Vice President of Business Affairs

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Vice President of Business Affairs
Amarillo College
Environment and Agriculture
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The new VPBA will join Amarillo College during a time of optimism and forward momentum. Reporting to the President, the VPBA will serve as the chief financial officer of the College, sit on the President’s Cabinet, and provide leadership and a broad strategic focus for all financial and operational matters. The VPBA will lead all business and business-related functions of the College with innovation, integration, simplification, and improved effectiveness of all business-related processes, with primary responsibility for budget and accounting, procurement, inventory, facilities management, auxiliary services, capital outlay, and retail bookstore operations. The VPBA develops new sources of funding and determines possible alternative funding methods for accomplishing goals of the College; develops and maintains accounting and fiscal policies adopted by the Board of Regents and in compliance with applicable federal and state regulations and laws. The VPBA serves as Treasurer of the Amarillo College Foundation. At Amarillo College, our students are the priority. It is our mission and our responsibility to enrich their lives by helping them identify an educational pathway that will lead to success in life. It is therefore required that every team member, regardless of job title or duties, be responsible, first and foremost, for assisting students in every way. ABOUT AMARILLO COLLEGE Established in 1929, with 86 students answering the inaugural roll call, Amarillo College today is a vibrant, multi-faceted community college that typically enrolls about 10,000 students in academic classes at six campuses and an outreach center. In 2018, Amarillo College was named a “Great College to Work For” in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s eleventh annual survey on the academic workplace. With a proven blend of quality and affordability that makes Texas community colleges so appealing – approximately half of the students enrolled in higher education in Texas attend a community college – Amarillo College provides students with a solid academic foundation, whether they are looking to immediately enter the workforce or proceed to a university. AC, which enjoys unflagging community support, received a major boost in May of 2019 with passage of an $89 million bond issue. Among the many projects this enables the College to undertake are creation of an Innovation Hub, construction of a First Responders Academy and centralization of Student Life Services. Amarillo College adopted a Culture of Caring in 2015 and since that time has launched a unique and ambitious No Excuses Poverty Initiative that has garnered national attention for connecting first-generation and/or academically underprepared students with social services structured to help them overcome barriers to success. The College’s game-changing initiatives led national community college reform leader Achieving the Dream (ATD) to name Amarillo College a co-recipient of its 2019 Leah Meyer Austin Award, a significant national accolade contingent upon measurable improvements in student outcomes. Over the past six years, Amarillo College opened a counseling center, a legal aid clinic, a career and employment center, and a childcare center. AC also launched an Advocacy and Resource Center, which houses a food pantry and connects students with social services provided by more than 60 local nonprofits. Since their inception, AC’s initiatives have led to steady gains in A-to-C pass rates, fall-to-fall retention, and three-year graduation/transfer rates, which among first generation students have increased from 12 percent to 21 percent. Additionally, the percentage of students who attend AC on a full-time basis continues to climb – 75 percent of AC students attended the College part time in 2015, while only 57 percent were part-time students in 2018. The College enjoyed its largest graduating class ever in May of 2019, when more than 1,000 students were awarded credentials of completion. ABOUT OUR REGION Amarillo is the largest city in the 26-county Texas Panhandle. It is located in the center of the Panhandle – which produces 30 percent of the nation’s beef – and serves as a crossroads on Interstate 40 for travelers between Oklahoma City and Albuquerque, and a mid-point for Dallas-to-Denver traffic, as well. Amarillo has just shy of 200,000 residents, while the Amarillo metropolitan area has a population of about 255,000. The city’s central location makes it the region’s natural hub for healthcare services and cultural pursuits – and Amarillo boasts several superlative illustrations of each. With a diverse economy – from agriculture and oil and gas to aircraft production and precious-metal refining – Amarillo has an unemployment rate of only 2.5 percent. Amarillo received the following accolades in 2018: Top 20 Places Where Millennials Are Buying Homes, by SmartAsset Best Places to Find a Job, by WalletHub Best Small Places for Business Careers, by Forbes Amarillo is the Spanish word for the color yellow. The entire Panhandle, unlike most of Texas, enjoys all four distinctive seasons each year, and gorgeous sunsets are typical. The region is often referred to as the Golden Spread. GENERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS EDUCATION : Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance. Preferred: Master’s Degree in Accounting or Finance or related area. CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE: Preferred: Certified Public Accountant REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: 5 years of experience as a fiscal leader for a business or higher education institution. Experience with a combination of financial, operational, and management skills. Experience with an understanding of the organizational culture impacts beyond just the bottom line. A proven record of developing creative solutions to fund areas of growth while in a time of budget constraints. A proven record of building solid processes and controls that move beyond bureaucracy and into effectiveness. A proven record as a leader of organizational change and improvement. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Proficient Communication Skills (interpersonal, verbal, and written). Demonstrated leadership skills. Ability to use logic/reasoning to identify alternative solutions/conclusions/approaches to problems. Knowledge of analysis and reporting of financial data. Knowledge of budget management practices and procedures. Knowledge of budget planning practices and procedures. Knowledge of business principles involved in strategic planning and resource allocation. Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices. JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Directly supervise and strategically lead the activities of the division. Carry administrative responsibility for the efficient operation of the areas for which these positions are responsible. Maintain and control budget matters; offer necessary analyses requested by the Board of Regents or the President. Provide fiscal reports as requested by the administration, the Board of Regents, state agencies, or federal agencies. Handle all contractual matters and funding agreements for the institution in partnership with the President. Submit for bidding and advertising, as required by the law and Board policy, all purchases and contracts for construction and renovation projects. Handle all insurance matters - property and non-property. Responsible for all reporting functions to local, state, and national agencies on fiscal affairs. Regularly report to the Board of Regents and the Amarillo College Foundation Board of Directors. Participate in and complete performance assessments/evaluations as assigned. Perform other related duties as required. As an Amarillo College employee, seek knowledge of and pledge to actively engage in a culture of caring striving to serve students, peers and the community by embracing the AC Core Values: Wow, Family, Fun, Innovation, and Yes! Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to travel between offices and buildings, and requires the ability to lift, carry, push, pull and/or maneuver office supplies as needed. Work Environment: This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, copy machines, and filing cabinets. Attendance Expectations: Regular attendance is an essential condition of employment. T ravel Expectations: Some travel may be required for this position. Salary: Commensurate with experience. Diversity and Inclusion Statement Amarillo College is committed to hiring and retaining a racially diverse, culturally competent staff at all levels of the organization who not only reflect the demographics of our clients but also continue to deepen their skills and competencies to serve the full range of our customers. Promotional Opportunity Policy Under the Amarillo College Promotional Opportunity Policy, only current appointed or part-time non-appointed employees will be considered for a position during the first five (5) working days from notice or posting. Position Grade: A16; Hiring Department: Business Affairs; Position Location: Washington Street Campus.
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