Walsh is a private, independent, non-profit institution based in Troy, Michigan. Founded in 1922, Walsh provides business and technology education that prepares graduates for successful careers. It offers degrees at the undergraduate (upper division only), graduate, and doctoral levels. Walsh enjoys a strong reputation in the regional business community. During the pandemic, Walsh is offering 100% remote course delivery, driven by a robust online learning system and support structure. Typically, various delivery options are available, including on-campus, blended courses, and remote delivery. Walsh is a non-union environment.
The vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer leads all financial functions to include accounting, budgeting, and investments. In collaboration with colleagues, the vice president develops and implements comprehensive business and financial plans that align with Walsh’s strategies and mission. The position directs preparation of financial reports, various analyses, and projections. In addition, the vice president provides leadership and strategic oversight for facilities, technology, risk management, and auxiliary services. The position interfaces frequently with the Board of Trustees and acts as a liaison for two Board committees. Working with the president and senior leaders, the vice president builds and develops strategic partnerships resulting in growth and diversification. The position collaborates and communicates with internal and external constituents to support a culture of respect, inclusion, and transparency.
Lead accounting, financial, facilities, information technology, risk management, real estate, bookstore, dining services, and vendor management/purchasing functions.
Direct the preparation of annual, strategic, and capital budgets, financial statements, forecasts, governmental and compliance reports, and various analyses.
Oversee external and internal audits.
Build and develop strategic partnerships resulting in additional growth and diversification.
Manage financing/capital acquisition function and related financial institutional relationships.
Oversee investment management strategy and external advisors.
Monitor and manage cash flow.
Develop and update short and long range technology plans.
Plan and execute facilities upgrades, renovations, and other capital improvements.
Oversee campus safety and security.
Ensure currency and periodic testing of business continuity, emergency, disaster recovery plans.
Oversee risk management function, including general insurance coverage.
Administer frozen defined benefit pension.
Participate in or lead assessing the feasibility of new programs, services, and other initiatives.
As a member of the executive leadership team, prepare short and long range plans; develop and implement policies; participate in operational decisions and communicate results and plans to various audiences.
Lead and develop staff members and outsourced services.
Interface frequently with the Board of Trustees to prepare for Board meetings; develop and deliver presentations.
Act as the treasurer for the Walsh Foundation.
Establish and update related policies in consultation with trustees, executive management and other constituents, as required.
Ensure compliance with all related regulations and higher education requirements.
Bachelor degree required; advanced business degree highly desirable; significant course work in accounting required.
Certified Public Accountant license is strongly preferred.
A minimum of 10 years significant, progressive accounting and financial management experience, with one position preferably at the executive level.
Higher education experience a plus.
Experience in leading professional level staff members.
Demonstrated ability to effectively manage people and projects.
Strong knowledge of trends and best practices within the position scope, including opportunities for advanced technology investments.
Strong computer skills required in accounting systems, Excel, Word, and Outlook.
Must be able to function well at both a strategic and operational level.
Exceptional track record of identifying and managing outsourced or consulting services.
Skilled in assessing risks and benefits of initiatives, using data-driven decision-making processes, and developing plans for successful implementation.
Excellent written communication skills with the ability to explain complex issues.
Ability to develop and deliver presentations; respond to questions from both financial and non-financial individuals which builds trust and confidence.
Superior interpersonal communication skills, as demonstrated by working collaboratively across the organization and nurturing a culture of respect, inclusion, and transparency.
Ability to represent Walsh to external audiences and build beneficial relationships.
Please note this position is remote at this time; however, the CFO must be able to work regularly onsite, as conditions change.
About Walsh College of Accountancy & Business Admininstration
Walsh is a private, independent, non-profit institution that which grants degrees in business and technology fields at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.