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Hartwick College-Assistant Vice President for Finance & Controller
Title:Hartwick College-Assistant Vice President for Finance & Controller
Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Hartwick College in their search for an Assistant Vice President for Finance & Controller (AVPF&C).

Hartwick College seeks a highly skilled, detailed oriented financial executive to serve in this critical role. The successful candidate brings a broad array of accounting experience in areas including fund accounting, endowment, and payroll with an understanding of labor law, regulation and compliance.

The Assistant Vice President for Finance & Controller is an exceptional communicator who delivers a hands-on approach to leadership, operations and problem solving and will work seamlessly with all levels of the institution including the board, senior administration, faculty, and staff. The successful candidate has familiarity with the unique department and faculty needs across campus.

The position reports to the Vice President for Finance. The AVPF&C supervises the Finance office which includes student accounts, accounts payable, payroll and accounting.

Under the supervision of the Vice President for Finance, the AVPF&C is responsible for leading and managing the accounting activities of the College. The AVPF&C is responsible for ensuring accounting records are maintained in accordance with GAAP, effective controls are maintained, risk mitigated, and that the College uses its resources effectively and efficiently.

  • Provide leadership and oversight for the daily operations of the payroll, student accounts, accounts payable and general accounting areas within the finance office
  • Prepares and provides monthly and year end financial statements (internal and external)
  • Monitors and controls the fiscal policies and procedures of the College, ensuring compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the IRS and any other applicable regulations. Protects assets by establishing, reviewing and enforcing internal controls
  • Oversees and manages daily cash activity. Acts as the College’s liaison with the bank for day to day treasury operations
  • Plans, coordinates and acts as primary contact for the annual financial audit and also the Uniform Guidance audit of federal funds
  • Manages the financial component of federal grants and federal loan funds including monitoring and reviewing of expenses, governmental reporting and timely drawdowns of funds
  • Assists with preparing budgets
  • Provides support and financial information in response to needs of various constituencies including departmental chairs, senior management and Board of Trustees
  • Ability to create and maintain positive relationships with all internal and external constituents
  • Additional job related duties as assigned

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Current or previous holder of a CPA license
  • 5 - 7 years of experience in a similar position or field
  • 3 - 5 years of supervisory experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

  • CPA license
  • Accounting experience in higher education

About Hartwick College

Hartwick College is a non-denominational, private, four-year liberal arts and sciences college in Oneonta, New York offering 35 majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. In addition, it offers over 30 minors, pre-professional programs in law, medicine, engineering and allied health professions; and five cooperative programs in engineering, law, business, and physical and occupational therapy.

Hartwick College was featured by journalist and scientific writer Malcolm Gladwell in his book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants as a liberal arts college that offers the same academic rigor and quality of education with similar career outcomes of an ivy league university or elite liberal arts college in the United States, without the competitiveness or admission criteria of these top colleges and universities.

Hartwick has been recognized year after year in numerous reviews including for its committed implementation of High-Impact Educational Practices, earning its title as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction for 2019. Hartwick has proven itself to be at the forefront of American higher education with a modern, student-centered approach to teaching. The College also earned distinction for its Nursing, Business and Career Development programs. Hartwick is one of 225 colleges chosen for the “Best in the Northeast” by the Princeton Review. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranked Hartwick 380 this year of 968 schools covered as well as the #138 private, liberal arts school ranked overall. The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Guide, U.S. News & World Report (2019) ranks Hartwick among the 229 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” in the country.

Living in the Area

Situated in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains’, Oneonta is a scenic college town boasting a lower cost of living, lower unemployment rates, lower crime rate and higher educational levels than the national average. With median home values of $141K and monthly rents of $835, the area offers an affordable lifestyle in a picturesque environment with close access to New York City. The idyllic environment is an exceptional area for the outdoor enthusiast, raise a family, or simply enjoy a more laid-back lifestyle void of rush hour traffic.

The College is located just 3.5 hours north of New York City, 4 hours west of Boston, MA, and 4.5 hours north of Philadelphia. The campus sits on a hilltop that spans 425 picturesque acres and overlooks the Catskill Mountains.

Conveniently located just off Rt. 88 in Oneonta, Hartwick is also just 59 miles from Binghamton, NY, 82 miles to Albany, NY, and 60 miles from Utica, NY. Cooperstown, NY, known for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Glimmer Glass Opera is just right down the road.

To Apply

You may apply directly. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Materials should include a cover letter and CV. Candidates advanced in the process will be required to provide the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.

Inquiries and nominations are treated confidentially and can be sent to Jennifer Muller, Managing Partner with Academic Career & Executive Search:

Candidates advanced in the process will be required to provide a Diversity Statement. Information regarding Hartwick College’s Diversity Statement is located at:

Hartwick College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran, or marital status. We welcome applications from the community, alumni, and the general public.

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