Vice President of Administration and Finance

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Job Description:

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces a national search for a new Vice President of Administration and Finance, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President of Student Affairs. Serving as key members of the College's executive leadership team, the Vice Presidents will report directly to and partner with MCLA President James F. Birge, Ph.D.

MCLA's next Vice Presidents will be visionary leaders, accomplished strategic thinkers and planners, consultative by nature, decisive in practice, and informed about the needs of the 21st century learner, as well as staunch advocates for creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus environments. MCLA is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' designated public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts State University System. As the only public liberal arts college in the Commonwealth, MCLA belongs to the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), a distinctive national collaborative of 29 public liberal arts college where academic rigor and high impact educational experiences are central to the undergraduate program.

MCLA expects to welcome its new leaders to our community in the summer of 2021.

The Incoming Vice President of Administration and Finance is responsible for the executive leadership of financial and administrative services of the college. Primary responsibilities include providing leadership to overall administrative services at the college, directing the development of the budget, allocating fiscal resources, and managing the elements of fiscal accountability to accomplish the college's mission. Will continually review and provide innovative solutions to campus issues. Serves as the chief financial officer for the college and is a member of the President's Executive Staff. The Vice President spearheads alignment of financial operations, business support functions, physical plant management and auxiliary services with strategic planning objectives.

Provides management and direction to the departments of Information Technology, Facilities, Fiscal Affairs (Budgeting, Accounting, Purchasing), Shipping/Receiving and Mailroom/Copying, Capital Planning, Auxiliary Services, Risk Management, and Emergency Planning.


  1. Develops, implements and enforces policies and procedures through financial and administrative systems that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the college.
  2. Plans, develops, organizes, implements, directs and evaluates the organization's fiscal functions. Ensures timely and accurate budget analysis and financial reporting for the management team, President, and Board of Trustees. Ensures continual review and improvement of the budgeting process through education of management on financial issues impacting their budgets.
  3. Responsible for the planning, preparation, supervision, and presentation of the college's annual budget to the President and Board of Trustees.
  4. Responsible for disseminating information within the college on budgetary processes and procedures related to operating and capital expenditures.
  5. Advises the President and management team on the impact of long range financial and organizational planning. Provides strategic financial leadership and support on potential alliances, investments and other issues affecting the college's business. Participates in the negotiation of union contracts.
  6. Provides leadership and guidance regarding the development and implementation of capital planning and operations projects as well as the safe maintenance of physical plant and grounds.
  7. Provides leadership and guidance to ensure the campus-wide technology strategy is responsive to the needs of the college community.
  8. Establishes credibility throughout the organization and with the Board as an effective problem solver; serves as a mentor to the college community regarding financial issues.
  9. Evaluates the finance/administrative services structure and team plan for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the department as well as providing professional development opportunities.
  10. Collaborates with internal departments and external agents and constituencies to provide financial information/reports and to work toward the realization of cost efficiencies in line with the college's goals and strategic plan. Assist President in aligning strategic initiatives with Massachusetts Department of Higher Education strategic initiatives.
  11. Responsible for the accounting of all funds collected from all sources of the college and the dispersal of such funds under the applicable laws and regulation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  12. Develops policies and procedures and engages in the procurement of goods and non-personnel services.
  13. Serves as grievance hearing officer for Step III APA and AFSCME grievances.
  14. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the President.

  1. Bachelor's degree in Finance or related field required. Master's degree preferred.
  2. Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant preferred.
  3. Executive level experience in public higher education management highly preferred
  4. An experienced leader and financial executive with at least seven years of full-time progressively responsible management experience related to administrative and fiscal affairs in a complex organization.
  5. Demonstrated understanding of the importance of diversity of staff and ability to work collaboratively with a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
  6. Extensive experience with budget development and management, business accounting, risk management, contract/procurement.
  7. A strategic thinker with sound technical skills, analytical ability, and a strong operations and systems focus.
  8. Demonstrated ability to utilize data and identify risks to analyze strategic issues and inform decisions.
  9. Outstanding communication skills; a team player who can relate to a variety of constituencies. Able to explain complex financial information in understandable terms.
  10. Prior administrative experience in a collective bargaining environment preferred.

Additional Information:

For questions regarding your application or specifics of this position, please contact

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that they operate, which extends to admission and employment at MCLA. MCLA is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") to not discriminate in such a manner. Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be directed to each respective MCLA's Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, or both.

Nicole Comstock
Title IX Coordinator and Equal Opportunity Officer
Phone: (413) 662-5571
Mailing Address: 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
33 Arch Street, 9th Floor Boston, MA 02119-1424
Telephone: (617) 289-0111; FAX: (617) 289-0150; TDD (877) 521-2172

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin in early December.

Nominations for the position may be sent to

Interested candidates must apply electronically and should submit a letter of interest and resume by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below.

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