Vice President of Finance and Administration

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire, seeks an enthusiastic and accomplished leader for the position of Vice President of Finance and Administration (VPFA). This senior leadership position focuses on strategic oversight and management of the College's financial services, human resources, facilities, information technology, contracted food service, campus store, and the campus pub. While the new VPFA will fulfill the role of Treasurer and direct the college's finances, the new VPFA will serve as the institution's main leader for strategic thinking around all finance and administrative issues within the scope of the college's mission.

The Vice President of Finance and Administration will have the following experiences, capabilities, and attributes:

  • A proven leader and financial executive with at least ten years of progressive management experience related to fiscal and administrative affairs within a complex and vibrant organization and a proven record of sound administrative and responsible financial judgment within such organizations;
  • In-depth knowledge of best practices in accounting principles, budget development and management; investment management; financial risk management; technology, contract/procurement; financial aid, institutional practices and operational efficiencies, and promotion of diversity within a service orientation;
  • Experience with securing and managing institutional bond financing;
  • Experience with managing an institution's information technology services and infrastructure, which ensure services are met within budget constraints;
  • Substantial relevant experience in the application of computerized information management systems;
  • Extensive knowledge of best practices in both human resources and facilities;
  • Experience with auxiliary resources and an ability to recommend well developed business development ideas for summer programs or auxiliary revenue.
  • Proven ability in leading an institution to new and profitable business ventures by developing business plans within sound financial management;
  • A visionary executive with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment and a strong operations and systems focus;
  • Well-organized and self-directed individual who exhibits a high level of integrity, the skills to navigate the political and legislative process as it relates to higher education in the context of a shared governance model at a liberal arts college;
  • An intelligent and articulate individual who can relate to people at all levels of an organization; be a team player who possesses superior communication skills and the ability to operate with transparency so as to foster collaboration within the organization;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the need for continual financial assessment of operating a private liberal arts college in today's challenging higher education environment and the ability to accurately forecast the College's financial position, analyze, interpret, and effectively communicate statistical information to internal and external customers of the College, including members and committees of the Board of Trustees;
  • Demonstrated high level of leadership and the ability to build and lead a cohesive team; willingness to serve as a mentor;
  • Demonstrated commitment to deliberate institutional sustainability (fiscal, environmental, etc.);
  • Demonstrated value for, and ability to work and communicate effectively with, students, faculty and staff of varying racial, ethnic, religious, gender, cultural, disability, sexual orientation and socioeconomic backgrounds; and
  • Bachelor's degree required and MBA or related graduate degree preferred.

Nominations and applications, including letters of interest, may be submitted to:

Andy Evans, Principal and Mo Lashendock, Vice President
Neumann Executive Search Partners, Boston, MA

Colby-Sawyer College is committed to being an inclusive and diverse campus community, which celebrates multiple perspectives. Under institutional policy, as well as under state and federal law (including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Age Discrimination Act), Colby-Sawyer College does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices or its admission practices on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, mental or physical disability, family or marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information, or gender identity.