New London, CT
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Reporting to the president, the VPFA serves as the chief administrative and financial officer, providing leadership for the College in the areas of finance, administration, operations, auxiliary services, community affairs, facilities, and sustainability. The VPFA is responsible for the custody of all College funds, bank and investment bank relationships, rating agency and all other external financial relationships, fiscal planning, investment performance, preservation and protection of all College assets, leases, budget preparation and performance, real estate transactions, and insurance.
The VPFA oversees the administrative services of the College, including Financial Planning, Controller’s Office, Facilities Operations, Capital Projects Administration, Sustainability, Dining and Catering, and Auxiliary Services; and is responsible for contract administration, emergency contingency planning, facilities, administrative operations, and property and land management. The VPFA also manages the implementation of the College’s Master Plan as Chair of the Facilities and Land Management Committee and leads a subcommittee of the Facilities and Land Management Committee, the Space Committee, to determine the best use and maintenance of the College’s academic, residential and administrative spaces.
As a critical member of several of the College’s key shared governance committees, the VPFA works closely with faculty, students, and staff colleagues on the Priorities, Planning and Budget Committee in planning the annual budget of the College. In partnership with the Dean of Faculty and the Vice President of Human Resources, the VPFA is responsible for leading the Strategic Position Review Committee to review and approve staffing at the College. The VPFA also staffs four standing committees of the Board of Trustees: Finance; Audit and Risk Management; Investment; and Facilities and Infrastructure.
The next VPFA will be a dynamic and visionary leader with appropriate educational and financial credentials (BA, CPA or MBA) and at least 10 years of progressive leadership experience, preferably in higher education. The successful candidate will demonstrate a deep commitment to the College’s mission of sustainability and to supporting an ever more sustainable campus. Interest in the unique culture and regulatory landscape of liberal arts colleges is essential. Success working with diverse constituents on complex issues, along with sensitivity, humility, and discretion are a necessity.
WittKieffer is assisting Connecticut College in this search, which will remain open until an appointment is made. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile found at www.wittkieffer.com.