St. Lawrence University invites nominations and applications for the newly-reconfigured position of Vice President for Finance and Administration. The next Vice President must be a bold, entrepreneurial, intellectual, and collaborative leader with strong management skills and financial acumen and have the ability to reimagine the traditional structures for finance and administration at an institution of higher education.
Located in Canton, N.Y., St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, society, and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.
Reporting directly to President William Fox, the Vice President is the Chief Financial Officer of the University and provides strategic and operational leadership for all financial areas of university life, including the development, implementation, coordination, and oversight of new programs that will fit with the goals of strategic budgeting in diversifying revenue streams. These areas include: auxiliary enterprises, such as bookstore, hotel, and properties; enterprise risk management; current and future summer programs; and potentially additional campus services (to be determined in alignment with experience).
The Vice President's responsibilities currently include financial planning, revenue and expenditure analysis for decision-making, development and execution of the operating and capital budget, supervision of all accounting and control, oversight of debt financing and the University's investment portfolio, management of banking relationships and payroll, coordination with the Vice President for Community and Employee Relations of salary and benefits programs particularly in the area of health insurance and pension fund oversight, all financial audits, insurance programs, environmental health and safety, bookstore and purchasing, and enterprise risk management. The Vice President for Finance and Administration plays a central role in integrating fiscal planning with strategic program planning. The Vice President, along with a staff of approximately 35, oversees the University operating budget and endowment. As administration functions are added to the Vice President's portfolio, the number of staff supervised by the Vice President will increase.
St. Lawrence University seeks an experienced financial professional with a record of achievement in positions of increasing scope. The ideal candidate would hold an MBA or other relevant advanced degree and would demonstrate many of the following: track record of success as a senior financial officer of a complex organization; high-level financial planning, modeling, and analytic skills; strong background in accounting, information technology, and financing capital projects and improvements; track record of excelling at making difficult, timely, and financially responsible decisions; experience with and knowledge of debt management, risk management, and financial audits; understanding of budgeting and finance models at liberal arts-based institutions; ability to effectively present complex financial information to varied audiences; appreciation for the role of shared governance, including the ability to engage with constituents in a consultative and collaborative manner; and demonstrated understanding of how sound financial and administrative management furthers the quality of education and services provided to students, faculty, staff, and other members of the University community.
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:
All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.
The University is committed to and seeks diversity among its faculty, staff and students. Such a commitment ensures an atmosphere that is diverse and complex in ways that are intellectually and socially enriching for the entire campus community. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups, as well as from individuals with experience teaching or working in a multicultural environment, are encouraged. St. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.