the financial condition of the college to the board of trustees, other governmental agencies, and the college president and administrators on a regular basis.
    5. Establishes, coordinates, maintains, and systematically review the process for financial evaluation of the college instructional and non-instructional programs and activities; serves as a resource to college personnel in determining the cost effectiveness of current and proposed initiatives.
    6. Oversees preparation of the annual budget whereby organizational needs are identified, consensus on priorities is obtained, and priorities are translated into a financial plan. Develops procedures that integrate business and strategic planning into the annual budget process. Monitors external events and developments to ensure that budget preparation incorporates the most current information.
    7. Uses a forecasting model to predict student enrollment.
    8. Monitors cash flow.  Oversees investment activities to ensure appropriate supply of cash at highest possible yield on idle funds while complying with statutory limitations on types of investments.
    9. Serves as an advocate for the college with rating agencies to ensure the highest possible rating for the college.
    10. Coordinates and monitors debt issuance with external financial advisors, bond counsel, etc.
    11. Ensures the timely collection of all accounts receivable.
    12. Monitors cash reserves to provide maximum practical protection.
    13. Provides oversight and advice regarding college financial risk.
    14. Coordinates the purchasing activities of the college, including contract management.
    15. Ensures that the college complies with financial regulatory, legal, administrative, collectively bargained, contractual, procedural, and accounting standards.
    16. Serves as an advocate for the college’s interests.  Represents the college by speaking to and making presentations to external groups who have the capacity to influence/affect the college’s successes.
    17. Maintains positive and productive relationships with federal, state, and local officials who interface with the college
    18. Provides leadership to assigned areas by focusing planning and execution to help college management and the organization succeed and improve productivity, particularly by providing stakeholders with effective information, support systems, resources and business solutions.
    19. Supervises and reviews the performance of professional and technical staff and subordinate supervisors. Supervision includes training, delegation of work assignments, employee evaluation and discipline, and employee hire/termination, promotion and pay rate change recommendations.
    20. Creates action plans to meet department goals and objectives, as well as college goals and objectives. Conduct periodic reviews of progress and measure against goals. Establish procedures for workgroup to ensure success.
    21. Creates and maintains a customer service culture, program, orientation and focus for assigned areas.  Monitors departmental activities and customer satisfaction with service delivery; identifies and implements appropriate improvement measures.
    22. Act as signatory for college documents and contracts.
    23. Perform other tasks of a similar nature or level as assigned.


     Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications
    • Master's degree from an accredited institution in accounting, business or related discipline
    • Ten (10) years of experience in accounting, business, auditing, or a related discipline
    • Five (5) years of progressively responsible supervisory experience
    • Any combination of education and experience that results in possession of skills, knowledge and behaviors as outlined in the position’s core competencies below.

    Preferred Qualifications
    • Five (5) or more years of experience in a higher education environment

    Core Competencies
    • Adaptability (Advanced Level): Understands the requirements of different situations and effectively adapts his/her behavior even when under stress and pressure. Adjusts own view and objectives in order to achieve a shared goal. Open to various standards, values and rules without losing a sense of identity.
    • Analytical Thinking (Advanced Level): Successful candidate displays ability to extract key information from data from different sources and analyze, sort, and synthesize data with careful attention to detail. Compares data and integrates diverse themes and lines of reasoning to create new insights or levels of understanding for the issue at hand. Identifies action to prevent the problem from occurring partially or totally. Identifies a number of solutions to complex problems integrating findings from several different disciplines, identifies and evaluates the various options developed and selects the most effective solution.
    • Budget Management (Advanced Level): Effectively safeguard fiscal resources, and consistently adhere to all internal control procedures designed to prevent and detect theft or misuse of funds. Remain alert to potential breaches of financial security/control procedures and immediately report incidents and problems. Actively seek ways to improve internal controls. Keep up-to-date on changes to fiscal procedures, principles, standards, rates, etc. Ensure all financial data is properly calculated and reported. Responsibly allocate and account for use of fiscal resources, evaluating alternatives and weighing their benefits. Research or recognize market value of goods and services to ensure efficient and reasonable expenditure of resources.
    • Coaching & Developing Others (Advanced Level): Enables others to take appropriate risks. Organizes and structures work for others in a manner that encourages ownership and accountability. Balances the organization’s tasks, goals and objectives with subordinates’ personal and professional needs. Diagnoses performance issues and determines appropriate development approach to suit the individual’s learning style. Uses effective questioning techniques to allow subordinates to think through problems and develop solutions.
    • Decision Making and Judgment (Advanced Level): Models the use of sound judgment and integrity to make clear, transparent decisions regarding complex and or sensitive issues or materials. Makes independent, critical decisions based on relevant information, considering the total organization. Strikes a balance between being participative, i.e., involving team members in decisions and being directive, depending on the needs of the team and the situation. Consistently and effectively seeks input from unit and campus partners; is nimble and decisive.
    • Diversity and Inclusiveness (Advanced Level): Demonstrates commitment to building inclusive excellence by being deliberate, intentional and coordinated in every aspect engagement. Understands diversity issues and creates a supportive environment for diverse coworkers and employees. Strives to achieve diverse staff at all levels.
    • Effective Communication (Advanced Level): Tailors information to audience and individual needs - flexes style appropriately. Models interpersonal communication that invites participation and future dialogue. Actively seeks perspectives from others to ensure inclusiveness and understanding. Refrains from immediate judgment and criticism of others' ideas and delivers criticism in a way that demonstrates sensitivity to the feelings of others and waits for others to finish their intended message before responding.
    • Influence (Advanced Level): Uses all available information appropriately to guide decisions and negotiations to meet objectives, while acting with integrity. Effectively explores alternatives and positions to reaching outcomes that gain the support and acceptance of all parties. Assertively interacts in a manner that is controlled, planned and well-thought-out to lead others to the desired outcome. Maintains an awareness of goals and objectives and navigates solutions towards desired ends, while maintaining relationships and supporting consensus.
    • Innovative & Creative Thinking (Advanced Level): Generates high-quality ideas and solutions alone or collaboratively. Searches for new and more effective methods, making connections between previously unrelated ideas. Injects originality into daily work through research, personal knowledge and networking relationships. Encourages new ideas, and motivates others to be proactive and resourceful.
    • Leadership (Advanced Level): Understands formal and informal power and influence structure within the organization and successfully achieves positive, desired outcomes.. Seeks consensus among diverse viewpoints as a means of building group commitment. Incorporates a long-term perspective and broader organizational implication in planning, decision-making and problem solving. Inspires and energizes others to commit to vision. Employs a leadership style based on assessing the needs of individuals and adjusting to meet their needs. Builds wide sphere of influence to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness.
    • Organizational Acumen (Advanced Level): Understands the relationship between internal climate and external environment. Knows the reasoning behind key policies, practices, and procedures, and seeks exceptions when needed to achieve goals. Uses knowledge and understanding of the organizational and political climate to make decisions and take actions that satisfy diverse interests and contributes effectively to organizational goals.
    • Relationship Building (Advanced Level): Facilitates dialogue to gain agreement using sound rationale to explain value of actions. Uses diplomacy to build partners. Promotes and models collegiality. Consistently promotes and maintains a harmonious and promotes and maintains a harmonious and productive work environment. Is respected and trusted and often viewed as a role model.
    • Teamwork (Advanced Level): Maintains or enhances self-esteem of others in all communications with team members. Actively works to remove barriers to team effectiveness. Is flexible and can work with a wide variety of different people on different tasks. Fosters cooperation and collaboration in others through trust-building and relationships. Encourages other team members to participate and facilitates when appropriate. Facilitates team activities that promote effective peer and work relationships. Fosters team communication and dialogue, identifies opportunities to gain consensus for team options, decision and outcomes. Builds effective teams across organizations and levels, inside and outside own organization.
    • Vision (Advanced Level): Combines various social trends and developments into an integrated vision of the future. Sees chances and opportunities for the organization before others do and acts accordingly. Recognizes national and international trends early on and oversees their consequences for the organization. Integrates developments in different disciplines into a new concept. Able to imagine possibilities other people think are impossible. Able to think ahead on the basis of limited information.




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