Nevada State College - Vice President of Finance and Business Operations

NV, Henderson

Nevada State College invites inquiries, nominations and applications for its next Vice President of Finance and Business Operations (VPFBO). 

Nevada State, a four-year Minority Serving public institution, committed to the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population of more than 7,000, is seeking a Vice President of Finance and Business Operations to lead Nevada State into the next chapter of its story and build upon the fundamental tenets of the college’s mission. The primary focus of Nevada State’s mission is “the New Majority” – first-generation students, Dreamers, adults with college credit but without college degrees, students of color, and anyone looking for the opportunity to improve their economic mobility. Nestled among the foothills of Mount Scorpion in Henderson, Nevada, Nevada State’s 512-acre campus is rapidly developing to meet a growing student population with dynamic programs.

Nevada State was established in 2002 as a new tier in the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) between the research universities and the two-year colleges. Designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Institution (AANAPISI), Nevada State is an institution where teaching and student support are valued above all else. Nevada State is a comprehensive college that offers baccalaureate and graduate degrees with more than 60 majors and minors in the School of Education, the School of Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Business, and the School of Nursing.

Reporting to the President DeRionne Pollard, the VPFBO will serve as Nevada State’s chief financial officer, ensuring that all aspects of the finances, business, operations and facilities work collaboratively to support our diverse student body and dynamic faculty and staff.

The VPFBO is responsible for a campus-wide enterprise of $60 million and facilitates financial strength and sustainability, operational effectiveness, and the delivery of optimized services for the functional units of finance and budget, human resources, information technology, facilities maintenance, capital planning and construction and auxiliary services. Additionally, the VPFBO is responsible for overseeing the strategic allocation and provision of shared resources and services that support the students, faculty and staff of a rapidly growing institution. 

The VPFBO plays a critical role in developing and implementing effective fiscal management, administrative support, operational strategies, and the development and build out of the rapidly expanding campus. As a member of the president’s executive team, senior staff, and leadership, the VPFBO will be a vital strategic partner to the president and the senior leadership as they implement Nevada State’s bold and innovative strategic plan; identify and leverage new revenue generation opportunities; continuously assess structures, policies, and practices for maximum effectiveness; and affirm and advance an inclusive workplace and culture, rooted in equity. The VPFBO should be a forward thinking, solution-oriented, collaborative, and savvy leader whose style builds trust within the campus community and across the myriad of Nevada State partners and constituent groups.

The VPFBO will be adept at change management, with the ability to advocate for and bolster a suite of institutional services, motivate and inspire colleagues, and manage complex and intersecting priorities, while maintaining forward momentum. The VPFBO will have the ability to coalesce institutional priorities and achieve transformative results using appropriate technology and sophisticated data analysis to inform strategic decisions and recommendations.

Demonstrated progressively responsible experience, expertise, and successful outcomes leading financial strategy, budget, and/or business operations teams across a complex structure. An earned bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, accounting, finance, or a closely related field is required while an earned advanced degree is strongly preferred.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile and a CV or resume. Professional references are not requested at this time. WittKieffer is assisting Nevada State College in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by August 16, 2023. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal using the buttons below.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., and Maya E. Holt-Brockenbrough, Ph.D., at

Nevada State is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education and is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in the recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.