We encourage qualified candidates to apply to this key position at Houston Community College. This posting will remain open, with maximum consideration date given to those applications received February 17, 2017.
Houston Community College System (HCCS) --- a unified system of academic college education, career and technical education, adult education, distance learning, customized business / industry instruction with on-site workforce training to advance the business community, and international educational partnerships --- is seeking an Associate Vice Chancellor Finance and Accounting for this expansive college system. Chosen leader will advance the institution’s proud tradition of excellence in academics, student life, and community service.
Reporting to the Senior Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration/System, the Associate Vice Chancellor is responsible for planning, directing, administering and organizing the financial operations of Houston Community College which include budget, accounting, financial reporting, accounts payable, treasury operations, grants accounting, cash management, property tax, federal and state tax, debt management, capital accounting, accounts receivable, and student accounting. The Associate Vice Chancellor formulates financial management policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and generally accepted financial accounting reporting and auditing standards and requirements. The Associate Vice Chancellor is responsible for reviewing and strengthening financial and accounting internal controls to ensure protection of financial resources, and to minimize internal and external audit findings.
This executive is responsible for developing long-range financial plans based on thorough analysis of data; integrate long-range financial plans with the Facilities Master Plan, Strategic Plan, Trustee-approved policies, alternate budget assumptions, and the financial health and assessment ratio tests of HCC. In addition, the Associate Vice Chancellor is responsible for the design, execution and effectiveness of a system of internal controls which provides reasonable assurance that operations are effective and efficient, assets are safeguarded, financial information is reliable and compliant with applicable law, regulation, policies and procedures.
Houston Community College is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the country with 23 operating locations and more than 70,000 students each semester, including more international students (nearly 8%) than any community college in the country. HCC provides academic courses for transfer to four-year institutions, technical degrees and certificates in more than 70 fields of work, continuing education, corporate training, lifelong learning and enrichment programs, the largest adult education program in Texas and a diversity of Distance Education offerings (18,000 online students and growing). Since opening in 1971, more than 2 million students have obtained education and training from Houston Community College.
HCC’s international profile was recently featured in a New York Times article: “Few campuses illustrate globalization better than Houston Community College, which tops the institute’s list of colleges that grant associate degrees. HCC has 5,208 international students from 200-plus countries, more foreign students than any other two-year college. And among all institutions of higher education, four- or two-year, it ranks 29th, ahead of prestigious destinations like Stanford, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, George Washington University and the University of California, Davis.”
Houston Community College’s Vision “to be a leader in providing high quality, innovative education leading to student success and completion of workforce academic programs – and to be responsive to community needs and drive economic development in the communities they serve,” continues to be realized daily, as more students get placed into jobs and with more exemplary workforce programs than any college in Texas (twenty-six have been rated exemplary by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board), first in the nation in producing minority graduates in the country among 2-year public community colleges, more classes taught by PhD’s, and the nation’s most innovative financial aid programs. HCC’s ROI to the community is $5 for every $1 invested; past students have contributed $4 billion to the community. One of HCC’s campuses - Coleman College for Health Sciences - has a stated vision to be the preeminent health sciences community college in the nation, providing its students unsurpassed access to world-renowned health science resources as a member institution of the Texas Medical Center – the world’s largest medical district with one of the highest densities of clinical facilities for patient care, basic science, and translational research of any location on the planet.
Other Personal Attributes
- An open, energetic, well grounded, innovative, success oriented personality with a record of setting and surpassing objectives.
- Vision, initiative and self discipline, with confidence and charisma to lead, encourage and enable. Inspires conviction and enthusiasm in others, and instills vision for great achievement.
- Proven experience making sound judgments in a complex environment.
- Successful experience in managing and resolving conflict.
- Skilled consensus builder with capacity to initiate and foster collaborative partnerships.
- Places a high value on people. Possesses a strong moral compass and unquestioned integrity. Possesses a sense of humor, humility and a servant heart.
- Prefers transparency in operations and decision-making processes.
- Sensitive to, understands and encourages cultural diversity throughout the college, system and community.
- A recognized advocate for students with outstanding mentoring skills.
- Credits success to co-workers, takes responsibility for less than positive outcomes.
- An enabler and facilitator with outstanding diplomatic skills.
- Excellent follow through skills with record of responding to constituents in a timely way.
- A calculated risk taker and strategic thinker.
- Communicates information clearly and succinctly. Ability to sell a point in a non polarizing manner. Effective social skills.
- Trustworthy, with the ability to readily engender confidence and trust.
- Possesses instinct to be politically astute, yet not political.
Select candidate will discover an environment where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with optimal quality of life in an economically thriving and highly desirable metropolitan area in vibrant, diverse Houston, allowing students, faculty and staff to draw on a wealth of resources. The city is rich in the arts and culture, thanks to its world-class performing arts organizations and renowned museum exhibitions, and is also a major economic and business hub. Twenty-one Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Houston - second only to New York City. Family members of all ages will find the elements that contribute to a safe and enjoyable lifestyle. It's all here for the academic executive professionally prepared to grasp this superb opportunity.
This is a security sensitive position.
It is the policy of the Houston Community College System to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran’s status. Individuals with disabilities, who require special accommodations to interview, should contact the Employment Services Office at (713) 718-8565.
HCC values its employees and their contributions, promotes opportunities for their professional growth and development, and provides a positive working and learning environment that encourages diversity, innovation and creativity, and inclusion.
Plan, direct, administer and organize the financial operations of Houston Community College which include, but are not limited to budget, accounting, financial reporting, accounts payable, treasury operations, grants accounting, cash management, property tax, federal and state tax, debt management, capital accounting, accounts receivable, and student accounting.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Responsible for the financial operations, tax compliance, records and reporting for HCC.
Provide final signoff on financial statements.
Formulate financial management policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and generally accepted financial accounting reporting and auditing standards and requirements. Review and strengthen financial and accounting internal controls to ensure protection of financial resources, and to minimize internal and external audit findings.
Oversee treasury and debt management functions. Serve as Primary Investment Officer. Responsible for annual setting of the local property tax operating levy rate and debt levy, including issuance of taxing district’s publication of legal notices and arrangements of public hearings, and preparing materials for Trustees for approval of the annual tax rates per Texas property tax laws. Develop and implement the financial management strategy, including monitoring and confirming debt projections into the future.
Develop and provide recommendations for the operating and capital budgets. Responsible for the process and facilitating broad participation of college and district staff in the budget development.
Develop long-range financial plans based on thorough analysis of data; integrate long-range financial plans with the Facilities Master Plan, Strategic Plan, Trustee-approved policies, alternate budget assumptions, and the financial health and assessment ratio tests of HCC. Develop return on investment calculations for new programs.
Responsible for student accounting operations, including invoicing and collection of student and other receivables, development and maintenance of online payment portals, and refunding processes for students.
Provide support to Executive Director of HCC Foundation in overall finance operations and other issues of the Foundation, as needed.
Represent Finance & Accounting on various district-wide committees. Develop and present to various internal and external groups including the Board of Trustees. Work contacts include all employee levels including executive management, college presidents, administrators, faculty and staff, Board of Trustees, outside agencies and regulators.
Direct and supervise a large diverse work force.
Align staff and work assignments with the workload needs of HCC.
Responsible for the design, execution and effectiveness of a system of internal controls which provides reasonable assurance that operations are effective and efficient, assets are safeguarded, financial information is reliable and compliant with applicable law, regulation, policies and procedures.
Manage Human Resources activities for direct reports in regards to: recruiting and selection; hiring and termination, training, development, mentoring, counseling, and performance evaluations.