Oberlin College & Conservatory (Oberlin), a highly selective residential liberal arts college and conservatory of music, seeks an exceptional leader to become its next Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA). Long recognized as one of the finest liberal arts institutions in the country, Oberlin is celebrated for its range of educational offerings, combining an excellent college of arts and sciences, the nation's oldest continuously operating conservatory, and an internationally-acclaimed academic art museum. Oberlin seeks an experienced and accomplished professional to serve as the college's chief financial and administrative officer. The VPFA will help to shape Oberlin's future through strong fiscal stewardship as the College enters the next exciting phase of its storied history.
Founded in 1833, Oberlin has always engaged with the pressing societal issues of its times. It was the first college in America to adopt a policy to admit African-American students (1835) and the first to grant bachelor's degrees to women in a coeducational program (1841). At the turn of the twentieth century, W. E. B. DuBois estimated that Oberlin had educated one-third of all African-American graduates of predominantly white colleges and universities. Today, Oberlin offers a diverse and inclusive residential learning environment that encourages a free and respectful exchange of ideas, and that is informed by a shared commitment to a just society.
Oberlin seeks a Vice President who will lead collaboratively and creatively, in partnership with the president, Board, and other key stakeholders, within the College's framework of shared governance. The VPFA will have direct oversight of Oberlin's $185 million operating budget, an endowment of $820 million, and approximately 200 staff in eight departments. Among the key priorities for the new Vice President will be to lead financial strategy, analysis, and planning that are aligned with the College's mission; to cultivate and foster an environment focused on Oberlin's core values; to provide strong fiscal stewardship and identify new revenue sources and models; to oversee and manage the finance and administrative team; to serve as a strategic planning partner to the president, senior leadership and board; to communicate effectively financial information and decisions to the Oberlin community; and to oversee efficient and transparent financial and business operations.
Oberlin College has retained the services of Isaacson, Miller—a national executive search firm—to assist in conducting this important search and to help identify outstanding candidates. All inquiries, applications, and nominations for this opportunity should be directed to the search firm as indicated below.
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Oberlin College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect of differences based on gender, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation. Oberlin was the first coeducational institution to grant bachelor's degrees to women and historically has been a leader in the education of African-Americans; the College was also among the first to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. In that spirit, there is a particular interest in encouraging applications from individuals who would contribute to the diversity of Oberlin.