Kettering University - Vice President for Administration and Finance / Treasurer
Kettering University invites applications, nominations and expressions of interest in the position of vice president for administration & finance / treasurer (vice president).
Kettering University is a Flint, Michigan-based private, nonprofit university recognized as one of the nation’s premier engineering, technology and business leaders in higher education. The Kettering curriculum uniquely integrates classroom learning with experiential co-operative opportunities. Kettering University was known previously as General Motors Institute (GMI) prior to becoming a private, not-for-profit university in 1982.
Reporting to and partnering with President Robert K. McMahan, whose tenure began in 2011, the university now seeks a visionary, strategic and financial leader. Kettering has a tradition of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship and a commitment to provide innovative educational opportunities. The vice president is a key member of the president’s leadership team, working collaboratively and transparently to achieve the university’s financial and strategic goals. In concert with fellow university leaders, deans, faculty, staff and students, the vice president will support and inspire a culture of innovation, entrepreneurial thinking, calculated investment and risk tolerance; strengthen and lead a team in administration and finance to support a complex multi-faceted institution; cultivate a strategic vision and priorities for finance and administration; contribute to long-term financial sustainability for Kettering; and foster a campus culture of shared governance, communication, transparency and respect.
Kettering seeks an experienced vice president with broad knowledge of strategic financial and administrative operations in higher education or other non-profit organizations of similar size, complexity and scope. The vice president has a number of direct reports and oversight of many operational units, including finance, budgeting, internal audits, human resources, physical plant, campus safety, Atwood Stadium and auxiliary services. The vice president works in partnership with enrollment management on strategies to leverage financial aid and with the provost on budget modeling and forecasting. In addition, the vice president also provides staff support to the finance, audit and investment committees of the Board of Trustees.
The ideal candidate will be an effective and innovative leader, a natural collaborator and communicator, a relationship builder and an accomplished manager of people, processes, projects and systems. This candidate will be well versed in higher education trends, budget models and associated operational areas and convey a high level of financial and political expertise. The new leader will possess knowledge of best practices in the areas of finance, budgeting, accounting, human resources, facilities and campus safety. The vice president will have strategic and long-term financial planning skills with experience in developing a facilities master plan, excellent staff and project management skills, an understanding of accreditation for academic programs and associated resources and a collegial working style.
Perhaps no aspect of the successful candidate’s professional attributes will be as important as will be the personal qualities of leadership, including especially integrity, creativity, energy, optimism, gravitas, openness and decisiveness.
WittKieffer is assisting Kettering University in this search, which will remain open until an appointment is made. Application materials should be submitted to WittKieffer’s candidate portal using the buttons below. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Mercedes Chacón Vance and Jevon Walton KetteringVPAdminFin@wittkieffer.com.
Kettering University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action.
Kettering University is deeply committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation including gender identity or expression, disability, religion, height, weight, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions except where religion, sex, or age are bona fide job related employment requirements.
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