Gwynedd Mercy University is seeking an experienced and innovative leader to join the leadership team of President Deanne H. D’Emilio as the Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA). This is an exciting opportunity to help guide the strategic direction of the university and build upon its rich history of excellence. A visionary with knowledge of trends affecting higher education, a strong record of college or university financial management, and executing strategic plans with successful outcomes is preferred.
Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Finance and Administration is the chief financial officer of the university and a member of the President’s Executive Council. The VPFA has the primary responsibility to maintain the fiscal health of the University with oversight for the University’s business and financial operations, budget, investments, institutional technology services, capital projects, physical plant operations, financial and contractual aspects of a third party Online Program Manager and auxiliary enterprises. Duties and responsibilities subject to change.
Gwynedd Mercy University is a private, Catholic institution with a strong foundation in the liberal arts founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1948. More than 2700 students are served by four schools: Arts and Sciences; Business and Education; Graduate and Professional Studies; and The Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions. There are more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs offered in a variety of formats.
The university recently doubled its size by acquiring an adjacent 154-acre parcel currently named the East Campus. The VPFA will have the opportunity to work with the President and Board of Trustees in developing this property as part of a Facilities Master Planning process and overall Strategic Plan. The university now occupies 314 beautiful acres located in suburban Philadelphia with two satellite locations in Bensalem and Center City.
Qualifications: The successful candidate is expected to have thorough familiarity with the philosophy and responsibilities of an independent institution of higher education in the Catholic/Mercy tradition. An earned Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline from an accredited institution. CPA credential required; At least 5 years senior level finance and administrative management experience in higher education highly preferred. Some experience managing major construction projects is highly desirable.
The following qualifications provide additional expectations of the search:
• Ability to work collaboratively with diverse internal and external stakeholders, including local and state elected officials • Open and transparent communication skills to ensure that the university financial position is accurately and effectively reported to the President and all other administrators/bodies • Provides leadership and mentoring to a diverse division of university personnel • Oversight for compliance with relative federal and state regulations and laws • Experience in senior financial administration including institutional budget preparation and working with university personnel in a system of shared governance and mutual respect • Implementation of decisions related to investments, arranging for short-term capital, and for long-term borrowing • Experience with financial planning and forecasting especially related to enrollment management • Experience managing endowment funds, ensuring compliance with all conditions, restrictions and designations imposed by donors, the President and the Board of Trustees • Experience with the accounting and management of grant funds • Experience with risk management inclusive of ensuring that the university is properly insured. • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, including the ability to identify, consult and resolve issues that impact institutional needs and priorities
For full consideration please apply on the Gwynedd Mercy University Career Site. A cover letter and resume are required. Please be prepared to upload all documents in the “Upload Documents” section of the application. You will not be able to attach documents to the application once it is submitted.
About Gwynedd Mercy University
Gwynedd Mercy University is a Catholic university with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. Founded in 1948 by the Sisters of Mercy, the University offers more than 40 associate, bachelor, master and doctorate degree programs on a full- and part-time basis. Our academic distinction lies in the intersection of excellent programs in health care, education, and business administration, which prepares students to become leaders in the region's powerful and growing life-sciences industry. Our enrollment of nearly 2,500 students and prime location within minutes of Philadelphia means that we're large enough to offer a vibrant campus life but small enough that professors can develop mentoring relationships with students. We educate students in the Mercy tradition of service to society, preparing graduates who not only find jobs but also create lives and careers with deep meaning.
Gwynedd Mercy University students enjoy a vibrant, collegiate campus life highlighted by its 19 NCAA Division III men's and women's sports teams and opportunities to pursue interests through 24 clubs and activities. The University has four residence halls with a variety of living options, a gym and access ...to indoor track and outside basketball and tennis courts. There are four eateries on campus where students can grab a coffee on the run, get pizza and sandwiches or sit down to all-you-can eat meals. The University is situated on 314 beautiful acres close to a variety of shops and eateries and just a short ride away to the city excitement of Philadelphia.