Vice President For Finance And Administration



Simpson College seeks a visionary, ethical, and strategic leader to serve as the Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA). Reporting to the President, the VPFA is the chief financial officer and is responsible for maintaining the financial integrity of the College in support of its vision and academic mission.

Founded in 1860, Simpson College is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with The United Methodist Church. Located just 12 miles south of Des Moines, Simpson's picturesque 85-acre campus in Indianola is home to more than 1,000 full-time undergraduate students with an additional 400 non-traditional students at a site in West Des Moines. Greater Des Moines serves as the government, commercial, cultural, and recreational hub for the state of Iowa. Des Moines has been nationally recognized as a top place to live and work by a wide range of publications including Forbes and U.S. News & World Report.

The VPFA is a key member of the executive leadership team for Simpson College and has responsibility for: financial planning and budgeting; accounting and business operations; financial reports and audits; treasury functions; human resources; facilities management, including planning and construction; procurement and contracting; auxiliary operations and services; parking and transportation; risk management; State and Federal reporting; and articulating and implementing a strategic plan for Finance and Administrative Services which aligns with the College's strategic plan. The ideal candidate will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree in an appropriate field, have seven years of progressively responsible financial experience in a complex organization, show evidence of high-quality judgement in management, and demonstrate leadership success in a wide range of business affairs activities. Preferred qualifications include a graduate degree in business or finance and experience in an institution of higher education. Additional information about the position and qualifications are detailed in the search profile, which can be found here.

How to apply: Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in complete confidence. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue through November 30th. Applications materials (to be submitted as PDF documents including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five references – who will not be contacted without permission) must be submitted to:

The College is being assisted in the search by Academic Search. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting George Ross at

Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents of students, employees, sources of referral for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with Simpson College are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, veteran or veteran disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected characteristic in admission, access to, treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.

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