Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is committed to the common good through the daily pursuit of transformative education, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically, act ethically and serve responsibly. This university is currently seeking a Vice President for Finance and Administration / Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
The CFO will oversee the University’s business and financial operations, and supervise the functions of Human Resources, Physical Plant, Environmental Services, Public Safety, Controller’s Office, and General Services. The CFO provides accurate and timely financial information internally to the President, the Chief Operating Officer (COO), other executive officers and the Board of Trustees, and to specific external constituents as needed and/or required by law. The CFO operates in a shared governance environment and will need to be comfortable in collaborating and communicating with faculty and staff concerning key budget issues, especially with those serving on the institutional budget and planning committee, chaired by this position. The same would be true for the strategic planning committee for which this position is a member.
The incumbent in this position is formally responsible for setting policy associated with the job's purpose and essential responsibilities. Routine decisions include managing staff; approving purchases of plant and equipment; conducting financial analyses; and formulating and implementing policies. The incumbent in this position has supervisory responsibility for an Associate Vice President for Finance; Director of Physical Plant; Director of Public Safety; Environmental Services Administrator; General Services Manager; and a Director of Human Resources.
Essential areas of responsibility include but are not limited to:
Chair of the Planning and Budget Committee and directing process for developing annual operating budget
Serve on the Strategic Planning Committee as a key member who will collaborate with other members in setting strategic priorities that will ultimately influence budget and resource decisions.
Advise President and other executive staff members on University fiscal issues and cash flow management.
Oversee all budget and contract issues with vendors for new construction and renovation.
Review, advise, edit and decide on approval of all significant contracts that obligate the institution.
Manage, supervise and evaluate departmental leadership within the division.
Negotiate and serve as principal university contact with vendors on building, insurance, and legal services, working with appropriate legal counsel and other trusted consultants as appropriate.
Develop and approve policies and processes within operational areas of control. Recommend university policies and procedures to presidential cabinet team, as needed.
Serve as university liaison to Board of Trustee committees assigned to the division.
Candidates should have a proven track record of success in managing the fiscal and business related administrative functions of a similar size college and/or other business entity, with preference to non-profits. Candidates should also demonstrate these qualities:
Dedication to the Mission of the university and service to our students and local community.
Financial acumen across various areas, including cash flow management, investments, fundraising, financial reporting, etc.
Appropriate education and certification, with a Masters degree and CPA certificate being preferred, and/or significant experience in the field.
Basic knowledge of and ability to negotiate contracts
Basic knowledge of human resource law and regulations.
Basic knowledge of legal issues effecting higher education
A sensitivity and appreciation for a culturally diverse educational environment.
Interested individuals should send a letter of application, resume, and contact information including mailing, email addresses and telephone numbers for three references.
Internal Number: 08022019
About Fontbonne University
Fontbonne University is a Catholic coeducational institution of higher education offering liberal arts and professional programs. More than 2,500 students annually benefit from the university’s high-quality academic programs offered in a values-based, student-centered environment. Founded in 1923 and still sponsored today by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Fontbonne is located in a beautiful suburb in the heart of the St. Louis metropolitan area. The university embraces diversity and inclusion, and encourages open communication and personal concern.
Fontbonne’s programs, faculty and campus attract students from across the U.S. and many other countries. Forty-two majors, 26 minors and 20 graduate programs span a wide range of offerings, from deaf education and dietetics to performing arts, education and fashion merchandising. The university also boasts the new Eckelkamp College of Global Business and Professional Studies, comprising more than a dozen undergraduate and graduate degree programs, many in the OPTIONS format specifically designed in a convenient, accelerated model for busy adults.
Fontbonne faculty members are heavily focused on teaching, and they’re commi...tted to reaching each and every student. Professors devote their time to creating and delivering a curriculum that best serves their students, and an excellent student-faculty ratio creates ideal opportunities for discussion and personal attention. Faculty must meet high academic criteria — more than 75 percent of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field.
Outside the classroom, experiential learning opportunities, which could include an internship, practicum or student teaching, are incorporated into most academic programs, helping graduates move successfully into their chosen careers.
Learning the importance of existing in a global community is also an important part of the Fontbonne experience. Students have many opportunities to get involved in local community projects, as well as annual service trips to other states and countries.
At Fontbonne University, students not only learn more ... they can be more.
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