Location: Morrisville, NY Category: Administrative and Professional Staff Posted On: Thu Dec 19 2019 Job Description:
SUNY Morrisville seeks a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to serve as a member of the institution's senior leadership team and President's Cabinet, and who oversees the financial and accounting operations of the college to ensure it has requisite financial resources including cash management and borrowing agreements. The CFO is responsible for the financial operations of SUNY Morrisville.
Serve as a key member of the President's Cabinet, working to develop, refine and advance the institution's overall strategic goals.
Work as a collaborative leader to establish strategic goals and objectives for the Business Office that support and align with the institution's overall mission and vision.
Lead the development, implementation and oversight of appropriate fiscal policies and procedures to most effectively produce, monitor and adjust the college's budgets and promote continued stability and growth. This includes the formulation and presentation of operating and capital budgets, as well as compliance with control procedures and audit recommendations for campus functions. Produce, analyze and share various reports, including those that are legally required and those that enable senior leadership planning.
Develop and maintain positive working relationships with a variety of stakeholders to acquire information and appropriate legal guidance, especially as it relates to funding and completing capital projects. Outside groups may include SUNY System Administration; the State University Construction Fund; the State University Business Officers Association (SUBOA); state or local government officials; and various professional organizations.
Oversee the implementation of financial directives from SUNY System Administration, the Office of the State Comptroller and other agencies, as appropriate.
Serve on the board of the Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation (MAC) as a voting member and on the Morrisville College Foundation board as a non-voting member. Oversee relevant committees such as the Facilities Master Plan and Oversight Committee.
Provide a level of leadership that promotes enthusiasm, confidence and a cooperative attitude among campus community members, as well as a work culture that encourages staff members to appreciate diversity and embrace opportunity in their respective areas.
Research ways to improve allocations of funding and personnel; work with other SUNY institutions to share savings and increased efficiencies; and seek out opportunities to improve efficiency and effect cost reductions.
Maintain clear and consistent communication on behalf of the Business Office, ensuring that appropriate departments are made aware of campus needs and the campus is informed about relevant activities within the division.
Attend important campus functions and other official meetings/events as required.
Job Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):
Ability to collaborate and support the strategic direction and decisions of the institution at the highest level and be able to identify and allocate the college's resources to most effectively support the achievement of identified goals, objectives and direction of the institution.
Ability to understand and evaluate financial information from multiple funding sources with various rules and regulations and be able to provide sound strategic financial forecasting and recommendations to maintain and ever increase the financial stability of the institution.
Ability to understand, interpret and explain complex budget information to a wide audience, with a commitment to transparency in the sharing of information.
Ability to exercise sound judgement and to include others in decision-making processes, as warranted.
Demonstrate an understanding of shared governance and be able to collaboratively approach decision making with a strong focus on student centeredness.
Demonstrate an openness to different viewpoints and communicate in a manner which demonstrates sensitivity and respect for diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Ability to gain trust of colleagues, show respect for others, value diversity, equity and inclusion, demonstrate honesty and integrity, and uphold others to the same expectations.
Demonstrate high ethical and moral standards.
Ability to develop staff and possess flexible interpersonal styles to most effectively interact with and develop others.
Advanced or graduate (master's or above) degree required; a bachelor's degree with additional related certifications or advanced study will be considered.
Demonstrated experience as a successful leader in higher education or a similarly situated complex organization. Experience in finance or business operations preferred. Relevant experiences in facilities management or human resource management will be considered.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated record of collaborative problem solving, planning and implementation experiences at a senior leadership level.
MBA or comparable degree or doctorate preferred
Progressively responsible experience in the areas of business, accounting or financial management
Experience as a senior-level administrator in a higher education environment
SUNY experience highly preferred
Experience in a unionized environment
Experience with foundations or auxiliary enterprises
Demonstrated record of cultural competency and actively engaged in diversity, equity and inclusivity initiatives.
In recent history, the CFO's portfolio has included the Business Office, Facilities & Construction, Technology Services, and the Research Foundation. Duties and reporting structure beyond the Business Office for the successful candidate will be determined based on the candidate's experience and ability.
This search is intended to fill the position on either a permanent or interim basis, depending on the availability and interest of the successful candidate. While preference is for a permanent hire, the college recognizes a qualified candidate might wish to serve in only a limited timeframe.
Morrisville State College is committed to creating a vibrant community enriched by diverse perspectives, talents and experiences. We encourage applications from candidates who share this commitment and will contribute to the diversity of our college community, especially members of historically under-represented groups. AA/EOE
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SUNY Morrisville, a college that leverages the expansive resources of the State University of New York, is a model of innovative applied education. Located in the center of New York State, the college offers students hands-on, experiential learning in modern classrooms and specialized facilities, many of which are rare or one-of-a-kind in higher education. Morrisville's 3,000 students – who come from diverse backgrounds across the state and around the world – choose from more than 80 associate and bachelor degree programs that embrace agriculture, technology, business, social sciences, including Psychology, Criminal Justice, and the liberal arts. An internship program that prepares students for success in the 21st-century workplace ranks among the top ten in the nation. At Morrisville, motivated students work alongside talented faculty members – many with field experience – to imagine, build, and test practical, sustainable solutions to some of the fundamental questions confronting a shrinking world with diminishing resources.
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