Vice President for Finance and Administration

Vice President for Finance and Administration – University of the Arts (UArts)


University of the Arts (UArts) seeks a collaborative, innovative, student centered, and business-minded leader to serve as its next Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPF&A). A strategic partner with the President, Board of Trustees, Chief Academic Officer, and members of the leadership team, the VPF&A has overall responsibility for the management, leadership, guidance, and direction of the financial and administrative services of the University.


Managing a broad portfolio of finance and operations functions, the VPF&A will build a culture of trust and transparency in the business office and embed a customer service approach in working with stakeholders across the university. The ideal candidate will possess 7-10 years of progressively responsible and relevant leadership in administration, finance, and operations in a higher education setting. A master’s degree in business administration, finance, accounting, or related field from an accredited institution is required. A true connection to UArts’ mission and demonstrated interest in and openness to the arts will be equally important.


UArts’ mission – to advance human creativity – is rooted in the belief that creativity is the most essential skill for success in an ever-changing world. With roots in arts education that stretch back more than 145 years in Philadelphia, UArts offers a comprehensive slate of programs spanning design, visual arts, film, music, dance, theater, museum studies, and writing. The new VPF&A will join UArts under new presidential leadership and enjoy close collaboration with the President, Board of Trustees, and other campus leaders. UArts offers a flexible, rich curriculum to approximately 1,400 degree seeking students. The University’s FY22 budget was $52.7 million. It operates on a tuition-driven budget model and uses a zero-based yearly budgeting process. In 2018 the University launched Uniquely UArts: The Campaign for Creative Capital, which exceeded its $50 million goal, raising more than $67 million. For more information, visit UArt’s website at


For further information about the position and its requirements, please review the position profile here:


Nominations and Applications

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications in July and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be received by July 7, 2023.

Candidates should provide:

  • Letter of interest stating how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and priorities expressed in the position profile.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Five professional references with emails, telephones numbers, and a description of the candidate’s professional relationship with each reference listed (references will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant)

Applications and nominations should be sent electronically to:

AGB Search is assisting University of the Arts with this important search. Please direct nominations and inquiries to the AGB Search Consultants:

Ms. Monica Burton, Principal, / (917) 825-2961

Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Plympton, Principal, / (484) 554-4542

Mr. Andrew Bowen, Executive Search Associate, / (802) 345-1279


University of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer. The University of the Arts prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in its programs and activities, including admission and employment, in accordance with TitleIX. To contact the Director for Title IX, Equity and Compliance, email To learn more about the University’s Title IX policy and response to sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, please visit