Director of Finance

Saint Michael's College
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Location: Chittenden County,
About the Job

The Finance Department at Saint Michael’s College invites applications for the Director of Finance position. This leadership position is a strategic thought partner to the Vice President for Finance and Administration and assists in decision-making and operations of the College relating to intentional allocation of funds for strategic initiatives, overall financial health, financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, and compliance auditing. The Director oversees the day-to-day fiscal operations of the college and provides leadership to the accounting team in its daily, weekly, monthly, and annual processes. This position also serves as a liaison to the Treasurer of Saint Michael’s College Fire and Rescue, Inc., Merrill Cemetery, and Secretary to SMC Operations and Audit Committee. 


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborates with appropriate members of College community to develop financial analyses of special projects such as accreditation, financing plans, technology and building initiatives, and other special projects  
  • Translates the overall financial plan assumptions into detailed college-wide department and account-level annual operating budget 
  • Maintains strong knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles; applicable laws and regulations; policies, and procedures to ensure an appropriate level of compliance 
  • Leads a team that is accountable for general ledger closings, coordination of the annual audit, and provides oversight to tax preparation and reporting 
  • Key liaison with Human Resources on matters of compensation and benefit accounting including payroll functions 
  • Analyzes and presents financial reports to campus committees, Cabinet, Trustees, and others   
  • Assesses, tests, develops, and implements new or upgraded budget, finance and related reporting systems in conjunction with IT department 
  • Develops written systems and procedural documentation for business process, key budget, financial planning, and reporting functions 
  • Develops, documents, and monitors the related calendar, timelines, and processes for financial planning, budget preparation, and interim forecasts and reports, including month-end closing cycles 


For the full job description, click here. 


Our lived experience impacts how we self-assess our skills, experience, and qualifications. In particular, data and statistics have shown that candidates who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, women, people from working-class backgrounds, people with disabilities, and others with minoritized and marginalized identities may not apply to jobs when they do not believe they meet 100% of the requirements and expected responsibilities listed in the job descriptions. Some responsibilities and skills are teachable and can be learned on the job. If you can imagine yourself in this position, bringing value to our students and community and meeting most of what we are looking for, please apply.  


Benefits include health, dental, vision, employer-paid life and disability insurance, voluntary life, critical illness and accident insurance options, parental leave, flexible spending accounts (healthcare and dependent care), 401(k), generous paid time off, paid holidays, employee and dependent tuition benefits, employee and family assistance program, well-being programs and opportunities, discounted gym membership, paid volunteer time, use of the athletic facilities and the library, and countless opportunities to attend presentations, lectures, and other campus activities. 


Applicants must have the following: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or business-related field required; Master’s degree preferred 
  • CPA License required 
  • 7-10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in a higher education or similar institution 
  • Knowledge of accounting standards related to not for profits  
  • Experience with Oracle systems or similar major ERP systems 
  • Working knowledge of GAAP and FASB accounting standards, as well as IRS and tax requirements 


An offer of employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of credit and background checks. 


Application Instructions: 

Please be prepared to attach the following documents after clicking on Apply Now button:

  • Resume 
  • A cover letter that includes a statement articulating your skills and experiences to support the College in making financial strategic decisions inclusively and equitably  


For full consideration, please submit application materials by July 31, 2023. The position remains open until filled. 


For a complete job description, benefits information, and to apply online, please visit: 


Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

Saint Michael's College delivers a world-class education in a beautiful Vermont setting. Our close community allows students to form strong and enduring relationships with one another and with accomplished faculty and staff, providing an ideal learning environment where they have the space and support to challenge themselves and their peers. A fully residential college located minutes from Burlington, Saint Michael's offers an unparalleled mix of academic, spiritual, cultural, service, and wilderness experiences.

Saint Michael's is among the elite ranks of only 286 colleges and universities nationwide allowed to host a Phi Beta Kappa national honor society chapter on campus and is ranked 3rd in Best Colleges in Vermont by Niche, a popular college ranking website. In 2022, Saint Michael’s was once again named by The Princeton Review as one of the Best 388 Colleges, one of the Best Green Colleges, and one of the Best Northeastern Colleges. Situated next to Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, nearby Burlington, Vermont, consistently ranks as one of the best places in America to live. This includes America's 10 Great Places to Live (Kiplinger's), Top 10 Cities for Outdoor Recreation (Outside Magazine), Top 10 Small Cities for State of Well-Being (Gallup-Healthways), Top 10 Tech Hubs in the U.S. (Forbes), Top 5 Healthiest Places for Women in America (Self Magazine), Top 10 Greenest Cities in America, and Top Public Square in America (USA Today). It was also recently named a “climate haven” and ranked in the 10 Best Places in America to Live for Climate Resilience.

At the heart of our Edmundite Catholic mission is a belief that experiencing new perspectives, cultures, traditions, and ideas helps us become fuller, more compassionate people. As a Catholic higher education institution with a social justice mission, we are called to be even more intentionally inclusive, celebrating the complexity and individuality that each person brings to our community. Each of us at Saint Michael's carries an obligation to ensure all students, faculty, and staff encounter a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment.

Building a culture of inclusion is an ongoing and evolving journey. We are continually striving to ensure our processes, policies, and behaviors support and encourage diversity, meeting the needs of all individuals, especially those from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups. Saint Michael's College's vision of inclusion and diversity embraces not only racial and ethnic identities but also gender, age, religion, language, ability/disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, military service, geographic origin, and first-generation/multi-generation college experiences.

Saint Michael's College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity, in compliance with applicable provisions of state and federal law that prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, age, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, religion, sexual orientation, veteran or military service status, HIV-positive test result status, genetic information, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic, as such characteristics and prohibitions are defined by applicable law. The College will not rely inappropriately on such characteristics, or upon related stereotypes or biases, in making employment-related decisions. Also, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship or otherwise would not be required by applicable law, the College will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, as well as any employee who is limited in their ability to perform the functions of their job because of pregnancy, childbirth or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.

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