Vice President of Administration
Department:: Senior Leadership
Locations:: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posted:: Jul 15, 2019
Closes:: Open Until Filled
About Dutchess Community College:
Located in the heart of New York's beautiful and historic mid-Hudson Valley, just 90 minutes north of New York City, DCC is part of the State University of New York, the largest comprehensive public higher education system in the country. A winner of the 2015 HEED Award for inclusiveness, DCC is dedicated to respecting individuality, embracing diversity and partnering with the community to achieve shared goals. The College welcomes applications from faculty and staff who share and are anxious to support the institution's values of Excellence, Access, Diversity, Collaboration and Accountability, and who are passionate about engaging with both students and the community.
Reporting directly to the President and serving as an integral member of the senior leadership team, the Vice President of Administration (VPA) will play a significant role as a collaborative leader and strategic partner in shaping the future of Dutchess Community College. The successful candidate will welcome the opportunity to join a culture that is both collaborative and consensus driven and one in which ability to forge strong working relationships and partnerships across divisions is particularly valued.
The VPA will understand and respect shared governance and advocate for an environment that encourages teamwork, student success, inclusive decision-making and promotes a sense of community across the College. This collaborative and persuasive financial leader will have a distinguished record of outstanding professional service and accomplishment as a senior level administrator.
Primary responsibilities include oversight of strategic financial planning and analysis of resource use and development; partnering in budget planning and oversight of budget implementation; student financial services; risk management; accounting, procurement, and business services; internal audit; facilities planning, construction, and operations; human resource services and employee relations; institutional technology; and environmental health and safety services.
Opportunities and Expectations
- Developing a strategic partnership with the President and the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services and supporting and assisting their efforts to analyze, evaluate, and prioritize strategic initiatives;
- Leading the development of strong financial planning in support of the institution's strategic initiatives; developing additional revenue sources to support the College;
- Creating and developing innovative funding options in identifying potential revenue sources and how best to leverage them, including consideration of public-private partnerships and alliances with other academic institutions, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations;
- Supporting the Board of Trustees' Finance and Facilities Committees to help develop and implement the College's capital development plan;
- Guiding and supporting a division that plays a broad and principal role in advancing the College's mission by providing fiscal leadership, safeguarding financial assets and resources, ensuring regulatory compliance and providing timely delivery of a wide array of business, facilities and other services to internal and external constituents;
- Working closely with and collaboratively with the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services throughout the budget development process; analyzing various budget scenarios and identifying pros and cons for each option;
- Monitoring the College's budget and providing support and guidance to staff (with budgetary responsibility) in setting budgetary priorities, identifying and allocating resources, and developing entrepreneurial alternatives that optimize funding options in support of the College's academic and community engagement mission;
- Working with financial leaders in other academic institutions, governmental agencies, and non-profit agencies and organizations, modeling best practices and pursuing strategic alliances that strengthen and expand collaborative partnerships;
- Creating and fostering an organizational culture and infrastructure that support operational excellence, deliver quality customer service, and promote optimal efficiency; analyzing administrative practices to develop and implement more effective and efficient procedures to strengthen delivery of services, as defined by best practices and supported by measurable standards; and
- Serving as the primary financial liaison to the SUNY System Office; participating as an ex-officio member of the Dutchess Community College Foundation Board; maintaining financial oversight of the Dutchess Community College Association entities, including the bookstore, daycare center, residence hall, food service and athletics.
Qualifications and Personal Characteristics
- Master's degree in Business, Finance, Administration, Management, Accounting, or related field; CPA is a plus.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with an expressed desire to work collaboratively in a shared governance and unionized environment; ability to crystallize complex financial information into lay terms and to effectively articulate the College's financial vision, strengths, goals, and requirements to a wide range of audiences, both internal and external;
- Evidence of a commitment to support and strengthen initiatives that promote diversity, inclusion, and equity;
- A record of progressively responsible administrative experience in finance and budget management; significant successful experience working with auditors, internal controls and compliance related issues;
- Familiarity with a wide range of financial and revenue generating techniques, including public-private ventures and partnerships, and a record of leadership and involvement in planning and overseeing construction and renovation projects (in campus locations is desirable);
- Experience dealing with local, state, and federal legislative and regulatory processes as they affect public institutions and affiliated entities such as foundations; evidence of successful advocacy with the previously mentioned entities in ways that build trust and promote mutual benefit;
- Successful experience managing a large number of staff, including financial services and facilities personnel; evidence of success functioning in a complex, high demand environment while managing multiple priorities simultaneously;
- Ability to provide critical, conceptual and strategic thinking to important financial, academic and administrative issues across the College;
- Understanding of the political, social, and economic factors shaping the future of public higher education, and possessing the political astuteness to develop strong partnerships with SUNY and other educational institutions;
- Demonstrated familiarity with major construction, renovation and maintenance programs, understanding of facilities management, capital construction, real estate development, campus master panning, and business operations; and
- Evidence of meeting the highest standards for personal and professional excellence and unquestionable integrity.
Please upload a current CV, cover letter, and three professional references.
Review of applications will begin on August 19, 2019 and continue until successful candidates have been identified.