Vice President for Administrative Affairs and Chief Financial Officer
OVERVIEW: Santa Fe College, a proud
member of the Florida College System as well as the prestigious
League for Innovation in the Community College, is seeking a Vice
President for Administrative Affairs and Chief Financial Officer
(CFO). The CFO reports to the President and serves as a member of
his executive leadership team, overseeing budget development and
administration; financial planning; risk management and safety; and
facilities planning, construction, and operations. The CFO
facilitates planning and budget processes that promote the
allocation of resources to balance overall instruction and services
of the college in accordance with the mission, vision, value and
strategic priorities of the college; creates and oversees budget
processes that result in decisions considered to be fair and
participatory; ensures compliance with the legal, contractual,
accreditation and board polices of the college; and provides
strategic direction so that current college facilities are
maintained and future facilities are designed and built in a
professional, code compliant and sustainable manner. The CFO
is charged with ensuring that the College maintains its financial
strength and operating efficiency.
Santa Fe has an enrollment of over 17,000 students. The College
has been recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the nation’s
top community colleges, and is a past winner of the Aspen Prize for
Community College Excellence. It is located in beautiful North
Central Florida in Gainesville, a vibrant college town with an
outstanding school system and a full array of cultural
Responsibilities and duties include:
- Leading the college in transparent, enterprise resource
planning, including revenue modeling, strategic budget development,
facilities and property strategy, cost management strategies, and
stewardship of resources.
- Strong ethical business principles.
- Developing and overseeing the management of financial policies,
systems and operations that adhere to state and federal
regulations. Aligning to the College’s strategic initiatives and
finding innovative ways to leverage resources in support of the
- Providing strategic analysis and counsel on all aspects of the
College’s business operations, supporting multi-year business
planning. Overseeing the development of annual and long-range
financial plans (operating and capital). Identifying and
implementing continuous process improvement initiatives in a
collaborative manner to increase the efficiency/effectiveness of
college operations and business processes.
- Developing strategic partnerships and enterprises to enhance
revenue generation within the mission of the college, including
oversight of auxiliary enterprises, public-private partnerships,
and other business models.
- Overseeing the various external audits and reviews performed by
external entities to ensure process efficiency and effective
follow-up on findings.
- Promoting environmental sustainability and stewardship.
- Supervise, support, mentor and encourage the development and
professional growth of staff within the department.
- Coordinating the Risk Management and Safety functions of the
college which includes reviewing contracts and ensuring compliance
with insurance requirements; analyzing and identifying risks;
managing the College’s safety program including training, audits
and inspections; providing policy development to maximize safety
and mitigate potential risk and liability; managing insurance
claims; and coordination of the worker’s compensation program.
- Supervising leaders responsible for budget planning,
development and monitoring services, finance and accounting
services, purchasing services, payroll services, student accounting
services, auxiliary services, facilities planning &
construction services, facilities maintenance services, custodial
services, and environmental health & safety services.
- Serving as a member of the executive team, shaping the strategy
and operations of the college. Partnering collaboratively with
colleagues (other vice presidents, and senior leaders).
- Executing contracts, drafts, agreements, and performing other
duties that provide for the effective operation of the
- Developing and implementing college-wide long-range and
short-range capital facilities plans.
- Monitoring legislative process and working with the College’s
legislative advocate to influence and determine financial impact of
- Actively participating with state and national professional
organizations, as well as other colleges and universities in order
to remain current with fiscal responsibilities, educational
development, theory, research, and programming.
- Actively participating and presenting at District Board of
Trustees meetings and workshops, as needed.
- Participating in the accreditation process.
- Performing other duties as assigned by the President.
- Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution and
a CPA (Certified Public Accountant license), or master’s degree in
accounting, business administration, finance, higher education
administration, or a related field from a regionally accredited
- Substantive experience with progressive responsibility in
leading financial management and general operations with an
in-depth understanding of accounting practices, managerial finance,
budgeting, and financial analysis.
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credentials desired (required
if candidate does not hold a master’s degree).
- Previous financial management experience working in public
higher education or other public entity.
- A criminal background check will be conducted.
Knowledge, Skills &
- Ability to model and set the tone for institutional integrity,
transparency, and openness.
- Willingness to work as a team member dedicated to the success
of the College, our employees, and the students we serve.
- Thorough knowledge of accounting and business principles, and
strategic planning and budgeting procedures. Strong technical
skills in finance, accounting, analysis, planning and
- Knowledge and experience with capital planning and
- Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws; Florida Board of
Education rules and regulations; and the policies of the District
Board of Trustees.
- Ability to effectively articulate financial matters to the
academic and business communities, and to address college wide
- Excellent computer technology skills, and the ability to
collaborate with Information Technology Services to ensure the
effectiveness of programs and processes related to Administrative
- A leadership style and service orientation consistent with the
mission of the College. Demonstrated ability to successfully
develop and manage relationships at all levels of the organization
and the ability to influence a variety of stakeholders.
- Knowledge and commitment to shared governance, innovation,
creative practices, solutions and collaboration.
- Commitment to diversity and multiculturalism, and the
demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and
students in an inclusive, respectful manner.
- Strong verbal, written, interpersonal communication and
presentation skills with the ability to effectively articulate
financial matters to the academic and business communities, and to
address college wide operational issues.
- Ability to inspire, lead and motivate others to achieve
- Excellent critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical
- Consistent demonstration of a professional, courteous
APPLICATION PROCESS: All applicants must
submit a completed online SF Employment Application, a
letter of intent as well as an up-to-date resume to be considered
for this position. College transcripts should be submitted to
confirm academic qualifications. Official transcripts must be
submitted prior to any employment offer when academic credentials
are the basis for meeting minimum qualifications or receiving
steps. Unofficial transcripts are only accepted
for review purposes.
Location/Region: Gainesville, FL (32606)