Vice President for Finance and Administration
This position is appointed by and reports to the President
40 hours a week Monday through Friday (limited evenings, weekends and travel)
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Starr King School for the Ministry, a recognized leader in Unitarian Universalist and progressive theological education and part of the Graduate Theological Union, is searching for its next Vice President of Finance and Administration. The successful candidate will continue to refine and implement a comprehensive financial management program as well as administering and overseeing human resources, information technology, and other administrative projects and duties as assigned. In partnership with the President and the Board of Trustees, the Vice President will also help develop and present the annual budget, investment program and audited financial reports. Specific duties and responsibilities include:
- Work closely with and for the President in all aspects of budgetary and financial management.
- Serve as a key member of the Executive Team and maintain close working relationships with members of the Board of Trustees and other Graduate Theological Union partners.
- Advance the mission, vision, and short and long-term goals of the School in concert with the President, Executive Team, and Board of Trustees.
- Oversee and coordinate use of outsourced support for all aspects of accounting, payroll, financial aid and information technology
- Oversee accounts payable, receivables, payroll, and general ledger and financial reports
- Oversee cash flow, banking, credit card use and petty cash management
- Provide investment and endowment direction and oversight of fund managers
- Responsible for budget planning, development, presentation, implementation and monitoring
- Engage, oversee, report on and respond to the annual financial audit
- Provide for internal and external risk management, including insurance and safety programs
- Ensure timely filing of all financial and other regulatory reports (e.g., accreditation, federal, state)
- Provide all employee services including on-boarding, benefits, training, compliance and separations
- Oversee information technology development and management
- Supervise assigned staff and contractual relationships and service providers
- Embody values of caring, compassion, justice, integrity, competence, and affirmation.
- Treat all members of the campus community with fairness, dignity, and respect – seeking a spirit of unity and harmony to achieve a common mission.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The most successful applicants will possess a demonstrable record of career advancement and accomplishment in all aspects of financial and administrative management including experience and growth in accounting, budgeting, risk management, human resources and information technology. Strong organizational savvy, supervisory experience, and leadership capabilities are required, as is a flexible and adaptable style for working in an academic setting with students, faculty, professional colleagues and contractual service providers. Typical of small organizations, the Vice President must be ‘hands-on’ and able to work directly with limited staff support. Lastly, the person must embody the school’s counter-oppressive, multi-religious, student-focused values, and must be or become conversant with and passionate about Unitarian Universalist values and principles.
Education and Experience: A Bachelor’s degree is required with at least ten years hands-on accounting and financial experience. A Master’s degree and/or CPA is strongly preferred. The most successful applicants will likely be experienced finance professionals in religious, educational, governmental or non-profit organizations who are ready to rise to a broader financial leadership and management role, or seasoned finance directors and leaders from any sector seeking a service-oriented and values-based career-change. Other important characteristics include a strong work ethic, high standards for excellence, personal integrity, emotional intelligence, strong professional boundaries, a sense of humor, excellent communication skills, strategic thinking and planning skills, and a creative attitude. Evidence of a commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth is also expected.
This job description is intended as a guide for the successful performance of this position and is not a contract of employment. The School retains the discretion to modify this job description at the time of appointment or any time thereafter.