Holy Family University — Vice President for Finance and Administration

Holy Family University, a Roman Catholic liberal arts university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is seeking a thoughtful, collaborative, and entrepreneurial financial and business leader to be the University’s next Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA). Reporting to the President, the VPFA provides comprehensive strategic financial and operational leadership and institutional direction for finance, accounting, budget and planning, human resources, auxiliary services, campus operations, risk management and public health and safety.


Holy Family University is a comprehensive private university serving the Delaware Valley and beyond, with a strong commitment their mission core values; Family, Respect, Integrity, Service and Responsibility, Learning and Vision. Founded in 1954 by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Holy Family University offers undergraduate, graduate, and accelerated degree programs. The University’s main campus is in Northeast Philadelphia, with additional locations in Bensalem and Newtown, Pennsylvania. As Holy Family University has grown, the unwavering commitment to offering a high-quality, affordable, personalized and values-centered education has remained strong and will continue to guide Holy Family University into the future.

For more information about Holy Family University visit the website at https://www.holyfamily.edu/.


Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Finance and Administration will be an experienced and innovative leader in financial and operational management and capable of developing a robust and forward-thinking strategic vision for meeting the financial and operational challenges of a small, comprehensive college. The VPFA, in close collaboration with the President and the Senior Leadership Team, will help the institution pursue its institutional vision by developing strategic and sustainable priorities and goals and designing and implementing plans for their fulfillment. The VPFA will be an accomplished and collaborative partner and provide expert consultation to the President, senior staff, members of the faculty and staff, and to the Board of Trustees, as the institution strives to fulfill its academic mission. The University has experienced strong financial performance and growth in the last several years, but needs to be focused on continued success in the competitive environment in the years ahead in order to continue its financial performance. The performance of the University is underpinned by its ability to understand and proactively respond to emerging future opportunities. In fiscal 2018, fully 31% of students were enrolled in programs that did not exist five years ago. This culture of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit requires continual help to focus and resources to create the future that is desired.


The VPFA will have B.S./B.A. degree, an advanced degree in a relevant field and a CPA is preferred. Successful candidates should have ten + years of progressively senior level experience leading and managing financial and administrative operations, and advising executive and board leadership, preferably in a higher education environment; possess strong technical expertise in financial planning and reporting, capital planning and projects management for both academic and administrative projects, and a keen mind in strategic investment management. The VPFA is the chief contact with lenders, rating agencies, lawyers and members of the financial community. As such, the ideal candidate will have experience working in partnership with banks, lenders, rating agencies, legal matters and regulators as well as the dynamics those entities create and sustain.

The successful candidate will have many of the following experiences, capabilities, and/or attributes:

  • A collaborative partner with outstanding leadership, analytical, strategic planning, and interpersonal skills; demonstrated success in developing and implementing strategic plans;
  • Demonstrated expertise in strategic financial planning, financial and investment management, debt financing, cash flow management, and investment strategies, and accounting standards for non-profits;
  • A deep strategic, financial and operational understanding of the challenges and opportunities in higher education including enrollment management, net tuition revenue, athletics, stewardship of resources, and financial aid;
  • The ability to operate in several different domains including strategic and hands-on operational situations, Leadership and individual accountability;
  • Proven record at helping to introduce, nurture and build a business/financial thought process in all of the Senior leaders of the Organization;
  • An understanding of the use of technology, analytical tools, business process and policy, and systems; demonstrated success using these tools to improve service, solutions, capacity, efficiency, reduce costs, and drive data-informed university decision-making;
  • A proactive and thoughtful management style that emphasizes empowerment, trust, respect, and accountability;
  • A professional leader adept at handling sensitive and complex decision-making situations, and who has comfort in a dynamic and flexible environment;
  • Strong communication capabilities, including listening, writing, speaking, and presenting in a manner that is succinct, engaging, influential and persuasive to audiences that are at times non-technically experienced;
  • Executive experience providing timely, relevant, and solutions-oriented advice to the President and Board and other stakeholders of the institution;
  • Experience partnering with key administrative and academic groups, including those that work on academic programs, athletics, mission, communications, advancement & alumni relations, enrollment and student affairs, human resources, information technology, and institutional effectiveness and diversity;
  • Demonstrated experience with and commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Honesty, integrity, confidence, and candor;
  • An even-keeled professional presence that fosters respect, credibility, trust, and accountability;
  • A motivator with high energy and managerial courage; and
  • Respect and support of the mission and values of Holy Family University and a passion for contributing to this mission through their work.


Holy Family University has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this search. Please submit applications, expressions of interest, and nominations to Liz Neumann and Beth Schaefer here.

Holy Family University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, gender, age (as defined in the relevant statutes), veteran status, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other classification protected under federal, state, or local law. This policy extends to all educational, employment, and service programs at the University and complies with applicable federal laws. Holy Family University is committed to providing all qualified applicants and employees equal employment opportunities, not only because it is the law, but also because of our belief that adherence is morally correct.


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