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Chief Financial Officer

United Lutheran Seminary
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Competitive salary + generous benefits
Start date
Nov 2, 2023

Job Details

The Chief Financial Officer is a key member of the President’s Cabinet. This full-time position will provide leadership and direct oversight for the Seminary in the financial management of its fiscal resources. The person also serve as Seminary Treasurer, is an advisory member of the Board of Trustees and several subcommittees, and a member of the administrative cabinet.

Key Responsibilities:

Financial Management

  • Develop and implement financial strategies that support the seminaries mission and goals.
  • Manage and oversee all financial operations, including accounting, budgeting, forecasting audit, internal control, and financial analysis.
  • Ensure the accuracy and completeness of financial records, including the general ledger, investment accounts, accounts payable and receivable, payroll plus all other financial systems.
  • Prepare and present timely financial reports to the President and Board that provide analysis and recommendations.
  • Ensure compliance with all financial reporting and regulatory requirements, including tax filings, audits, accreditation documents and other reporting requirements.

Budgeting and Forecasting

  • Develop and supervise the annual budgeting process working with seminary administration and other stakeholders to develop realistic and attainable budgets.
  • Monitor actual performance against budget and provide regular updates and variance analysis to the CEO and Board.
  • Develop and maintain financial forecasting models that support long term financial planning and decision making.

Tax Filing and Compliance

  • Oversee all tax filings and compliance requirements ensuring that the seminary is in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.
  • Manage relationships with external auditors, accreditors, and other financial service providers to ensure compliance with all reporting and regulatory requirements.

Strategic Planning and Leadership

  • Work closely with the President and senior leadership to develop, implement and revise strategic plans and goals that support the seminaries mission and vision.
  • Lead the Resource Development and Financial Management Board Committee with the committee Chair and other members to provide strategic guidance and support to the seminary.
  • Provide leadership and mentoring to the finance team that fosters a culture of consistent improvement and professional advancement.
  • Collaborate with other senior leaders to expand and apply strategies that advance the seminaries mission and goals.

Board Relations and Reporting

  • Strong Board reporting, communications and relationships are critical.
  • Report the comprehensive financial performance of the seminary to the Board on a timely and consistent basis Board reporting at a minimum should include budget variances, forecasts, cash and investment positions, all assets, borrowed money and all liabilities plus financial risks and opportunities.
  • Collaborate with the President and Board to develop and execute appropriate financial policies and procedures that correspond with the seminaries values and strategic goals.
  • Represent the seminary at internal and external functions to provide financial support and guidance as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance; MBA strongly preferred, and a CPA certificate is required.
  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in financial management with a minimum of five years with a nonprofit organization.
  • Proven track record of successful financial management, including experience developing and implementing financial strategies, managing budgets, and supervising financial reporting and compliance.
  • Strong leadership and management skills with experience building and leading high-performance teams.
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate financial information to non-financial stakeholders.
  • Commitment and support for the work of the seminary.
  • Enthusiastic interest in mentoring others and working as a cohesive team.
  • Ability to reliably commute to Gettysburg, PA required.
  • Driver’s license required.
  • Willingness to travel to the Philadelphia campus once monthly required.


  • Dental Insurance (no employee cost)
  • Health Insurance (no employee cost)
  • Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Contribution
  • Generous paid time off and holiday schedule


United Lutheran Seminary is an historic institution in the Northeast United States. ULS builds and sustains an affirming and diverse learning community of faithful, well-educated leaders skilled at guiding grace-filled encounters. Deeply rooted in the history of Lutheranism within Christianity, we witness to and participate in the work of God in the world through spiritual leadership, public advocacy, impactful worship, and care of neighbor. With a history that dates back nearly 200 years we have an annual enrollment of more than 325 students, offering seven different graduate degrees, three certificate programs, and many continuing education opportunities. We are affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and are an ecumenical institution.

United Lutheran is a Reconciling in Christ Seminary and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital/familial status, possession of a General Education Development Certificate (GED) as compared to a high school diploma, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, age, genetic information or any trait or characteristic protected by any applicable federal, state, or local law or ordinance for participation in any of its educational programs, services, or activities, including admission or employment.

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