Vice President for Finance & Administration

Coe College

Coe College seeks qualified candidates for the position of Vice President for Finance & Administration who possess the intellectual vision, collaborative spirit and overall commitment necessary to be a contributing member of the senior leadership team of a growing and changing college committed to its role as a leading private liberal arts institution.


The Vice President for Finance & Administration works in collaboration with college leadership to provide management of all financial, capital and infrastructure of the College. A critical member of the senior leadership team, the Vice President reports to the President and directly supervises operations related to finance, business affairs, human resources, internal audit & institutional compliance, campus security and safety, risk management, auxiliary services, campus sustainability, institutional contracts such as dining, and co-chairs the campus Finance & Facilities Committee (FFC). Additionally, the Vice President works with the President and other senior leaders on policy, long term planning, and strategic budgeting.


Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide a sophisticated level of expertise and creative thinking regarding financial models and business practices that assist the college in achieving its mission.
  • Ensure the timely delivery of reliable and accurate data for reporting and forecasting including the development of multi-year financial and facilities plans.
  • Develop and maintain an effective financial management and reporting process that accurately accounts for all revenues and expenditures of the College through the appropriate audit and oversight methods, and regularly scheduled meetings with the campus Finance & Facilities Committee and the College’s Board of Trustees which includes the Audit & Compliance, Finance & Facilities and Investment committees.
  • Work in collaboration with college leadership to provide management of all financial, capital and infrastructure of the college.
  • Ensure the College remains financially compliant with federal and state laws, College policies and guidelines, including but not limited to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  • Oversee treasury operations which include cash management, accounts payable and disbursements for the College.
  • Ensure the College has appropriate and effective internal controls, and that they operate properly.
  • Oversee the facilitation and management of college contracts with external service providers and vendors in response to the institution’s needs as identified through regularly scheduled planning and review meetings with college leadership, appropriate constituent groups, and service recipients.
  • Maintain and improve the Physical Plant for the College; monitor and control expenses of the operation and plan/budget annual expenditures.
  • Enhance the student lived experience through oversight of campus dining and associated physical spaces.
  • Manage the investments of the College, which includes retirement and both long and short term debt obligations.
  • Administer all capital construction contracts, renovation work and projects through the Physical Plant department.
  • Supervise the College’s policies on risk and insurance management and chair the College’s Risk Management Committee.
  • Participate in integrative cross-functional leadership in order to link activities and inform problem solving and performance, including embracing the shared governance model of the College to shepherd community input and support of budget priorities and initiatives.
  • Demonstrate and develop a culture of transparency, collaboration and open communication, both as a leader and through oversight of human resources, to continuously improve the culture and environment for all College employees.
  • Create an all funds approach to be used in multi-year financial planning across the College.
  • Grow and sustain auxiliary revenues from alternative sources of income, such as camps, rentals and community partnerships.
  • Provide leadership in partnership with campus and student leaders in setting direction for ongoing efforts related to energy conservation and sustainable practices.
  • Carry out other responsibilities as assigned by the president.



  • Master’s degree in accounting, finance, business or a related field.
  • Significant level (5 - 10 years) of progressively successful experience in finance and administration, preferably in higher education.
  • Experience as a member of the president’s or CEO’s executive team.
  • Demonstrated success in effective budget administration, strategic financial analysis, and regulatory compliance on an institutional level.
  • Relevant academic / not-for-profit / or other experience can be substituted.
  • Successful completion of background checks in accordance with Coe College policy.


Knowledge, Skills and Competencies:

Position Specific:

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and an ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a spirit that puts others at ease and works to create a culture of trust and respect that contributes to the success of the college and its faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
  • Strong sense of service orientation, with a proven ability to effectively communicate decisions and educate in the process.
  • Significant knowledge in finance, accounting, budgetary (capital and operating) preparation and oversight.
  • Experience with facilities planning, management and maintenance.
  • Exceptional analytical and critical thinking skills, including the ability to propose and operationalize strategic financial initiatives, creatively and with finite resources.
  • Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining annual budgets.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including collaborative leadership skills, successful working relationships and the ability to create consensus between various constituencies.
  • Understanding of investment strategies, capital planning, and project management.
  • Computer and program proficiency necessary to meet expectations of the position.
  • Ability to maintain the appropriate level of transparency and confidentiality in managing finances and other responsibilities with the highest level of integrity.
  • Interact ethically, professionally and confidentially with diverse groups, faculty, staff and students to develop a deep sense of trust.
  • Knowledge of the operations, functions, and scope of authority of a college setting or similar environment as related to the handling and disposition of complaints, requests for information, and delegated administrative details.
  • Ability to organize, manage and prioritize multiple responsibilities, deadlines, tasks and projects while dealing with interruptions and an uneven workload.
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships in a collaborative and diverse team atmosphere.
  • Demonstrate ethical and responsible decision making.


Coe Competencies:

  • Dedication to the educational mission of a private, residential liberal arts college.
  • Demonstrate a culture of transparency, collaboration and open communication.
  • Commitment to excellence in service to students and other constituencies, internal and external.
  • Demonstrate ethical and responsible decision making.
  • Consistent attendance and accountability necessary to meet position objectives.
  • Demonstrate appreciation and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.


Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to travers across campus and buildings.


Coe is committed to fostering a multicultural environment and encourages applications from individuals who will help fulfill that goal. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and diverse perspectives and aim to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Coe College is an equal opportunity employer.

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Job ID: 83550

Posted 24 days ago

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