The Chief Financial Officer provides leadership in the planning and management of the University’s financial resources, and in the communication of its financial information to internal and external constituents. He/she also provides leadership to seven of the university’s operations departments.
- Participates in the President’s Cabinet to assess the financial aspects of plans under consideration, and develops business models and recommendations regarding the allocation of financial resources to support the institutional strategy.
- Provides financial and operational reporting to the Board of Trustees and executive team, as well as to external constituents (e.g., accreditors, donors, regulators, etc.).
- Leads and continually improves the operations of seven departments: Finance/Accounting, Business Services, Information Technology, Human Resources/Legal, Physical Plant, Security, and Pineview Apartments. Recruits and develops exceptional team members, fosters teamwork, and inspires team members to excellence.
- Oversees budget management, risk management, and investments management (endowments and other scholarship funds of $40 million).
- Maintains highly collaborative relationships with academic leaders and other administrative leaders to promote fiscal awareness and accountability.
- Manages vendor contracts for the bookstore, grounds, food service, etc.
- Stays abreast of relevant professional and tax standards, and laws governing higher education and employment matters, so as to keep CIU in compliance with applicable regulations.
- Ensures that adequate controls and procedures are in place (and documented) to safeguard the institution’s assets and produce reliable financial information.
- Supervises the directors of the following departments: Finance/Accounting, Business Services, Information Technology, Human Resources/Legal, Physical Plant, Security, and Pineview Apartments.
- Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to CIU’s biblical and community life and doctrinal standards, mission and goals.
- Proven senior level management and organizational skills with ability to manage departments, projects, tasks and deadlines.
- Ability to work well within a team.
- Demonstrated expertise in financial reporting, management, and analysis in an organization with a diverse financial structure and fund accounting system.
- An understanding of the critical issues facing, and laws governing, higher education.
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
- BA/BS Degree in Accounting, Finance or related major.
- CPA certification preferred.
- Five (5) years of proven financial and operations management experience within a large, complex organization.