The Director of Financial Operations is responsible for providing leadership and supervision for financial operations to support the college’s mission, vision, and strategic initiatives in an efficient and effective manner.
Position is open until filled with priority to applications received by July 19, 2018.
Duties: Within the scope of college policies and procedures, this position:
Oversees the fiscal operations of the college, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, collections, fixed assets, budgeting, financial audits, procurement and preparing specialized financial reports
Provides leadership to the business office to ensure the delivery of excellent customer service; provides responsive communications and information to promote effective business decisions and operations following federal and state regulations; promotes a participatory and engaging environment for faculty and staff in support of district-wide business priorities
Regularly reviews financial system activity to ensure accuracy and appropriate internal controls; examines grant journal entries and reports for approval; monitors adjustments made by business office staff, analyzes accounts, verifies data, and reconciles differences
Prepares audit information and schedules for the external auditors, assists in the coordination of the annual financial audit, implement policy and procedure changes to ensure compliance with laws and regulations
Responsible for the accurate assembly and completion of the Consolidated Annual Financial Report (CAFR); ensures all areas of the CAFR are complete and all required information is included; identifies the need for proactive postings throughout the year for year-end close and coordinates the annual financial audit; implements necessary changes to ensure compliance to any audit findings and to prevent future audit findings
Manages all treasury investments; stays abreast of market trends and makes needed transfers to maintain the district’s investments; provides quarterly reports on all investment activity to the investment committee
Develops and recommends policies and procedures related to the business office operations; ensures policies and procedures remain current and in compliance with all federal and state law, accounting and auditing standards
Maintains monthly, quarterly, and annual reports to include estimates for financial forecasting and budgeting purposes; provides in depth data extraction in support of the forecasting and budget process; oversees the preparation of reports to third party agencies to include but not limited to EMMA, HLC, ELR, and IPEDS
Supervises assigned staff, to include hiring, training (staff and end-user), performance evaluations; mentors and provides support to assist staff in meeting department and college goals and objectives
Participates in college wide committees and represents the college at local and state meetings as required
Performs other related duties as assigned.
General Expectations: Employees are expected to accomplish assigned duties in an efficient, effective and competent manner and to strive for improvement and excellence in all work performed. Additionally, employees must understand the comprehensive role of the community college and cooperate and work harmoniously with students, faculty and staff, and the public. Employees will follow all college policies, rules, regulations and guidelines as they relate to this position.
Cochise College is an EEOE
Education and Experience Requirements: Master’s degree in accounting, business administration, finance, public administration, or related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning recognized by the US Department of Education
Five years management and supervisory experience demonstrating progressive responsibility, preferably in a higher education environment
Five years accounting experience Current CPA license or CPFO desirable but not required
An equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved may be considered.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of and ability to follow and enforce district policies and procedures Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines related to assigned work Working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles Knowledge of grant accounting and budgeting Knowledge of OMB circulars and EDGAR regulations Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices and techniques Knowledge of accounting statements, general ledger and related accounting practices Knowledge of auditing and account reconciliation methods and techniques Knowledge of financial analysis methods Knowledge of procurement, inventory control and asset management methods Knowledge of integrated business and enterprise software, specifically Banner Finance Knowledge of budget preparation, monitoring and administration Knowledge of current computer technologies, word processing, database, presentation and spreadsheet software Skill in supervisory and teambuilding practices and techniques Skill utilizing computerized accounting systems and Microsoft Office applications which affect assigned work Skill analyzing accounting problems and taking effective corrective action Skill establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, faculty, students and the public Ability to engage a diverse population and to maintain composure when faced with difficult situations Ability to multi-task and organize, prioritize, and follow multiple projects and tasks through to completion with attention to detail Ability to work independently while contributing to team environment Ability to analyze problems, identify solutions, to take appropriate actions in resolving problems using independent judgment and decision-making processes while maintaining confidentiality Ability to give effective public presentations in representing ideas and concepts orally and in writing
Additional Salary Information: Includes a comprehensive benefits package to include membership in the Arizona State Retirement System, medical, dental and life insurance as well as generous paid time off.
About Cochise College
Located in scenic southeastern Arizona, our residents enjoy some of the best year round weather in the nation. With two campuses, three centers and a virtual campus we serve an average of 5,000 students each semester. Cochise College was recently ranked the third best community college in the nation for the second year by Huffington Post and received Arizona’s first Career Preparedness Award. Cochise College offers a comprehensive benefits package to include membership in the Arizona State Retirement System and more!
Cochise College is an EEOE