Vice President of Finance and Administration and Treasurer

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Ohio Wesleyan University seeks an individual with exceptional financial, strategic and interpersonal skills to join the senior leadership team as Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer (VPFA). Reporting to President Rock Jones, the VPFA will be the institution’s senior finance and administrative leader and will partner with the president, provost and senior leaders to provide strategic fiscal and comprehensive operational leadership across the university to ensure that planning, operational, and budget activities support institutional goals. The VPFA will steward the long-term financial sustainability of the university’s mission to continue providing a premier liberal arts education for many years to come.

The VPFA is the chief fiscal and fiduciary officer, working in partnership with senior leadership and the Board of Trustees on business and financial management, strategic planning, investments, financial planning, financial systems, risk management, human resources, facilities management, construction and design, dining, and bookstore operations. The selected candidate will lead, manage, and build a dynamic, strategic, and integrated finance and administration team that encourages collaboration, fosters innovation, and provides leadership in the development and execution of strategies, approaches, and solutions to address both short and long-term complex, multi-factor, and intricate financial and operational issues of the institution.

The VPFA will have responsibility for:

  • Advising the president and Board of Trustees (as appropriate) on institution-wide strategic and financial policy, frameworks, parameters, risks, and direction; working with the president and other leaders on the development and implementation of strategy, goals, desired solutions, and outcomes;
  • Serving as the institution’s chief financial officer on financial matters and guiding the financial positioning of the institution and all of its components;
  • Working closely with the committee chairs of the Board of Trustees, serving as the primary liaison to the finance committees, and the audit, investment, and facilities subcommittees to set agendas, recommend improvements and implement changes;
  • Providing management and oversight of care for the physical campus;
  • Partnering closely with the Committee on University Governance (UGC), a faculty committee charged with working with the administration on fiscal planning and budgeting, providing counsel on the size of the faculty and the administration and serving as a liaison on matters of faculty welfare.
  • Leading, overseeing and mentoring a team of leaders responsible for finance and accounting, endowment, facilities, human resources, and auxiliary services including the bookstore and dining services;
  • Providing leadership, direction, and strategic advice regarding the execution of strategies for the capital needs of the institution, and in providing the financial strategies to support the full realization of the plan’s objectives; and seek efficiencies through innovation and technology that improve administrative processes and allow for the strategic reallocation of financial resources.

Additional Background Requirements

  • Minimum of 10 years’ progressively responsible financial leadership and management experience within higher education or a similarly complex non-profit or business enterprise.
  • Preference will be given to individuals having an MBA or equivalent advanced degree. A CPA is preferred, but not required.

The full position profile can be found here. Ohio Wesleyan has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this search. Please submit applications, expressions of interest, and nominations to Beth Schaefer and Malissa Brennan here.

Ohio Wesleyan University, a private liberal arts college located 20 miles north of Columbus, in Delaware, Ohio, promotes and celebrates an inclusive environment free from constraints in areas of culture, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, religion, family relationship, or economic barriers. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged as OWU is an equal opportunity institution and has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.