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The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) reports to the President and is a member of the President’s senior leadership team and cabinet. The CFO has primary responsibility for the management of business and financial affairs, accounting, payroll operations, university benefits and health care, the university budget, the acquisition or construction of real property, relationships with financial institutions, external audits, receipt and disbursements of funds, investments, inventory and equipment control, compliance with federal and state agencies, and is also responsible for other areas including financial aid, student accounts, human resources, conference services, maintenance and grounds operations, food service and other contracts, and rental properties. This position is located at Southern Wesleyan University’s main campus in Central, South Carolina. The projected hire date for this position is August 2022.
1.    Advise the President and Cabinet regarding financial and operational management policies and procedures. 
2.    Serve as a liaison and creative asset to the Finance and Investment Committee of the Board.
3.    Provide effective administrative innovation to plan, implement, review, and grow the financial operations of the university in compliance with, and in support of, the university mission and strategic plan. 
4.    Provide executive oversight for a broad range of financial, business and support operations including the following functions: financial planning, budgeting, controller functions; audit, cash, debt, and investment management; accounts payable; accounts receivable; student accounts; payroll and benefits; real property; capital construction; risk management; health benefits and human resources.
5.    Provide creative leadership for auxiliary operations supporting outstanding customer support, innovative delivery and exceptional quality.  Creatively grow revenues in auxiliary services while growing the value proposition for the recipient.
1.    Represent the university with appropriate external agencies and organizations and serve, as directed, by the President, to participate on university standing and special committees.
2.    Hire, train, evaluate and support a diverse team of professionals who report to this position asserting a continuous improvement environment.  
3.    Work collaboratively with the President and the Vice President for Advancement in fund-raising, investment management, and donor reporting.
4.    Provide leadership and creative ideas for the oversight and coordination of payroll and benefits policies and procedures.  
5.    Assist the President and other administrators in gathering, collating, and analyzing data relative to enrollment impact and financial operations and reporting requirements of the university.  Prepare financial predictive tools and creatively help the university reach new goals for construction and expansion of the campus and online delivery systems.
6.    Contribute significantly to problem-solving and innovation at a full university level offering support and ideas to Cabinet colleagues and their teams; contribute fully in the strategic plan implementation.
7.    Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President.  
1.    A personal and seasoned relationship with Christ and evidence of ongoing spiritual growth and conviction. See item 1 in "Other Requirements."
2.    A master’s degree is required with CPA certification desirable and evidence of significant and advanced experience and skill in the areas of financial administration, accounting and knowledge of a variety of operational auxiliary and business-related functions.
3.    Exemplary record and comprehensive knowledge of financial management issues; relate and work effectively with people and have a high level of integrity, ethics and the ability to lead and coordinate the effective management of complex programs and enterprises. 
4.    Record of significant experience with both traditional and innovative online academic programs.
5.    Evidence of strategic leadership in an environment of shared governance involving multiple stakeholders.
6.    Demonstrated ability in clear, effective communication with diverse constituencies.
7.    Deeply held commitments consistent with the university’s mission and values.
8.    Lifestyle characterized by holiness and servant hood.
9.    Willingness to become a member of a Wesleyan church.
1.    Mission and Lifestyle Expectations. The university is a Christian liberal arts institution in the Wesleyan-Holiness theological tradition. In light of SWU’s unapologetically Christ-centered mission, all employees are expected to embrace the university’s Statement of Faith, respect its Wesleyan heritage, and adhere to its lifestyle expectations.
2.    Physical/Environmental Requirements. Visual acuity necessary to do editorial work, proof documents, and manage files. Requires ability to sit for periods of time in an interior office environment. May require infrequent lifting of objects up to 10 pounds, and occasionally items up to 20 pounds. Ability to travel and work outside of regular work schedule. 
3.    Pre-employment Screening. Employment is contingent on the completion a criminal background screening and credit check.


Located in the beautiful upstate region of South Carolina, Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant leaders who impact the world for Christ. Along with a vibrant, undergraduate on campus program, SWU offers online programs of study for undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral programs.

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