Vice President for Finance and Administration
Ithaca College, a private institution renowned for its undergraduate liberal arts curriculum and professional and graduate programs, seeks a vice president for finance and administration (VPFA) to form a strong partnership with President Shirley M. Collado and college leadership in shaping the next chapter of the college’s exciting history.
Ithaca College strives to be the standard-bearer for residential comprehensive colleges, fostering intellect, creativity and character in an active, student-centered learning community. Leading this charge is Dr. Shirley M. Collado, who took office as Ithaca’s ninth president on July 1, 2017 and was officially inaugurated on November 4. In her inaugural address, President Collado envisioned an Ithaca College that continues to be a trailblazer in the shifting landscape of higher education and empowers all of its students to learn, grow and serve the public good.
“All of us here have the power to create an exceptional future for higher education and for this country,” said President Collado. “This is an incredible opportunity, and we cannot let it pass us by. Let’s work together to advance a vision that affirms our humanity. Let’s be daring. Let’s be confident. And let’s step arm in arm, boldly into the future.”
President Collado has taken the helm at an auspicious time in the college’s history: 2017 marks Ithaca’s 125th anniversary, and a yearlong celebration is honoring its roots, achievements and the distinctive relationships that have connected students, alumni, faculty, staff and families through the years.
Ithaca College’s five schools — the School of Business, Roy H. Park School of Communications, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, School of Humanities and Sciences and School of Music — collectively offer more than 100 degree programs. With more than 500 full- time and 260 contingent faculty members, the college boasts a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, ensuring a highly personalized education. The college awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a doctorate in physical therapy. Graduate enrollment accounts for about 10 percent of total college enrollment, with degrees offered in music education, music performance, conducting, physical and occupational therapy, business and communications, among others.
The next VPFA of Ithaca College will serve as an essential strategic advisor to the president, working collaboratively with her, the board of trustees, the senior leadership team, faculty, staff and student leaders to assure a successful and stable financial future for the college. The VPFA supports and staffs the board of trustees’ Audit, Finance, Investment and Building and Grounds committees and has primary responsibility for the development and implementation of the college’s annual operating budget of approximately $234 million along with an endowment of close to $300 million. The VPFA provides leadership for, and has managerial oversight of, business and finance, facilities, auxiliary services and information technology.
The new VPFA will bring a distinguished record of senior leadership in finance and administration and demonstrated accomplishments developing and attaining strategic goals and objectives, preferably in higher education or a similarly complex organizational setting. The VPFA will be a superb communicator with exceptional analytical skills who works collaboratively with colleagues; understands and respects shared governance; and advances an environment of inclusive decision-making, student success and best practices.
Experience partnering closely with academic affairs, student life, human resources and enrollment management; furthering the mission of a complex institution; and understanding emerging needs and trends in higher education will be distinguishing assets. A demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations is required; an M.B.A., C.P.A. or other relevant advanced degree is strongly preferred.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by March 1, 2018. Candidates should provide a professional resume; a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership statement available at www.wittkieffer.com; and the names and contact information of five references. This search will be conducted with great respect for confidentiality, and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the college’s consultants Robin Mamlet, Charlene Aguilar, Jane Courson and Kim Brettschneider at IC-VPFA@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached by telephone through the desk of Leslie Donahue at 630-575-6178.
Ithaca College values diversity because it enriches our community and the myriad experiences that characterize an Ithaca College education. Diversity encompasses multiple dimensions including but not limited to race, culture, nationality, ethnicity, religion, ideas, beliefs, geographic origin, class, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, disability and age. We are dedicated to addressing current and past injustices and promoting excellence and equity. Ithaca College continually strives to build an inclusive and welcoming community of individuals with diverse talents and skills from a multitude of backgrounds who are committed to civility, mutual respect, social justice and the free and open exchange of ideas. We commit ourselves to change, growth and action that embrace diversity as an integral part of the educational experience and of the community we create.