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VP, Finance & Accounting

Employer
Woodbury University
Location
California, United States
Salary
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
May 25, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
Employment Level
Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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Woodbury University invites applications for Vice President for Finance & Accounting (VPFA) position. Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Finance & Accounting (VPFA) serves as a member of the President’s senior cabinet and provides “hands-on” leadership for the management of financial and business affairs.  This position includes overall administration of the budget process in conformity with the University’s strategic plan: maintenance of internal accounting controls; development of financial policies and procedures; procurement of goods and services; management and administration of long-term debt; and restructuring the institution’s financial and accounting systems.  This position will oversee a total of 22 staff in Finance, Accounting, Financial Aid, and Information Technology.  The VPFA will interface and present regularly to the University’s leadership and the Board of Trustees.  As the key financial leader advising the President and Board of Trustees, the VPFA will provide collaborative and critical insight and analyses to support strategic planning, goal setting and key policy decision making.

ABOUT WOODBURY UNIVERSITY

Woodbury University, where engagement, innovation and transformation empower people to accomplish extraordinary things! Established in 1884 as a small, private, nonprofit institution, Woodbury University today is located at the heart of the Southern California creative economy, where it is a major draw for students locally and globally, who wish to gain access to a rich ecosystem of expertise and resources. Please follow the link to learn more about Woodbury University: https://woodbury.edu/about/about-woodbury/facts-and-figures/

Key Responsibilities for this role include oversight and administration of all financial operations on campus, including hands-on detailed assessment, development and integration of systems, and thorough accounting and financial reporting.  This individual will provide leadership, management, and supervision of the university’s information technology (IT) infrastructure and enterprise computer applications that support the university’s business processes, instruction, and services.  The VPFA will also represent the University in off campus community and local business circles, as needed.

The VPFA will play an active role in the day-to-day management, strategic guidance, and implementation of the following:

  • Overall Finance and Accounting
  • Budgeting and Financial Projections
  • Financial Reporting and Regulatory Compliance
  • Information Technology Infrastructure and Applications
  • Monitoring Investments

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Develop and administer University policies related to business and finance. Analyze and recommend changes in fiscal policies related to business and finance.
  • Coordinate preparation and administration of the University budget. Monitor the annual operating budget.
  • Provide leadership to the campus budgeting and planning process.
  • Participate in general strategic and administrative planning as a member of the President’s Cabinet.
  • Act as a liaison and provide accountability to the Finance, Audit, Strategic Planning and Technology Committees of the Board of Trustees.
  • Provide analysis and interpretation of the University’s fiscal and business affairs for the President and other officers of the University.
  • Supervise the operation and personnel of the Business Office, Financial Aid and Information Technology.
  • Manage accounting and other financial services including general ledger, financial reporting, accounts receivable and payable, cashiering, loan collections, investment accounting, fixed asset accounting, etc.
  • Manage the purchasing function and procurement of goods and services.
  • Work with independent accountants in preparation of the annual audit.
  • Oversee the restructuring of financial and accounting information technology systems.
  • Manage banking relationships regarding short-term borrowing and other banking services.

TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS DESIRED

The ideal candidate will be strategic and results driven, with strong “hands-on” leadership skills and a proven track record.  As a seasoned financial leader of integrity, it is necessary that the VPFA has a commitment to team-based management and possesses impeccable verbal and written communication skills; strong relationship building capabilities; an entrepreneurial approach to seeing and analyzing financial opportunities; flexibility and adaptability to shifting priorities or needs, and sound and influential decision-making abilities.  The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to interact in a collegial manner with faculty, staff, and students.  The VPFA will be a forward-thinking executive with strong business acumen, good judgment, and an attention to detail.  This person will have strong analytical and perceptive skills with the ability to diagnose accurately organizational needs.

CAREER TRACK LEADING TO THIS POSITION

Candidates should have a minimum of five years of increasingly responsible senior management experience.  Candidates should have knowledge of fund accounting and the ability to perform financial analysis.  Although experience in nonprofit organizations would be beneficial, candidates from the for-profit sector with an interest in higher education are encouraged to apply.  Mastery of automated systems and computer and software applications for financial analysis is expected. 

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

A Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or Business Administration is required; a Master’s degree or CPA is preferred.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Close vision, hearing/listening, and clear speech.
  • Hand/fingers dexterity to work with computers.
  • Walking, lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to utilize office equipment such as computers and copiers.
  • Kneeling, stooping, bending, sitting, squatting, standing, etc.
  • Work with/around and has verbal face-to-face contact with others.
  • Work indoors in an office environment the majority of the time.
  • Complex reading and writing ability.

COMPENSATION

Salary will range based on experience.  Relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable.  

This position qualifies for University sponsored employee benefit plans and programs (e.g., group health insurance, life insurance, tax deferred annuity plan, annual vacation, sick, and paid holidays), subject to the eligibility requirements and conditions of each plan and program. 

APPLICATION: Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until filled. Submissions must include:

  • Current resume/CV which lists educational and employment history

All application materials must be submitted through the Woodbury University Job Board. Email applications and submissions on third party platforms will not be considered.

Woodbury University is dedicated to celebrating diversity and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  Woodbury University is an EEO/AA institution committed to multicultural diversity in its peoples and programs. All employment decisions for all job classifications will be made on the basis of such factors as education, character, ability, skill and training, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political orientation, disability, veteran status, marital status, parental status, genetic information, membership or non-membership in any lawful organization, or any other protected status.

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