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Chief Financial Officer

Georgetown College
Kentucky, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 10, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance, Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Georgetown College seeks an experienced Chief Financial Officer who is excited to serve at a dynamic and growing Christian college. The successful candidate will combine technical ability with the desire to problem solve and strategize with the Executive Cabinet. The CFO serves as the chief business and financial officer of the College. The CFO provides leadership, oversight, and direction, for the business and financial operations of the college, while personally working to ensure the efficiency, accuracy, and timeliness of key systems and reports. As such, this position requires a hands-on, service-oriented leader who is able to think strategically, provide analytical and decision-making direction for complex issues, and dive into the details on a day-to-day basis when necessary. The CFO reports directly to the President and serves as a member of the Executive Cabinet.   


  • Adhere to College Policy and Procedures while acting as a role model within and outside the College.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership, management, communication, and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to develop and execute strategies to achieve desired objectives.
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with the President, Cabinet, and Trustees about the budget while clearly translating financial results and projection to non-specialized audiences.


  • Develop and oversee the College’s annual operating and capital budgets, and provide effective cash management processes.
  • Develop, implement, and administer programs and processes to improve financial operations and mitigate financial risks.
  • Develop and propose strategies to support achievement of college objectives based on analysis of financial strengths and weaknesses.
  • Ensure compliance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) accounting principles and other applicable and externally –mandated governance, policies, guidelines and laws.
  • Provide timely budget modeling and assorted financial reports to the President, Trustees, Cabinet, departments, and external agencies as needed and when required that effectively translate financial terms, issues, and complex situations in a manner that is clear, concise, and facilitates decision making.
  • Serve as Treasurer to the Board of Trustees, and comply with Board of Trustee fiscal policies.
  • Serve as liaison to the Board’s Finance Committee, with special responsibility for finances, and investments.
  • Manage the College’s banking and business relationships, and function as legal liaison for the College with counsel on legal issues and litigation.
  • Work with the College’s external accountants to ensure the successful completion of all annual audits and tax reporting.
  • Provide management oversight of human resources and benefit administration, controller function (including financial controls and policies), auditing, cash, investments, information technology functions, business office and student account office services, purchasing, and risk management.
  • Participate on College committees as needed and appropriate to the position.
  • Ensure all areas of responsibility operate with a service-oriented mind-set.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


Manage Directors in the Business Office, Student Accounts Office, Human Resources, and Information Technology departments. Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of this unit.  Directly supervises one non-supervisory employee.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and / or Experience – Successful completion of a four-year college degree in an accounting, finance, or business-related field is required. Successful completion of a relevant graduate degree and/or CPA is preferred. Minimum of ten years related experience and/or training with demonstrated increases in responsibility, preferably in higher education or non-profit organization. Previous experience in supervising professional and non-professional employees. Strong accounting, mathematical, verbal, grammatical, interpersonal, and writing skills are required.
  • Communication / Language -- Requires effective oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and intermediate computer literacy. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to represent the College well to a variety of constituencies in connection with business and financial interests.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
  • Mathematical -- Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
  • Reasoning -- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations --None Required, but CPA license is preferred.
  • Computer Literacy / General Office Equipment -- Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet, and general ledger systems

Interested applicants may apply by following the link to upload a cover letter and resume.    Review of applicants will begin immediately and resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.  

As a Christian institution, Georgetown College builds community through admissions, hiring and promotion policies based on merit, qualification and character.  As a matter of policy and in compliance with state and federal laws, Georgetown College operates on the principle of non-discrimination.  Georgetown College does not discriminate, either in the admission of students, hiring and promotion of employees, or in the administration of any educational policies, programs, or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability or veteran status.  Georgetown College is committed to enhancing diversity in its faculty, staff and student body.  We encourage all qualified candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply.

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