Vice President for Business & Finance
Job Title: Vice President for Business and Finance

Department: Business and Finance

Reports to: College President

Classification: Exempt

Anticipated Date: 07/01/2021

Job Summary:

The Vice President for Business and Finance (VPBF) serves as a key member of the Bethel College leadership team, providing financial, strategic, and operational support to the institution. The VPBF reports directly to the President, working collaboratively with other senior administrative cabinet members on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to financial forecasting, cost benefit analysis, budget management, and the securing of new funding when such funding comes through financial, investment, real estate, and related markets.

Essential Functions:
● Work with the College President in the development, implementation, and maintenance of a strategic plan for sustaining the long-term financial stability of the College, infrastructure, investments, and business continuity.
● Oversee the operations of the Business Office, Business Services, Facilities, Human Resources and Compliance, and Information and Media Services.
● Oversee the financial management of institutional assets including cash, investments, equipment, and buildings.
● Develop and manage the institution’s annual operating budget.
● Protect college assets and resources by establishing and maintaining appropriate standards, policies, protocols, and coverage necessary for mitigating financial, insurance, and liability risk.
● Lead the planning and development of the long term financial administrative systems through the use of applicable technology and appropriate software.
● Ensure college compliance efforts with applicable federal and state financial rules and regulations.
● Serve as an integral partner in developing, implementing, and monitoring strategic and long-term planning.
● Build an environment of trust through communication that values others, acknowledges diversity and works collegially with faculty, staff, and cabinet members.
● Liaison with the Board of Directors, its Finance Affairs/Risk Management Committee, and the selected investment manager (s).
● Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to learn and adapt to changing work processes, including moving from in-person to remote work and back, as necessitated by College policy or as directed by the College President.
● Satisfy the duties of a Campus Security Authority (CSA) relating to Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”) and satisfy the duties of an Official with Authority (OWA) and Mandated Reporter relating to Title IX and the Bethel College Equal Opportunity, Harassment, & Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures.
● Comply with Bethel College policies and procedures.

Secondary Functions:
● Perform additional and related responsibilities as assigned by the College President.

Supervisory Responsibility:
● Directly supervise the Controller, Director of Business Services, Director of Facilities, Director of Information Media Services, and Director of Human Resources and Compliance.

Education and/or Experience:
● Master’s degree or higher in Business Administration, Finance, or Accounting.
● At least five years of experience in mid- to senior-level financial management in a complex environment such as higher education.

Certifications, Licenses, Registrations:
● Ability to pass a background check.

Necessary Skills:
● Ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and collegially with the many constituencies to ensure the success of the College.
● Experience with technology in terms of infrastructure planning and administrative systems development.
● Experience in organizing and leading multiple projects at one with different timelines, work teams, and modalities with outstanding problem-solving skills and critical thinking.
● Strong leadership skills that can motivate cross-functional teams of people toward project outcomes.
● Demonstrate progressively responsible fiscal leadership experience in capital planning, financial reporting, budgeting, and/or financial controls.

Physical Demands:
● Minimal lifting (up to 25 lbs.) and reaching.
● Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one office or building location to another
● Ascending and descending stairs.
● Ability to perform tasks both sitting and standing for extended periods of time.

Work Environment/Environmental Condition:

All the essential job functions are subject to reasonable accommodation. All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently. This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. Individuals may be required to perform other job-related instructions as requested by the supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation. This position description is not all-inclusive and may change at the option of the (supervisor or department head). Any major change will result in the position being reviewed for reclassification.

Bethel College does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on basis of race, religion, color, sex/gender, pregnancy, political affiliation, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability (including perceived disability), age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran or military status (including disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran, and Armed Forces Service Medal veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. Reports of misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and concerns about noncompliance should be directed to the Director of Human Resources & Compliance (Title IX Coordinator). For a complete copy of the policy or for more information, please contact the Director of Human Resources & Compliance (Title IX Coordinator) or the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Website:

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Additional Information
Position Type: Employee
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Contact Information
Jacob Gunden
[email protected]
Bethel College
300 E. 27th St
North Newton, 67117