Vice President for Finance and Administration

Position Information

Position Information

Job Posting Number S00553
Position Title Vice President for Finance and Administration
Department Office of Finance and Admin-1029
Job Category Staff Posting
Position Type Full-Time
Position Details

As a key member of the President’s senior leadership team, the Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA) reports to a transformational President who is in his eleventh year of leadership.

The VPFA will assume a critical strategic partnership role to the President and other members of the senior leadership team in the overall management of Wesleyan at an exciting time in the University’s history.

The VPFA will have responsibility for the financial operations of the institution and will provide guidance to ensure the efficient and effective stewardship of the University’s physical and financial resources. He or she will have oversight of all finance functions including budgeting, accounting, financial reporting, long-range financial planning, asset management, liability management, and risk management.

The VPFA is also responsible for a range of non-finance functions including the operation and maintenance of facilities, construction activity, facilities planning, food service, sustainability, human resources, and legal.

The VPFA attends all meetings of the Wesleyan Board of Trustees and works closely with the Board on several standing committees including the finance, audit, and investment committees.

Reports to : Michael Roth, President

Direct reports : Financial & Auxiliary Services, Financial Planning, Facilities
Human Resources, Legal, Sustainability

Other key relationships: The Provost and other members of the senior leadership team. Other critical constituencies include the Board, faculty, staff, parents, students, and alumni. Local government leaders of Middletown

Serve as an active steward of the University’s financial resources and operations;

Be a strategic business partner and advisor to the President, Provost, Vice Presidents, and the Board of Trustees;

Lead Wesleyan’s financial and capital planning and budgeting processes and ensure that resources are deployed efficiently and also effectively in the support of the advancement of the University’s objectives;

Oversee the management of the physical plant, including new construction and major renovation projects;

Collaborate with the University’s Chief Investment Officer (CIO) on issues relating to the management of the University’s endowment, debt facilities, and bond issues;

Represent the University to financial partners, outsourced service providers, financial institutions, auditors, insurance brokers, and other relevant providers; and

Maintain and continue to enhance a strong service culture, ensuring that the financial and operational functions of Wesleyan are effectively supporting the University’s mission.


10+ years of experience in financial leadership roles with deep knowledge of accounting and finance, legal, risk management, facilities, and human resources.

Experience leading and managing a large team including hiring, performance management, training, and professional development.

A strong strategic orientation with the ability to effectively partner with, and communicate to, the President and other leaders on the senior administrative team. Ensure that there is clarity on financial implications of decisions, set short- and long-term priorities, and chart an informed, sustainable, and ambitious future.

Experience working in an academic setting and/or a nonprofit organization is highly desirable.
Technical and analytical acumen
Strong analytical skills and technical capability, including expertise with enterprise-wide financial systems.
Strong credentials

Top academic credentials, including an MBA or related graduate degree; a CPA is a plus.

Strategic Financial Acumen
In an ambitious and continually evolving institution, the next VPFA will:

Create a sustainable financial model that will enable Wesleyan to continue to innovate and meet its ambitious short and long-term objectives; including working closely with leadership on capital requirements coming from fundraising, borrowing, and operations.

Develop sophisticated financial and performance management tools to enable strategic decision-making and planning and have the confidence to articulate a point of view and make tough decisions;

Provide leadership and strategic thinking in regard to new revenue opportunities that bring innovative and creative solutions that support and positively impact the University, including investments in academic programming, deferred maintenance, financial aid benefits, etc.;

Possess gravitas and confidence to work effectively with the Board;

Develop collaborative, transparent processes for prioritizing activities and allocating limited resources; and

Communicate complex information clearly and transparently to a range of audiences.

The next VPFA has oversight of a broad range of operational functions within the University. In order to be successful he or she must:

Provide a focus on efficiency, effectiveness, and continuous improvement of operational processes;

Think creatively and strategically to develop and improve operational systems, including systems that are already performing well;

Set high standards and model integrity for finance and operational personnel across the organization;

Build diversity and instill values relating to equity and inclusion; and

Ensure that environmental sustainability is a key priority that is fully considered and incorporated in the University’s operating and capital decision-making.

As one of the executive leaders within Wesleyan, the next VPFA will:

Make it a key priority to develop strong relationships internally and externally with colleagues, stakeholders, and staff at all levels in the organization;

Be accessible and responsive and serve others through collaborative problem-solving and openness to new ideas;

Invest the time to be a presence on campus;

Actively engage in mentorship and the development of financial and operational talent;

Achieve trusted advisor status with academic leaders, the Board, and external agencies; and

Continue to maintain a strong relationship with the town of Middletown.

Minimum Qualifications

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Preferred Qualifications

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Management Competencies Not Applicable
Competencies Not Applicable
Special Instructions to Applicants

Wesleyan University is being assisted in this process by Spencer Stuart, and welcomes comments, questions, nominations, or expressions of interest. Please send an e-mail with any supporting materials to the confidential address:

Additional Information

Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening and credit check to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.

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