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Vice President for Finance & Operations
South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington
Date Posted 02/26/2021
Executive-Administrative Vice President
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) seeks a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Vice President for Finance and Operations.

South Puget Sound Community College is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its professional staff. A firm understanding of antiracist policy development coupled with the skills to eliminate barriers that harm underrepresented people is a college requirement. The students that we serve come from a variety of backgrounds. On average, 43% of SPSCC students are people of color. We strongly encourage members of the underrepresented groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district. We also offer:
  • Free Bus service every 15 minutes to downtown Olympia and beyond
  • Gym and recreation facilities
  • FREE parking on our campuses – permits are not required
  • On-campus child care
  • Lots of activities with our Artist & Lecture series, which are FREE for staff and faculty
  • Many community events in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts
  • The Clipper Café specializing in seasonal comfort foods
  • The Bake Shop offering daily baked goods made by our students
  • Fine dining in the Percival Room, offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices as part of our Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs
  • Campus bookstore offering snacks, apparel, and specialty supplies
  • Percival Creek running beneath our campus footbridge, providing year-round beauty and views of Chinook, Coho, and chum salmon runs
  • Marked walking paths on nicely paved sidewalks
  • A variety of wellness workshops and events

What You'll Do

The Vice President for Finance and Operations reports directly to the College President and is responsible for an effective and efficient program of institutional support services. The position provides leadership, strategic planning and direct management of the administrative and business functions including physical plant operations; capital planning and projects; safety, security and emergency management; enterprise services; budget and reporting; financial services, and risk management.

  • Essential functions of the Vice President for Finance and Operations include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Implements financial, accounting and budget systems that promote financial stability, in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and federal and state regulations and guidelines, in order to maximize the college’s resources.
  • Establishes a budget development process that is built on effective and responsive communication and that result in a spending plan reflective of the college’s strategic plan and core themes.
  • Establishes systems and procedures that preserve the safety and integrity of the college’s financial and payroll records, and which ensure the consistent delivery of high-quality services.
  • Serves as treasurer of the Board of Trustees according to RCW 28B.50.142.
  • Ensures a physical environment that is clean, aesthetic, safe, well-maintained and supportive of the learning environment.
  • Develops and oversees implementation of the college’s capital program, as defined in the Facilities Master Plan.
  • Develops and oversees implementation of an effective Emergency Management Response program.
  • Develops a leadership team that promotes innovation, accountability and excellence consistent with the college’s strategic plan, and that values collaborative efforts to achieve these goals.
  • Provides cost-effective administrative support services responsive to the needs of students, faculty, staff and community.
  • Ensures that all Administrative Services programs, support services, resources and systems are user-friendly for all students (credit and non-credit), faculty, and staff.
  • Provides flexible, responsive and high-quality customer service to all people served, and continuously assesses processes and procedures to revise accordingly.
  • Establishes self-supporting auxiliary operations which support the mission of the college and provide economical service to students, faculty, staff and community.
  • Actively supports the teaching and learning process, working to create and support a student-centered environment.
  • Recognizes and promotes antiracist policies and procedures in order to bring about equitable outcomes for students and staff.
  • Demonstrate multicultural competence (including an awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations) and create an educational and work environment that affirms a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Support the college’s mission by creating a work environment of mutual respect and fairness, while encouraging creative and critical thinking.
  • Contribute to the appreciation of diversity and foster a climate of multicultural understanding.
Serves as a member of the president’s Executive Team, committed to:
  • Serving as an educational leader functioning as part of a senior-level management team that fosters pride and excellence at the college;
  • Advancing the college’s mission, vision and core themes; setting a high standard of performance for both self and staff, promoting and supporting their achievement while modeling behavior supportive of institutional values and goals;
  • Ensuring effective communication throughout both the Administrative Services area and the college community.

Qualifications You Possess


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in accounting, business, economics, finance, or related field.
  • Ten years of progressively responsible financial administration and leadership experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience building and managing a large team, including hiring, retention, and fostering a collaborative, service-oriented culture.
  • Experience working effectively with a diverse array of stakeholders such as executive leadership, governance boards, professional staff, faculty, and students.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of enterprise risk management and internal control principles.
  • Demonstrated experience or participation with persons from diverse backgrounds such as sexual orientation, racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, age, socio-economic, physical and learning abilities, and a commitment to an inclusive and equitable working/learning environment.
  • Cultural Self - The ability to understand one's own intersectional identity and how it influences identity development and how one navigates the world.
  • Cross Cultural Communication - Verbal and nonverbal communication skills in interaction with those who are culturally different from one's self.
  • Collaborative - The ability to work in culturally diverse groups toward a common goal by involving, including and valuing others.
  • Conflict Management & Engagement - The ability to engage cultural conflicts that occur between individuals and groups.
  • Servant Leadership Development - The ability to share power, put the needs of students or employees first and help people develop and perform as highly as possible.
  • Flexibility - The ability to respond and adapt to new and changing situations.
  • Direct experience with Washington State budgeting processes, legislative process, fiscal note analysis and government policy development.
  • Demonstrated experience developing fiscal planning, policies, and practices that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
  • Master’s degree or advanced industry-related credential.

To Apply

Applications must be completed online and include the following attachments:
1. Cover letter addressed to the Screening Committee highlighting your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies described in the job posting.
2. Current resume/CV showing all educational and professional experience which demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications.

Top candidates will be notified directly to interview for this position. Selection will be based on the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties listed in this job posting as identified in the materials requested above. Applications with comments directing the reader to see attachments will be considered incomplete.

Veterans Preference
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wishing to claim Veterans Preference should redact their personally identifiable information from a copy of their United States Department of Veterans Affairs honorable discharge documentation and email to Ksmith35@spscc.edu with the job number for which they are applying in the subject line.

Background Check Condition of Employment
Employment with the college is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check. Any adverse information will be considered on a case-by-case basis and does not automatically preclude a candidate from employment.

South Puget Sound Community College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator
South Puget Sound Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). SPSCC provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, Title II and Title IX, Samantha Dotson, Executive Human Resource Officer /Title IX Coordinator, 360-596-5361, ssoto@spscc.edu, Building 25, Room 220, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512; South Puget Sound Community College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.

Applicants needing accommodation in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (360) 596-5500.

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