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Vice President for Business Affairs

Daemen College
Amherst, New York (US)
Salary will start at $150,000

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Four-Year Institution

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Daemen University is conducting a national search for a dynamic, innovative, and resourceful Vice President for Business Affairs. We are looking for a proven executive to partner with Daemen's President, and the other vice presidents who comprise the senior leadership team, to provide visionary financial and administrative leadership in support of the core activities of the university. The Vice President for Business Affairs will be responsible for the planning, integration, and control of all of the institution's financial resources, with special emphasis on the development of appropriate strategies to carry out key components of Daemen's strategic plan.


Serving as the chief financial officer responsible for the financial integrity of the university, the VPBA will also provide stewardship over facilities operations, financial aid, human resources, and related services.


More specifically, the VPBA provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of the university's financial administration, including financial and related planning; operating and capital budgeting; revenue and expenditure analysis, forecasting and projection; financial and management reporting; payroll and procurement; investments and risk management; as well as accounting compliance obligations and the annual audit of university funds.


The Vice President will be expected to collaborate closely with divisions across the University; develop a close working partnership with the President's Cabinet; develop a close working partnership with the Board of Trustees through its business affairs subcommittee; and maintain appropriate financial strategies to ensure the delivery of the university's strategic vision.




The Vice President for Business Affairs


  • Serve as a member of the President's Cabinet Provide recommendations on institution-wide strategic initiatives and assure that Business Affairs provides full support for all approved initiatives Lead the university budgetary forecasting modeling by building in assumptions about demographics, tuition trends, and changes in college and governmental policy Plan and develop the institution's system of accounting and financial control Safeguard all monies and securities of the university, and manage the endowment and all other investments, as directed by the Board of Trustees Supervise the collection of the income and revenues of the university, and make payment from its funds to meet the institution's various financial obligations Monitor the institution's insurance program Submit financial reports to the President and the Board of Trustees as requested Arrange for an annual audit of the accounts and books of the university by a Certified Public Accounting firm At the beginning of the Spring semester, request from all officers and departments their budget requests for the subsequent fiscal year and the data upon which they are based Compile and coordinate the data necessary for making the budget and prepare a preliminary budget for submittal to the President for presentation to the Board of Trustees at the May or June meeting Revise projections of income and expenses after the Fall semester enrollment is stabilized, and prepare the definitive budget for submittal to the President for presentation to the Board of Trustees at the September or October meeting Maintain and supervise an exceptional system of central purchasing Periodically obtain competitive proposals for all major contractual services at the university Coordinate all construction, renovation, and restoration projects on campus Supervise the operations of auxiliary enterprises, personnel, and the maintenance of buildings and grounds




  • An advanced degree in business administration, finance, accounting, or related field from an accredited institution of higher education (designation as a certified public accountant, certified management accountant, or equivalent credential is a plus but not required) Ten years of directly related experience in progressively responsible business/financial-level management, with five years at a senior level position Comprehensive knowledge of the operation and administration of an institution of higher education or highly complex business organization Knowledge of current literature, financial challenges, and trends within higher education Knowledge of capital planning and construction principles and methods Demonstrated ability to collaborate with other divisions within an institution of higher education or similar organization Demonstrated strategic and master planning ability Possession of strong written and oral communication skills Demonstration of interest in and eagerness to advance the purposes of higher education and ability to lead and manage the university's financial operations in an environments of rapid change and institutional growth An established record of openness and transparency in decision-making and working with faculty, staff, students, and Board of Trustees members in a context of collaboration A capacity to foster and maintain an environment that encourages integrity, productivity, entrepreneurship, and the integration of business affairs with other campus areas Demonstrated proficiency in using financial systems and related technology Ability to effectively communicate the mission, opportunities, and challenges to internal and external constituencies, including but not limited to the Town of Amherst

The position is a full-time, 12-month position. The Candidate must be available for weekend and evening functions, meetings, and related university activities as needed.




The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary will start at $150,000.




The Vice President for Business Affairs Search Committee shall accept applications electronically, through the Search Committee website located at . The Search Committee will review applications until the position is filled. Initial review of applications will begin immediately. Please direct questions regarding this recruitment to Dr. Mimi Steadman, Chair of the VPBA search committee (


Complete applications include (a) a well-crafted cover letter to accompany the formal application, addressing the candidate's qualifications, experiences, and vision for this position; (b) a comprehensive vita; and (c) current contact information for at least three (3) professional references.





Founded in 1947, Daemen College is a private, nonsectarian, co-educational, comprehensive institution located on a scenic thirty-nine acre campus in suburban Amherst, New York, which has been recognized by Money Magazine as the safest city of its size in America. Located in a safe and attractive suburban setting, Daemen offers convenient access to one of the country’s most vibrant regions, spanning Buffalo-Niagara, the Great Lakes, and a cross-border corridor with Ontario, Canada, less than a two-hour drive from cosmopolitan Toronto.daemen_college1.jpg

Committed to an academic atmosphere that leads to open inquiry and debate, Daemen has achieved a creative balance between programs providing career preparation and education in the liberal arts. Programs in the major and the competency-based core curriculum encourage students to expand their horizons beyond the classroom through internships, service-learning, clinical and field experiences, collaborative research with faculty, and study abroad. The Core Curriculum is designed to develop students’ skills and competencies in seven areas that will benefit them personally and professionally throughout their lives.


The College enrolls approximately 2,500 students and while most students are enrolled in undergraduate studies, the College also offers graduate programs. Daemen College is a dynamic, independent liberal arts institution committed to excellence in student centered learning. The College places special emphasis on preparing students for excellence in professional life, civic engagement, and an understanding that learning is an exciting, life long journey. In keeping with its mission, the College prizes creativity and innovation in all aspects of institutional life. Daemen College has the distinctive feature of a core curriculum that stresses competencies and integrated knowledge; special programs for student research and celebrates excellence with the annual academic festival.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy/Affirmative Action Program
Daemen College subscribes to all state and federal regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, marital status, genetic predisposition, carrier status or status as a victim of domestic violence. Daemen College's nondiscrimination policy complies with all current statues and applies to admission, employment, and access to all programs, services, and other activities offered by the College.

Daemen College is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.



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