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Vice President for Business & Finance

Juniata College
Huntingdon, PA

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Vice President for Business & Finance

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Key Responsibilities :

Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Business & Finance serves as the Chief Financial Officer, is a member of the President’s Senior Leadership Team, and works closely with all College leadership to strategically advance operational effectiveness while ensuring fiscal integrity and solvency of all College assets. This position manages the areas of business, finance, accounts payable, investments, facilities operations, payroll, and auxiliary services. The Vice President serves as a key advisor to the President and is responsible for preparing financial analysis, long-range budget modeling & forecasting, debt management, risk compliance, and will play a critical role in aligning existing resources and identifying/developing new sources of revenue. This person will serve as the primary liaison with the Board of Trustees Audit, Investment, and Business Affairs Committees. The Vice President will also be arriving at a time when Juniata’s new strategic plan, “All In: The Strategic Plan for Juniata College,” is in its first year.

Essential Functions
•Support the President and Board of Trustees in providing the necessary financial information, strategic advice, and planning to successfully deliver on the College’s mission;
•Partner with College leadership to advance the new strategic plan and financial health of the institution;
•Advise the senior leadership team on financial planning, department budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters;
•Provide vision and leadership in the development and execution of the College’s budget and long-term financial plan;
•Oversight of all activities of the business office, including preparation of the audit, endowment, management of debt, budget forecasting, procurement of goods and services, risk compliance, etc;
•Identify and develop new sources of non-tuition revenue;

Juniata College is committed to cultivating an equity-minded and equity-engaged campus culture, one that is inclusive and supportive of its students, faculty, and staff. We believe that all members of the College community share the responsibility to engage, sustain, and leverage an interconnected learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and a sense of belonging is explicit. Juniata’s strategic mission promotes diversity in every expression, and amplifies the College’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and access. We aim to evolve into a more global, equitable and ethical community, where all Juniatians live a life of inclusive belonging needed for becoming leaders who value and embrace human interconnectedness and dignity. Juniata invites and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Position Qualifications:

The Vice President for Business & Finance will be a bold, creative, and energetic individual with a proven record of progressively responsible leadership. A master’s degree as well as a CPA and/or CFA are preferred. Other key qualifications include:

•Strong background in business, accounting, or financial management;
•Knowledge of all aspects of business affairs and experience with capital projects, bond financing, grants, endowment and asset investment management is required;
•Strong aptitude for financial analysis, financial model-creation, and hands-on metrics management;
•Business acumen to interpret and analyze data to inform business insights, perform financial modeling and scenario planning, and provide strategic guidance;
•The ability to foster and cultivate business opportunities and partnerships;
•Experience with financial systems applications;
•An understanding of applicable rules and regulations coupled with an authentic commitment to compliance with governmental directives;
•Ability and interest to working in a shared governance environment;
•Demonstrated record of effective senior management experience, preferably in a higher education environment;
•Proven track record for visionary leadership that fosters organizational growth and demonstrated success in driving change in complex organizations;
•A collaborative, inclusive, and transparent management style;
•A commitment to being highly visible on campus, coupled with strong interpersonal skills;
•The ability to work days, evenings, and some weekends is required.

Supervision Required/Given:

This position reports the President.

Preferred Qualifications:

See position qualifications.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

The search committee will review applications as they are received with the goal of making an appointment in late spring. Applications will be received and considered until the position is filled.

It is the policy of Juniata College to conduct background checks.

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Open Until Filled:



Working at Juniata College 

Juniata College's mission is to provide an engaging personalized educational experience empowering our students to develop the skills, knowledge and values that lead to a fulfilling life of service and ethical leadership in the global community.

Founded in 1876, Juniata is a national liberal arts college located in the scenic Allegheny Mountain region of central Pennsylvania and is the intellectual home for 1,600 students and nearly 14,000 alumni. The College ranks highly in the percentage of graduates that eventually earn doctoral degrees. Juniata integrates international, intercultural and global dimensions into its curriculum and experiential learning opportunities and was awarded the 2012 Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. Juniata is known for the personal attention it gives to students and flexible areas of study (its Program of Emphasis resembles a major but is more flexible, encouraging students to design a program of study and justify their choices. About a third of Juniata students self-design their entire POE.) Each student is assigned two faculty advisers, and the average student-faculty ratio is 13:1.

Juniata is a very strong community where student involvement is paramount. There are no fraternities or sororities. The student clubs and organizations (over 90 currently) have a positive impact on the Juniata community and on the larger community of Huntingdon and the surrounding area.

Juniata College takes positive steps to enhance diversity in both its community and its curriculum. The College commits to this policy not because of legal obligations but because it fully believes that such practices are basic to human dignity. AA/EEO

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