Vice President for Administration/CFO

The Kansas City Art Institute, a national leader in visual arts education, is seeking applications for the full-time position of vice president for administration/CFO. KCAI offers an exceptional benefits package to full-time employees, including 100 percent employer paid insurance and a 5 percent retirement match for eligible participants. KCAI is a four-year, independent and accredited college of art and design founded in 1885, and located in the cultural heart of metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri. The college enrolls nearly 700 undergraduate students regionally, nationally nand internationally.
Description of the position
The vice president for administration/CFO is responsible for administrative, business and fiscal management of the college, working directly with other vice presidents and departments on day-to-day operations and strategic planning. This position reports directly to the president and sits on the cabinet, cabinet plus and other committees. This position is also authorized to make decisions of institutional importance in the absence of the president. The vice president for administration/CFO supervises the controller, the director of safety and security, the director of human resources, the director of facilities and the director of auxiliary services.
Essential responsibilities
  • Communicate fiscal affairs to the president and the board of trustees as well as prepare presentations and reports pertaining to the fiscal and business affairs of the college.
  • Review P&L statement and balance sheet with the president and treasurer of the board of trustees.
  • Work with college investment advisor on endowment investments, assuring the safe keeping of endowment funds, and review investment activities with the president and treasurer of the board of trustees.
  • Work with appropriate banks for institutional lending and other institutional business as needed.  
  • Work with the president to develop the annual operating budget and planning.
  • Work with the finance as well as the building and grounds committees of the board of trustees.
  • Ensure the development and submission of short- and long-term goals for the area of responsibility, to the president. 
  • Develop and submit to the president an annual report based on established format.
  • Responsible for daily operations of the administration division of the college.
  • Maintain and supervise the operation of accounting and financial reporting system, in accordance with generally acceptable accounting standards.
  • Serve as liaison with independent auditors for annual audits of the college, as the audits pertain to the administrative area. 
  • Review purchase orders, provide guidance for handling of student account problems, provide guidance in matters relating to the business office, auxiliary services, plant services, safety and security and human resources.
  • Provide guidance in payroll processing and review the monthly financial reports.
  • Work with the human resources director to oversee the employee benefits program and wage and salary administration.
  • Review and approve as appropriate, all personnel actions. 
  • Administer the institutional insurance program.
  • Serve as a resource for administrative and academic department heads.
  • Develop and administer department budgets.
  • Responsible for completing various reports required by either federal or state agencies as well as some voluntary reporting as requested by higher education specific organizations
  • Measure success of outlined and approved goals. 
  • Serve as liaison between college and legal counsel on legal matters. 
Requirements of the position
  • Bachelor’s degree required, with a CPA designation and MBA preferred.
  • Ability to use latest computer equipment and programs being used by the division. Including, but not limited to:
    • Microsoft Office Suite products, including Word, Excel and Power Point.
    • Advanced Excel knowledge, including charts and budget spreadsheets
    • Familiar with gmail
  • Must have strong accounting and fiscal management skills, including budget modeling.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in accounting/management experience. Not-for-profit experience required and higher education experience preferred.
  • Ability to effectively manage others. 
  • Possess strong problem solving skills. 
  • Ability to work a minimum of 37.5 hours a week with additional time some evenings and weekends for meetings during peak times.
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds and transfer short distances.
  • Possess manual dexterity sufficient to operate telephones, computers and phone equipment.
  • Ability to speak and communicate clearly in order to accurately convey information in person or by phone.
  • Ability to hear normal audio levels of speaking whether in person or over the phone.
  • Vision correctable to 20/40. 
Applications deadline and procedures
This position is open until filled. Applications received during the on-campus finalist stage of the search are not guaranteed consideration.
Apply by email to:
Attach to the email in PDF format only:
  • Resume
  • Letter of application with your salary requirements
  • Statement regarding your approach to financial and administrative success in an institution of higher education.
  • List of three professional references we may contact 
Complete application submissions will be acknowledged by return email.
Questions may be directed to:
Kansas City Art Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.