Reporting directly to the President of Keene State College (KSC) with a dotted line relationship to the Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs and Treasurer of the University System of New Hampshire (USNH), the Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA or CFO) serves as the College's chief financial and administrative officer and oversees more than 60 employees. The vice president is a key strategic advisor to the President, serving on the Presidentâs Cabinet. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Engagement, and the Vice President for Advancement are essential partners with the CFO in the long-term success and vitality of the institution. The VPFA is responsible for effective planning, utilization, and oversight of KSCâs human, physical and financial resources in furtherance of achievement of the Collegeâs mission, values, and student success. The VPFA recommends and executes financial and administrative objectives, strategies, policies, and practices that ensure a sound and sustainable financial and administrative structure for the campus. The VPFA is responsible for long-term strategic financial planning and analysis; operating and capital budget development and management; establishment and maintenance of strong internal controls and good business practices; and achievement of effective and efficient operations in compliance with regulations and policies. The VPFA accomplishes their responsibilities by setting the proper tone, planning strategically and leading collaboratively, and directing the organization to achieve high-performing, ethical, efficient, transparent operations. The VPFA partners with colleagues at KSC and throughout USNH to drive the achievement of the strategic goals and objectives set by the President, Cabinet, and the USNH Board of Trustees. The Vice President for Finance and Administration needs to be trustworthy, honest, and have the highest level of integrity, ethics, and personal accountability; have an influential leadership style focused on transparency, communication, and collaboration along with interpersonal skills to build solid, enduring relationships and partnerships; and demonstrate mutual respect for diverse cultures and a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness among faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate for this position will have the flexibility of a hybrid work schedule (partially remote and in-office). Periodic system office visits will be required. Keene State College is seeking a vice president who will embrace the following priorities: *â¢Lead Collaboratively:* The VPFA will play a key role in advising deans, directors, and department heads on campus, helping them to achieve institutional goals within an environment of constrained resources, a framework of good policies and internal controls, and appropriate consideration of risk management. On the Keene campus, the CFO will join a collegial partnership of administrators who work together to creatively identify solutions to challenges and opportunities. The VPFA serves as a liaison within USNH for all things related to finance and administration. In addition to several other ex-officio committee appointments, the VPFA serves as a member of the USNH Finance Executive Council which provides financial leadership and oversight for the entire University System, including Granite State College, Plymouth State University, and the University of New Hampshire (UNH). The combination of finance and planning/administrative groups within New Hampshire offers an opportunity for a collaborative, competent, trusted, respected leader to build partnerships across the campus, within the state system, as well as the region. *â¢Support Strategic Resource Planning:* The VPFA will work with administrators, staff, and faculty to identify and execute strategic and sustainable revenue models to support the campus with the ultimate priority of serving students and promoting their success. As a tuition-driven institution, the VPFA will be encouraged to innovate with others and think creatively about new revenue sources to support Keene Stateâs short- and long-term goals. The CFO will be an expert at developing strategic financial models, performing scenario analysis, and monitoring forecasts and projections to support evidence-based decision-making, manage risks, and achieve the strategic plan while assuring financial sustainability. Since KSC is heavily student fee-dependent, the VPFA must forge a crucial alliance with the VP for Enrollment and Student Engagement, working seamlessly together to maximize net tuition and fee revenues, deliver on student financial aid strategies, and optimize student enrollment, retention, and graduation rates. Similarly, the VPFA will work very closely with the Provost/VP of Academic Affairs on the financial viability of new and existing academic programs, and to develop and assess business plans for strategic academic priorities. *â¢Embrace and Manage Change:*The CFO will lead and co-lead several major change initiatives at Keene State and within the University System. Recently, several functions have been centralized in a shared service model at USNH or UNH, including purchasing, IT, institutional research, and sponsored programs administration. Currently in the implementation phase is the consolidation of payroll, travel, and accounts payable functions at USNH. Additional areas such as HR are being studied and assessed for potential future centralization. Other functions, such as treasury, legal, external financial reporting, and auditing have been provided to the campuses by USNH successfully for many years. An additional change is occurring at the Keene State campus through reorganization of administration and staff and realignment of resources in furtherance of the Collegeâs strategic vision -- The Sustainability and Vitality Plan (SVP) https://www.keene.edu/administration/president/svp/ All of this change is being done with the objective of increasing access and affordability for students, strengthening KSCâs value proposition for students and other resource providers, and driving student success through academic excellence and a student-centered focus. Due to this period of rapid and pervasive change, the VPFA must be positively and energetically engaged, nimble, communicative, and responsive to serve the changing needs of stakeholders while building an adaptable financial structure and a culture of excellence. *â¢Foster a Professional Work Environment:* The VPFA will have the leadership mindset and the team-building skills to develop and support a high-performing team focused on service excellence, continuous improvement, stretch goals, best practices, elimination of nonvalue-added work, simplification, and standardization of policies and practices, adherence to policies and strong internal controls, and a fiduciary attitude toward stewardship of resources. The vice president should be approachable and available whenever possible to listen and provide direction, clarity, and feedback for the positive development of the organization and the individuals within it. The VPFA currently has six direct reports and has responsibility for providing general direction and oversight to the following operating units: *Finance Office* - Led by the Director of Finance, approximately six individuals providing the College with strategic financial planning and analysis; capital and operating budgeting; policy and process development; risk management and compliance; accounting and internal controls; and coordination of all USNH shared services on behalf of the College, including procurement and contracts, travel and accounts payable, payroll, research administration, major capital planning, audits, external financial reporting, treasury and legal. *Business Operations* - Led by the Director of Business Operations, approximately 12 individuals providing the College with student billing, financial aid, accounts receivable and collections; financial oversight over student auxiliary operations, including residential life, dining, student center; coordinated management (with USNH Procurement and representatives of the VP for Enrollment Management and Student Engagement) of outsourced contracted services, including dining operations, bookstore, and campus One Card; and management of other auxiliary operations, such as mail services and central printing. *Human Resources* - Led by the Director of Human Resources, approximately eight individuals providing the Collegeâs faculty, staff, students, and prospective employees with efficient and sensitive administration of benefits and compensation; engaged recruiting strategies for hiring tomorrowâs workforce; coaching for workplace issues; organizational development; and collective bargaining support. *Facilities Services* - Led by the Director of Facilities Services, approximately 28 individuals and several outsourced service companies providing the College with capital planning and construction management; measuring and controlling deferred maintenance; managing building safety, cleanliness, functionality, and space utilization; managing campus utilities to balance environmental sustainability and finances, including heat plant and electricity; environmental health and safety; and planned and responsive maintenance of a safe and attractive campus, including buildings, grounds, roads, and fleet. *Office of Sustainability* - Led by the Director of Campus Sustainability, approximately three individuals providing planning, evaluation, and coordination of faculty, staff, and student engagement in considering social and environmental measures along with economic results to create a sustainable future, including energy and waste reduction, recycling, clean and healthy environment, greenhouse gas reduction, and similar initiatives. *Behavioral Health Improvement Institute* - Led by the Director of the BHII, approximately 10 staff, with support from student research assistants, improves practice through program evaluation/applied research; consultation, training, and other forms of technical assistance; and infusion of behavioral health expertise in school, primary care, and other human service settings. BHII works shoulder to shoulder with community partners to improve the community and behavioral health practice and outcomes for underserved populations in New Hampshire and beyond.
A Bachelor's Degree in business, accounting, finance, or related discipline; 10+ years of demonstrable equivalent and successful experience. A Masterâs Degree in business, accounting, finance, or similar professional discipline, and certification as a CPA are highly desirable. Other compelling competencies, experience, and attributes include successful experience in strategic plan development and execution, especially as it relates to enterprise-wide, sustainable resource planning and scenario analysis in a higher educational institution or organization of similar scope and complexity; working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and the construction of external financial statements and decision-oriented internal management information; leadership qualities demonstrated through a collaborative, transparent, selfless, influential but humble style focused on student success and institutional results; high standard of personal and organizational goal-setting, integrity, and accountability that inspires confidence, ethical behavior, and achievement of institutional objectives; energetic focus on continuous improvement, service excellence, risk management, and financial control, with an ability to educate and replace legacy processes with current best practices; success in leading and managing change initiatives with diverse stakeholders in a complex environment spanning multiple organizations; interpersonal skills to develop trusting, respectful relationships with Keene State and USNH colleagues as well as with Trustees and Keene community leaders; interest and ability to communicate clearly with diverse internal and external constituencies and effectively present complex financial information to laypeople; and proven success in team-building and inspiring and motivating staff within the VPFA areas of responsibility as well as all other distributed personnel throughout the College. Keene State is committed to diversity and multiculturalism inclusion. We seek applicants who will demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion and contribute to the Collegeâs ongoing cultivation of students as responsible global citizens. The ability to speak a second language or to bring a multicultural perspective to the campus is desirable.
Internal Number: PS2139FY20
About Keene State College (KSC)
Keene State College is located in the scenic Monadnock region of Southwest New Hampshire, and is an affiliate of the University System of New Hampshire. We are located approximately 2 hours from Boston or Hartford CT, and 4 hours from New York City. The region contains many opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation, cultural events, and a strong sense of community. To learn more about Keene State College, the University System of New Hampshire, and the Keene community, please visit: https://www.keene.edu, https://www.usnh.edu/ or https://www.ci.keene.nh.us.