Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services

Galesburg, Illinois
Apr 02, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Knox College is a nationally ranked, private, residential liberal arts college of 1,400 undergraduate students located in Galesburg, Illinois. Founded in 1837 by social reformers strongly opposed to slavery, Knox was among one of the first colleges in the United States open to all, regardless of race, gender, and financial means. With a campus population of remarkable diversity that includes students from 48 states and 51 countries, significant representation of first generation college students, and substantial cultural and racial ethnic diversity, Knox is a vibrant and creative community.

Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services (VPFAS) serves as a key advisor to the President and works collaboratively with her, the Board of Trustees, senior leadership, faculty, and staff to assure a successful and stable financial future for the College. The VPFAS provides leadership, vision and proactive financial planning in the development of initiatives that will optimize resources in support of the College’s mission and strategic priorities. The VPFAS’s responsibilities include oversight and management of the business office, accounting, purchasing and operations, facilities management and construction, legal affairs, risk management, campus safety, human resources, dining services and the bookstore. The VPFAS also has primary responsibility for the development and implementation of the College’s annual operating budget of approximately $40 million and provides leadership for six direct reports and an overall staff of approximately 120.

A bachelor’s degree and leadership experience in financial management in a complex organization are required. A master’s degree in business, accounting management or a related field, experience in higher education, and a CPA or equivalent certification are preferred. Ideal candidates will have a track record of creative problem solving and experience leading change with demonstrated financial management success in higher education or a similar organizational setting. In addition, the successful candidate will possess experience with strategic planning, campus master planning and multi-year financial planning; expertise in developing and implementing comprehensive, multi-year capital and operating budgets; experience with a wide variety of financing techniques, financial forecasting and ratio analysis, business intelligence, policy analysis, data analysis, program evaluation and cost-benefit analysis; working knowledge or experience with investments, cash/treasury management and capital markets; and demonstrated ability to build trust and develop strong working relationships across the institution.

Review of applications will begin April 27, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at [email protected]. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson

Knox College – Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services

Mark A. Hall, Vice President

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In keeping with its commitment to equal rights since it was founded in 1837, Knox College particularly welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. Knox College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in admission, financial aid, employment, athletics, or any other aspect of its educational programs or activities. In addition, Knox College is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its accompanying regulations from so discriminating on the basis of sex.

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