Founded in 1781, Washington & Jefferson (W&J) is an independent, coeducational, residential liberal arts college. In recent years, W&J has undergone a transformation in its academic program, physical facilities, fundraising, student recruitment, and relationship with the community. Located in the city of Washington, a southwestern Pennsylvania community of approximately 15,000 people, the campus is 30 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. W&J enrolls 1,356 students from 36 states and 29 countries, and its full-time faculty members are strongly committed to teaching undergraduates. The College’s 65-acre campus comprises 58 academic, recreational and residential buildings, and 93 percent of students reside on campus.
Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Business and Finance (VPBF) serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the College and is responsible for financial operations, information technologies (IT), and facilities. The Vice President provides strategic financial leadership; oversees the College’s financial operations; leads policy review and development in areas of fiscal management and business operations; and ensures a broadly participatory process for the development of the College’s $57.5 million annual budget. In addition, the VPBF serves as campus liaison with consultants for the College's $143 million endowment; coordinates matters requiring outside legal services; oversees lease/use of College facilities; represents the College in campus construction and renovation projects; and provides leadership with business representatives concerning new contractual services and products.
A master’s degree in business, finance, or related field and progressive responsibility in a senior financial leadership role are required. Senior financial leadership in higher education is preferred. An open, collaborative, and engaging management style that promotes partnerships and builds strong relationships both across the campus and throughout the surrounding communities will be critical for success in this role. The ideal candidate will possess a track record of successful strategic and fiscal planning; experience with compliance and fiscal control responsibilities and financial systems applications; a demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit, reflected in successful business development and revenue-enhancing initiatives; and a documented history of realistic, accurate, transparent budget development and management, modeling and planning, financial analysis, capital construction projects, debt management and restructuring, and investment management.
Review of applications will begin November 9, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website atwww.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.