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Café Anna Manager

VCFA is a dynamic institution and Café Anna is the hub and heart of campus. The duties of this full-time position with benefits (health, dental, vision, disability, and retirement; 20 vacation days and 10 holidays) include oversight and all hands-on aspects of running VCFA’s café: ordering food & supplies, food prep, serving, tending a small bar, staffing, scheduling, and special events. Applicants must have food service and personnel management experience. Café Anna’s hours of operation vary, so the right candidate will be capable of working a flexible schedule.

Applicants should submit their resumes to Kate Gustafson, VP for Campus Planning, via email at

MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults Program Assistant

The MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults Program Assistant works with the Director and Assistant Director of the WCYA program to organize materials and arrangements for the program and semi-annual residencies.  Responsibilities for this part-time permanent position include creating and updating online content, copying, filing, data entry, tracking information and forms, and other ongoing semester projects.

The person will assist as needed with the daily functions of the program's 10-day summer and winter residencies. This person will need to follow a flexible schedule, particularly before and during residencies, requiring some extended workdays and weekend hours during December/January and June/July.

This position requires a highly organized candidate with strong communication, interpersonal, and writing skills.  The ideal candidate is proficient in Microsoft Office applications and Google-based platforms, can quickly learn new software systems, excels at multitasking, and appreciates data systems.

Applicants should submit their resumes to Kerry Westhelle via email at


Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Administration, the Controller is responsible for maintaining the accuracy and transparency of the college’s accounting records and timely reporting to senior management and other constituents.  

  • Directs and oversees the operations of the Bursar's Office, unrestricted and restricted accounting, finance systems management, payroll, accounts payable, investments, and accounts receivable. Other areas of responsibility will include audit preparation (financial statement audit and A-133 compliance audit), cash management, tax return preparation, bank reporting and budgeting and analysis as needed.  
  • Working closely with the CFO, formulates goals and objectives for the department in accordance with the overall mission and goals of the institution.  
  • Ensures transactional standards that are consistent throughout the College, and comply with State and Federal fiscal management laws and regulations, and generally accepted accounting standards. 
  • Directs and oversees the hiring, development, management, and evaluation of departmental staff.  Direct reports include a Financial Analyst, Human Resources & Accounts Payable Coordinator, Bursar, and HR & Payroll Assistant.

The Controller will be responsible for the following specific functions:

  • Supervise the accounts payable and monitor purchasing activity.
  • Supervise the accounts receivable functions (including student accounts).
  • Monitor internal control procedures for accounting functions.
  • Analyze cash flow, capital expenses, and vendor contracts.
  • Oversee the preparation of and review of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; meet with department heads to review budget vs actual performance and management of revenue and expenses.
  • Manage the accounting operation so that transactions are recorded properly, timely, and in accordance with GAAP and College policy. 
  • Manage financial compliance and tax reporting.
  • Compile data needed by Public Accounting firm to prepare College tax returns.
  • Set and monitor accounting and other control policies and procedures.
  • Manage the accounting and control of fixed assets.
  • Answer inquiries regarding financial operations, policies, procedures, and reports.
  • Supervise the management of cash so that it is properly collected, recorded, safeguarded, invested and disbursed in accordance with College policy and recognized accounting and administrative controls.
  • Coordination and management of the annual audit.
  • Oversee the accounting of endowments, restricted funds, and trust/annuity funds in accordance with GAAP, College policy, and the restrictions of donors.
  • Oversee the timely filing of reports to the state and federal taxing authorities, including payroll tax reporting, the annual 990 federal return, and 1099 tax reporting related to accounts payable and the trust/annuity disbursements.
  • Oversee the collection of student loan funds.
  • Assist CFO with financing, insurance, capital projects, and other areas as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree with concentration in Accounting or Business Administration with CPA certification (Master’s degree preferred)
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in higher education financial administration preferred
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in the leadership of an accounting operation and staff development
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Training and experience with federal funds accounting
  • Good analytical, problem-solving, decision-making, and teamwork skills
  • Excellent ability and great comfort with financial modeling 
  • Experience with Ellucian Colleague software preferred
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Access, etc.) required

Applicants should submit their resumes and cover letters to Erica Hare via email at


Betsy Barnett

HR and Accounts Payable Coordinator

Employee Benefits

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