Grinnell College, one of the nation’s preeminent, liberal-arts institutions, seeks an exceptional vice president for finance and treasurer of the college to provide strategic vision, leadership, and direction for the College’s financial operations, human resources, facilities management, risk management, and auxiliary services. Reporting directly to the president, the vice president will undertake a broad leadership role in administrative practices across the College. The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to partner with a dynamic and ambitious president and will steward the financial resources of the College in partnership with the president, the senior leadership team, and the board, ensuring Grinnell’s position at the forefront of liberal-arts education.
Grinnell College is a highly selective, private, residential, liberal-arts college widely recognized for its academic rigor and a strong tradition of social engagement. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls approximately 1,600 students from almost all 50 states and from approximately 50 other countries in 27 major fields and 12 interdisciplinary concentrations. Among the nation’s liberal-arts colleges, Grinnell is widely viewed as an institution of the first rank, with an excellent faculty, a consistently strong and increasingly diverse student body (18% international, 26% people of color, 16% first-generation), a well-equipped and memorably beautiful campus, and a formidable financial position.
In 2010, Grinnell welcomed Dr. Raynard S. Kington as its 13th president. Now in his seventh year, President Kington has established a strong and highly collaborative senior team. He has raised the profile of Grinnell College through his active participation in the national conversation around higher education, the value of a liberal-arts education, access, and bridging the inequality gap. He has married the vitality of the surrounding town and the College through a robust economic development partnership. President Kington’s management style is inclusive, and he is committed to thoughtful and transparent decision-making. The vice president will partner with a president committed to preserving Grinnell College’s enduring values while forging a new, innovative, and exciting future.
President Kington initiated a strategic planning process in fall 2011 that has developed substantive strategies, including building a humanities and social studies complex; a data-driven and successful enrollment program; and establishing the Center for Careers, Life and Service; the Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment; and the Institute for Global Engagement. Grinnell has identified ambitious goals for the years ahead as it seeks to achieve its highest potential as one of the country’s very best liberal-arts colleges.
Grinnell is currently in a strong financial position, guided by an active and knowledgeable board of trustees and a strong senior administrative team. Over the course of the College’s history, Grinnell has built one of the largest endowments for a liberal arts college, which currently stands at approximately $1.7 billion. The College’s AAA credit rating was affirmed in December 2016, and the finance team completed a successful bond issue in January 2017.
The vice president for finance and treasurer of the College will serve as a member of the president’s senior leadership team and will oversee the financial operations of the College, as well as human resources, facilities management, risk management, and auxiliary services. Alongside the other members of the senior leadership team, the vice president will assume a broad leadership role in the development and continuous improvement of administrative practices across the institution. Given the collaborative and consensus-driven culture at Grinnell, it is essential that the vice president leads with trust and transparency. The budget planning process, instituted by the current vice president, is a shared, collaborative, and consultative process, which includes stakeholders from many areas across the College, including representatives from the faculty, student government, staff, and the senior leadership team.
The vice president will demonstrate a deep understanding of and passion for the mission and goals of an outstanding liberal-arts college. She or he will be a strategic financial and operational professional with a collaborative leadership style and a demonstrated capacity to communicate broadly across an institution. The ideal candidate will possess ten or more years of progressively responsible financial management experience, preferably in higher education or in another not-for-profit organization. Excellent judgment and decision-making skills tempered with flexibility and adaptability are essential.
Jack Gorman and Dan Rodas are leading this search with Jonathan Richardson and Kelly Shenk Koontz.
Grinnell College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of the nation. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, religion, creed, or disability.