Reporting to the President and serving as an integral member of the senior management team, the Vice President for Finance and Operations (VP)/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will be responsible for the development and implementation of the University of Northwestern’s financial management strategy and contribute to the development of the organization’s strategic goals.
In addition to the strategic components, the VP/CFO is responsible for developing and implementing progressive and sophisticated policies and procedures in both the finance and general operational realms.
This is an outstanding opportunity for a finance executive with operational experience and a proven record of accomplishment, creative problem solving, and change management to join a growth-oriented, mission-driven organization.
Strategic Vision and Leadership:
Advise the President and other key members of senior management on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters.
Serve as the Treasurer of the Corporation and management liaison to the Board and audit committee; effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at select board of trustees and committee meetings.
Contribute to the development of the University of Northwestern’s strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organization.
Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the President informed of all critical issues.
Represent the organization externally, as necessary, particularly in banking and lease negotiations.
Oversee and direct financial forecasting, cash management, audit, tax and tax regulatory requirements, accounting, purchasing, and long-term contractual activities for the institution including but not limited to negotiating all insurance coverage.
Ensure that strategic financial goals and long range financial plans of the University’s ministry are achieved effectively and with integrity.
Direct and analyze studies of general economic, business, and financial conditions and their impact on the University’s policies and operations.
Arrange long-term financing as necessary to accomplish the strategic goals of the ministry.
Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
Oversee, direct and supervise the Accounting Services Office including Accounting, Payables, Receivables, Gift Receipting, Student Accounts, Collections, and Payroll.
Oversee, direct, and supervise Information Technology, Human Resources, Facilities, and Business Services which includes Event Services, Campus Store, Purchasing, and the Mail Center.
Upgrade and implement an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures.
Plan, coordinate, and execute the annual budget process.
Ensure that the University of Northwestern is adhering to the strategic plan, delivering status reports to the Board.
Provide analytical support to the University of Northwestern’s internal management team including development of internal management reporting capabilities.
Continuous improvement to administrative and operational accounting services such as treasury management, 403-B plan, grants payment processing, payroll, accounts payable, and purchasing.
Negotiate all insurance coverage.
Implement the directives of the Northwestern Foundation Investment Committee of the Board regarding the University’s investments.
Provide advice and counsel to the President while serving on his Cabinet.
Because our community is a significant part of our mission and the development of our students, all employees act as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ by actively partnering with the University to disciple students in growing intellectually and spiritually, and with Northwestern Media to lead people to Christ and nurture believers to mature in their faith.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in a related field required; Master’s degree preferred
Minimum of ten years previous senior management experience and proven success within a comparable organization required
Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization
Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise
Entrepreneurial team player who can multitask
Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
Self-reliant, good problem solver, results oriented
Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and administration initiatives.
Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with the University’s senior management, Board of Trustees, and staff
Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker
Passion for the University’s mission
Maintain a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; is a consistent witness for Jesus Christ; maintain a kind, Christ-like attitude in dealing with and ministering to people within and outside of Northwestern; and faithfully uphold and embrace Northwestern’s mission, doctrinal statement and Declaration of Christian Community.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to interact with a variety of individuals in a professional, courteous and tactful manner
Ability to manage and supervise people
Ability to create good will with staff, faculty, parents, donors and students
Ability to maintain confidential information
Ability to be a positive role model by demonstrating an active, contagious Christian faith in personal example and in work related responsibilities
Ability to maintain a flexible schedule
Ability to demonstrate strong planning, organizational and leadership skills
Knowledge and understanding of budgeting, projections, modeling and control
Knowledge and understanding of state and federal laws and regulations, policies and procedures in areas of business, fiscal and personnel administration
Excellent managerial, communication, problem-solving and team-building skills
Ability to pass a background check upon hire and periodically throughout the course of employment
The work environment involves working in a suburban, Christian university, working alongside those with a demonstrated commitment and personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a commitment to the mission and values of the University and an agreement to abide by all University policies.
University of Northwestern - St. Paul is an evangelical, non-denominational Christian institution offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Northwestern is an intentional community of faith, living, and learning located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Since 1902, Northwestern has been committed to providing Christ-centered, academically excellent education for men and women from around the... world. Northwestern’s 100-acre campus is nestled along the shores of Lake Johanna. The downtown areas of both Saint Paul and Minneapolis can be reached within 15 minutes, providing easy access to hundreds of cultural and recreational activities in the Twin Cities.