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Dean of Finance & Operations
Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont
 
 
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Date Posted 03/24/2021
Category
Admin-Business And Financial Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

The Dean of Finance and Operations reports to theSenior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and serves as the
chief budget and contracts officer for the college.The Dean of Finance and Operations is a member of the President’s
Cabinet and supports the work of various committees/councilsof the College. The Dean of Finance and Operations
manages the finance department staff and overseesvendor relations and large project expenditure for the College, working
directly with the Director of Information Technology,Director of Facilities, and the Human Resources Officer.Because of
the small size of the institution, the Dean of Financeand Operations must be able to move seamlessly between leadership,
management and hands-on engagement.

Professional Qualifications

Desired qualifications include demonstrated success in providing financial oversight and managing vendor relations; a
commitment to the ecological thinking and action mission of the college; a desire to work collaborativelywith the members
of the College to support the mission of the Collegeand engage actively in the community life of theCollege; and an
appreciation for and interest in life and the outdoors in spectacular rural northeastern Vermont.

Competitive candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting or equivalent and five or more years of related
work experience. CPA and/or experience in a higher education setting is strongly preferred.

The Dean of Finance and Operations demonstrates:
A thorough understanding of accounting policies, practices, and procedures, particularly as they apply to non-profits

and/or higher education, including federal and state laws that govern higher education and financial reporting
requirements;

  • A deep understanding of internal controls and riskmanagement techniques, best practices, policies and procedures
and the importance of ensuring the integrity of financialand operational activity within the College and with
external constituents;
  • Interest in, and willingness to, work hands-on with accounting data and analysis;
  • Advanced analytical and systems thinking skills, combined with curiosity and ability to brainstorm innovative
alternatives;
  • Exceptional financial and administrative management skills, including the ability to prioritize, organize, coordinate
and direct multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Experience and demonstrated competencies working with accounting and reporting software, with preference for
individuals with Blackbaud Financial Edge/Raiser's Edge experience;
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and the ability to create and maintain complex financial forecasts and modeling;
  • Strong leadership and human relations abilities including the capacity for effective communication with all the
College’s stakeholders; and
  • An ability to lead by example through a high level of professionalism, “can do” spirit, strong workethic and

a desire to “roll up one’s sleeves” when necessary.

Specific duties include:
Maintain accurate financial reporting and internal controls including working with the President, Senior Vice

President, and budget managers in budget preparation and analysis, cash management, meeting compliance
requirements, and coordination of internal and external audits and tax preparation;

  • Designing, documenting and implementing policies and procedures which result in timely and accurate
financial reporting and budgeting information;
  • Management of the finance office staff including accountreconciliations and general ledger, and assuring

accurate documenting of accounts receivable, payroll, purchasing and accounts payable functions, student billing
and collections;

  • Preparation, analysis and presentation of timely andaccurate financial reports, including quarterly and annual
budgets, cash flow, and multi-year forecasting models, and external financial reporting for institutional accountability
and accreditation reporting;
  • Record keeping and reporting for restricted funds such as endowments, restricted gifts, grants and scholarships and
the expenditures related to them;
  • Working collaboratively with departmental budget managers to assure accurate and prudent uses of resources;
  • Ensure that all required federal, state and local reporting requirements are met in an accurate and timely
manner;
  • Manage and oversee vendor agreements and contracts related to IT, Facilities, campus planning, construction

and renovations, sustainability planning, public safety, transportation and parking, and the support of external
partners;

  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned and as necessary to meet the evolving needs of the College.

This a full-time, benefits-eligible position. Annual salary is $75,000 - $85,000 commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions

Applications received by March 26, 2021 will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until a successful
appointment has been made. Candidates should send the following materials electronically as PDF files: cover letter,
curriculum vitae/resume, and contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without candidate
permission.

Application letters should be addressed to Lori Collins-Hall, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and emailed
to Caitlin Miller at caitlin.miller@sterlingcollege.edu.

Diversity Statement

Sterling College - its Board of Trustees and FacultyCouncil - has adopted a detailed ten-year strategic initiative, with grant
support, that is intended to better promote equity and inclusion across all of its academic programsand in all of the locations
in which they take place. Sterling College acknowledges that the land on which its students, faculty, and staff gather is the
traditional and unceded territory of the Abenaki and the Shawnee people.

About Sterling College

Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College advances ecological thinking and action through
affordable experiential learning, preparing knowledgeable, skilled and responsible leaders to face the ecological crises caused
by unlimited growth and consumption that threatens the future of the planet. Enrollment is limited to125 students. Sterling
is home to the School of the New American Farmsteadand the Wendell Berry Farming Program, is accredited by the New
England Commission of Higher Education and is oneof only nine colleges and universities recognizedby the U.S.
Department of Education as a “Work College.”

The College has received national attention for becoming one of the first institutions in the U.S. to divest from fossil fuels.
Sterling has been recognized for its sustainability initiatives by Sierra Magazine and has earned a STARS Gold Rating from
the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for five consecutive years.

Sterling College is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race,
religion, national origin or sex in violation of Title VII. Sterling College prohibits discrimination against employees,
applicants for employment and students on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status.

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