Director of Finance

Finance Visalia, California


Position at San Joaquin Valley College

San Joaquin Valley College

Job Description


Job Title: Director of Finance

Department: Accounting

Reports To: Vice President of Administration

Classification: Full-time, Exempt

Evaluation Form: FIN (Finance)


Summary: The Director of Finance regularly and directly assists the Vice President of Administration in analysis of data, budget development, and development of institutional strategies, objectives, measures, targets and initiatives.  This information drives business performance and assures compliance with external regulatory agencies and SJVC policies and procedures.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and maintains a rolling three-year budget based on information derived from IS student population forecasting system.
  • Prepares monthly variance analysis documentation
  • Analyzes ERP (CNex, Acumatica, Payroll, etc.) data and prepares reports
  • Prepares documents for annual audit
  • Reviews and audits accounting procedures; identifies deficiencies and implements improvement plans approved by the Controller or Chief Financial Officer
  • Conducts financial review of strategic, capital, and operational projects
  • Develops institutional strategies, objectives, measures, targets and initiatives
  • Conducts presentations to Executive Council groups including participating in Senior Leadership and Business Committee meetings.
  • Remains current on data analysis software; prepares proposals for upgrades/additions and presents recommendations
  • Resolves Campus President inquiries
  • Prepares and assists with campus improvement plans
  • Creates and maintains executive dashboards
  • Reviews accounting transactions for data accuracy
  • Compares projected and actual results to identify areas of improvement
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Supervisory Responsibilities:  Directly supervises two or more non-supervisory employees in the Student Accounts Department.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Competency: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Core Competencies:


Integrity: Acts in a way that demonstrates personal integrity; serves as a positive example of why others should trust the motives of the organization; views self as a reflection of the organization by following through on commitments and accepting ownership of mistakes; leaves others with the clear impression that integrity is a core organization value.

Professionalism: Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.

Adaptability: Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Organization Support: Follows policies and procedures; completes projects and tasks correctly and on time; supports organizations goals and values.

Communication: Communicates effectively and appropriately; uses good judgment as to what to communicate to whom as well as the best way to get that accomplished; speaks in clear and credible manner, selecting the right tone for the situation and audience; listens to others and allows them to make their point.


Job Competencies:

LeadershipInspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; accepts feedback from others; gives appropriate recognition to others; able to build morale and group commitment to goals and objectives. 

Business AcumenUnderstands business implications of decisions; displays orientation to profitability; aligns work with strategic goals. 

Judgment Displays ability to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process. 

Strategic ThinkingDevelops initiatives to achieve organizational goals; adapts strategy to changing conditions. 


Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience – Undergraduate degree in accounting along with two or more years of progressively responsible accounting experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Required degree(s) must be from institutions accredited by U.S. accrediting agencies. Degrees from non-U.S. institutions are recognized only if equivalence has been established and provided.

Language Skills – Ability to read and comprehend complex instructions, short correspondence and memos; ability to write simple correspondence; ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to students, business representatives and employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills – Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry; ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability – Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form; ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills – To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office; Word, Excel, Access and Outlook, as well as Accounting and proprietary software used to maintain student records.


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to fingers, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear.  The employee is frequently required to walk.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.


Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



The mission of San Joaquin Valley College is to provide learning opportunities to individuals in the communities it serves through postsecondary programs of study, which include general studies and professional preparation in career-focused majors. We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.