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Vice President for Finance & Administration

Saint Elizabeth University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 23, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Financial Affairs, Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents
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Full Time
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Saint Elizabeth University (SEU), founded by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in 1899, is a Minority-serving (MSI) and Hispanic-serving (HSI) community of learning in the Catholic, liberal arts tradition that values the worth and dignity of all individuals, commits itself to equity and social justice, and produces significant economic development and mobility for students and their communities. A short 60-minute train ride from New York City, SEU resides on 150 acres of picturesque rolling hills and lush woodlands and is conveniently located in Morris County (NJ) with easy access to the Convent Station Train Station, Routes 287, 280, 80, 10, and 24. 

The University, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, offers 19 undergraduate majors, ten master degree programs, two doctoral degree programs, and 25 additional certification programs. SEU's distinguished faculty serves approximately 1,200 traditional undergraduate, adult undergraduate, and graduate students of diverse ages, backgrounds, and cultures. 

Job Summary

The Vice President for Finance and Administration is the Chief Financial Officer of the University, a key member of President Gary Crosby's senior cabinet, and a forward-thinking and collaborative leader who provides strategic leadership and direct responsibility for all financial and business affairs of the University. 

The Vice President will have the skill set and experience to support effectively:

  • the implementation of the University's mission of access, success, and economic mobility for its diverse student body;
  • the development and implementation of strategic financial planning for the short- and long-term success and sustainability of this mission;
  • the effective leadership and management of the institution's business operations, dining services, facilities, conference and events, human resources, campus security and risk management.

The Vice President for Finance & Administration has the fiduciary responsibility for all University resources and will, as a strategic partner, communicate and collaborate regularly with the Vice Presidents and Deans, faculty and staff, students and community leaders to ensure the effective stewardship of its resources.  He/she will continually assess the University's economic, demographic, and competitive landscape as well as national, state and regional conditions to conduct and share financial analysis and planning that will inform strategic decision-making.  The Vice President will possess the skills and sensibilities to lead in a team-oriented environment across multiple administrative areas, to implement a broad vision, to handle ambiguity and competing interests and details, and to communicate effectively in public.

Essential Functions

  • Supports strategic, mission-driven, long-range financial planning;
  • Presents timely, accurate, and relevant financial reports, projections, and analysis to the President and the Cabinet to inform decision-making;
  • Monitors financial performance to ensure intergenerational equity of the University's finances and budgets, including multi-year forecasting, as well as monitoring of internal and external trends;
  • Develops and improves operational systems with a focus on efficiency, effectiveness, compliance, and continuous improvement;
  • In collaboration with other key members of the senior leadership team, ensures the continued work on a comprehensive plan for critical facilities and programs, keeping an eye focused on the evolving needs of students and faculty;
  • Serves a liaison officer with various state agencies/departments and other organizations related to financial and administrative matters;
  • Oversees the process for developing, monitoring and reporting on annual operating budgets; 
  • Works with external financial advisors (bankers, bond underwriters, etc.) as necessary;
  • Provides oversight of the University's endowment and investments, and compliance with applicable federal and state regulations and laws;
  • Partners closely with and supports the Board of Trustees' Finance and Infrastructure Committees;
  • Provides additional support to the President, as requested.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Business, Finance, Accounting or related field from an accredited college or university;
  • Minimum of 10 years of increasingly responsible roles leading a broad range of fiscal and operational management functions of an organization;
  • Ability to communicate complex financial information clearly to diverse audiences, both orally and in writing;
  • Strong analytical skills and technical ability, including expertise with enterprise-wide systems.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Doctoral Degree in Business, Finance, Accounting or related field from an accredited college or university; 
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA);
  • In addition to fiscal management prowess, experience with facilities/capital projects, risk management, human resources, and conferences and events.

How to Apply

  • Apply to position at;
  • Applications should include a cover letter, resume, five (5) professional references with emails, phone numbers, and relationship to the candidate. References will not be contacted without the applicant's explicit consent;
  • Saint Elizabeth University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer;
  • Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply;
  • Saint Elizabeth University is a designated minority serving undergraduate institution.


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