Western New England University — Vice President for Finance and Administration

Western New England University invites applications, nominations and expressions of interest in the position of Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Western New England University (WNE) is a visionary leader for quality and innovation in higher education.  A private, independent, co-educational institution founded in 1919 with an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England University serves 3,800 students, including more than 2,600 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered by 237 full-time and 109 part-time faculty through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and School of Law.  The low student-to-faculty ratio allows faculty to work closely with students in class, labs and guided research.  The university offers a myriad of experiential learning opportunities, including field experiences, student teaching, engineering design projects, and internships at a network of more than 1,000 companies and organizations across the country.

Under the leadership of President Robert Johnson, Ph.D., who was appointed in the summer of 2020, WNE is well positioned to build on its strong programs, enrollment, and financial position to plan its future. With a tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship and a commitment to provide innovative liberal and professional education opportunities, Western New England is one of only a few U.S. comprehensive institutions enrolling under 5,000 students that is also recognized with national and international accreditations at the highest levels. The university serves an increasingly diverse population of students from the northeastern United States, the nation, and the world.

Western New England University seeks an experienced Vice President for Finance and Administration with broad knowledge of strategic financial and administrative operations in higher education or other non-profit organizations of similar size, complexity, and scope. The vice president has a number of direct reports and oversight of many operational units, including: finance, budgeting, internal audits, facilities management (including construction), campus police, risk management, and auxiliary services. Western New England’s division of finance and administration has 150 employees.

The new Vice President will be an effective and innovative leader, natural collaborator and communicator, and an accomplished manager of people, processes, projects, and systems. The ideal candidate will possess an advanced degree in Finance, Accounting, or Business with at least 10 years of experience in a senior leadership role.

More information about Western New England University can be found at www.wne.edu.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Western New England University with this search. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to WittKieffer’s consultants supporting this search, Lucy A. Leske and Kim Brettschneider, at WNEVPFA@wittkieffer.com.

Candidate confidentially will be respected, and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.  For fullest consideration, application materials should be received by January 22, 2021.

Excellent fringe benefits including tuition remission for employee, spouse, and dependent children.

Western New England University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We welcome candidates whose background may contribute to the further diversification of our community.

To apply to this position please visit http://employment.wne.edu.