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Vice President for Finance
Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Date Posted 06/18/2021
Executive-Administrative Vice President
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Vice President of Finance is a vital part of the university’s executive leadership team. Reporting to the President, and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President will lead an established team of dedicated professionals. The Vice President of Finance will bring leadership to the following critical areas:

  • Strategic financial leadership and advice to the President as well as partnership with the other divisions of the university to support the Christian academic mission of Calvin University.
  • Finance operations, including budget development, financial analytics and performance measurement, endowment investment management, financial policy development, risk management, fiscal controls, external annual audit, Financial Services Office and Event Services operations;
  • Quarterly engagement with the three key committees of the Calvin University Board of Trustees—Administration and Finance, Audit, and Investment.
  • University partnership management, including relationship and performance management of key operational partners (e.g., Creative Dining Services, Follett Bookstore, National Management Resources, and the university’s online program management partner).
  • Development of a strategy for the growth and sustainable development of the university’s auxiliary enterprises with campus leaders.
  • Representation of the university in promoting awareness and communication of fiscal matters to various constituencies.

The successful candidate will bring senior-level leadership experience from higher-education, business or not for profit organizations that includes overall responsibility for financial strategy, sustainability and reporting, while also including operational oversight. The ideal candidate will have 10+ years in progressive institutional financial leadership positions. A terminal degree such as an MBA, JD, CPA or CFA is desired.

Proven and demonstrated strengths needed for the success of the role are:

  • Executive leadership skills to determine the strategic financial direction with the President, the Cabinet and the leadership team.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively, build a strong team within the Financial Services Office, and be a strong contributing and collaborative team member of the president’s cabinet.
  • A collaborative approach that brings in the best of various perspectives together and builds relationships of trust to achieve results.
  • Strategic focus that brings definitive planning and action to move the organization forward.
  • Systems-thinking that centers around operational effectiveness, connection and integration of various disciplines and technologies to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • A high level of professional discipline, personal integrity, and financial acumen that inspires confidence to the various leadership, university and community constituents associated with Calvin University.
  • A love for Christian higher education that includes direct connection with students, faculty, alumni, donors, churches and the broader business community surrounding Calvin University.
  • The ability to move well in a culture that highly values dedication to the integration of faith and learning, appreciation for Reformed, Christian thought and expression.
  • Demonstrate membership and active participation in a congregation of the CRCNA, a church in ecclesiastical fellowship with the CRCNA, or a Calvin University-supporting Protestant congregation.
  • The gift of listening and clear communication with an ability to cast a vision grounded in a calling that supports the ministry of Calvin University as a part of the work of the Kingdom of God.


Interested candidates should submit a resume and letter of interest.

Thank you for your consideration of this important role. Please feel free to share this Opportunity Profile with any contacts, relationships or individuals you feel would be valuable to the search for the next Vice President.


1. Commitment to the educational mission of Calvin as a Christian liberal arts University affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church.

2. A commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith, learning, and student development.


Demonstrated awareness and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communication across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, physical limitations, class, or religious perspectives.

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