Vice President for Administration and Finance

Posted on August 30, 2023



Vice President for Administration and Finance 

Location: On-Campus | Hudson, New York


The Opportunity


Columbia-Greene Community College seeks an experienced and visionary Vice President for Administration and Finance. Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Administration and Finance is responsible for all administrative aspects of the College’s financial affairs and oversees the Business Office (accounting, payroll, purchasing); Buildings and Grounds; Bursar; Columbia-Greene Community College Association (athletics, bookstore, day care, food service, student activities); Human Resources; and Security and Safety.  


The ideal candidate must be a proven high achiever, innovative thinker, and motivational leader committed to finding creative approaches for funding and addressing campus needs to support the mission of the College, advance the strategic plan, and ensure student success. The Vice President for Administration and Finance also will possess experience and interest in working collaboratively as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and will be responsive to emerging issues, trends, and community needs.  


Located in New York’s Hudson River Valley, Columbia-Greene sits in one of the Northeast’s most scenic and historic areas 30 miles south of Albany and 110 miles north of New York City. Classified as a “rural” institution, the College serves two Counties – Columbia and Greene – covering a geographic area the size of Rhode Island. The nearby towns of Catskill and Hudson flourish with the arts, great restaurants, eclectic shops, and recreational resources. 


Columbia-Greene enrolls approximately 1,500 full- and part-time students and boasts about its learning and working environment often referred to as “a family”. Moreover, WalletHub recently ranked Columbia-Greene as the top community college in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Nearly one-third of the College’s budget comes from the two County sponsors, but a long-term decline in state support, combined with changing demographics, necessitate careful fiscal management.         


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Serves as the Chief Financial Officer and assists the President in planning, preparing, and implementing the operating budget and developing business policies to be recommended to the Board of Trustees. 
  • Directs, supervises, and evaluates the work of direct reports and provides leadership development for these individuals. 
    • Supervises the Director of Buildings and Grounds to coordinate the day-to-day maintenance and support of buildings, grounds, and facilities systems; establish annual priorities for deferred maintenance issues; and ensure required equipment and other inspections occur on time.
    • Provides oversight to the Bursar’s Office with respect to internal controls for cash receipts, accounts receivable, collection of open accounts, and student deferments.
    • Supervises the Director of Human Resources to ensure efficient personnel operations, compliance with Title IX and Union contracts, address employee conflicts, and collaborate with the Executive Leadership Team to administer corrective action and/or employee discipline.
    • Supervises the Purchasing Officer / Director of Auxiliary Services with respect to College purchase orders, claim vouchers, College bid offerings, current inventory of College equipment and property, financial aspects to capital projects, and other College-wide services including insurance and the telephone system.
    • Provides oversight to the Director of Security and Safety to guarantee a safe and secure learning and working environment for all employees, students, and visitors.
  • Supervises the development of the annual operating and capital budgets including capital construction funds as approved through Columbia and Greene Counties and the State of New York.
  • Oversees the preparation of financial and statistical reports required by external agencies including the State University of New York (SUNY).
  • Leads the development of annual changes to the schedule of tuition and fees.
  • Serves as the contract administrator for the Classified Staff Union. 
  • Offers creative and visionary ideas for long-range planning.
  • Formulates policies for developing all forms and procedures for satisfactory financial accounting.
  • Oversees annual budget development by hosting departmental budget hearings to inform strategic budget-related decision making.
  • Formulates policies for the proper care and custody of buildings and equipment and for equipment inventories and control.
  • Represents the College at Columbia and Greene County finance committee meetings and at appropriate meetings of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors and Greene County Legislators. 
  • Serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and the President’s Council and advises the President in formulating overall plans, policies, and procedures to execute the goals of the strategic plan.
  • Serves as the Treasurer to the Board of Trustees, coordinates the Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee, and prepares monthly and quarterly financial reports.
  • Invests funds for the College.
  • Represents the College during internal and external audits.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees and/or President.  

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in business administration, accounting, finance, or related field.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in mid-to-high level administration with a record of leading sound fiscal operations and practices; executing strategic goals; and improving organizational efficiencies and effectiveness.
  • Experience overseeing and/or completing organizational audits and other financial reports related to monitoring and measuring the financial environment.
  • Experience overseeing capital projects, facilities management, and security and safety.
  • Proven track record of success in planning, problem solving, and the ability to think proactively, creatively, and strategically.
  • Strong and demonstrative analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and unquestioned integrity. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Experience in higher education administration; community college familiarity a bonus
  • Experience with shared governance
  • Experience with collective bargaining 
  • Experience with physical plant planning and capital construction
  • Ability to manage multiple projects

Salary and Benefits Information

Salary range $125,000 - $135,000. The College offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, short- and long-term disability, generous vacation, and sick leave, paid holidays, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plans, tax-deferred compensation, as well as employee and dependent tuition waivers.

Application Instructions

Submit a cover letter, CV, and names of at least three references on or before September 30, 2023, to Melissa Fandozzi, Director of Human Resources via 

Columbia-Greene Community College does not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student or applicant for admission based on an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identification, gender expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction or any other category protected by law. The College adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in public institutions of higher education.


The College makes every reasonable effort to ensure equal access to employment opportunities for individuals with documented disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations for completing the application process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 518-697-6337.