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Director of Finance and Accounting

Posted: 06/27/2019

The Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI), a national leader in visual arts and design education, is seeking applications for the full-time position of Director of Finance & Accounting.  KCAI offers an exceptional benefits vacation and holiday package for full-time staff including 100% employer paid insurance and a 5% retirement match for eligible participants.
 
The Director directs and manages financial and accounting activities for the organization, including strategic financial operations, compliance and risk management. Directs and supervises payroll, finance and accounting for the Institute. Establishes financial controls, maintains bank relationships, supervises staff and prepares and interprets financial results for the EVP for Administration, President and the board of Trustees. Responsible for the fiscal activities of the Institute. Provides oversight for financial accounting systems, including accounts payable, general ledger, accounts receivable, cash management, financial statements and tax information. The successful employee will provide excellent leadership to management and staff at all levels and will be knowledgeable in a broad range of Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) policies and procedures in order to provide assistance to employees at all levels. 
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provides proven multi-disciplinary, results oriented leadership and direction for the Business Office staff and functions.
  • Ensures compliance with internal policies, policies and guidelines established by all governing entities and laws affecting the operation of KCAI. 
  • Develops plans and objectives for short- and long-range accounting programs in specific areas such as budgeting, revenue/expense analysis, accounting systems, reporting and external audits.
  • Handles financial accounting functions to ensure accurate recording and reporting of financial information.
  • Ensures timely payment of current liabilities to creditors, proper recording and control of cash receipts, recording of fixed assets, development of adequate procedures, instructions, controls, records and reports.
  • Develops financial statements, including balance sheets, revenue/expense statements and analysis of variances in accounts, ratios, revenue/expense, as well as investment analysis; e.g., the effects of fee changes on costs and profits, return on investment.
  • Ensures internal financial controls are established and related procedures are followed.
  • Coordinates the development and implementation of the annual capital and operating budgets as well as financial and credit policies.
  • Prepares statistical information and reports for management, government and other agencies.
  • Forecasts and analyzes special projects; e.g., proposed facilities, equipment purchases, etc.
  • Assists other management staff in the preparation of major financial reports.
  • Works with outside independent legal counsel, consultants, accountants and/or auditors to complete annual audits and recordkeeping as appropriate.
 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • Strong computer software skills required; Microsoft Office Suite, General Ledger, Purchasing systems, Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) and/or related databases.
  • Multi-disciplinary, forward thinking business leader with exceptional people-leadership skills who can work collaboratively as a member of the management team.
  • Strong negotiator with exceptional communication skills.
  • Skilled at business plan development, implementation and budget management. Ability to communicate complex concepts effectively with employees, leaders, and Board of Trustees verbally and in writing.
  • Self-directed leader who inspires engagement at all levels with a positive attitude and high energy.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills. Detail oriented and able to handle multiple priorities simultaneously. Capable of effective priority setting and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Integrity above reproach and ability to maintain confidentiality. 
  • Excellent customer service skills. Ability to resolve/mediate conflicts in a constructive manner.
  • Sound business judgment and decision-making skills. Ability to assimilate information and draw appropriate conclusions.
  • Works independently within a team environment and to effectively interact with all levels of Kansas City Art Institute management, Board of Trustees, KCAI staff, faculty, students, external agencies, vendors and the public-at-large.
  • Excellent communication skills to effectively obtain and present information concerning employment and employee relations issues. Verbal communication, writing organization, presentation style and public relations skills are imperative.
Knowledge of city, state and federal laws impacting the Institute
 
REQUIRED/PREFERRED EXPERIENCE
  • Minimum of ten years progressive accounting/finance and a deep disciplinary knowledge of all major Accounting functions/disciplines (Payroll, Accounts Payable/Receivable, General Ledger, etc.) required.
  • Leadership, collaboration, facilitation, relationship development and conflict resolution/mediation skills required.
  • Experience with a not-for-profit organization or higher education environment preferred.
  • Experience with Endowments and Temp Restricted fund accounting preferred.
  • Experience should demonstrate evidence of strategic planning, finance and budgeting, forecasting, broad business knowledge and acumen and a keen sensitivity to risk management.
 REQUIRED/PREFERRED EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance/Accounting required.
  • Masters in Finance/Accounting and/or CPA preferred. 
 About KCAI:  The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent and accredited college of art and design founded in 1885, and located in the cultural heart of metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri.  The college enrolls nearly 600 undergraduate students regionally, nationally, and internationally.  For more information, please visit www.kcai.edu.
 
Applications deadline and procedures
This position is considered “open” until an offer of employment has been accepted. Career inquiries and resume submissions received during the on-campus finalist stage of the search are not guaranteed consideration.
 
Apply to: jobs+dirfinact2019@kcai.edu

Attach to the email in PDF format only:
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Resume
Salary Expectation
List of 3 professional references we may contact
 
Kansas City Art Institute is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, gender identity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law.
 
KCAI provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in the job application process. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact the Human Resources Department about your interest in employment. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Kansas City Art Institute’s Human Resource Administrator at hr@kcai.edu .
 
KCAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities/Females/Disabled/Vets
 
 

Job Type: Full Time