The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is a cabinet-level position that reports directly to the President. The CFO leads and directs financial planning, budgeting and forecasting, and fiscal risk management, including alignment of campus planning, service excellence, operational and technological infrastructure, and other capital investment initiatives that align with the University’s mission, strategy and institutional priorities. The CFO is accountable for developing, interpreting, and reporting multiyear income and cost projections to inform plans and decisions, the CFO will partner with and advise school officials in setting financial objectives and managing budgets for:
tuition and student housing, scholarships, and financial aid;
philanthropy, research grants, and corporate partnerships;
campus construction, physical space improvements, and infrastructure;
dining, facilities, and student life amenities;
instructional, business operations, networking, and personal technology;
curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programming;
faculty teaching, research, and scholarly development; and faculty and staff recruitment, hiring, and retention.
Manage units responsible for the university’s business, financial and administrative services which include budgeting, asset management and investments, accounting, purchasing, payroll, student account services, facilities, campus public safety, mailroom and auxiliary services
Provide primary oversight of funding for capital improvement projects and deferred maintenance
Develop and administer policies and procedures in collaboration with the President and other senior administrators to ensure operational efficiency and the financial integrity of the University in support of the University’s mission and strategic objectives
Provide clear and transparent financial data and budget information to support decision-making and ensure timely and accurate submission of budgets, financial reports and performance measures
Work collaboratively with internal constituencies to support the strategic goals of the University and represent the University to external constituencies, including state legislators, foundation boards and community business partners
Advises manager of any potential audit issues or job overruns in a timely manner and proposes solutions to balance/handle the variance from plan.
Prepares reports detailing the results of the audit work performed and any potential improvement opportunities identified during the project.
Identifies, understands, and documents processes and procedures surrounding internal controls, and implements new controls as necessary.
Monitors and audits the company’s compliance with established internal controls.
Identifies, analyzes, and resolves complex auditing and accounting issues.
Coordinates activities with external auditors to support their audit and review procedures.
Manages multiple audits and projects, and assures effective and efficient completion of all audits and projects assigned.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Five or more years of experience with documented success in performing the responsibilities listed above
Bachelor Degree required
CPA/CMA or MBA is preferred
Experience in higher education preferred
Experience successfully leading and directing financial planning, budgeting and forecasting, and fiscal risk management at a selective higher education institution or other organization of similar complexity and stature, including experience effectively supervising or partnering with the heads of key operational departments (e.g., campus planning, facilities, information technology, human resources, etc.)
A clear and convincing record demonstrating a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion within a multicultural environment
About Harris-Stowe State University
Harris-Stowe State University is a historically Black institution (HBCU) located in the heart of vibrant mid-town St. Louis, Missouri. Harris-Stowe's beautiful campus is minutes from the renown Gateway Arch, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art and History Museums, Forest Park and other cultural and educational institutions. Harris-Stowe's diverse faculty and staff provide a wide range of academic programs to one of the most culturally diverse student bodies in the St. Louis region.
Harris-Stowe State University's primary mission, as set forth in Senate Bill 153, is to address the higher education needs of the metropolitan St. Louis region. Toward the fulfillment of this mandate, the University offers a solid General Education curriculum, which serves as the foundation for the University's various baccalaureate programs in three broad professional areas, including baccalaureate degree programs in business, education, and arts and sciences.
In addition, the University is thoroughly committed to meeting to the greatest extent possible the needs of a student population that is diverse in age, culture, ethnicity and experiential backgrounds. In short, Harris-Stowe ...State University is strongly committed to providing a high-quality higher education experience that is both affordable and accessible to the diverse populations within and beyond the metropolitan St. Louis region.