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Senior Vice President for Finance and Operational Innovation

Manhattanville University
Purchase, New York
Date posted
Mar 22, 2024

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Manhattanville University announces a national search for a bold and collaborative leader to serve as the Senior Vice President for Finance and Operational Innovation (SVP). The first cabinet hire of Manhattanville’s new President, Frank D. Sanchez, Ph.D., this is a unique opportunity for a chief financial officer who understands the nonprofit higher education landscape and is eager to play a transformative role in preparing the university to serve tomorrow’s learners. The SVP will come to the university as a thought leader ready to employ the latest best practices and lead university innovation and change. The new SVP is expected to assume the role in July 2024.


  • Master’s degree in Business, Finance, Operations Management or another field related to the role
  • 10+ years of financial leadership experience
  • Experience and familiarity with Auditing and GAAP principle


  • Higher education leadership and strategic planning experience
  • Experience preparing and managing cash flows
  • Experience securing and managing capital improvements financing
  • Understanding of higher education funding options and demonstrated experience realizing new funding sources including grants and entrepreneurial endeavors
  • Proven success using data to inform the development of innovative approaches to financial management and operations
  • Experience working with the New York State Education Department
  • Experience with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation process
  • Experience engaging with senior leadership to further a shared strategic vision
  • Excellent people management skills, including the ability to inspire innovation and bring people together to work toward a common goal
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Desire to be an active member of the Manhattanville community and university representative to appropriate regional and national organizations/associations


This exempt position has a salary range of $280,000-$310,000.

Academic Search is assisting Manhattanville in this search. Applications must include, in three separate attachments, 1) a detailed cover letter; 2) a current resume/curriculum vitae (CV); and 3) a list of five professional references with contact information and a brief description of the working relationship with each. References will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate and at a later stage of the search. All documents should be in PDF format.

Nominations and applications should be sent to To ensure full consideration by the Search Committee, applications should be received by Wednesday, April 24, 2024. Nominators and prospective candidates may arrange a confidential discussion about this opportunity with Senior Consultant Dianne Kenney (Bookings link). When submitting a nomination, please include the nominee’s full name, position, institution, and email address.

Manhattanville University adheres to all federal, state, and local civil rights law banning discrimination in higher education institutions. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee, applicant for employment, volunteer, student, or applicant for admission on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, military status, sex, gender, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, criminal conviction, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, gender identity, transgender status, or gender dysphoria.


Manhattanville College

Manhattanville is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts college located about 30 miles north of New York City on a picturesque campus of 100 acres.  Manhattanville enrolls a nationally and internationally diverse student body of approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students with over 40% of our students coming from historically underrepresented populations. Building on its heritage of social justice and social activism, Manhattanville prepares students through rigorous academic and co-curricular programs, for ethical and socially responsible leadership in a global community.  We achieve this through integrated learning that combines classroom rigor with experiential opportunities, leadership with service, intimate attention with global reach, progressive change with enduring values, and social commitment with ethical responsibility. Manhattanville is fully committed to an inclusive and culturally diverse faculty, staff and student community. We seek to recruit qualified and diverse candidates who will help us achieve our goal of creating an inclusive community that is welcoming to all people.

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