Warren Wilson College (WWC) is an independent residential college with a liberal arts foundation and is one of only nine federally recognized work colleges in the United States. Founded in 1894 as the Asheville Farm School, the college is located on 1,135 acres of working farm and forest on a beautiful core campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains close to Asheville, North Carolina. Warren Wilson’s distinctive educational program features an innovative focus on applied learning in a curriculum that intentionally integrates academic excellence, community engagement and career preparation through on-campus work experiences, experiential academics, and meaningful internships. The college is also home to the nationally ranked low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing and has recently launched a new low-residency M.A. in Critical and Historical Craft Studies.
All students have the opportunity to complete independent capstone research projects and present their work to faculty and fellow students. Over the past decade, WWC students have received more awards and grants from the North Carolina Academy of Science for their original research than students from any other college or university. WWC also offers multiple study-abroad opportunities.
Complementing the rigorous academic offerings at WWC are integrated work and community engagement programs. The College owns and operates a 300-acre farm and a mixed-crop and livestock operation managed and worked by student work crews. Similarly, a student worked forestry crew maintains the college's 600-acre forest and implements modern best practice forestry management. In total, there are more than 100 campus work crews offering students a remarkable range of work experiences, including recycling, graphic design, blacksmithing, emerging technologies, carpentry, scholarly research, and landscaping. Opportunities also abound within the community engagement program as students explore issues such as race and immigration, food security, education, housing and homelessness, and the environment, often as part of their coursework. Through the developmentally based community engagement program, all students explore, critically analyze, and collaborate to problem-solve issues of public interest. For additional information about Warren Wilson College, please visit their website at www.warren-wilson.edu.
Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Administration and Finance/ CFO (CFO) will be expected to be supportive of the mission of the College and must be comfortable working transparently in partnership with the President, other administrative leaders, staff, and faculty in an environment that utilizes, respects, and values shared governance and collaboration. This position is responsible for the fiscal integrity, and the strategic and operational financial efficiency, of the College. The CFO is also responsible for overseeing the offices of accounting and finance, information technology, facilities, and auxiliary services and a department of approximately 25 staff members.
The ideal candidate will have ten plus years of financial leadership experience, preferably with both external audit and in-house financial management roles; knowledge of higher education finance is preferred. With a commitment to the mission of the College, this exceptional financial and administrative leader will possess superior analytical and management skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Experience with long-range strategic financial and facilities planning and overseeing capital projects is preferred. A business, finance, or accounting undergraduate degree is strongly preferred; master’s or graduate degree in related field is highly desirable and the CPA designation is preferred. Compensation will be commensurate with experience including a competitive base salary, relocation assistance, and a competitive benefits package.
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Warren Wilson College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with federal law and US Department of Agriculture policy, Warren Wilson does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal. Warren Wilson College is committed to developing a campus community that reflects the full diversity of the human experience and, as such, welcomes all applicants.
About Warren Wilson College
Warren Wilson College is an independent residential college with a liberal arts foundation and is one of only nine federally recognized work colleges in the United States.