Now Hiring: Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

The University of North Carolina Press is one of the most forward-thinking publishers in NC and we are seeking an experienced Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to develop, implement and manage the accounting and fiscal functions, operations, policies, programs and processes for UNC Press and Longleaf Services (LL) in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). This role will be directly involved in providing strategic financial input and leadership on decision making issues affecting the business. Through keen oversight of the accounting process, the CFO will improve the overall operation, effectiveness, and financial condition of the Press, to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results.   

This position report to the Press Director. 

Key Responsibilities include: 

Ensure the companies maintain viable cash balances, high level oversight of Accounts Payable (AP) and Accounts Receivable (AR) processes to ensure timely billing and sufficient cash flow for two businesses.

Develop a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism which includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating expenses as well as payments to all outside vendors and client presses.

Works with the Press Director and CEO of LL to prepare and maintain annual operating budgets. 

Create and implement a working capital plan and direct investment of excess working capital.

Oversee and direct the annual audit process for UNC Press and LL. 

Oversee all regulatory and tax compliance filings and reports. Resolve any discrepancies.

Prepares monthly financial reports for UNC Press, Longleaf, and LL clients.   

Writes and presents financial reports for the Press BOG, Finance Committee, and the Advancement Council. Manage foundation/government grant budgets and meet reporting requirements. 

Works with marketing, EDP Director and the acquisitions department to ensure proper margin requirements for UNCP title publishing plans and printings. 

Directs the preparation and maintenance of reports necessary to carry out functions of the business. Prepares periodic reports to top management, as necessary or requested.

Ensure active, continued engagement in the organization’s efforts as it pertains to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

Educational Requirements:

Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance Management, or;

Four-year college degree with ten to fifteen years’ experience as a Controller. 

Job Requirements:

Ability to manage staff and discreetly handle sensitive and confidential information. 

Well-developed management, leadership and creative problem solving skills.  

Excellent oral and written communication skills and strategies to gain support and commitment from others.

Strong attention to detail and accuracy skills. 

Knowledge of legal requirements affecting finance administration.

Personal Characteristics:

  • High energy level, comfortable performing multifaceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities. Motivated to ‘exceed expectations’. 
  • Adaptable to change. Adjusts to change and uncertainty, able to shift gears and can act in ambiguous or uncertain situations. Able to improvise and prioritize in a changing environment while maintaining composure.  
  • Superior interpersonal abilities. Ability to get along with diverse personalities, tactful, mature, flexible and patient.
  • Accessible and highly responsive to both their staff and other members of the Press/LL who need guidance in financial matters.
  • Good reasoning abilities. Sound judgement.
  • Technically proficient in field of expertise with an extremely strong sense of urgency.
  • Resourceful and well organized. 
  • Collaborative management style; participates willingly and enthusiastically advocates a ‘team concept’. Fosters cross-departmental collaboration and builds and facilitates working relationships to achieve solid business results. 
  • Ability to establish credibility and be decisive. Is able to recognize and support the organization’s preferences and priorities. 
  • Results and people oriented, but steadfast. Ability to balance other business considerations. Service oriented, but assertive and persuasive.

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UNC Press values diversity, equity, and inclusion in word and deed. The work we publish reflects a commitment to engaging diverse voices and experiences and bringing them to the widest possible audience. Similarly, we value a workplace that welcomes different perspectives to enhance the quality of our decision making as we carry out our work. We are strategically engaged in creating and enhancing policies and practices that will attract, retain, and develop a staff that is diverse along many dimensions.

Fresh off the two most successful years in its esteemed history, the Press seeks a highly motivated and collaborative financial leader to serve as Chief Financial Officer of the publishing operation AND its Longleaf Services (LongleafServices.org) division – a flourishing and dynamic publishing services provider that serves an array of domestic and international publishers and their customers around the world.  

UNC Press has exclusively engaged Jack Farrell & Associates (www.jackfarrell.com) to find the right candidate for this position. Interested parties should contact Henry Greene (henry@jackfarrell.com) and send their resume, cover letter and salary requirements. The winning candidate will join an amazing team and immediately make a difference in this highly interesting and rewarding opportunity. Relocation assistance is available.

About the University of North Carolina Press

UNC Press is a nonprofit publisher of both scholarly and general interest books and journals, affiliated with the University of North Carolina System. From its early days, the Press adopted the principle that its books should not merely observe but seek to understand, explain, and thereby improve our world. In keeping with that principle, UNC Press became the first scholarly publisher to develop an ongoing program of books by and about African Americans, beginning in the late 1920s, and was at the vanguard of the interdisciplinary field of gender and women’s studies in the 1970s. In addition to works on global history, religion, politics, and culture, the Press pioneered one of the earliest and strongest regional publishing programs in the country, publishing books on the people, culture, and environment of the South, cultivating a vital legacy for the future. The Press is also a leading publisher of works of Indigenous studies and histories of the carceral state, among other subjects that engage with pressing issues of social concern. The Press’s offices are located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where the quality of life is high, in the thriving Research Triangle region of North Carolina. To learn more about the Press, visit www.uncpress.org/about

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