St. Lawrence University invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director for Finance. The University seeks a strategic financial professional to lead the department of Planning, Analysis & Decision Support.
Located in Canton, N.Y., St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students from more than 40 states and 50 nations. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, society and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.
Reporting directly to the Vice President for Finance and University Treasurer, the Executive Director will support the Vice President by providing strategic leadership to the department of Planning, Analysis & Decision Support. The Executive Director is someone who recognizes that analysis, figures, and forecasts represent the underlying activities in the University's community and works as a partner with University colleagues to prepare and implement budgets, financial projections and analysis that clarify and enable decision-making, and strengthen the University's position as a leader in liberal arts education. The Executive Director provides oversight of: the annual operating budget of $200 million and capital budget cycle; the development of associated financial targets; the assessment of forecast/budget versus actual results; and other financial and/or operational analysis.
The Executive Director for Finance executes responsibilities with unquestioned integrity and with a style that is both collaborative and effective, within the Finance division and across the University. He/she operates with the recognition of and sensitivity to the inherent tension between the service delivery aspect of a finance function and achieving financial results. The Executive Director understands that the work-products produced are utilized by both department managers and the University's leadership, including the Board of Trustees, as one input for strategy, policy, and other decisions.
The Executive Director for Finance must possess a strong educational background in finance and/or accounting. A bachelor's degree is required, an advanced degree is preferred. A financial professional designation such as a CFA, CMA or CPA is desirable, but not required. Candidates will have a minimum of ten years' experience, in finance, financial planning and analysis, as well as have a working knowledge of US GAAP ideally in a sophisticated higher education environment. Experience from commercial service industries, including healthcare, is also welcomed.
All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.
The University is committed to and seeks diversity among its faculty, staff and students. Such a commitment ensures an atmosphere that is diverse and complex in ways that are intellectually and socially enriching for the entire campus community. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups, as well as from individuals with experience teaching or working in a multicultural environment, are encouraged. St. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
For more information, please visit St. Lawrence's home page at www.stlawu.edu