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Director of Finance and Operations (Sterling College)

Organization Sterling College
Location PO Box 72 16 Sterling Drive
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

The Director of Finance and Operations reports to the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for direct oversight of the major operational areas of the College. Direct reporting lines include finance and budgeting, technology, institutional research, buildings & grounds, campus sustainability, auxiliary services, human resources, and legal relations. As a very small institution, the Director of Finance and Operations must be able to move seamlessly between management and hands-on engagement in the work of the College.

Professional Qualifications

Desired qualifications include demonstrated experience in each of the areas of responsibility, including finance, facilities management and operations and human resources whether achieved in higher education or through work in non-profit or for-profit organizations; an ability to develop strong, effective working relationships with faculty, staff and students; a desire to engage deeply in the community life of students, faculty, and staff; and an appreciation for and interest in life and the outdoors in spectacular rural northeastern Vermont.

Competitive candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting or equivalent and five or more years of related work experience. Experience in a private higher education setting is strongly preferred.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A commitment to the environmental stewardship mission and the liberal arts values of the College;
  • Exceptional financial, operational and administrative management skills;
  • A “can do” attitude, strong work ethic and a desire to “roll up one’s sleeves” when necessary and to lead by example;
  • Curiosity, and a willingness to stay current, on the issues confronting higher education and the ability to brainstorm innovative alternatives;
  • Strong leadership and human relations abilities including the capacity for effective communication with all the College’s stakeholders;
  • Ability to organize, coordinate and direct multiple projects and a desire to roll up one’s sleeves;
  • Advanced analytical and systems thinking skills;
  • Thorough knowledge of financial, operational and administrative practices and procedures;
  • Understanding of federal and state laws that govern higher education and reporting requirements; and
  • Integrity and a commitment to service leadership by example.

Specific Duties include:

  • Working closely with the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer to design, implement and monitor annual budgets and multi-year forecasting models
  • Designing, documenting  and implementing policies and procedures which result in timely and accurate financial reporting and budgeting information;
  • Overseeing  all aspects of human resources including employee policies and procedures, benefits and handling of personnel matters;
  • Ensuring that the information technology needs of the College are met and monitored and that system and software safeguards and user support services are in place;
  • Conducting institutional research including the collection and analysis of peer-college data and information;
  • Managing facilities use and their construction and development including master and sustainability planning, public safety, transportation and parking;
  • Performing other related duties as requested by the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Date Posted April 18th, 2019
Deadline Open until filled
# of Positions Available 1
Categories Education, Accounting and taxes
Type Full Time
How to Apply Position ​remains ​open ​until ​an appointment has been made. Candidates ​should ​send ​the ​following ​materials ​electronically: ​cover ​letter, curriculum ​vitae/resume, ​and ​contact ​information ​for ​three ​references. ​References ​will ​not ​be contacted ​without ​candidate ​permission. Application ​letters ​should ​be ​addressed ​to ​Peter Merrill, ​Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, ​and submitted ​to Joyce Morrissey, Executive ​Assistant ​to ​the ​President, ​at ​ ​Phone: ​(802) ​586-7711 ​x ​111

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