Chief Financial Officer - must have academic experience; HIGHER ED, private, non profit college only - Melbourne, Florida United States - 35130

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Job #: 35130
Title: Chief Financial Officer - must have academic experience; HIGHER ED, private, non profit college only
Job Location: Melbourne, Florida - United States
Employment Type:
Salary: contact recruiter for details
Employer Will Recruit From: Nationwide
Relocation Paid?: Yes


Melbourne at the heart of Florida’s Space Coast, the birthplace of space exploration that has grown to be home to several rapidly expanding industries. The economy features cutting-edge communications, electronics, aerospace and aviation, homeland security and defense, emerging technologies, high-tech manufacturing and more. Brevard ranks first in Florida and sixth in the U.S. for the most concentrated high-tech economy. Drawing more than 2.5 million tourists annually and boasting 72 miles of pristine beaches and an average temperature of 73 degrees, Florida’s Space Coast is a place to work and play, with convenient access to all that Central Florida has to offer.


A nationally-ranked STEM university—invites applications and nominations for the position of Chief Financial Officer. Universityseeks an individual with the intellectual and personal qualities to be an innovative leader with strong interpersonal communication skills. 

The Position:

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) provides leadership and oversight for the development and execution of a sustainable financial model for the University that anticipates and responds to the opportunities and challenges of the higher education environment. Reporting to the President, the CFO is responsible for the management of operating budgets and financial reporting, development of forecasts for the University that accurately anticipate risks and opportunities including return on investment and opportunity cost analysis, promotes operational excellence through cross-departmental collaboration and possesses a demonstrated ability to analyze, interpret and effectively communicate statistical and financial information to internal and external stakeholders.

Duties include:

  • Develops strategies for the University's financial health for the future while managing ongoing operations.
  • Establishes and maintains a strong internal controls environment to properly report the financial results of the university.  Directs the preparation of all financial statements.   
  • Develops financial strategies by forecasting capital, facilities, and staff requirements.  Maximizes return on invested funds; maintains relationships with investment advisors.  
  • Provides strategic leadership in planning for university growth, resolving financial issues and evaluating financial performance against objectives.
  • Designs and directs implementation of best practices for fiscal affair's business processes and financial analyses.
  • Provides oversight of the preparation of the budget and annual financial reports, general accounting, payroll, bond financing issues, purchasing and inventory control. 
  • Ensure compliance with Board of Trustees' policies; college, county, state and federal regulations; generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP); and other statutory requirements.
  • Manage all Student Housing assignments, fees & student concerns and the employees that perform these functions.
  • Manage all Shipping, Receiving, Mailroom, Dining, and Landlord functions and the employees that perform these functions.


CFO Characteristics


      Candidate MUST have higher ed, private, nonprofit, higher education experience ONLY

  • Private, non profit institution experience
  • VP Finance/Controller-type experience
  • Enabler of the academic mission and its functions, legal and effective
  • Support charge likely defined elsewhere, helping to evaluate proper and sound ways to achieve within fiduciary guardrails
  • Ability to maintain audit and financial compliances
  • MBA or advanced degree


  • Experience as CFO
  • Public institution experience
  • CPA


University - Master's Degree