Senior Vice President & CFO

Brattleboro, Vermont
$110,000 - $150,000
May 06, 2024
Jun 05, 2024
Full Time
Education Level
4 Year Degree

About Us:

Brattleboro Savings and Loan is a Vermont-chartered mutual savings in Brattleboro, VT with approximately $300 million in assets. As a community -focused certified B Corp, we are committed to providing personalized financial solutions while ensuring the safety and growth of the assets and deposits we manage. Our team is dedicated to fostering a culture of respect, integrity, and teamwork. We prioritize the development and well-being of our employees, understanding that our success is built on a foundation of strong community and staff relationships.

Position Summary:

The Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is a critical role at BS&L, reporting directly to the President and CEO. This executive leadership position is responsible for managing the bank's financial actions, including planning, risk management, record-keeping, and financial reporting. The ideal candidate will provide strategic financial guidance to ensure the bank's financial commitments are met, while also implementing policies and procedures that will contribute to its financial health and compliance with the banking regulations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leadership Roles
    • Fulfill the role of Treasurer for the bank, directing financial oversight and operations.
    • Regularly report on the bank’s financial condition at Board meetings, providing critical insights into fiscal performance and forecasts.
    • Participate in the Board’s Audit, Loan, and Nominating and Compensation committees when invited, offering expertise and guidance on financial matters.
    • Chair the Bank’s Asset & Liability Committee (ALCO), orchestrating financial strategy and risk management.
    • Head the Bank’s Allowance for Credit Loss Committee, driving accuracy and regulatory compliance in loan loss provisioning.
  • Financial Planning
    • Oversees the bank's financial forecasting, ensuring the regular refinement of projections and predictive models each quarter.
    • Directs the annual budgeting cycle, culminating in the presentation and approval of the final budget by the Board.
    • Works in concert with the bank’s external auditors and tax consultants to employ strategic tax planning methods, aiming to optimize the bank’s tax position while leveraging low-income housing tax credit partnerships and acquiring Vermont tax credits.
    • Spearheads the analysis and implementation of new business opportunities, including the establishment of branch offices, divisions, asset acquisitions, and the introduction of new financial services.
  • Treasury and Capital Management
    • Steers the management of the bank’s investment portfolio, aiming for an optimal mix of returns, risk mitigation, and liquidity, reflective of the bank’s financial strategy.
    • Monitors the bank’s performance to assure compliance with prescribed regulatory and board-mandated capital ratios and thresholds.
    • Develops and manages the bank’s comprehensive capital plan, detailing capital adequacy strategies and capital deployment.
    • Designs and supervises the capital expenditure budget to ensure it supports the bank's long-term growth and strategic objectives.
  • Asset & Liability Management
    • Chairs the bank's Asset & Liability Committee (ALCO), steering key financial decisions to balance earnings and liquidity while managing interest rate exposure. The committee convenes monthly to assess economic trends, loan demand, cash flow forecasts, and to adjust deposit and lending rates when needed.
    • Oversees the upkeep and relevance of the bank's ALCO policy, guaranteeing that it remains aligned with the Board's guidelines and meets regulatory standards. This includes the periodic review and updating of the Contingency Funding Plan to ensure it is current and effective.
  • Regulatory Compliance and Reporting:
    • Upholds adherence to all pertinent financial regulatory mandates as stipulated by the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, the Federal Reserve, and the FDIC.
    • Diligently prepares, certifies, and ensures the punctual submission of the FFIEC 051 Call Report on a quarterly basis.
    • Collaborates with team members to facilitate and expedite a smooth and effective annual financial audit with external auditors.
    • Coordinates with tax advisors to ensure the accurate and timely filing of the bank's federal tax returns.
  • Risk Management
    • Collaborates with the bank’s Chief Operating Officer/Chief Risk Officer to formulate and execute annual internal audit schedules, guaranteeing the financial functions' audits are concluded on time and any findings are addressed promptly.
    • Ensures the procurement and maintenance of sufficient insurance coverage to protect against fraud, property damage, and liability losses.
    • Advances and applies robust financial and accounting systems, methodologies, and instruments to reinforce and streamline internal controls.
  • Strategic Financial Planning:
    • Collaborate with the CEO and executive team in setting and driving the organizational vision, operational strategy, and staffing needs specific to financial operations.
    • Translate the organization’s strategy into actionable financial goals, facilitating organization-wide financial goal setting, performance management, and annual budgeting processes.
  • Financial Leadership and Development:
    • Promote a Culture of Financial Excellence:
      • Champion a culture of high performance and continuous improvement within the finance department and across the institution, emphasizing learning, quality, and adherence to key performance indicators—keeping staff Interested, Informed, Involved, and Inspired. Lead by example to motivate team members to excel in their roles and passionately contribute to the bank’s success.
    • Mentorship and Professional Growth in Finance:
      • Mentor and develop the finance team using a supportive and collaborative approach, ensuring all team members are engaged with the bank’s financial goals and understand their role in achieving these objectives. Encourage active participation in initiatives and decision-making processes, fostering a strong sense of purpose and enthusiasm for their financial roles. Set clear and achievable objectives, establish priorities, and monitor and evaluate financial results to ensure alignment with the bank’s overall objectives.
    • Fostering Communication and Collaboration:
      • Encourage open communication and collaboration across all levels of the organization, with a focus on financial transparency. Implement strategies that keep the finance staff well-informed about significant developments, involve them in addressing financial challenges, and inspire innovative financial solutions. Recognize and celebrate financial achievements that contribute to both the banks and the individual’s success, reinforcing the value of each team member’s contribution to financial management.

Education, Skills, and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or related field; CPA or MBA a plus.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in accounting and finance roles in a depository institution with at least 3 years in a leadership position.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of accounting principles, financial markets, banking regulations and strategic financial planning and budgeting.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities, with excellent written and verbal communication and analytical skills, including excel and data query tools.
  • Supervisory experience
  • Familiarity with Jack Henry’s Silverlake core a plus.

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