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Higher Ed Administrative Careers - Business/Financial Management
The Vice President for Operations & Finance (VPOF) is responsible to the President for setting direction for, and overseeing execution in, all financial and operational aspects of Covenant College. The VPOF is responsible for developing and ensuring implementation of the College's strategic financial plan as well as its annual budget. In addition, the VPOF serves as a member of the College Cabinet, providing a finance and business perspective on the educational services offered by the College and functioning as an integral member of the senior leadership of the College. The VPOF oversees the strategic direction and management of Finance & Accounting, Business Operations, Facilities/Maintenance & Operations, Human Resources, and Technology Services.
Oversee the following operational functions:
Finance, Accounting and Investments
Facilities/Maintenance & Operations
Lead and develop direct reports to ensure organizational health and operational effectiveness within their areas of responsibility. Continue to build and manage effective and streamlined administrative/financial systems, including financial, accounting, information technology (IT), human resources (HR), and physical infrastructure.
Provide overall financial leadership for the College
Manage the preparation and review of the annual budget.
Monitor the College's financial activity. Ensure that timely and accurate financial reports are provided to senior administration, the Board of Trustees, and appropriate directors.
Maintain proper financial controls. Ensure compliance with all government regulations.
Develop and review a multi-year budget/financial forecast.
Ensure proper management of College assets, including cash and capital budgets.
Function as the College's primary liaison in banking and investment relationships.
Carry out the responsibilities of the Business Officer of the Corporation as defined in the college's bylaws.
Oversee the facilities and physical operations of the College
Oversee facilities management, including campus maintenance and development.
Oversee the selection of architects, contractors, and vendors.
Make recommendations for acquisition or disposal of property.
Oversee the human resources functions of the College
Work closely with the HR Director to design and implement benefits and compensation programs, policies, and practices that support the goals and objectives of the College.
Ensure compliance with all government regulations pertaining to hiring, employment, compensation, etc.
Act as fiduciary for the College's 403(b) retirement plan.
Oversee the College's business operations
Ensure that all auxiliary enterprises serve to support the mission of the College.
Ensure the operational effectiveness and financial viability of all auxiliary enterprises and independent operations (e.g., food service, rental properties, campus store).
Oversee the technology services functions of the College
Work closely with the Director of Technology Services to establish strategic goals, policies, and procedures for the information technology department.
Work closely with the Director of Technology Services to determine the College's long-term systems needs and any acquisitions necessary to accomplish the College's educational or business objectives.
Accounting and financial experience
Demonstrated ability to manage teams well, achieving results through collaborative efforts and developing direct reports
Track record of thinking and acting strategically
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with internal and external constituencies
Demonstrated experience leading or facilitating the development and implementation of business projects
Strong analytical skills to interpret/adapt system procedures or operating concepts to fit new situations
Ability to motivate and direct the activities of others and the ability to work in a diverse group
Courage to challenge established practices, lead change, and make difficult decisions for the good of the College
Required Education / Experience:
Bachelor's degree in accounting, management or related field
Significant experience in accounting, budget/finance, management, business operations
Preferred Education / Experience:
CPA, MBA or appropriate professional certification
Experience in higher education
Experience in both not-for-profit and for-profit business/finance
Experience in facilities management and/or real estate development/finance
Covenant College is a four-year, residential college offering degree programs in the sciences, arts, humanities, and in pre-professional disciplines. Covenant is one of only five members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities that are ranked in the top tier of national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report, and the only one of those located in the South (one of the more demographically vibrant regions of the country). The College boasts outstanding outcomes, both academically (94% of graduates who attend graduate school are enrolled in their first- or second-choice graduate program; recent placements include Columbia Law, NYU Law, Georgetown Law, Johns Hopkins School of International Studies, the University of Virginia’s School of Public Policy, Duke Medical School, Washington University Medical School, Cal-Berkeley’s PhD program in Economics) and spiritually (96% of graduates report that they remain committed to the Christian faith, and 95% report that they are members or regular attenders of a local church). Covenant is the college of the Presbyterian Church in America, standing squarely in the midst of a tradition that values deeply the redeeming work... of Jesus Christ in the lives of his people and the theological commitments of the Reformed tradition. The College is located on a stunningly beautiful, mountaintop campus and is adjacent to the vibrant city of Chattanooga, which was rated by Outside Magazine in 2016 as the Best Town Ever for those who love the outdoors and was described by President Barack Obama as a “tornado of innovation” for its dynamic startup scene.