Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer

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Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer

Creative Thought Matters.

Skidmore College invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations for the role of Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer (VPFA). The VPFA will provide transparent and thoughtful leadership and vision while fostering a culture that empowers creative thought and a wide range of perspectives. 

Reporting to President Marc Conner, the Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer will serve as the College’s senior officer in all financial and business matters – providing leadership, operating expertise, strategic insight, and coordination of financial planning, budget development and management, and tracking of the College’s investments, and proactively inform the President of any financial developments or circumstances that might affect the operation of the College. The VPFA will also oversee a broad range of critically important administrative functions that provide vital services, support, structure, and safety to the College community.

The Skidmore motto, Creative Thought Matters, defines and pervades every aspect of the institution. The College’s curriculum reflects this motto by balancing a commitment to the liberal arts with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity along with preparation for professions, civic leadership, and lifelong learning. 

Located in Saratoga Springs, New York, the Skidmore campus sits adjacent to the Adirondack Mountains, just a half-hour drive from the tri-city area of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, and a three-hour drive from New York City, Boston, and Montreal. Rail service from the Saratoga Amtrak station offers additional travel options, including a direct line to New York City. Travel & Leisure calls Saratoga Springs one of “America’s best college towns,” and the historic Saratoga Race Course, Beekman Street Arts District, and Saratoga Spa State Park are just a few of many highlights this city of approximately 30,000 residents has to offer. Saratoga Springs hosts an abundance of cultural, educational, and entertainment offerings, particularly the famed Saratoga Performing Arts Center, which offers world-class performing arts year-round. 

Skidmore enjoys a strong financial standing, as supported by its recent Grade A rating from Forbes and an A-1 stable rating from Moody’s. The College currently manages an endowment of approximately $500 million, which allows for financial stability through turbulent economic times, and it operates with an annual budget of about $230 million, including financial aid. The College is proud of its history of annually balanced budgets, including last year amid all the uncertainty and challenges of the COVID pandemic. This reflects the strong fiscal discipline within Skidmore’s culture, which will continue to serve the College well into the future.

The Vice President for Finance and Administration must possess a deep understanding of the national conversation currently taking place about the value of a liberal arts education and must be an articulate advocate for those values to audiences on campus and beyond. In addition to being a strong advocate for liberal education, they will have impeccable integrity and the ability to think creatively, analytically, and strategically. This person must combine superb professional judgment with demonstrated success as a collaborative problem-solver. The VPFA will be an effective administrator with strong organizational skills, an open and inclusive leadership style that fosters teamwork, and the ability to manage a complex portfolio of responsibilities.

Additional information about Skidmore College and the VPFA role is available at: https://diversifiedsearchgroup.com/search/skidmore-vpfa/

NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS
The search process is currently underway and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest should be forwarded, in confidence, to: 

Steve Leo, Managing Director
Kenna Boyd, Managing Associate
Storbeck Search
SkidmoreVPFA@storbecksearch.com

For more information about Skidmore College and its programs, please visit: www.skidmore.edu

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