At Frederick Community College (FCC), our aim is transformation through education. The skills, training, competencies, and education we provide ensure that our graduates are able to equitably participate in our society, our economy and our democracy. The BIG goal is to help students live the lives they want to lead. The impact we make is profound and extends beyond the individuals we serve, reaching families, the larger community, the state, and the world. And it all starts with having the right people, in the right positions, with the right skills and abilities, doing the right things right.
The Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA), reporting directly to the President, is the College’s senior financial officer, oversees the daily administrative operations of the College and serves as a strategic thought partner to the President. The VPFA is a contributing member of the College’s senior leadership team and effectively works within a highly-collaborative, interdependent, matrix organization. The VPFA oversees an annual operating budget in excess of $60 million.
The VPFA embodies principles of ethical and accountable leadership, strategic decision making, and collaboration with campus constituents to ensure the institution is positioned to meet its financial and operational goals. For this critical position, FCC is seeking a strategic leader who has the vision to anticipate, and respond to, the challenges and opportunities in higher education in general, and community college education in particular. The new VPFA will understand the importance of integrating FCC goals throughout all reporting units and will have a track record of evincing positive outcomes. The new VPFA will be a values-aligned leader who is excited by the holistic, student-centered mission of the College and understands how to leverage institutional resources, practices, and policies in service of its strategic directions.
This position requires a systems thinker who can assess current policies and processes to ensure FCC is modeling best practices and find innovative uses of resources and technology to strengthen essential College administrative functions, and advance strategies for campus maintenance, improvement, and space utilization.
They must have the communication and leadership skills to successfully connect with a wide range of highly engaged stakeholders and cultivate relationships based on mutual trust and respect to help shape the College's future through strong fiscal stewardship as FCC enters the next exciting phase of its history. The VPFA will keep abreast of new developments and maintain a creative and receptive attitude toward change, while supporting continuous improvement of operations and services consistent with the College’s commitment to student success.
As the leader of a large team, the VPFA will be a strong and supportive manager, modeling a culture of accountability, openness, high-quality service, and transparency, while establishing processes and structures that best utilize and support the expertise of their strong leadership team. They will focus on developing a high-performance culture by using all the planning and performance management processes of
the College—strategy development, annual budgeting, resource allocation, and periodic performance reviews—as opportunities to set and reinforce behaviors consistent with the College’s stated strategy and performance expectations. The VPFA sets a tone of transparency and candor, forming trusting relationships in all directions: with the President, department/team leaders, other functional leaders, regulators, and the Board of Trustees.
The VPFA is responsible for providing direct leadership, management, and supervision of the following functional teams:
- Auxiliaries (Food Services, Bookstore, Children’s Center)
- FCC Foundation (Accounting)
- Information Technology
- Public Safety
- Plant Operations
- Capital Planning