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Vice President of Finance New York, NY

New York Law School (NYLS), Lower Manhattan’s preeminent legal education institution, seeks an experienced, strategic, and collaborative leader to serve as its next Vice President of Finance. Working in concert with the Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer (SVP/CFO), the Vice President for Finance (VPF) leads financial and operational planning that supports and aligns with the institution’s overarching strategy and mission. As a highly visible and influential member of NYLS’s senior leadership team, the VPF will have a high degree of interaction with numerous internal and external stakeholders, including the Dean and President, Academic Dean, General Counsel, and Board of Trustees, as well as bankers, investment advisors, and auditors.

Founded in 1891, NYLS is in the heart of New York City’s legal, government, financial, and emerging tech centers. Known as “New York’s law school,” NYLS embraces the city as its classroom by complementing a rigorous legal education with an innovative and diverse set of “uniquely New York” experiential learning opportunities. Its renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in key areas of the law, including business and financial services, intellectual property and privacy, and government and public interest law. NYLS has more than 18,000 graduates and currently enrolls around 1,100 students in its full-time and part-time J.D. programs. The School also offers an advanced-degree program in Tax Law.

The VPF oversees a wide range of institutional financial functions at NYLS. In doing so, the VPF will play a key role in enhancing the School’s financial strength through creative leadership of operating and capital budget development and management, long-term financial planning and analysis, funds management, tuition and fees assessment and collection, student financial services, policy development, and overall financial compliance. Supporting the VPF’s efforts, will be a team of 7 responsible for the School’s financial operations; general accounting and accounting operations; financial reporting and compliance; financial systems; investments accounting, treasury operations, and debt management; grants management; capital projects; internal controls; student accounts; payroll administration; tax monitoring and filing; and financial analytics, compliance, and other financial functions.

In close collaboration with the SVP/CFO, the VPF leads the development and implementation of NYLS’s $53-million annual operating budget, including detailed forecasts of tuition and scholarship revenue. The VPF will develop budget scenarios and initiatives, and ensure that all expense budgets and income projections are current and accurate. The VPF will help manage NYLS’s $200-million endowment in coordination with the School’s Investment Committee and external investment manager and advisor. In addition, the VPF will identify opportunities to leverage technology to increase productivity, customer service, and support.

The successful candidate will have extensive financial management experience at a senior leadership level, preferably in higher education, health care, or another nonprofit organization, at a senior leadership level with a strong understanding of nonprofit accounting and financial management. A skilled and inspirational financial leader, the VPF will foster a transparent, accountable, and collaborative approach to financial and budgetary decision-making across the School. The new VPF will be a proven change agent with the skills and experience to facilitate and coordinate change. A bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minimum of seven to 10 years of a senior-level accounting/finance and reporting position is required. A master's degree and/or CPA designation is preferred.

All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters can be submitted electronically below, in confidence.

Dan Rodas is leading this search with Jane McMahon.

New York Law School is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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