The College of St. Scholastica (CSS), a regional comprehensive institution located in Duluth, Minnesota, seeks a visionary, inspiring, and transformational leader to serve as its next Vice President for Finance/CFO.
The Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) serves as the strategic financial partner of the President and CSS leadership. The CFO is responsible for the finance and treasury functions, endowment and investment management, financial and management reporting, financial and capital management, budgeting, facilities management and services, and management of the CSS auxiliaries. The CFO works closely with leadership throughout CSS to develop strategies to strengthen its business, financial and administrative plans, and policies to achieve the College’s strategic goals.
The CFO advises the President and Cabinet on financial and business matters. The CFO directs all financial operations including budgeting, accounting, federal grant financial supporting, procurement, cash, risks and asset management. The CFO develops financial planning processes to ensure that financial plans are aligned with CSS strategic goals, which includes preparing financial models and annual and long term operating and capital budgets that provide for the realization of the College’s growth. The CFO also has responsibility for all reporting and compliance related to fiscal activity, for investment and debt management, and for promoting the development and growth of the College.
In addition to the financial team, the CFO provides leadership for the College’s facilities, information technology and OneStop Student Services. Facilities is responsible for planning and real estate management, design and construction, and operations and maintenance for the College, including oversight of classrooms and residential space for the College. Facilities also provides support to the Benedictine Living Community. The CFO provides guidance in developing and maintaining a long-term facility plan to support CSS strategies and goals, and ensures that financial resources are available to support the capital plan. The CFO works collaboratively with the director of Facilities to develop and manage strategic relationships with third parties in support of the College’s facilities operations. In collaboration with the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the CFO provides leadership in support of the College’s technology strategies and resource needs. Additionally, the CFO directs the campus store and OneStop Student Services.
The CFO is a member of the President’s Cabinet, and staffs the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee and Investment Committee.
The position requires a Bachelor’s degree; at least ten to fifteen years of progressively responsible financial leadership experience; demonstrated technical competence in financial functional areas including financial reporting, internal controls development and implementation, financial planning and budgeting, financial systems implementation and management, and treasury and debt management; demonstrated ability to think strategically and work proactively and collaboratively in the creation and management of financial and administrative solutions resulting in organizational growth and success and experience working effectively with a Board of Trustees as a whole, the Finance Committee and other applicable Board Committees.
Preferred qualifications include an advanced degree in accounting, finance, business or a related field; Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credentials; experience working in or managing facilities; experience as a member of an organization’s senior leadership team, demonstrated leadership in developing relationships with the business community; and professional experience in higher education.
Applications should be submitted electronically to http://www.csshrjobs.com. The position is open until filled. For full consideration applications should be received by August 16, 2019.
The College of St. Scholastica is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to creating an educational and work environment that is rich in diversity, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty and staff. Individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. While there is no religious requirement, we are interested in individuals who value and support the rich Catholic Benedictine heritage of the College of St. Scholastica.
About The College of St. Scholastica - Duluth, MN
CSS was founded in 1912 under the sponsorship of the Benedictine Sisters, with a mission of providing intellectual and moral preparation for responsible living and meaningful work within the context of Catholic Benedictine values. The founding Benedictine Sisters offered courses to a class of six women students on the stately and beautiful Duluth campus. Today CSS programs are offered to more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students on the main campus in Duluth, as well as an online campus and satellite campuses in Brainerd, Cloquet, Hibbing, Grand Rapids, Inver Grove Heights, Rochester, Austin, St. Cloud, and St. Paul. The guiding principles of the Benedictines run deep in the roots of life at CSS. The College’s mission is to develop thoughtful and engaged leaders, sharpened and sensitized by their educational experience who are prepared and committed to serving and transforming the world. The values at the heart of the College mission---community, hospitality, respect, stewardship, and love of learning---animate the college community experience.
Duluth is a beautiful and vibrant city of 86,000 set on the shore of Lake Superior, the largest freshwate...r lake by surface area in the world. For outdoor enthusiasts, Duluth offers four seasons of first-rate opportunities: beaches, bike paths, jogging trails, ski resorts, cross-country skiing trails, boating and fishing sites, and rinks for skating, curling, and hockey. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is an easy drive. Outside magazine has recently named Duluth as the number one “Outside City” in the US. The magazine also named Duluth as a runner-up for the “best adventure hub” in a worldwide survey of destinations for outdoor activities. The College was also pleased to learn that the nonprofit American Institute for Economics ranked Duluth as one of America’s best small metropolitan areas for college students. Similarly, the travel site DreamPlanGo named Duluth in the Top Ten of America’s Most Scenic College Towns. Duluth’s public schools are Minnesota’s most highly ranked, the cost of living is considered reasonable, and the city has more acres of municipal public parks than any other city in the country. The arts scene is booming with galleries, music venues, and a lively theater and dance community.