Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration
Company: University of New England
Location: Biddeford, ME
Job Function: Finance
The University of New England (UNE), Maine’s largest private university, is seeking an exceptional and experienced leader to become its next Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration (SVPFA). Reporting directly to President James Herbert, UNE is seeking a strategic and visionary leader with strong interpersonal and communication skills, and a commitment to the University’s mission of preparing students to thrive in a rapidly-changing world and to improve the health of people, communities, and our planet.
UNE resulted from a merger, in the late twentieth century, of three precursor institutions: St. Francis College, founded in 1939 by Franciscan monks to educate Québecois boys whose families worked in the local mills, Westbrook College, founded in 1831 to educate young women at a time when the doors of higher education were largely closed to them, and The New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, a new medical school formed by a grass roots effort of physicians in Maine. UNE has since grown into a thriving university with three distinctive campuses in Biddeford and Portland, Maine, and Tangier, Morocco, and five unique colleges — the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Westbrook College of Health Professions, College of Dental Medicine, and the College of Professional Studies. The University offers flagship programs in the health, life, and environmental sciences, and degrees in business, education, the social sciences and the liberal arts. With Maine’s only medical college, physician assistant program, and Northern New England’s only dental college, UNE is Maine’s primary educator of health care professionals. The University prides itself on ensuring that students graduate with career-ready skills acquired through the marriage of classroom instruction with experiential learning via internships, research, global adventures, and unparalleled student support. It has been recognized as one of the top colleges in the country by US News and World Report, Princeton Review and Money Magazine and by the Brookings Institute as Maine’s number one college for increasing career earnings of its students.
The New Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration will join UNE at an exciting time. UNE has never been fiscally stronger. With net assets of $444.5 million, an operating budget of $ million and an endowment of $89 million the University is seeking a leader to serve as a strategic thought partner to President Herbert, the Board, and the senior leadership team. The SVPFA, who oversees a staff of 10 is responsible for budgeting, financial planning, management, and assessment of the financial operations of the University. The SVPFA also manages a complex portfolio of services including facilities management, human resources, information technology, auxiliary services, and enterprise risk management activities.
For this critical position, UNE is seeking a strategic, forward-looking finance professional who is eager to play a central role in supporting the University’s growth and excellence. The successful candidate will be a skilled relationship builder and data-driven leader. They will be a leader and a financial expert, a good listener, a collaborator to all departments and divisions, and will create a greater sense of the services and expertise that the Finance Division provides. The SVPFA will also lead initiatives to improve service and increase operational efficiency to ensure the University continues to maximize resources. The University of New England has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this important search. All applications, inquiries, and nominations, which will remain confidential, should be directed to the search firm at http://www.imsearch.com/8706
Compensation and Benefits
Consistent with federal and state law and University policy, the University of New England is committed to the fundamental concept of equal opportunity for all of the members of the University community. The University prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination in employment, the provision of academic services or in any other area of University life based on race, color, sex, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, ethnicity, genetic information, HIV status, or status as a veteran. Prohibited bias factors will not be permitted to have an adverse influence upon decisions regarding students, employees, applicants for admission, applicants for employment, contractors, volunteers or participants in and/or users of institutional programs, services, and activities.
In order to protect the health and safety of the UNE community, UNE requires all students enrolled in classes on our campuses and all on-campus employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the start of employment. Additionally, boosters will be required for fully vaccinated individuals per the recommendation of the CDC. The University allows for religious and medical exemptions to the policy. If you believe you are eligible for a medical or religious exemption to the vaccine policy you may seek the exemption through Human Resources after receiving this conditional offer of employment. Please note that no person to whom the policy applies will be finally employed or permitted to work if they are not fully vaccinated unless they request an exemption and are granted one.
How to Apply
Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications (including resumes and letters of interest responding to the position challenges and objectives outlined above) should be submitted via Isaacson, Miller’s website to:
Dan Rodas, Partner
Gail Gregory, Managing Associate
263 Summer Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02210