DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS

Position Title: 

Director of Finance and Operations

THE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS ROLE:

The Texas International Education Consortium is a non-profit that represents 31 public universities across the state of Texas. We facilitate international programs with and for our consortium members, and we run the oldest Intensive English Program in the state of Texas (TIEP). We are a non-profit that operates on fee-for-service consulting, teaching and grant-making activities. We are seeking an experienced and team-oriented individual with a background in and deep knowledge about non-profit finance, budgeting and operations to serve as the next Director of Finance and Operations (DFO).

The DFO is a senior leader at TIEC, and shares overall responsibility for the organization’s successful advancement. As a small non-profit, the DFO assumes a broad array of responsibilities, and will work closely with the president, vice president and department directors to establish budget and finance priorities, processes and procedures, and oversee all operational functions, to include building, facilities, HR, IT, and more. The DFO will lead the organization in budget and operational planning, execution, auditing and accounting, and will ensure that the finance unit is efficiently supporting the programmatic departments. In this position, the DFO will oversee a full-time accounting supervisor and a full time clerk, as well as the numerous vendors who conduct maintenance and other support services.

TIEC relies upon programmatic revenue derived from contracts, government grants and student tuition. The DFO must ensure that the finance unit is well-trained and skilled in handling these diverse revenue streams and the reporting and accounting requirements they entail. In addition, TIEC owns and occupies a large building in West Campus, near the University of Texas. The DFO oversees the vendors and contractors who service our facilities needs. The DFO is TIEC’s liaison to the budget and finance sub-committee of the TIEC board of directors, and assumes a number of externally-facing functions with TIEC’s PEO, auditors, bank representatives, contractors and vendors. Additionally, TIEC relies heavily upon the DFO to run the process of selection of TIEC’s PEO and benefits provider.

The DFO’s success will be measured on his/her vision and leadership in managing the finance unit personnel, and ensuring: the finance unit operates efficiently, transparently and effectively; the budget process is inclusive and timely; the finance unit supports TIEC program and project proposal-generation; TIEC’s relationships with vendors, partners and contractors are healthy and smooth; TIEC procedures are updated and fulfill all relevant legal requirements; the finance unit fully supports TIEC and TIEP programs; all building and facilities functions are well-maintained and necessary documentation is preserved; the finance unit is amply supporting the TIEC president and vice president.

IDEAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

The DFO will be selected to manage, lead and ensure TIEC’s financial and operational success. The DFO must understand TIEC’s revenue-generating business model and the imperative to assist the executive team in generating revenue year on year. The successful candidate will show evidence of significant non-profit or start-up experience from prior positions, preferably in the fields of international learning, online instruction and/or English language programs. This is a fundamental requirement of the role.

Our current DFO is retiring after a lengthy career with the organization. While understanding the deep impact this change will have on the organization, TIEC is prepared to adapt to new styles and methods for the right person. Thus, we encourage all team-oriented, organized, collaborative and experienced individuals drawn to TIEC’s mission to apply.

Additionally, the successful candidate will evidence:

• A positive professional reputation in finance, operations, accounting and budgeting.

• A thorough understanding of the trends in Human Resources management, accounting, operations and workplace management, especially for non-profits and/or startups.

• A penchant for getting to yes, finding solutions to challenges,  and thinking with mental flexibility.

• A leadership style based on learning, collaboration, transparency, and equality.

• Interest in the success and growth of TIEC.

• Demonstrated experience overseeing building, facilities, HR, budget, finance and management functions.

• 10+ years of experience, with 5+ years of experience in a management and/or senior finance and operations role.

COMPENSATION:

TIEC offers an attractive salary-and-benefits package, commensurate with experience.

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION:

Please send your cover letter and resume to TIECSearch@TIEC.org. Written recommendations are not required at the initial stage, but welcome. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the positions is filled. Please note that TIEC will only respond to those invited for an interview.

THE COMPANY

Founded in 1985, the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) is a uniquely situated organization that brings together 31 public universities in Texas with the shared goal and mission to create strong international educational opportunities for Texas university students and faculty in addition to markedly advancing the globalization of Texas higher education.  Over its history, TIEC has provided a diverse array of consulting services to the global educational community.  TIEC’s ability to call upon the knowledge and experience of more than 25,000 faculty and administrators from its consortium universities provides TIEC access to a breadth and depth of expertise and potential that few can match.  TIEC also facilitates and implements international partnerships with foreign governments on exchange programs of students, teachers, and academic faculty, and is well known for its broad programmatic experience.

Located in Austin, Texas, TIEC occupies a multi-purpose headquarters facility that include both its consulting and consortium services programs as well as its study and training programs.  TIEC headquarters is home to offices and classrooms of the Texas Intensive English Program (TIEP), a wholly owned subsidiary of TIEC that provides English as a second language instruction to international students from around the globe.  TIEP also facilitates teacher exchange and development programs.

TIEC operates on a revenue-generation model that includes its intensive English program and its consulting services that address the varied strategic, management, and operational needs of government agencies or educational organizations of all sizes and complexity.  TIEC has successfully completed international development projects around the world, including across Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and East Asia Pacific.

TIEC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the presidents of its 31 affiliated universities.  These universities include members of the Association of American Universities, the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Further information may be obtained on the organization’s websites: www.tiec.org and www.tiep.edu.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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