What type of organization and environment motivates you to excel and succeed? What type of job drives your passion? If your top skills include leading a strategic financial and administrative services division of a large, well-respected, financially stable, and growing institution of higher education, while serving as a strategic business partner with the executive Cabinet and Leadership Team, Collin College has an opportunity as Chief Financial Officer for your consideration.
The Chief Financial Officer serves as a key member of the District President’s Cabinet and participates in leading the application of financial strategies to help the college maintain its excellent financial position with low tuition and a low tax rate. The CFO works closely with the college’s senior leadership and has responsibilities for the following administrative functions of the college including Accounting, Budgeting, Bursar, Investments, Payroll, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Risk Management, and Auxiliary Services, and Purchasing. Responsibilities in the past have also included Information Technology, Facilities and Construction, and the Police Department. These or other areas may report through the CFO depending on the needs of the college and the skill sets of the successful candidate.
Collin College is worth a closer look. Collin is one of the fastest growing colleges in Texas and serves over 59,000 credit and non-credit students annually. With three current campuses and five centers, the college will be opening two new 340,000 square foot campuses in August 2020 and has two additional campuses slated to open in August of 2021. The college’s Technical Campus in Allen will be home to several new high-demand workforce and technical programs and a collaborative dual credit center.
Collin College is also among the strongest financially positioned community colleges in Texas, with a AAA Bond rating, the lowest tuition in the state, the second lowest tax rate among community colleges in Texas and enjoys an excellent fiscal net position.
When the coronavirus crisis arrived in North Texas, Collin College pivoted immediately bringing almost 4,000 courses successfully online in less than two weeks. Team Collin never quit working to make the experience as seamless as possible for our students. Today, summer enrollments are up over last year and the college is busy planning how to best serve the current unprecedented influx of students.
In the search for Chief Financial Officer, the college is looking for an executive team member who can contribute his/her unique talents to a truly gifted team, adding value for all.
This is a great opportunity to join an incredible organization. An overview of this key role is provided below.
The Chief Financial Officer provides leadership and vision for all phases of Administrative Services operations for the college.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Serves as a member of the District President’s Cabinet and the Executive Leadership Team to plan and implements programs and services that support both the accomplishment of the district's mission and the continuation of the district's accreditation status.
Promotes administrative excellence, creativity, leadership, cooperation, teamwork, and accountability throughout the district in areas of assigned responsibility.
Serves as the investment officer of the college and as a financial advisor to the District President and Board of Trustees. Assures the integrity of financial accounting and reporting. Serves as the custodian of all financial records and contracts (except personnel) for the college.
Directs the preparation of the college’s financial reports for submission to the District President and Board of Trustees for review and approval; ensures all financial reports are timely and accurately submitted to state and federal agencies, as required.
Directs the college’s budget development process, including the presentation of final budget recommendations to the District President and Board of Trustees.
Recommends policies and develops and implements college-wide financial procedures and operating guidelines for areas of responsibility.
Utilizes forward-looking models and activity-based analyses to provide financial insight into the college’s strategic plans and operating budgets.
Directs the activities and functions of Administrative Services including Accounting, Budgeting, Bursar, Investments, Payroll, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Risk Management, and Auxiliary Services, Purchasing, and other functional units as assigned.
Performs other duties as assigned and performs all duties to maintain college standards in accordance with college policies, procedures, and Core Values.
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Accounting, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution. Master's degree in business administration or related field desired.
CPA license preferred.
Ten (10) years of progressive experience that has led to one or more substantive and successful executive-level administrative roles that include demonstrated expertise in large scale financial systems. Demonstrated experience successfully executing a large-scale bond program is highly desired.
The successful candidate has a low tolerance for games, gossip, and drama choosing instead to focus on advancing the team’s ability to realize and exceed the aspirational mission, vision, and goals of the college.
Must demonstrate an ego-free communication and work style that is direct and to the point with the ability to present ideas without an entourage or maneuvering behind the scenes to build political support.
Must own up to errors (we all make them) and understand operating successfully in this tight knit team requires consistent actions built on trust and a growing record of performance. Must be completely trustworthy and operate with absolute transparency across all aspects of work.
Must be a team builder able to motivate staff to reach their highest potential. Building a well-qualified, highly capable “bench” across the division will be essential.
Other Qualifications Desired:
The Chief Financial Officer will have significant knowledge and understanding of public higher education, preferably in Texas.Demonstrable experience managing a large staff and budgetary resources including the capacity to create and implement financial strategies to accompany long-range plans across functional areas.
Unquestionable integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation.
Experience in resource generation, allocation, and prioritization to create a viable, sustainable, budget model.
Strong interpersonal skills with the finesse to communicate and manage well at all levels of the organization.
Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and experience with sophisticated fund and grant accounting, compliance and reporting.
Able to ramp up quickly, understand the nuances of the Collin College work culture and the non-negotiable Core Values, and become a highly professional, contributing member of the core executive team.
Knowledge of applicable state and federal government laws impacting the college, including budget and appropriations processes.
Knowledge of fund accounting and in-depth knowledge of public finance.
A record of building, leading, mentoring, and motivating staff; and the ability to encourage change and growth in both people and programs.
A strong commitment to personal and professional development.
Skills to build a robust, diverse, and collaborative team, along with ability and willingness to delegate effectively and to hold direct reports accountable.
Ability to develop a clear vision and strategy consistent with the direction of the district president and the college’s mission and vision.
Strategic thinking with the ability to contribute at the senior administrative level discerning when to lead and when to follow other leaders.
Critical ability and savvy to “read the room” and align priorities without routine “face time.”
Knowing when to exercise independence and well as when collaboration and communication are required.
Superior communication skills and the ability to connect with a variety of audiences; clear and effective written and oral presentation.
Ability to build relationships and collaborate across the institution, serving as a resource to others and obtaining their input; persuasive, persistent, and determined to achieve goals.
Ability to distill complex issues and make sound judgments and recommendations on sensitive and sometimes confidential matters.
Ability to identify leadership potential within the staff and to develop future leaders internally.
Physical Demands, Working Conditions and Physical Effort:
Sedentary Work - Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, a negligible amount of force frequently, and/or constantly having to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met. Positions in this class typically require talking, hearing, seeing, grasping, standing, walking and repetitive motions. Relatively free from unpleasant environmental conditions or hazards. Office environment. Little physical effort required.
***This is a Security Sensitive position. Therefore candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.***
Internal Number: req1365
About Collin College
Collin College was recently named one of the nation’s best colleges to work for, based on survey results from the Great Colleges to Work For® program. Collin College was recognized as an Honor Roll Institution with high ratings across 10 categories: collaborative governance; professional/career development programs; teaching environment; compensation and benefits; facilities, workspace and security; job satisfaction; work/life balance; confidence in senior leadership; supervisor/department chair relationships; and respect and appreciation.
Earlier this year, Collin College was recognized by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) as one of Dallas Fort Worth’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® for the fourth year in a row. The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. Organizations are assessed based on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more.
Collin College was also named the Outstanding Business of the Year by the McKinney Chamber of Commerce in Februa...ry 2019. The Outstanding Business of the Year award is presented to a business which has enhanced the economy of McKinney through the successful, long-term, and profitable operation of their business. Collin College was acknowledged for exhibiting community involvement, innovative leadership, and exemplifying outstanding customer service.