Assistant Vice President for Financial Services
St. Norbert College
Search for Assistant Vice President for Financial Services
De Pere, Wisconsin
St. Norbert College, one of the top-ranked Catholic liberal arts colleges in the nation, seeks a forward thinking, technically astute, and imaginative leader for the newly created position of Assistant Vice President for Financial Services (AVP). As a skilled finance and accounting leader, the inaugural AVP will provide creative fiscal and strategic oversight to further the College’s mission and continued impact. In this highly visible role, the AVP will collaborate with all areas of the College, serve as a trusted advisor to both administrative and academic leadership, and be a key leader in advancing the College’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The AVP will have a unique opportunity to plan for the College’s sustainable and impactful future, while making recommendations that will inform strategic thinking and future direction.
Founded in 1898, St. Norbert College remains the only college in the world sponsored by the Norbertine Order, a global Catholic order devoted to living in community and serving others. Today, the College offers more than 2,100 students from 26 countries the opportunity to pursue more than 80 fields of study, study abroad in 29 countries, compete in 23 varsity sports and participate in more than 90 student clubs and organizations. St. Norbert is on track to enroll one of the largest, most diverse, and academically prepared first-year classes, with an average high school grade point average of 3.57. The College is financially strong and well managed. For fiscal year ended May 31, 2020, the College’s net assets were $294 million, and total endowment assets were $148 million. The College’s total operating expenses for fiscal year 2020 were $74.5 million.
St. Norbert is located in De Pere, Wisconsin, a community known for its gorgeous river views, boutique-stye shopping, lively restaurants and many opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Fox River Trails runs through the city and extends along the river through downtown Green Bay. Green Bay, five minutes north of De Pere, is an economic hub of Northeastern Wisconsin, and offers outstanding business, cultural, and athletic opportunities, and a vibrant quality of life.
Reporting to the Vice President for Business and Finance/Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the AVP serves as the deputy and thought partner to the CFO and is a key member of the CFO’s Senior Leadership Team. The AVP oversees a staff of 11 and is directly responsible for the departments of Accounting Services and Student Account Services, including cash and treasury management, investment and endowment management, and capital finance management. The AVP will also partner closely with the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis to support budget and forecast development, analysis and reporting.
The AVP will address a set of key opportunities and challenges to help ensure the College’s continuing success and future growth, including creating state of the art business operations, systems, policies and procedures to advance organizational efficiency and effectiveness; support staff development; serving as a strategic partner to the CFO; engaging with the Board finance committee. The AVP will be charged with bringing vision, direction, and a long-term strategic thinking to the finance area of the College; managing diverse revenue streams with efficiency and accuracy; ensuring a robust cash flow while maintaining internal and external regulations; and providing exemplary service to all departments and constituencies of the College. In addition, the AVP will play a critical role in championing and supporting the implementation and optimization of the College’s new Enterprise Resource Planning System, Workday.
The successful candidate will be an experienced financial and accounting leader with a successful track record of at least 11 years of progressive experience. The AVP will ideally bring a knowledge of and experience with nonprofit financial accounting and its intricacies and complexities, including familiarity with diversified streams of funding, financial reporting, and accounting. Success in this role will be measured by strong communication and interpersonal skills, and a transparent, straight forward and inclusive decision-making and management style, a can-do attitude and hands-on work ethic, and demonstrated strategic leadership capabilities. The AVP will also possess a strong commitment to the College’s mission and values. The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting or business. A master’s degree and/or CPA is preferred.
All confidential inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters can be sent electronically and in confidence to:
Dan Rodas, Partner
Jane McMahon, Managing Associate
St. Norbert College is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of our people, ideas, and talents. We welcome individuals with diverse experiences, backgrounds,
and skills to join our college community in our pursuit of inclusion and excellence. Women and individuals from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
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