Northwestern College is seeking a vice president for finance and operations beginning Jan. 1, 2020, who is responsible for all financial matters—including budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting and risk management— and who leads the finance department to drive institutional results. The vice president is ultimately responsible for the administration and coordination of the following program areas:
Mailroom & printing offices
The vice president will be appointed by and report directly to the president and serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet. The VPFO will also staff the Board of Trustees Finance Committee, with the primary objective of stewarding the financial and other resources of Northwestern College in the fulfillment of its mission, vision and strategic initiatives.
The successful candidate should possess the following qualities:
Bachelor’s degree (preference for candidates who possess a CPA and/or MBA)
Five to ten years of successful experience in senior leadership positions in finance and operations
Prior experience at a college, university or not-for-profit organization in a similar position preferred
Experience with investment and retirement plan management as well as benefit plan management
Knowledge of and a strong commitment to the distinctively Christian mission of Northwestern
Ability to select, train, supervise, inspire and lead teams of people
An ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and peers within the college leadership and with external vendors at the individual and organizational level
Strong organizational skills and problem-solving abilities
Ability to function as a liaison between architects & contractors on building projects to make sure college interests are represented, good working relationships are maintained, and construction is completed on time and on budget
Personal qualities associated with successful senior leaders, including integrity, excellent oral and written communication skills, sound judgment, initiative, attitude and personality
Northwestern College is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and seeks to more fully reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the body of Christ in its faculty, staff, administration and students. Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are enthusiastically encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin Oct. 1. To apply, send letter of application, resume and Northwestern College application form to:
About Northwestern College (IA)
Northwestern College combines academic rigor with a Christ-centered worldview for an education that earns top-10 honors from U.S. News & World Report. Northwestern, founded in 1882, has also been ranked as the third-best college or university in the state by College Consensus and listed consistently on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Two Northwestern faculty members have been named the Iowa Professor of the Year. A member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, Northwestern is committed to integrating faith throughout all aspects of the college. Northwestern has an enrollment of more than 1,300 students from 32 states and 21 countries. More than 80 undergraduate academic programs are offered, along with numerous opportunities for off-campus and overseas study. An online Master of Education program offers seven options. Since 2003, more than $70 million has been spent on construction and renovation projects on Northwestern’s 100-acre campus, including the $24.5 million DeWitt Family Science Center, which was completed in 2018. Orange City, a county seat in... a thriving agricultural and manufacturing region, has been ranked one of the nation’s top-10 Christian college towns by CollegeandSeminary.com. A clean community of 6,000 proud of its Dutch heritage, it has also been named the best town in Iowa in which to raise a family, the happiest city in the state, one of the nation’s 100 best small towns, and the state’s safest town.
Mission: Northwestern College is a Christian academic community engaging students in courageous and faithful learning and living that empowers them to follow Christ and pursue God’s redeeming work in the world.