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Aquinas College

Location: Grand RapidsMI 49506 Document ID: AB322-5KEX Posted on: 2017-08-1708/17/2017 Job Type: Regular

Job Schedule:Full-time

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan seeks an accomplished and strategic leader to serve as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Reporting to the Aquinas College President, the VP and CFO is responsible for providing dynamic leadership for accounting, finance, business administration, information technology services (ITS), human resources, physical plant, and outsourced functions such as dining services, and bookstore.  This role is designed to bring strategic guidance and leadership to the operational functions that are essential in supporting students, faculty, and staff.


As a member of the President’s Cabinet and strategic advisor to the President and the Aquinas College Board of Trustees, the VP and CFO assists the President and the Board in overseeing the college’s annual operating budget of $31 million.  The VP and CFO is responsible for the oversight of college departments including approximately 50 full-time employees.


The successful candidate will have:

  • Master’s degree in accounting, finance or other related discipline
  • At least seven years of successful leadership and financial management experience in a senior administrative capacity, with experience working in higher education preferred.  
  • Experience creating and implementing strategic plans,
  • Experience preparing for and evaluating enterprise financial audits
  • Experienced with banking, debt and investment management processes.
  • Extensive knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, and a CPA designation is preferred.
  • Experience leading business operations functions such as ITS, human resources, and physical plant.
  • Excellent leadership skills and the ability to be a collaborative member of various teams that are formed for a wide variety of projects. 
  • The ability to communicate and work collaboratively with the Board of Trustees, peers and the wider College community

A complete application will include resume and cover letter and three professional references submitted to the Aquinas College career site: https://aquinas.prismhr-hire.com/job/49515/vice-president-and-chief-financial-officer

Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Confidential inquires can be made to Maureen Walsh, Director of Human Resources at Aquinas College by contacting her at mmw004@aquinas.edu.


Aquinas College, an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic and Dominican traditions, provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective, emphasizes career preparation focused on leadership and service to others, and fosters a commitment to lifelong learning dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the common good. Aquinas College is recognized as the exceptional Catholic liberal arts college that prepares individuals for careers of leadership and service in developing a sustainable and just global community. Aquinas College is recognized by its values: Faith, Service, Learning and Community.

Aquinas College is committed to equality. We believe that diversity is a blessing, which brings a richness of perspectives to our intellectual, cultural, social, and spiritual life. All members of our community - faculty, staff, students - will demonstrate respect for each other regardless of our differences. All of us will be sensitive in our actions, words, and deeds.



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