Vice President for Finance and Administration

Job no: 496486
Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Finance / Business Support

Bucknell University invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President, Finance and Administration.

Reporting to President John Bravman, the Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA) has six direct reports, serves as the chief financial officer for the University, and oversees Finance and Accounting, Investments, Procurement, Contract Management, Community Relations, Facilities, Sustainability, Treasury, Events Management, and Public Safety. The VPFA manages the University’s $300 million operating budget, $865 million endowment as of December 31, 2018, and a net of $62 million in financial aid. The new VPFA will oversee the campus master plan and will work closely with the Board of Trustees’ Audit and Risk Management, Finance, and Investment Committees. The VPFA will play a key role in implementing strategic priorities and managing related finances.

The successful candidate will have outstanding financial and administrative management skills, experience in endowment management, a record of building and leading diverse teams, and a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of an innovative institution devoted to liberal arts and professional programs. Candidates must demonstrate a successful track record of communicating effectively with a range of internal and external constituencies and clear enthusiasm to be an active participant in a thriving academic community.

Given Bucknell’s unique nature as a 3,600-student (3,600 full-time undergraduates and 60 full- and part-time graduate students) national university where the liberal arts and professional programs complement each other, the Vice President must also work flexibly and intelligently across the three colleges – Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and the Kenneth E. Freeman College of Management – in an environment of significant size and complexity. Bucknell has in recent years accomplished many major milestones: adopting the “By Way of Bucknell” branding platform, completing the successful implementation of Workday for finance, human resources, and payroll, undergoing a strategic plan implementation, and completing extensive market research regarding its prospective students. The new VPFA will join the University during a new and ambitious era, as Bucknell contemplates its next capital campaign, prepares to implement its ambitious plans, and aspires to become even more visible nationally and globally for its unique and significant impact on the world.

Bucknell is located in central Pennsylvania about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh. The borough (pop. 5,800) features restaurants, beautifully maintained Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), shops and boutiques, and Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. As one of the largest employers in the Susquehanna Valley, Bucknell regularly partners with other major institutions and local and state governments to improve the region. Bucknell’s students and world-class faculty collaborate on research with the Geisinger Health System and take the lead in studying the Susquehanna River. The institution serves as a hub in a fiber-optic network that spans Pennsylvania.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Shelly Storbeck, Managing Partner
Tammarah Townes, Managing Associate
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP
BucknellVPFinance@storbecksearch.com

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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