Vice President, Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officer

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  • 19-Jun-2020 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Mt Vernon, IA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time
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    Cornell College invites applications for a vice president, chief operating and chief financial officer. The VP, COO/CFO is responsible for implementing Cornell's strategic plan, overseeing the college's financial condition, and managing shared services supporting all activities of the college. This new role brings together critical administrative activities under one leader with the intention of further increasing the strategic and operational effectiveness, efficiency, and speed of these functions - all with the ultimate goal of fostering a service mindset and increasing employee satisfaction as Cornell educates, recruits, and retains students.

    The VP, COO/CFO will oversee several functional areas including Advancement, Business and Financial Services, Facilities, Information Technology (including all data operations), Institutional Research, Marketing and Communications, and Talent & Engagement/Human Resources with a total of nine direct reports, a total staff of over 140. This individual will be a core member of the President's Council which sets policy and strategic direction for the college and will chair and oversee activities of the Operations Council which implements and executes policy and strategy. The VP, COO/CFO will also interface frequently with the Board of Trustees and occasionally interface with other outside stakeholders from time to time to represent the college's interests.

    The VP, COO/CFO will be successful in this important role by accelerating the College's ability to respond to changes in the core market it serves and deliver needed organizational programs and initiatives. This leader will implement operational design, with an eye to building seamless and efficient end-to-end business processes that ensure that projects are completed in an accurate and timely manner and reduce the administrative burden for all offices at Cornell College.

    About Cornell College

    Cornell College is a selective liberal arts college distinguished by our Ingenuity curriculum that builds on the strengths of our One Course At A Time schedule. This combination encourages the qualities of being thoughtful, original, and inventive, using the strengths of a liberal arts education to apply ideas to solve problems and meet challenges through hands-on experience in learning. Academic immersion, real world experience requirements through Ingenuity in Action, 19 division III NCAA athletic teams, and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from 45 states and 13 foreign countries.

    External endorsements include selection as one of the original Colleges That Change Lives, a U.S. News Top 100 liberal arts college, a Kiplinger's best value in liberal arts colleges, and one of only 290 U.S. colleges with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Founded in 1853, Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities, ranging from the majestic King Chapel to the newly constructed Russell Science Center. We are located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, an urban fringe community recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of the ICR Iowa region.

    Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

    Cornell College is committed to fostering a faculty and staff community that reflects its diverse student body. We encourage applications from candidates who share our vision for a campus that embraces differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities. We believe in the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion that serve to enrich and strengthen our campus community.


    The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate a track record of success creating high performing organizations that execute effectively in meeting the needs of its chosen market and customers in the most productive manner possible. The ideal individual for this role is someone with a strong operational focus ensuring performance to key operational and financial metrics.

    A Masters's and Bachelor's degree in related management fields including, operations, economics, accounting, finance, business administration, information systems/systems thinking, public administration/management is required. A CPA is a plus, but not required. Higher Education experience is desirable but not required. Relevant experience may also include financial and operational experience from other industry sectors include Healthcare Services, Hospitality, Professional Services, and possibly Military Operations (within its Healthcare and Supply Chain operations).

    Other qualifications include 10 years of management experience across several reporting functions with the following:

    o Strong and successful background in process development and improvement.
    o Strategic planning and change management.
    o Strong organizational skills to prioritize diverse workload.
    o Strong analytical skills to solve complex problems and situations.
    o High degree of sophistication in managing projects and expectations and facilitating conversations with all stakeholders.

    While we have many questions about you, maybe you want to get to know us? Let us sell more on why you should choose Cornell.

    Application Process

    This position will remain open until filled, and applications will be reviewed as received. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references through Cornell's online application system.

    Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Cornell complies with Iowa's Smoke-free Air Act, participates in e-verify for verification of employment eligibility, and conducts background checks.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 6/21/2020
    Application Due: 9/4/2020
    Work Type: Full Time