Vice President for Business and Finance/Chief Financial Officer
Search for the VICE PRESIDENT FOR BUSINESS AND FINANCE/CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE
Washington & Jefferson College (“W&J” or “the College”)—a private, residential, liberal arts college with roots dating back to 1781—seeks an accomplished, strategic, and collaborative leader to serve as its next Vice President for Business and Finance/Chief Financial Officer (VPBF). Located on a picturesque campus in Washington, PA, just 30 miles south of Pittsburgh, the College offers a transformative liberal arts education that is both broad and practical, preparing students as ethical leaders poised for professional success. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished financial and administrative leader with experience in strategic planning and facilities management, who can provide clear fiscal and operational guidance as W&J navigates the many changes, challenges, and opportunities within the field of higher education.
Reporting directly to the President, the VPBF is responsible for a broad portfolio which includes Information Technology Services, Financial Operations, and Facilities Management. The VPBF is W&J’s chief financial officer and oversees an annual institutional budget of $48 million. In addition to serving as a key member of the Senior Leadership team, they will also liaise with three board committees (Financial Stewardship, Audit & Risk Management, and Property, Buildings, & Grounds).
The next VPBF will arrive at W&J in the midst of changing demographics, increasing competition for students, and greater public uncertainty about the value of higher education. They will play a key role in helping W&J to navigate these emerging challenges and enact strategies that position the College at the forefront of liberal arts education. Serving as a strong partner to the President, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, fellow senior leaders, and the Board of Trustees, the VPBF will provide strategic leadership for all short- and long-term financial decision-making. They will be a motivating and inspiring change agent, working across the campus community to identify growth opportunities and new revenue streams, cost efficiencies, and the best use of resources. Overseeing complex operational units, they will implement best practices and innovative uses of technology to strengthen essential College administrative functions and advance strategies for campus maintenance, improvement, and space utilization.
The next VPBF will be a vital member of the W&J community and will employ strong communication and interpersonal skills to connect and collaborate with a wide range of highly engaged constituents. They will bring a deep appreciation of the College’s liberal arts mission and, in line with W&J’s values, possess a track record of fostering and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in a complex institution. Finally, they will serve as an ethical leader, guiding and supporting a large team, and modeling a culture of trust, accountability, openness, high-quality service, and transparency.
The College has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment of its next VPBF. Please direct all applications, nominations, and inquiries to Isaacson, Miller, as indicated below.
Dan Rodas, Partner
Amble Ryan, Senior Associate
Seema Khan, Senior Search Coordinator
Washington & Jefferson College is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, W&J complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students, and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, gender identity, or national origin.