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Vice President of Finance and Administration

Nazareth College
Rochester, New York
Salary commensurate with experience.
Posted Date
Jan 31, 2023

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Nazareth College, an independent, co-ed nonsectarian institution with 1,987 undergraduate and 535 graduate students outside of Rochester, NY, is conducting a national search for a new Vice President for Finance and Administration. The College has a budget of $83M, net assets of $220M and an endowment $78M. It is ranked among the country's best institutions for undergraduate education by the Princeton Review and is known for its commitment to social justice. The new Vice President will join a dedicated and inspired learning community and capitalize on the momentum of President Beth Paul and her strong leadership team, guided by a new strategic framework. The new VP will inherit an outstanding team with tremendous bench strength in all areas of the portfolio.

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative and entrepreneurial leader who serves as the steward of the resources of the institution by ensuring the financial health of the College through leadership, direction, and oversight of the College’s financial, administrative, and entrepreneurial activities. The VPFA serves as a principal advisor to the President and is responsible for preparing financial analysis, budgetary reports and long-range projections for the President and Board of Trustees. 

The VPFA will be a key member of the President’s cabinet and will play a major role in the ongoing development of the College’s strategic framework and in ensuring that expenses are consistent with the College’s revenue. The VPFA will be responsible for the offices of finance, facilities, technology, campus security, food service and campus events and will serve as liaison to all relevant board committees.

The VPFA will work closely and collaboratively with the vice presidents of enrollment and advancement to ensure the attainment of the revenue required to balance the College’s budget. The VPFA will be a creative leader who will identify and develop new partnerships and new sources of revenue for the College. The VPFA’s responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Development and execution of the College’s budget and long-term financial plan
  • Creation, development, and identification of new sources of non-tuition revenue
  • Development of business partnerships and collaborations to foster the interests of the College
  • Oversight of all activities of the finance office including preparation of the audit, the endowment, management of the debt, etc.
  • Identification of operational efficiencies throughout the College Management and maintenance of all campus facilities
  • Oversight of all campus renovations and construction
  • Management of campus security
  • Management of food service
  • Management of campus conferences and events Res
  • Reponsibility for the campus sustainability program


The successful candidate will demonstrate unquestioned integrity, be an outstanding communicator, a strategic thinker and possess strong and effective interpersonal skills that engender trust and cultivate collaboration. They will be respectful of others, will value diversity and inclusion and will have a positive, can-do attitude. The new VPFA will be an exceptional financial and administrative leader with superior analytical and management skills and a willingness to explore new and creative opportunities for ensuring the College’s financial health. The successful candidate will be an excellent manager, be adept at managing multiple priorities simultaneously, be entrepreneurial in spirit, willing to think outside the box and take prudent risks. The new VPFA will be a skilled negotiator and will have a strong backbone.  They will understand the higher education landscape, and the challenges that higher education is currently facing and provide innovative ideas in approaching the future. The new VPFA will be able to understand and negotiate complex financial transactions and the ability to achieve goals using influence and negotiation skills. The successful candidate will have the fortitude to make difficult choices when necessary and the ability to convey decisions with clarity.

The new VPFA will be knowledgeable about the critical areas in the portfolio and will have experience working with boards of trustees. They will have at least ten years of progressively increasing experience in finance and administration, managing a large staff with diverse responsibilities. Higher Education experience is desirable as well as experience in business, non-profits and/or other sectors.  A bachelor’s degree is required, and an MBA or other advanced degree is preferred. For more information about the position, please refer to the position profile.

NOMINATION AND APPLICATION PROCESS                                            

Nominations and applications are invited for this position. Review of applications will begin immediately, and candidate material received by March 7, 2023 will be assured full consideration although recruitment will continue until an appointment is announced. Applications (including a cover letter and resume) must be uploaded to: Lapovsky Consulting is assisting Nazareth College in this search. For nominations, questions, or additional information, please contact:

Lucie Lapovsky


EEO Statement

Nazareth College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College does not permit discrimination or harassment in its programs and activities on the basis of race including traits historically associated with race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, medical condition, reproductive health decision making, pregnancy-related condition, genetic information or predisposing characteristic, military or veteran status, political affiliation or belief, arrest or conviction record, domestic violence victim status, marital status, familial status, or any other protected status under applicable law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in its educational, extracurricular, athletic or other programs or in the context of employment.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, carrier status, genetic predisposition or any other protected status, or any other basis upon which discrimination is prohibited by municipal, state, or federal law. 

In a continuing effort to enrich our academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the College actively encourages applications from members of all ethnic groups underrepresented in higher education. 

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