Associate Vice President for Finance

At Luther, we equip students to learn actively, live purposefully, and lead courageously for a lifetime of impact.


Luther College invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations of candidates in its search for the newly created position of Associate Vice President for Finance (AVPF). Luther seeks a forward-thinking, collaborative, and entrepreneurial leader with a deep appreciation for the College’s mission and values. Joining President Jenifer K. Ward, a highly dedicated and student-focused faculty and staff, a vibrant and supportive campus community, and an engaged Board of Regents, the AVPF will have strong and energized partners to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Luther enrolls 1,800 students and is ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts institutions. The College is a Phi Beta Kappa campus nationally recognized for its engaging Paideia program, the number of students awarded prestigious Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships, and the percentage of students who study abroad. Luther’s identity as a college in the Lutheran tradition (ELCA) and its membership in the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities (NECU) mark it as a community that is both rooted and open. Neither sectarian nor secular, Luther College shapes lives of meaning and purpose in service to the neighbor.

Luther College’s central campus is situated on nearly 200 acres of limestone bluff country, and in the heart of Decorah, Iowa. Decorah is recognized regularly and on national platforms for its outstanding quality of life. With a population of 8,000, the town offers plentiful recreation; a charming downtown with numerous restaurants, coffeehouses, craft breweries, an independent bookstore, and a nationally recognized museum of Norwegian-American culture; natural beauty; and a close-knit community—all while providing the conveniences of a city many times its size. The town is an extension of campus.

The Associate Vice President for Finance manages the Office for Financial Services, providing strategic leadership in accounting, finance, and risk management. The AVPF oversees the College's risk management program and coordinates the financial programs, policies, and transactions that support unqualified audit reports, tax filings, and regulatory compliance. The AVPF reports directly to the Vice President for Finance and Administration, Andrew Bailey ’08, supervises a group of three direct reports, and an overall team of ten employees.

The successful candidate will have a track record of success in financial administration and demonstrated experience in progressively responsible positions. Knowledge of financial management practices, ideally in higher education or a non-profit organization is strongly preferred as is the requisite experience to lead and develop teams. A Bachelor’s degree is required. A CPA and/or Master’s degree is preferred. The full position description is available at:

A very competitive benefits package, inclusive of tuition remission and exchange options, will be available to the candidate of choice. For best consideration, please submit all confidential nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest as soon as possible to:

Julie E. Tea, Managing Director
Lindsay Allison, Senior Associate
Katherine Phillips, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search

Luther College seeks to build a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students. Luther College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.