OLOL College

Director of Finance

Job Description

Position Title: Director of Finance
Department: Finance and Administration
Position Status: Full Time, 12 months
Reports to:  University VP of Academic Affairs
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Last Revision Date:  December 9, 2014

General Summary: 

The Director of Finance support many aspects of our financial operations at the University including staff supervision, policies and procedure development, and financial reporting. The Director ensures projects deliverables and expectations are met on a daily basis. The Director will report directly to the Vice President of Operations and Finance and will embrace and advance the Catholic, Franciscan mission of the University by ensuring that all fiscal activities are consistent with the mission and implemented so as to achieve its goals.

Financial Operations – Apply accounting theory to difficult or unusual accounting transactions or issues. Ensure correct staff interpretation of GAAP and its application to accounting transactions or issues. Develop and implement policies and procedures consistent with GAAP, FASB and FARM. Formally document and communicate basis for the application of accounting principles in policies and procedures, citing appropriate regulatory standard. Responsible for research and interpretation of GAAP, FASB and FARM, and applies theory through implementation of new practices, if required as result of organizational developments or new pronouncements. Keep abreast of new accounting developments through active participation in professional organizations and continuing education. Conveys knowledge to staff through formal and informal training.

Budgets and Financial Analytics - Develop presentations to various levels of administration and external audiences. Accurately interpret senior administration's objectives, and develop data to support and effectively convey the message through the presentation. Instruct and direct staff in utilization of analytical techniques to perform complex analyses. Review results and communicate as appropriate with administration. Oversee comparative analysis of financial and statistical information to identify accounting solutions to complex or unusual issues. Review analysis of actual/budget variances. Identify and resolve accounting/budget issues with financial forecasting and/or department/operating unit administration. Assist in the planning and development of current year, budget year, and long range (5yr) financial projections based on historical trends, known operating variables, and reasonable assumptions about the future. Manage portions of budget process as required. Maintain current knowledge of industry-specific and environmental business and economic factors which impact the institution. Sufficiently understands operating activities and communicate effectively with non-financial personnel in order to quickly grasp analytical needs of departmental/operating unit/administration. Efficiently provides needed analysis.

Leadership - Provide training/continuing education to staff to increase their industry- and job-specific knowledge and professional competency. Exhibit high level of energy and enthusiasm and lead effectively, through personal example, to enhance colleague morale and productivity.

Grants Administration - Work with faculty, staff and administration to provide financial information required for grant proposals. Duties include reconciling grant expenditures and revenues until completion. Responsible for the management and reporting of grant information to administration.


  • 3 years in Accounting/Finance or related field
  • Experience preferably in a private, not for profit, religiously affiliated higher education organization or institution
  • Strong technical accounting skills, strong written/oral communication skills, strong time-management/organizational skills
  • Ability to handle confidential information with sound judgment and discretion
  • Strong employee relations; ability to earn trust and credibility, respond effectively to a variety of people at all levels, and work collaboratively within a team-based environment
  • Demonstrates commitment to getting tasks accomplished and follow through on assignments
  • Self-motivated and ability to independently seek out answers and/or resources; and strong computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and computerized financial systems 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Finance/Business or related field

Working Environment:

  • Monday-Friday
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, and travel, when necessary
  • Occasional special events requiring some evenings and/or weekends

The person in this position must function in accordance with the philosophy and mission of the University, and must display an appreciation for Catholic higher education and must demonstrate a commitment to diversity.

Applications:  Candidate review will begin immediately.  Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to:

Our Lady of the Lake College – Franciscan University
Attn:  Brother Ed Violett
RE:   Director of Finance
5414 Brittany Drive
Baton Rouge, LA  70808

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