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Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of Finance

Eastern Mennonite University
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Feb 16, 2023


Eastern Mennonite University 

Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Vice President of Finance

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), a leading faith-informed peace and justice university located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, is pleased to announce an opening for its chief operating officer (COO) and financial officer (VP Finance). The University invites applications and nominations for the position beginning immediately with an anticipated start date of July 3, 2023. EMU seeks a collaborative and entrepreneurial leader who will serve as the steward of financial health of the university and who will work in concert with 200 staff, 90 full-time faculty, and approximately 70 adjunct faculty, to significantly advance the noble mission and culture of community care of this remarkable Anabaptist-inspired liberal arts university. 


Reporting to the President and serving as a key member of the President’s Executive Leadership Team and Cabinet, the COO/VP of Finance is responsible for a large and diverse portfolio of work energized by devoted staff in the areas of business, facilities, auxiliary services, human resources, campus safety & security, information systems, and food service. The COO/VP of Finance is a principal advisor to the President and is responsible for ensuring workforce sustainability, preparing financial analysis, budgetary reports and long-range projections for the President and Board of Trustees. 


Founded in 1917, EMU is an educational institution of the Mennonite Church USA. The University offers rigorous academic study at the undergraduate, graduate, and seminary levels and confers degrees in the liberal arts, applied sciences, and professions. More than 2,000 students are enrolled in programs at three locations (main campus in Harrisonburg, VA; Lancaster, PA; and Washington DC) and online.


For more information about the position, institution, and leadership agenda please review the full position profile.


Applications may be submitted in confidence at A candidate’s application should include: 1) a completed online application; 2) a letter of intent addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements; and 3) a current, full CV or résumé highlighting responsibilities and accomplishments. Please note that references will be requested at the initial interview stage. For full consideration by the search committee, applicant materials should be submitted by Monday, April 3, 2023.  Additional information about the institution may be found at


Confidential conversations about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Mr. John Beckvold, who serves as our experienced and professional Interim Vice President at See his LinkedIn profile for professional résumé.



EMU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. Eastern Mennonite University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity in administration of its employment and educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other school-administered programs.

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