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Chief Financial Officer

$123,000 – $148,000 yearly

Fort Lewis College

Last Updated: 9/27/21

Job Description

Chief Financial Officer

Finance and Administration

Job Summary:

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for leadership, management, and oversight of the Financial Services operations of the College. The CFO directly supervises the business-related functions of the College and also staffs the Board of Trustees’ Investment Advisory Committee. The CFO enables and supports other administrators and department heads, helping them determine how to accomplish their objectives thereby providing a foundation for organizational success. This position provides collaborative financial management leadership for the College; safeguards the College’s short and long-term fiscal health; oversees the finance practices of the College; and ensures that the budget is linked to and supports the College’s strategic plans.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Supervises the College’s Financial Services operations, including the Budget Office, Controller’s Office, and Procurement & Contracts.
  • Supports the financial well-being of the College by engaging in forecasting, strategic analysis, budget management, monitoring appropriate cash balances, exercising oversight over college budgets, and safeguarding all financial assets of the institution.
  • Helps to achieve the goals and objectives of the College by overseeing the preparation of the internal budget using financial modeling to project future revenue and expenditures.
  • Ensures alignment with the institutional mission of the College by working with the Budget Office in developing and reviewing departmental budgets and designing systems of effective controls to guide work toward expected outcomes, including evaluating progress towards success.
  • Provides oversight of the Controller’s Office and ensures compliance with professional accounting standards, rules, regulations, and laws. Provides direction in facilitating the preparation of required and appropriate internal financial records and reports, as well as other financial reporting as may be required by federal, state, and local agencies.
  • Prevents institutional liability in financial operations by facilitating the access of the independent auditors to requested records during the conduct of the College's annual audit.
  • Ensures efficient and effective operation of the Procurement & Contracts Office (Purchasing) by overseeing procurement services, contracts management, property acquisition/disposition, and Central Receiving.
  • Advises the President, senior College administration officers, and members of the Board of Trustees on issues relating to the financial status of the College by performing financial modeling, reporting financial information at Board of Trustees meetings, and by preparing reports, recommendations, findings, and other correspondence as required.
  • Facilitates institutional governance by providing financial information and implementing the Board’s decisions through appropriate budgetary procedures and guidelines.
  • Provides staff support to the Board of Trustees’ Investment Advisory Committee. In so doing, monitors and serves as the point of contact with the investment manager(s), as well as oversees development and updates to the investment policy and target asset allocation.
  • Identifies and evaluates opportunities related to the issuance and/or refinancing of institutional debt. Responsible for analysis, compilation of materials, and leadership related to debt issuance.
  • Facilitates an effective working relationship with State of Colorado officials, including the Department of Higher Education, by maintaining open channels of communication, facilitating an exchange of information on State requests, and implementing all relevant State policies regarding fiscal operations.
  • Ensures that Financial Services has the resources necessary to provide financial information to support the academic program, such as preparation of financial reports and the development funding models that support innovation and growth.
  • Reviews and revises Financial Services and other College policies and procedures to ensure they are current and timely, student centered, and in line with the College’s goals and objectives.
  • Oversees and manages Financial Services related projects as applies to carrying out the strategic plan.
  • Participates on and advises College committees, serving as the primary representative of Financial Services.
  • Stays current in the financial field by reading relevant materials, developing professional contacts, attending professional development courses and/or training as appropriate.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities
  • Maintains knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508.
  • Produces and remediates digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Education, Specialized Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field.
  • Six (6) or more years of progressively responsible financial and administrative experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with colleagues and Governing Boards
  • Proven experience as a financial manager in a related field
  • Proven ability to manage and supervise staff
  • Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills
  • Capacity to be innovative and resourceful
  • Willingness to embrace change
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas and information in written and oral formats
  • Demonstrated expertise in spreadsheets and financial modeling, as well as proficiency with Microsoft programs including Excel and Microsoft 365
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities

Preferred Education, Specialized Skills and Experience:

  • Advanced degree and professional certifications (MBA, Master of Accountancy, CPA, and/or Certified Management Accountant)
  • Ten (10) or more years of appropriate experience in a higher education setting

Reports To / Supervisory Responsibility:

Position reports to the Chief Operating Officer/Vice President for Finance and Administration.

The following functional areas/departments report to this position:

  • Budget Office
  • Office of the Controller
  • Department of Procurement & Contracts

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Moderate noise (i.e., business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).
  • Ability to work in a confined area.
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to, stand, sit; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard reach, stoop kneel to install computer equipment
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work
  • Light to moderate lifting is required


Travel to professional development conferences, as needed. Occasional travel to State meetings in Denver

FLSA Status/ Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Exempt
  • Full Time - 1.0 FTE
  • Full Year
  • Permanent
  • Typical Work hours, 8 – 5, Monday through Friday, evenings and weekends as necessary

Equal Opportunity

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.

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* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

ADAA Accommodations

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone [Register to View] or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the

accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

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Durango, Colorado, United States