A special meeting of the Board of Trustees of Suffolk County Community College will be held on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Alumni Room of the Brookhaven Gymnasium, on the Ammerman Campus, 533 College Road in Selden, New York. Click for more details.


DATE: April 25, 2019

TITLE: Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs/CFO

CAMPUS: Ammerman Campus in Selden



RANK: Exempt


Suffolk County Community College is the largest community college in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, enrolling more than 26,000 students at its three campuses located in Selden, Brentwood, and Riverhead.  College locations also include a Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center in Riverhead and the Sayville Downtown Center, which houses the School of Nursing. 


Established in 1959, the College provides educational opportunities for Suffolk County residents through an emphasis on a well-rounded, liberal arts education and competitive workforce development programs.  Today, the College awards the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.) and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree as well as a variety of certificate programs. It offers more than 100 degree and certificate options in business; communications and the arts; computing; health, community and human services; liberal arts and sciences; and technical, scientific and engineering studies. Offering the lowest college tuition on Long Island, a highly respected Honors program, extensive extracurricular activities, championship NJCAA athletic teams, and numerous unified transfer programs, it is a first-choice college for Long Island students.


Suffolk’s faculty, staff, and administrators are dedicated to fostering an environment that helps students attain their educational goals, while embracing the philosophy of life-long learning.  The College is dedicated to updating curriculum and investing in facilities that offer instructional experiences and equipment that will best serve the needs of its students.


We are looking for a dynamic Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs/Chief Financial Officer to join our leadership team. This position oversees an annual operating budget of $226 million and is responsible for budgeting and forecasting, financial operations, as well as supervising the Finance office which includes procurement, financial accounting/reporting, banking and treasury, and contract/vendor management.   The VP/CFO develops long-term cost-effective financing strategies to support College initiatives, analyzes data to make sound business decisions, recommends operational efficiencies, forecasts revenue projections, determines the fiscal impact of budget allocations, and represents the College's financial interests to various internal and external constituent groups.  This position is a direct report to the President of the College and will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet.


Key Responsibilities include:

  • Prepares and manages the College’s annual operating and capital budgets under the direction of the President and Executive Vice President.
  • Presents financial reports to the Board of Trustees to update and inform them of the financial position of the College.   
  • Oversees all capital accounting procedures, record keeping, and project management for compliance with laws and regulations of the State of New York as well as Suffolk County.
  • Consults with the leadership team and other departments to think strategically and recommend solutions to complex business, financial and daily operational challenges that advance Suffolk County Community College, the community college mission, and goal attainment.
  • Monitors expenditures to ensure that budget limits are maintained and ensures the establishment of appropriate internal control procedures that will adhere to operational and program guidelines. Provides written and oral reports to the College President, cost centers, and to the college community, as required.
  • Provides leadership and overall direction in the development and management of sound fiscal policies, record keeping, and internal processes as required by law and/or by generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Implements and manages a financial system that incorporates and adheres to recommendations issued by State Education Law and/or governmental agencies having reporting jurisdiction over this aspect of the College’s functions.
  • Supervises the central business operation which includes accounting, budgeting, purchasing, accounts payable, inventory control, and mailroom and warehouse operations.
  • Coordinates and provides guidance to the Campus Business Officers to assure compliance with College budgetary and financial policies/procedures.
  • Serves in consultation with the College President and Executive Vice President as liaisons with various Federal, State, County and accrediting entities relating to financial matters.
  • Maintains appropriate knowledge and ensures the implementation of regulations, audit standards, forecasting, and financial reporting requirements to ensure compliance.
  • Collaborates with cost center managers and directors in preparation of the annual operating budget and overall planning activities.
  • Monitors and assists in the administration of grants and contracts.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.




A Master's degree from an accredited university in business administration, accounting, finance, public administration or a related field; at least ten (10) years of progressively responsible administration and financial management experience, preferably in a higher education multi-campus and/or in a municipal Finance department. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated leadership and strong interpersonal communication skills, as well as demonstrated strategic planning and financial policy development experience in a complex institution. The ability to lead a high performing team and demonstrated experience working with a diverse employee population.  Excellent analytical skills with effective business acumen.



Experience working with Banner or similar enterprise systems for financial reporting; successful experience in developing financial policies, forecasting, operating and capital budget procedures; prior experience working in a unionized environment.  Collaborative skills for building coalitions with institutional and external constituencies a plus.


This is an exempt position; compensation will be based on the College's exempt salary and benefit plan. 

Suffolk County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, equal pay compensation-sex, national origin, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction or disability in its admissions, programs and activities, or employment. This applies to all employees, students, applicants or other members of the College community (including, but not limited to, vendors and visitors). Grievance procedures are available to interested persons by contacting either of the Civil Rights Compliance Officers/Coordinators listed below. Retaliation against a person who files a complaint, serves as a witness, or assists or participates in the investigation of a complaint in any manner is strictly prohibited.

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the College's non-discrimination polices:

Civil Rights Compliance Officers
Christina Vargas
Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator
Ammerman Campus, NFL Bldg., Suite 230
533 College Road, Selden, New York 11784-2899
(631) 451-4950


Dionne Walker-Belgrave
Affirmative Action Officer/Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Ammerman Campus, NFL Bldg., Suite 230
533 College Road, Selden, New York 11784-2899
(631) 451-4051

In an emergency, contact Public Safety to make a report 24 hours a day/7 days a week by calling (631) 451-4242 or dialing 311 from any College phone.

Inquiries or complaints concerning alleged civil rights violations in the College’s education admissions, programs and activities may also be directed to:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR) – Enforcement Office
U.S. Department of Education
32 Old Slip, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005-2500
Telephone: (646) 428-3800
Fax: (646) 428-3843
TDD: (877) 521-2172
Email: OCR.NewYork@ed.gov
Also see: https://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm

Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination in employment practices may also be directed to:

NYS Division of Human Rights
Long Island (Suffolk)
New York State Office Building
250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 2B-49
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Telephone: (631) 952-6434
TDD: (718) 741-8300
Email: InfoLongIsland@dhr.ny.gov
Also see: https://dhr.ny.gov/how-file-complaint

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
New York District Office
33 Whitehall Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Telephone: (800) 669-4000
Fax: (212) 336-3790
TTY: (800) 669-6820
ASL Video Phone: (844) 234-5122
Also see: https://www.eeoc.gov/field/newyork/charge.cfm

Suffolk County Community College is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal opportunity and non-discrimination in employment, education, access to services, programs, and activities, including career and technical education opportunities.

A copy of the postsecondary career and technical education courses offered by the College is available and may be obtained on our website at: www.sunysuffolk.edu/explore-academics/college-catalog or by calling the Office of Admissions at 631-451-4000 to request a mailing.

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