Vice President of Finance and Treasurer

Vice President of Finance and Treasurer
Simmons University


The Opportunity
Simmons University in Boston encourages nominations and applications for the position of Vice President of Finance and Treasurer (VP). The University seeks an experienced financial leader, with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion who is strategic, creative, bold, resilient, and collaborative to contribute to overall institutional strategy and operations.

Among the specific responsibilities are Financial Planning, Budgeting and Analysis; Financial Reporting; Treasury Management; and Audit Management. Overseeing these areas and reporting to the Vice President of Finance are three key managers: Assistant Vice President, Budget & Revenue; Director, Purchasing & Procurement; and Controller.

In the last several years, the Simmons story is one of growth, innovation, and a solid foundation
— fueled by on-the-ground and online enrollment, renewed investments in its campus and technology, and a diversity of revenue streams unmatched in similar-sized institutions.

President Helen Drinan, who has served as the University President since 2008, has led the development of Redesigning Simmons: The Strategy for 2022, a five-year plan set in the context of a 100-year vision for the future. President Drinan seeks a strong VP to join a forward-thinking and energetic senior team to provide the financial focus for the goals inherent in the Strategy.

Position Details
As a member of the senior leadership team, led by President Drinan, the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer will participate in attaining the goals set out in the strategic plan. In this era of challenges to higher education, the VP will be expected to provide creative, effective leadership that results in financial stability driven by strong academic programs, sound financial management, and effective enrollment management and retention.

The Vice President of Finance and Treasurer will work with the University community and other members of the leadership team to provide financial support concerning the allocation of resources to effectively address key issues, such as new program development, establishing new revenue streams, and enhancing the community's commitment to an inclusive environment.

To provide the leadership required in this position, the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer will possess a high level of integrity, transparency, energy, a passionate desire to lead, a commitment to continuous improvement, cultural intelligence and a willingness to embrace and overcome challenges and advance the University through a close and collaborative working relationship with the President, other members of the senior leadership team, and colleagues across the University.

The ideal candidate will possess expertise in financial management, accounting, strategic planning, budgeting, internal controls, and regulatory compliance in the nonprofit sector. Additionally, this candidate will understand the challenges and opportunities in a higher education environment including enrollment management, net tuition revenue, stewardship of athletic resources, and financial aid.

Nominations & Applications
Inquiries, nominations, and applications are all welcome. The deadline for best consideration of applications is March 15.

Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a resume, names of five professional references with email and telephone numbers (references will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant), and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement and evidence of how the applicant has demonstrated a commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in their career.

Applications and nominations should be sent electronically (MS Word preferred) to:

The search is being assisted by:

Melissa Trotta, Ed.D., Associate Managing Principal, AGB Search / 202-380-8927


Oscar C. Page, Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search, / 903-870-8303.

Consistent with the University's goals to achieve diversity at all levels of university leadership, Simmons encourages nominations and applications from individuals in traditionally underrepresented groups and those dedicated to building a culture of inclusive excellence at Simmons.

The University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, ancestry, class, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identify and expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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