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Associate Vice President of Finance

Location: Richland Campus/Hybrid

Full or Part Time: Full-Time

Annual Salary: Salary range starts at $100,000 and the offered salary will be dependent upon the individual’s qualifications & experience.

Application Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2023. (Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, fully completed employment applications received by the deadline with all required application materials will receive guaranteed priority consideration.)

Application Materials Required: Employment Application, Cover Letter, Resume

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Job Scope

The Associate Vice President of Finance (AVPF) is a senior, visionary administrative leader of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and is committed to the community college mission. The AVPF serves as the College’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and provides leadership to the business office, student financial services, procurement, the bookstore, and dining services. The AVPF is responsible for the development, assessment, and improvement of services in each of the supervised areas. Additionally, the AVPF facilitates the development of financial reports and the budget of the College’s Foundation in collaboration with the College President, the Director of the Foundation, and the Board of Directors.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  1. Serve on President’s Cabinet as a visionary, collaborative College leader.
  2. Participate in the shared governance process; serve as a policy expert for areas supervised.
  3. Work collaboratively and communicate effectively across all areas of the institution and to the Board of Trustees, especially on matters that directly impact College’s finances and budgets.
  4. Develop, implement, and oversee the budgets for supervised areas.
  5. Provide leadership for quality improvement initiatives within supervised areas.
  6. Participate in strategic and operational planning; lead the development of operational objectives for supervised areas.
  7. Plans, directs, supervises, and participates in the finance activities of the College, including providing leadership to the accounting & finance offices, Student Financial Services, the bookstore, and dining services.
  8. Lead, support, provide professional development, and evaluate (as pertinent) the staff of supervised areas.
  9. Develop an annual fiscal forecast and oversee an annual collaborative budget development process for submission to the President and to the Board of Trustees.
  10. Oversee systems that ensure accurate, up-to-date records of all student accounts including a system for dealing with accounts receivables and financial aid.
  11. Oversee the College’s accounting and financial systems; develop and implement appropriate procedures and internal controls including preparation and maintenance of all financial records, chart of accounts, state and federal accountability reports, annual financial audits, and federal, state, and local grant budgets, invoicing, and reporting.
  12. Ensure compliance with accreditation, federal, and state standards, policies, and laws.
  13. Develops and presents monthly financial statements to the Board of Trustees.
  14. Responsible for procurement, purchasing and bid processing according to policy and state regulations.
  15. Oversee the College’s insurance coverage and risk management.
  16. Serve as the College’s representative as CFO at the state level.
  17. Direct the Foundation financial activities including preparation/review of monthly financial statements and investment activities. Presents financial information to the Foundation Board of Directors.
  18. Present Division reports to the College Board of Trustees.
  19. Perform other duties as assigned by President.

Direct Reports

  • Accountant
  • Director of Student Financial Services
  • Purchasing & Mail Services Clerk
  • Staff Accountant


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Master’s degree in related field preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field required.

Experience & Knowledge:

  • Commitment to and appreciation of the community college mission.
  • Minimum of seven of experience in a finance/administration role.
  • Minimum of three years supervisory experience.
  • Strong preference for senior level experience in higher education.
  • Demonstrated skills with:
    1. fiscal management
    2. institutional budget development
    3. broad based policy development related to financial and administrative services issues
    4. administrative computing systems and software

Computer Skills:

  • Knowledge of MS Office
  • Jenzabar (preferred)
  • ADP or other Payroll software (preferred), as well as other business applications software.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Criminal Background Clearances

Physical Demands:

  • Frequent sitting.
  • Must be able to talk, hear and operate a computer.
  • Occasional lifting up to 10 lbs.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment:

  • Typical office environment with a quiet to moderate noise level
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Additional Notes

  1. Please note that employment applications referencing ‘see resume’ or similar phrases are considered incomplete and may not be considered.
  2. Please do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Only those candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.
  3. Employment is contingent upon submission and satisfactory review of any background check clearances as may be required by Pennsylvania Act 153. Please refer to our Pre-Employment Background Check Information page for more detailed information.
  4. Successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States and not require work authorization sponsorship by Pennsylvania Highlands Community College for any position now or in the future.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Pennsylvania Highlands Community College promotes a drug-free workplace.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.