Vice President for Administrative Affairs and Chief Financial Officer

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Application Deadline:      Friday, November 8, 2019

Salary & Benefits:              Starting salary is subject to the Santa Fe College Salary Schedule. Compensation package is comprised of many college paid benefits including health and life insurance, retirement, leave time, and tuition waivers for Santa Fe College and the University of Florida.

Classification:                    Full-time, Executive and Managerial, Pay Grade EM9, Exempt

Location:                             Northwest Campus, 3000 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32606

OVERVIEW:  Santa Fe College, a proud member of the Florida College System as well as the prestigious League for Innovation in the Community College, is seeking a Vice President for Administrative Affairs and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The CFO reports to the President and serves as a member of his executive leadership team, overseeing budget development and administration; financial planning; risk management and safety; and facilities planning, construction, and operations. The CFO facilitates planning and budget processes that promote the allocation of resources to balance overall instruction and services of the college in accordance with the mission, vision, value and strategic priorities of the college; creates and oversees budget processes that result in decisions considered to be fair and participatory; ensures compliance with the legal, contractual, accreditation and board polices of the college; and provides strategic direction so that current college facilities are maintained and future facilities are designed and built in a professional, code compliant and sustainable manner.  The CFO is charged with ensuring that the College maintains its financial strength and operating efficiency.

Santa Fe has an enrollment of over 17,000 students. The College has been recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the nation’s top community colleges, and is a past winner of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. It is located in beautiful North Central Florida in Gainesville, a vibrant college town with an outstanding school system and a full array of cultural enrichments.

Responsibilities and duties include:

  • Leading the college in transparent, enterprise resource planning, including revenue modeling, strategic budget development, facilities and property strategy, cost management strategies, and stewardship of resources.
  • Strong ethical business principles.
  • Developing and overseeing the management of financial policies, systems and operations that adhere to state and federal regulations. Aligning to the College’s strategic initiatives and finding innovative ways to leverage resources in support of the College’s mission.
  • Providing strategic analysis and counsel on all aspects of the College’s business operations, supporting multi-year business planning. Overseeing the development of annual and long-range financial plans (operating and capital). Identifying and implementing continuous process improvement initiatives in a collaborative manner to increase the efficiency/effectiveness of college operations and business processes.
  • Developing strategic partnerships and enterprises to enhance revenue generation within the mission of the college, including oversight of auxiliary enterprises, public-private partnerships, and other business models.
  • Overseeing the various external audits and reviews performed by external entities to ensure process efficiency and effective follow-up on findings.
  • Promoting environmental sustainability and stewardship.
  • Supervise, support, mentor and encourage the development and professional growth of staff within the department.
  • Coordinating the Risk Management and Safety functions of the college which includes reviewing contracts and ensuring compliance with insurance requirements; analyzing and identifying risks; managing the College’s safety program including training, audits and inspections; providing policy development to maximize safety and mitigate potential risk and liability; managing insurance claims; and coordination of the worker’s compensation program.
  • Supervising leaders responsible for budget planning, development and monitoring services, finance and accounting services, purchasing services, payroll services, student accounting services, auxiliary services, facilities planning & construction services, facilities maintenance services, custodial services, and environmental health & safety services.
  • Serving as a member of the executive team, shaping the strategy and operations of the college. Partnering collaboratively with colleagues (other vice presidents, and senior leaders).
  • Executing contracts, drafts, agreements, and performing other duties that provide for the effective operation of the College.
  • Developing and implementing college-wide long-range and short-range capital facilities plans.
  • Monitoring legislative process and working with the College’s legislative advocate to influence and determine financial impact of proposed legislation.
  • Actively participating with state and national professional organizations, as well as other colleges and universities in order to remain current with fiscal responsibilities, educational development, theory, research, and programming.
  • Actively participating and presenting at District Board of Trustees meetings and workshops, as needed.
  • Participating in the accreditation process.
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the President.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution and a CPA (Certified Public Accountant license), or master’s degree in accounting, business administration, finance, higher education administration, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution.
  •  Substantive experience with progressive responsibility in leading financial management and general operations with an in-depth understanding of accounting practices, managerial finance, budgeting, and financial analysis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credentials desired (required if candidate does not hold a master’s degree).
  • Previous financial management experience working in public higher education or other public entity.

Additional Requirements:

  • A criminal background check will be conducted.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 

  • Ability to model and set the tone for institutional integrity, transparency, and openness.
  • Willingness to work as a team member dedicated to the success of the College, our employees, and the students we serve.
  • Thorough knowledge of accounting and business principles, and strategic planning and budgeting procedures. Strong technical skills in finance, accounting, analysis, planning and forecasting.
  • Knowledge and experience with capital planning and projects.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws; Florida Board of Education rules and regulations; and the policies of the District Board of Trustees.
  • Ability to effectively articulate financial matters to the academic and business communities, and to address college wide operational issues.
  • Excellent computer technology skills, and the ability to collaborate with Information Technology Services to ensure the effectiveness of programs and processes related to Administrative Affairs.
  • A leadership style and service orientation consistent with the mission of the College. Demonstrated ability to successfully develop and manage relationships at all levels of the organization and the ability to influence a variety of stakeholders.
  • Knowledge and commitment to shared governance, innovation, creative practices, solutions and collaboration.
  • Commitment to diversity and multiculturalism, and the demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students in an inclusive, respectful manner.
  • Strong verbal, written, interpersonal communication and presentation skills with the ability to effectively articulate financial matters to the academic and business communities, and to address college wide operational issues.
  • Ability to inspire, lead and motivate others to achieve objectives.
  • Excellent critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
  • Consistent demonstration of a professional, courteous demeanor.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  All applicants must submit a completed online SF Employment Application, a letter of intent as well as an up-to-date resume to be considered for this position. College transcripts should be submitted to confirm academic qualifications. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to any employment offer when academic credentials are the basis for meeting minimum qualifications or receiving steps. Unofficial transcripts are only accepted for review purposes.




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Posted: 10/10/2019
Application Due: 11/8/2019
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Salary: Salary Schedule