Vice President for Business
Applications are invited for the
Position of Vice President for Business and Finance at Illinois
The Vice President for Business and Finance (VPBF) functions as
one of six members of the University’s administrative leadership
team, providing both strategic and operational support to the
As the University’s Chief Financial Officer, the VPBF bears
chief responsibility for financial strategy. The VPBF reports
directly to the President and directly assists the Provost, Vice
Presidents, and other senior leadership 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.
The VPBF also has primary operational responsibility for the
business office, including those matters related to financial
oversight and audit, human resource office, bookstore, and physical
plant operations on campus. The VPBF supervises a team of 5
staff members directly, with over 90 total employees in the
division, and is responsible for leading key university initiatives
such as implementation of integrated data analytics (Banner 9), the
University strategic plan, and the university’s campus master plan. The VPBF serves as primary staff liaison for Board of
Trustees committees including Audit, Business Affairs, Buildings
& Grounds, Farm, and Investment. A detailed job description can be
found at: https://www.iwu.edu/human-resources/VP-business-finance-job-description.pdf
- Master’s Degree in Finance, Business, Accounting or related
field (CPA optional).
- Five or more years of financial experience and executive-level
management experience with the day-to-day financial operations of
an organization of at least 50 employees.
- Knowledge of not-for-profit accounting in accordance with U.S.
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Higher education
- Ability to think creatively and strategically.
- Experience in operational and strategic planning, policy
development, and financial analysis.
- Ability to communicate ideas and information effectively in
written and oral formats to administrative staff, professional
colleagues, governing boards, and the general public in large or
small group settings.
- Strong collaborator across disciplines.
- Excellent team leadership skills.
- Sense of humor.
COMPENSATION: The salary for this
position is competitive, commensurate with experience and
qualifications. A liberal benefits package is provided which
includes a generous tuition program.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Illinois
Wesleyan University is a nationally ranked, private, residential,
liberal arts institution known for its excellence in undergraduate
education. The University enrolls approximately 1,770 students from
33 states and 22 countries and employs more than 170 full-time
faculty members and 280 full-time staff members. This
intellectually vibrant community is committed to creating a diverse
and inclusive environment that prepares students for democratic
citizenship and life in a global society.
Illinois Wesleyan’s beautiful 82-acre tree-lined campus features
such exceptional facilities as the five-story Ames Library, the
Center for Natural Science, the Shirk Center for Athletics and
Recreation, and the LEED-certified Myers Welcome Center. The
University's new main classroom building, State Farm Hall, opened
for classes in the fall of 2013; the $16 million technology-rich
building was a key priority of the University’s $125 million
“Transforming Lives” fundraising campaign, which ultimately raised
$141 million. Also as part of the recent campaign, a $6 million
addition to the Shirk Center was completed, including a state of
the art fitness center, meeting and classroom space, and locker
rooms. Recent improvements include a sweeping $1.6 million
renovation for the School of Nursing in Stevenson Hall, including a
new simulation center and nursing interventions laboratory;
improvements to the renamed Jerome Mirza Theatre in McPherson Hall;
and an expansion to the Ames School of Art. The University’s
endowment is valued at $219 million and its 2017-18 operating
budget is $98 million.
Illinois Wesleyan has gained a national
reputation for academic excellence, successful graduates and
exceptional value. The University is consistently listed in the top
tier among national liberal arts colleges in the U.S. News
& World Report Best Colleges Rankings. In the inaugural
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings,
Illinois Wesleyan is the top liberal arts college in Illinois and
ranked 34th among all colleges in the Midwest. The 2017
Kiplinger’s Guide to Personal Finance named Illinois
Wesleyan as the nation's 55th best value in private liberal arts
education, marking the 10th consecutive year the University
appeared in Kiplinger’s Best College Values list. Salaries
for IWU’s recent graduates are first among four-year college
graduates in Illinois and in the top 6% nationally, based on data
in the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard. The campus
values and supports inclusion and diversity, evidenced by our
recent NASPA award, presented to a college demonstrating
achievement in celebrating and creating a welcoming and inclusive
campus environment, and our place on the Campus Pride Index as one
of the top 50 LGBT-friendly institutions in the country.
COMMUNITY: The adjoining cities of
Bloomington and Normal are frequently noted among the best places to live
and work, with a highly educated workforce, energetic cultural
and recreational options, and a diverse economy, hosting the
headquarters of insurance giants State Farm and Country Financial.
Normal is the home of Illinois State University, which adds
substantially to the number of faculty and students living and
working in town. The American Institute for Economic Research
ranked Bloomington #3 among small metros in the U.S. that are most
attractive to young college graduates. Drawing from this list,
Huffington Post included Bloomington as one of the “11
Amazing Cities You’ve Never Thought to Live In, But Should.”
Please send a CV/resume, cover letter and the names and
contact information of four professional references to:
Illinois Wesleyan University
Human Resources, Holmes Hall 209
1312 N Park Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Applications may be submitted until the position is filled;
however, to ensure full consideration, applications should be
submitted by January 8, 2018. The successful candidate must
pass a pre-employment background investigation and credit
Illinois Wesleyan University’s sexual misconduct policy is
accessible at: https://www.iwu.edu/human-resources/SexualMisconductPolicy.html"
Illinois Wesleyan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer
committed to diversity and inclusive excellence; see details at: