The Position: Reporting to the President of the College, the Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA) provides executive leadership in support of the College’s business and financial operations. He/she serves as Executive Director of the New College of Florida Development Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation providing capital construction financing support for the College.
The VPFA provides leadership to the directors of the various administrative functions comprising finance and administration operations and is responsible for their development and the services provided to the College by them and their operating units. The total staff numbers in this unit are approximately 100.
The VPFA will have extensive, daily contact with the campus community and general public; frequent contact with members of the College’s Board of Trustees (UBOT) and the State University System Board of Governor’s (BOG) staff; and periodic contact with legislators and legislative staff, as well as Local, State and Federal officials and regulatory agencies.
The VPFA is expected to perform with a high degree of independence and is identified as a “Critical” during all emergencies which may occasionally require working long hours before, during, and after emergency situations occur. He/she will meet with the College President periodically to discuss matters related to the position’s duties and responsibilities.
Responsibilities: Specific areas of responsibility include accounting, budgeting, purchasing, human resources, facilities management and planning, campus police, environmental health and safety, risk management, emergency management, information technology, postal, parking, campus space scheduling and outsourced services (bookstore, food service, vending). The VPFA will directly oversee six units including Financial Services, Human Resources, Physical Plant, Campus Police, Information Technology, and Emergency Management and will have four direct reports.
The VPFA maintains and controls College-wide budget matters and offers any analyses requested by the Board of Trustees or the President; provides fiscal reports and other reports as requested by the administration, the Board of Trustees, state agencies, or federal agencies; and serves as staff support for the Board of Trustees’ Finance and Administration Committee. He/she serves as Executive Director of the New College Development Corporation, serves as the point person for the lobbying firm and oversees the campus master plan.
The VPFA seeks out and develops new sources of funds; determines possible alternative funding methods for accomplishing goals of the College; and develops and maintains accounting and fiscal policies adopted by the Board of Trustees. In addition, the VPFA develops and implements regulations governing the College’s financial and business operations; interprets federal, state, BOG and UBOT laws, rules and regulations requiring College compliance; oversees the implementation of College financial and business strategic goals and action plans; and participates in the College’s overall strategic planning process.
About the Institution: New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional undergraduate education by offering nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science. Thus, New College has earned many accolades and distinctions, among them being a place in Loren Pope’s book, Colleges That Change Lives, and consistently high national rankings by the leading arbiters of higher education. To see information on statistics of institutional enrollment, student characteristics, and fiscal resources, please see the New College Fact Book.
Located in sunny Sarasota on a beautiful 110-acre campus facing the Sarasota Bay, New College provides an ideal learning environment for motivated students who thrive on active learning and are drawn to an intellectually rigorous curriculum.
Year after year, New College faculty and students garner top prizes and awards. Its alumni earn distinctions in the workplace, contribute to scientific advancement and make contributions to public service and global change. The student-centered academic mission consistently attracts high rankings from the most prestigious organizations.
The College is recognized by the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) as an Associate Member Institution because at least 10% of the current students identify as Hispanic. The College is also a part of a local alliance of colleges and universities which represents a diverse and international community. New College was rated as one of The Princeton Review’s “Best Value Colleges” in 2019. The publication ranks the nation’s top 200 schools that offer outstanding academics, great career preparation, and low cost. The Princeton Review also named New College to its list of “50 Colleges That Create Futures.” The 50 schools were selected from more than 3,000 nationwide, and New College was one of two Florida schools to be selected.
Learn.org has named New College No. 40 in its 2019 rankings for the top 50 public universities in the country. Learn.org observes that New College is “known for its ‘choosiness’ — the average GPA of its incoming students is 4.03! The school boasts a list-best faculty-to-student ratio of 10:1, which gives students the one-on-one attention they need to truly explore the curriculum.”
New College of Florida is a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. New College is a proud member of the council of Public Liberal Arts College (COPLAC) and the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning (CIEL).
The Office of Finance and Administration: The Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration is committed to enhancing the academic effectiveness of New College of Florida by ensuring the financial and administrative well-being of the College.
There are six distinct units that comprise this Office including Financial Services, Human Resources, Facilities Management, Campus Police, Information Technology, and Emergency Management. This broad range of responsibilities ensures that the Office is connected to many stakeholder groups in and outside of the campus community.
Because New College is a part of the public college system, the Office must also be responsive to the College’s Board of Trustees, the SUS Board of Governor’s staff and, periodically, with legislators, legislative staff, local, state, and federal officials, and regulatory agencies.
Each of the units within Finance and Administration is dedicated to delivering quality support services to meet the needs of the College’s students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Budget The College’s FY 2019-20 operating budget totals approximately $52.7 million of which approximately $8.4 million supports Finance and Administration operations. Of particular note, the Florida Legislature has increased state general revenue appropriations to the College from $19.5 million in FY 2016-17 to $36.8 million in FY 2019-20 to aid in funding the College’s enrollment growth initiative outlined in the College’s Strategic Plan.
Facilities New College of Florida’s building infrastructure is clustered on 110 acres in Sarasota. The campus includes 59 buildings and structures, comprising 427,986 gross square feet of “Educational & General” use space. An additional 230,769 square feet of “auxiliary” use space includes nine residence halls, the Hamilton Student Center, the Fitness Center, the Boathouse, and the Barn, which houses a student-run café.
There are three campuses, all of which are within walking distance of one another. The Bayfront Campus is located on the west side of US 41; the Pei Campus is connected by an overhead pedestrian walkway to the Bayfront Campus; and the Caples Campus is connected to the Bayfront Campus by a sidewalk. There are 45 full-time employees that provide 24/7 facility coverage.
To Apply: Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by October 4, 2019 will be given first consideration. Please submit your resume, cover letter outlining your interest in and suitability for this position, and 5 references who can attest to your capabilities for this role. To apply online, go to: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=su169
New College is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse professionals. Candidates from underrepresented groups, women, and those whose knowledge or skills support an inclusive culture and research environment are especially encouraged to apply.
According to Florida law, applications and meetings regarding applications are open to the public upon request. Applicants who need reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the selection process must notify the chair of the search committee 48 hours in advance of a meeting. New College is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Institution.
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
A Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and nine years of appropriate experience in higher education administration OR;
A Master's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and seven years of appropriate experience in higher education administration would distinguish the candidate.
Information Analysis - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs workflows and procedures.
Management in a Transparent Environment - Possesses excellent communication skills and can articulate complex financial information in ways that make it understandable for a wide range of audiences. Helps the College make informed and thoughtful financial decisions and educates community members on the thought process behind these decisions. Sustains the high degree of trust and transparency the community has come to expect through open, respectful dialogue.
Staff Management - Brings a wide breadth of experience successfully managing a team responsible for finance and other administrative functions.
Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem-solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; active participant in meetings.
Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively.
Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; builds commitment and overcomes resistance; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
Delegation - Delegates work assignments; matches the responsibility to the person; gives authority to work independently; sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; provides recognition for results.
Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost-saving measures.
Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works ethically and with integrity and; upholds organizational values.
Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans.
Quality-Mindedness - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.
Leadership – Provides the leadership and vision for the primary financial and administrative operations of the College and oversees the annual budget preparation, financial reports, and summaries and forecasts for business growth and the general economic outlook.
Political Skills – Uses well-developed skills to sustain relationships with the Board of Governors, the Board of Trustees, and community stakeholders in ways that build trust and promote mutual benefit.