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Vice President for Finance and Administration (Chief Financial Officer) - South Arkansas College

Listed: 10/04/2023
Listing Expires: 11/04/2023

Job Description

The Vice President for Finance and Administration is the lead administrative and operations staff member, and serves as chief financial officer for the college, reporting directly to the President. The Vice President for Finance and Administration serves on the President’s Executive Cabinet and maintains regular communication between the Cabinet and the divisions and departments of Finance and Administration on multiple campuses and sites.

The Vice President for Finance and Administration, in partnership with the Associate VP for Finance, the Associate VP for Administration, and other departmental managers, is responsible for providing campus-wide leadership, supervision, and guidance, for the departments of Controller, Financial Accounting, Procurement and Accounts Payable, Risk Management, Travel, Human Resources, Payroll, Physical Plant and Grounds, Public Safety, Computer Services, Information Technology, El Dorado Conference Center, Bistro, and other auxiliary and operational enterprises.

The Vice President for Finance and Administration works with the President, Executive Cabinet members, division deans, department directors, faculty, staff, and all college divisions to assure delivery of high-quality instruction and services to meet the needs of students, business and industry, and the community.

I. The Vice President for Finance and Administration is accountable and responsible for:

Operations, Reporting, and Planning

  • Oversees preparation & accuracy of financial statements for the College
  • Oversees preparation of various State and Federal accounting reports, including grant reporting, ensuring that all reporting deadlines are met
  • Participates in and supervises preparation of the annual operational budget and biennial appropriation request in consultation with the President
  • Participates in and supervises banking and financial transactions, including investment of funds, and issuance and retirement of bonds
  • Maintains and updates the College insurance portfolio and is responsible for risk management collegewide
  • Functions as a liaison with Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit
  • Works with the Director of Physical Plant for facilities management, documentation, and development through construction projects
  • Represents the College with Arkansas Department of Higher Education officials, State Building Services, and ADFA
  • Responds to legislative information requests in consultation with the President
  • Provides guidance to Human Resources staff in all employee benefits and employee relations matters
  • Review initiatives with Information Technology staff for facilities upgrades and integrating up-to-date equipment and technology
  • Cultivates and fosters linkages and partnerships with the wider higher education community
  • Assumes other responsibilities or special projects as assigned by the President
II. Knowledge, Skills, and Other Characteristics
  • Knowledge of:
    • College, state, and federal policies and procedures affecting assigned work in Finance and Administration;
    • Entrepreneurial and sound management practices and principles;
    • Accurate fiscal reporting;
    • Strategic planning and implementation;
    • Reporting;
    • Budget preparation, monitoring, and administration;
    • Supervisory principles, practices, and techniques;
    • Technological applications in areas of supervision;
    • Skill in team-based supervisory practices and techniques;
    • Solving difficult problems;
    • Initiative and follow-through;
    • Analyzing data and making appropriate recommendations;
    • Developing and implementing policies and procedures;
    • Acting as a community liaison;
    • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, faculty, students, and the public; and
    • Presenting ideas and concepts orally and in writing
  • Ability to:
    • Manage multiple projects and inspire others to achieve objectives;
    • Work within an open and team environment using collaborative approaches;
    • Lead staff effectively;
    • Focus faculty and staff toward student learning;
    • Motivate and inspire faculty and staff across campuses;
    • Commitment to establishing, maintaining, and assessing collaborative operational and auxiliary programs that promote an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
    • Foster campus-wide and state-wide partnerships to promote educational quality
  • Active problem-solving skills and effective communication of resolutions
III. Qualifications:
  • Education
    • A Master’s Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, or related field
    • Equivalent field related certifications plus extensive experience may be considered
    • Certified public accounting certification or eligibility is strongly preferred
  • Experience
    • Minimum of five years of progressive managerial / administrative experience directly related to the position with simultaneous management responsibility for cross-discipline entities and/or departments
  • Skills
    • Demonstrated ability to motivate, advocate, and communicate effectively both internally and externally
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Demonstrated computer skills including computer-related programs pertaining to finance and administration, including spreadsheet software
    • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically, manage finances, and implement projects and grants
  • Knowledge
    • Knowledge and understanding of the mission and role of a public two-year multi-campus comprehensive college, its students, faculty, and staff
    • Knowledge of current higher education policies, issues and initiatives preferred
    • Understanding of the diverse ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic and academic backgrounds of community college students.
  • Other
    • Commitment to quality programs and academic excellence
    • Commitment to professional development of faculty and staff
    • Commitment to the comprehensive two-year college concept
    • Ability to work regular work schedule which includes some evenings and weekends

Job Requirements

IV. Salary:

Salary is determined by education and experience. A generous fringe benefit package is included.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interviews may occur throughout the application period.


Applicants must complete the South Arkansas College application form available at or from the Human Resources Office. Resumes, transcripts, and reference list may accompany, but will not replace the application. Official Transcripts must be on file with the Human Resources Office before an offer is made to the successful candidate. Return application to the South Arkansas College Human Resources Office, P. O. Box 7010, 300 South West Ave, El Dorado, Arkansas 71731-7010. Telephone (870) 862-8131 ext. 146.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. AA/EOE. Applications are subject to the Arkansas FOIA.

Chosen candidate will be required to submit to a criminal background check and have acceptable background results, provide any certificates of training (if the candidates possess

any) or Licenses, Official Transcripts (for positions requiring undergraduate or graduate education), must have a clean driving record, and must complete all new hire paperwork prior to starting work.

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Job Info

Job Category: Other
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: El Dorado, Arkansas

Contact Info

Name: Brandi Cotterman
Phone Number: 870-864-7146