Westminster College, a comprehensive liberal arts college in Salt Lake City, Utah—and the only independent, private institution in the state—seeks to appoint a Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer (VPA-CFO), a newly created leadership role reporting to the College’s President.
The VPA-CFO will join Westminster at a transformative time, working closely with President Bethami (Beth) Dobkin and her cabinet to help lead the College forward in bold new directions. The VPA-CFO will strategize financial directions for Westminster, ensuring adherence to its core values while simultaneously making important operational and strategic choices influencing its future vitality and financial success.
The VPA-CFO is responsible for business and financial strategy development; financial and administrative functions including financial and business planning, budgeting, forecasting, and reporting; facilities and space planning and management; internal controls and compliance; and human resource administration.
As counselor and partner to the President and Provost on all aspects of the College’s financial, human, and physical resources, the VPA-CFO works closely with the Board’s Operations and Finance, Investment, and Audit committees and leads a staff of approximately 40.
The VPA-CFO will bring a track record of successful financial leadership from a mission-driven organization. They will have substantial experience in decision-making concerning resource allocation, investments, revenue opportunities, and risks as well as the interpersonal skills needed to work collaboratively with an array of constituents.
The following qualifications are required or preferred:
10 years of experience in a strategic finance position at an institution of higher education or other analogous complex organization, with a track record of leadership in budgeting, forecasting, and creative revenue generation;
A bachelor’s degree and continuing education and professional development experience relevant to higher education business officers;
Demonstrated results in promoting and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment;
Experience with both ERP platforms and planning and analysis tools that facilitate financial and institutional decision-making;
Demonstrated experience with short- and long-term debt and with investing operating, capital, and endowment funds including policy development, investment management models, and investment monitoring, benchmarking, and reporting;
Experience overseeing human-resources services and/or facilities development and maintenance (preferred);
Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate complex budget and financial matters to a variety of constituents;
Integrity, empathy, and resilience.
Westminster College is committed to a diversified workforce, equal opportunity, and nondiscrimination. To this end, Westminster prohibits any form of discrimination or harassment based on race or ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, disabilities, genetic information, status as a veteran, or any other category or classification protected by applicable federal, state, or city laws.
Westminster College has retained Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, Partner, Jeffrey Stafford, Senior Associate, and Chris Stadler, Associate, are leading the search. Please email inquiries, expressions of interest, and nominations to either Craig Smith ([email protected]), Jeff Stafford ([email protected]), or Chris Stadler ([email protected]). Westminster College and Opus Partners will make every effort to sustain the confidentiality of the search process.
About Westminster College
Situated in a desirable neighborhood in a thriving metropolitan area with an increasingly diverse population, Westminster College offers a unique education for undergraduate and graduate students interested in achieving a “meaningful life through learning.” Founded in 1875, Westminster was originally established as a preparatory school and became a four-year liberal arts institution in 1949. Over the last 30 years, it has added professional programs with the establishment of degrees in business, nursing and health sciences, and education. The College has a strong academic reputation, deep community and alumni support, and a legacy of providing a student-centered liberal-arts and professional education that transforms lives. It offers an intimate, residential college experience to approximately 2,215 students, comprising 1,740 undergraduates and 475 graduates (2019-2020 academic year). Westminster is the only private, independent higher-education institution in Utah and is located at the heart of the Wasatch Front, a region of the country that marries remarkable natural beauty with a vibrant, growing economy.