Vice-President for Finance and Administration
Haverford College, a top liberal arts undergraduate institution located outside Philadelphia, known for its academic rigor, student-run Honor Code, arboretum campus, and rich community grounded in Quaker traditions and values, seeks nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA). Reporting directly to the President, the VPFA serves as a key member of the Senior Staff and oversees a broad portfolio that stewards the College’s financial and physical assets, in addition to all non-academic operations, thus impacting, supporting, and reaching every unit of the institution. The VPFA will join Haverford at a time of great opportunity as the College envisions and enacts strategies to advance and strengthen its position as a leading liberal arts institution.
Through a collaborative approach, clear and accessible communication, and strategic leadership, the VPFA will work closely with diverse constituents across the College, including Senior Staff, the Board of Managers, faculty, staff, and students to extend and amplify Haverford’s academic mission. The VPFA is the College’s chief financial officer and oversees an annual operating budget in excess of $100 million, in addition to all College facilities and operations writ large. The VPFA’s portfolio includes a number of operational areas, including Administrative Auxiliary Services, Budgeting and Planning, Controller’s Office, Human Resources, Facilities Management, Dining Services, and Campus Safety, with the last two departments jointly managed with Bryn Mawr College. The VPFA is also the Treasurer of the Corporation of Haverford College.
The VPFA will be a strong partner to the President, the Provost, Senior Staff, and the Board of Managers, as well as committees comprising students, faculty, and staff, providing leadership for all short- and long-term financial decision-making. The VPFA will be a change leader and systems thinker, overseeing complex operational units, implementing best practices and innovative uses of resources and technology to strengthen essential College administrative functions, and advancing strategies for campus maintenance, improvement, and space utilization. The VPFA will play a key role in translating the forthcoming 2022 Strategic Plan into actionable financial and operational plans.
The next VPFA will be a vital member of the Haverford community and will possess the communication and interpersonal skills to successfully connect and collaborate with a wide range of highly engaged stakeholders. They will bring a deep appreciation of the academic mission and uphold Haverford’s culture of integrity, community, engagement, and consensus-building. Given Haverford’s deep commitment to social justice and becoming an antiracist institution, the next VPFA should possess a track record of fostering and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within a complex institution. Finally, as the leader of a large team, the VPFA will be a strong and supportive manager, modeling a culture of accountability, openness, high-quality service, and transparency, while establishing processes and structures that best utilize and support the expertise of their strong leadership team.
Haverford College has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting this important search and to help identify outstanding candidates. All inquiries, applications, and nominations for this opportunity will be held in strict confidence and should be directed to the search firm as indicated below.
Dan Rodas, Partner
Katy Ryan, Senior Associate
Haverford College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability or veteran status. Haverford has a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected in the curriculum, classrooms, and communal composition of the College. Haverford welcomes applications from candidates who share these values and who will foster their contribution to the College’s mission.