Wheaton is a private, four-year, residential college in Norton, Massachusetts that consistently ranks among the nation’s best. Offering more than 100 career-connected majors and minors, Wheaton provides guaranteed access to internship funding along with a highly personalized education in the liberal arts and sciences. The college’s innovative Compass curriculum encourages students to find academic paths that fit their interests and goals, with structured advising and mentorship to help guide that passion to career success. Located halfway between Boston and Providence, Wheaton draws students and faculty from around the world. The location in southeastern Massachusetts is fortuitous, providing easy access to myriad business, cultural and educational resources that call the greater Boston and Providence areas home.
The college currently enrolls approximately 1,700 students, representing 40 states and more than 50 countries. Approximately 6% of Wheaton’s students are international and 27% are self-identified students of color, including Asian, Black and Latinx students. First-generation students account for about 22% of enrolled students. Nearly one third of Wheaton students participate in the college’s 21 NCAA Division III athletic teams.
Wheaton faculty are celebrated artists, renowned researchers, and gifted instructors who take their experiences into the classroom and ask students to apply their own experiences to the world. Wheaton’s student-faculty ratio is approximately 11 to 1 and the average class size is 15 to 20 students.
Serving as both the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the College, the Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPF&A) provides dynamic leadership and vision in the management of the College’s financial resources. The VPF&A joins the College at an exciting time of transition and opportunity as Wheaton welcomes its ninth president, Michaele Whelan. As a member of the President’s Council, an equity-minded senior team, the VPF&A will be a valued collaborator providing financial insight, operational expertise, and creative thinking about financial and administrative systems as Wheaton works to develop a strategy to support, sustain, and grow its campus community. Following recent investments in new academic programs and facilities, the VPF&A will serve as a thought partner and strategic leader in identifying opportunities for Wheaton’s continued growth and success as it looks toward the future.
In overseeing a broad portfolio across the College’s $110M budget, the VPF&A will act as a change agent, collaborator, and skilled communicator and remain flexible in adapting to the emerging and developing needs of a small, liberal arts institution. The VPF&A is responsible for a comprehensive portfolio of administrative functions, including fiscal planning, financial records and reporting, investment strategy, cash management and management of institutional debt, as well as primary responsibility for budgeting, risk management, and other key functions within the College. Additionally, the VPF&A oversees the College’s administrative services including information technology, facilities management, auxiliary services, campus safety and human resources. As a critical partner in the leadership of the College, the Vice President serves as the Treasurer of the Board and serves as the liaison to the Board of Trustees’ Finance and Facilities Committee and Investment Committee and co-liaison to the Audit Committee.
The ideal candidate will have a record of successful and progressively responsible financial management and administrative roles within growing and resourceful organizations. As a successful leader, creative thinker, and skilled communicator, the VPF&A will bring a demonstrated record of success in building relationships and communicating with clarity to a variety of constituents, including administration, staff, faculty, students, and external partners. Valuing equity, diversity, and inclusion, the candidate will have a collegial hands-on approach to building relationships across campus and possess the emotional intelligence necessary to build trust.
The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal experiences, qualities, skills, and characteristics: Strategic and Results-Driven Problem Solving; Financial Expertise and Administrative Management; Collaborative, Inclusive, and Decisive Leadership; and Passion for the Mission. An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree such as an MBA, and certification in the fields of accounting (e.g., CPA), business, finance, or management is preferred. Previous experience in higher education is preferred, however, finance and business leaders with a variety of experiences with a passion for Wheaton’s mission and values are encouraged to apply.
Tom Phillips and Marisa Chock of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
Wheaton College is committed to providing equal opportunities to all employees and applicants as defined under federal and state law. Wheaton does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, mental or physical disability, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, age, religion, gender or sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or familial status, veteran or military status, membership in the Uniformed Services, or any other characteristic protected by law.