An exceptional career move for a strategically minded and tactically skilled business leader who welcomes the opportunity to oversee a financial and corporate portfolio with multimillion-dollar budget accountabilities, drive change innovation, and make high-impact decisions that support Georgian College’s vision “to accelerate success through exceptional teaching and learning, innovation and partnerships.”
Designated by Ashoka U as Canada’s first and only changemaker college, for its role as a leader in social innovation and changemaking in higher education, Georgian College works with industry and community partners to offer relevant, cutting-edge curriculum, quality work placements and co-op experiences with top employers. Thanks to 130+ market-driven programs, Georgian’s students across its seven campuses graduate with the skills and the mindset to be innovative thinkers and changemakers who can transform their workplaces and communities.
Georgian College is seeking a new Vice President of Finance and Corporate Services, who, reporting to the President of the College, will provide strategic leadership on College operations and financial controllership of a $280-million operating budget, and serve as a key resource to the Board of Governors and the Audit and Finance Committee. As the Secretary-Treasurer to the Georgian College Board of Governors, you will be accountable for ensuring that College financial and legal transactions are in accordance with Board Policies, By-Laws and Motions, Government Legislation, Regulations, Binding Policy Directives, and the College’s Risk Management Framework.
Based in the Barrie Campus, you will provide leadership, strategic planning and senior management direction to the directors, managers, and staff responsible for Georgian’s administrative services: Finance Planning and Controllership/Accounting, Digital Innovation and Information Technology, Institutional Research, Facilities Management, Campus Safety Services, Insurance and Risk Management. As would be expected of a senior administrator, you will also participate in the overall management of the College as a member of the President’s senior leadership team.
One of your priorities as VP will be to create and sustain a high-performance team that develops strategies, systems, and processes in support of sound financial and corporate services for the College. This will include the integrated planning, development, implementation, and administration of sound financial strategies that prepare the College for future change, and the planning and delivery of corporate services to support the achievement of the objectives set out in Georgian’s Strategic Plan while mitigating risks and operating within existing restraints.
With a master’s degree in a related field such as Business, Accounting, Administration or Information Technology, and a professional designation, preferably CPA or equivalent, you bring an understanding of budgets and financial statements, and familiarity with innovation processes and methodologies (e.g. digital innovation).
This sizable, complex portfolio also calls for a track record of accomplishments spanning some 15 years, with experience in senior leadership roles encompassing strategy and planning, staff supervision at a senior level, and coordination of the work of several major departments. A strong leader and decision-maker, with an exceptional capability for resolving issues in an open, consultative manner, you are equally known as a change manager whose planning, governance and analytical skills are combined with excellent interpersonal and communication abilities.
As a result, you are prepared and well equipped to make decisions on legal and insurance matters, provide direction to lawyers representing the College and the College’s insurance representatives, sign legally binding agreements between the College and third parties, and serve as lead negotiator for the College on real estate transactions and a number of other matters. You will ensure not only that such agreements have been given appropriate review and consideration prior to execution, but also that they are in the best interest of the College and satisfactory to the Board of Governors.