Pitzer College, a leading liberal arts college in Claremont, CA with 1,089 undergraduate students, a budget of $62.5 million and an endowment of $132.9 million, seeks a vice president for finance, administration and treasurer (VPFAT). The College, a member of the Claremont Consortium, emphasizes community engagement at every level, from local participation in the College’s shared governance, to its nationally leading position in the Fulbright Fellows program. The VPFAT, reporting directly to the president, will steward the College’s financial, physical and human resources and will support the board’s investment, budget, audit and facilities committees.
Established in 1963, Pitzer College was the fifth undergraduate college to join The Claremont Colleges consortium. Though it is the youngest of the undergraduate colleges in the consortium, Pitzer has enjoyed one of the steepest trajectories of success, across multiple dimensions.
Over the last decade, the College has made notable advancements in the breadth and depth of its academic programs, as well as in faculty, student achievement and diversity. Likewise, the financial position of the College has strengthened both through judicious financial leadership and the success of its advancement activities. Throughout, Pitzer has retained its historic commitment to living its values and embracing its distinctive characteristics.
Directly reporting to the VPFAT are the associate vp/associate treasurer, assistant vice president of facilities, assistant vice president of human resources and director information technology.
The VPFAT serves on the Budget Implementation Committee which includes faculty, staff and students and the Claremont Colleges Business and Finance Officers Committee. The VPFAT works closely with the Directors of those central service agencies and with Pitzer personnel that provide general support for the College in the areas of computing, mail, accounting, plant maintenance, telephone, security, food service and purchasing services.
The VPFAT is responsible for developing the budget and providing the leadership, vision and analytical framework necessary to develop and oversee prudent fiscal strategies that assure the implementation of the board approved financial plan. The VPFAT is a partner and problem solver who will work actively and creatively with: the vice president for academic affairs/Dean of the College to ensure funding and administrative solutions to support the academic mission of the College; the vice president for college advancement to support overall fundraising goals and provide the infrastructure necessary to assure donors of the stewardship of their contributions; the vice president of admissions and financial aid to implement enrollment and financial aid goals; to work as a team with other member of the Cabinet to advance College goals; and to work collaboratively with college constituencies to move the agenda of the College forward.
The VPFAT is expected to engage in a collegial and transparent way with all areas of the College to strengthen the overall effectiveness of the College’s financial operations, to facilitate the growth of revenue, to strategically use all available financial resources, and to provide timely and accurate financial information. The VPFAT should be a thought leader on the effective and strategic use of College resources.
Key Opportunities and Challenges for the Vice President for Finance, Administration and Treasurer
In order to ensure the continued success and forward momentum of Pitzer College, the President, the Board and the College need a VPFAT who will address the following opportunities and challenges:
Gain Trust and Communicate in a Meaningful and Transparent Manner
Develop a New Budget Model
Develop a Multi – Year Financial Forecast
Embrace Collaborative Decision-Making
Be a Thought Partner on the New Strategic Plan
Facilitate Fundraising and Steward the Endowment
Development of the Costa Rica Field Station
Provide Leadership to the Finance Division
Provide Exceptional Customer Service to the Campus
Qualifications and Characteristics
The successful candidate must have at least ten years of financial management experience, preferably in a non-profit or higher education organization. Experience should include management of comparable functional scope and scale, a record of improved financial and administrative performance of institutions served, experience working with a governing board, as well as faculty and students. The successful candidate should be a strategic thinker who formulates strategies which are achievable, cost effective and address organizational goals.
The successful candidate should have most, if not all, of the following skills and experiences. Knowledge of performance management methods, process management and change management. Proven ability to manage capital programs, intellectual property, facilities and information technology. Be able to demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills; be able to explain complex budget information to a wide audience and be transparent in the sharing of information. . The successful candidate should demonstrate an openness to different viewpoints and communicate in a manner which demonstrates sensitivity to diverse backgrounds.
The successful candidate must be able to make timely and sound decisions and to include others in the decision-making process as warranted. S/he must be able to gain the trust of colleagues, show respect for others, value diversity and demonstrate honesty, high ethical and moral standards and communicate similar expectations of others. S/he should be interested in developing staff and have a flexible interpersonal style to help others develop their capabilities and help direct reports set meaningful performance objectives. In addition, the candidate must have a commitment to the College’s core values and be student-centered.
Education: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in finance, accounting, business management or related filed; or any combination of education, training or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities is required. An advanced degree or active CPA license is highly preferred.
More information on Pitzer can be found here. Please read the prospectus to gain a complete understanding of the position.
Applications, Inquiries, and Nominations
A cover letter and resume should be uploaded to: http://lapovsky.hiringthing.com. Nominations, confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to Lucie Lapovsky at Pitzer@lapovsky.com. Review of applications will begin immediately and candidate material received by April 18th will be assured full consideration although recruitment will continue until an appointment is announced. Pitzer College is being assisted by Lapovsky Consulting in this search.
Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination
Pitzer College adheres to both the letter and the spirit of Equal Employment opportunity and Affirmative Action. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, medical condition, or veteran status, in the administration of its admission policies, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other College-administered programs, and employment policies, and strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.