Vice President of Administration and Finance

Art Academy of Cincinnati
Ohio, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Dec 1, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Working directly with the President and leadership team, the ideal candidate will successfully oversee all aspects of the Art Academy’s finance, financial aid, facilities and human resource operations. This role serves as the point person for day-to-day decision making related to financial policies and controls, organizational structures, and personnel management. Keeping the Art Academy’s mission and commitment to DEI as a central focus, the Vice President of Business Administration and Finance will develop and implement practices that support faculty and staff as they work to ensure student success on all levels. This Vice President will also work with the President and Board of Trustees to ensure the Academy is operating in an efficient and fiscally responsible manner.

Essential Job Functions:


Provides strategic leadership and supervision of the following: Finance and Accounting, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Facilities and IT.

Evaluates processes and procedures and develops strategies and implementation plans to improve operations and cost benefit.

Develops, monitors and administers budgets to maintain efficient, high-quality services.

Collaborates with the Director of Institutional Advancement to address capital needs.

Coordinates the annual audit and supplies auditors with all necessary information.

Maintains an internal control system to ensure that financial transactions are based upon established procedures as required by the United States government, the State of Ohio and the Board of Trustees’ policies and procedures.

In collaboration with the President and the Board, oversees the review of all contracts and agreements for materials where funds are being expended by the college; approves or coordinates the approval of contracts in accordance with the State of Ohio policy, Academy procedures and the Office of the Ohio Attorney General.

Works as a liaison for key contracts for the Academy in collaboration with the President and appropriate staff members.

Executes on financial and operational aspects outlined in the strategic plan.

Identifies the need for changes in policies, procedures and processes and implements these changes successfully within the institution.

Follows the Academy’s guidelines for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Facilitates positive relations among staff and students by modeling managerial best practices.

Fosters a supportive, mission-driven culture that empowers staff to perform at their best.

Works collaboratively with other administrators and department heads and serves as an internal consultant.

Utilizes data to measure success and analyze outcomes in key areas.


Minimum Qualifications


Masters Degree, preferably in accounting, business administration or human resources—or equivalent training, education or experience

Experience working in higher education administration preferred

Demonstrated competency in project leadership and personnel management

5+ years experience in finance, accounting, budget management and business administration


Desired Competencies


Superior verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills

Ability to listen empathically to form collaborative approaches for solving complex issues

In-depth understanding of budgetary procedures, financial aid processes, human resources and facilities management

Working knowledge of accounting, financial aid, and student CRM software

Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks effectively

Capacity to work successfully under tight deadlines

Must possess excellent strategic-thinking and conceptual skills that facilitate planning and results

Demonstrated ability to make data-driven decisions

Capacity to analyze workflows and delegate responsibilities in a manner that fosters collaboration and team work



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