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Vice President of Administration and Finance

Opportunity Profile

libraryCalvin College has developed a beautiful 390-acre campus in Grand Rapids, Mich., where 4,000 students from across the nation and around the world join a faculty of 300 committed and caring Christian professors for an education that grounds first-rate academics on a firm foundation of faith.

lecture facesToday Calvin holds a distinctive place in Christian higher education. There are many good liberal arts colleges in North America, but few if any that prepare their alumni, as Calvin does, for its specific kind of Christian engagement with modern culture. At Calvin, faith and curriculum come together in an academic climate where a different kind of learning flourishes - learning that can change the world. Rooted in this climate, students develop into transformative leaders, eager to work for renewal wherever they are called.

Calvin offers close to 100 majors, minors and programs - everything from Asian Studies to Zoology - with about half of its graduates majoring in the traditional liberal arts and half majoring in professional programs. Calvin offers a number of semester-long off campus study programs to such countries as China, Ghana and Honduras, and is consistently ranked as a top tier national liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report.

The Calvin faculty and staff have long term dedication to the goals and ideals of the college. It is not uncommon for faculty members to retire from Calvin with 25 or 30 years of service. Staff members are comprised of a unique blend of longevity and commitment and recruitment of some of the best and brightest from industry - from both profit and non-profit enterprises.

CALVIN PROFILE

  • 4,000 students (student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1)
  • Graduation rate is 78%
  • Average ACT score is 26, with over 1/3 of admitted students qualified for the honors program
  • 21% of the student body is ethnically diverse and/or international
  • 53% from Michigan, 37% from out of state, and 10% from other countries
  • 45% are from a CRCNA church background, 55% from other Christian churches
  • The student body is 53% female and 47% male.
  • More than 90% receive some form of financial aid
  • More than 60% of Calvin students receive academic scholarships
  • 2011-2012 budget is approximately $100 million
  • Endowment of $108 million
  • Beautiful 400 acre campus with architecturally-unified buildings, several of which have been recently renovated.

VISION

Calvin College is a comprehensive liberal arts college in the Reformed tradition of historic Christianity. Through our learning, we seek to be agents of renewal in the academy, church, and society. We pledge fidelity to Jesus Christ, offering our hearts and lives to do God's work in God's world.

PURPOSE

To engage in vigorous liberal arts education that promotes lifelong Christian service. We undertake our tasks in response to a divine calling. Together we challenge ourselves to excellence as we acquire knowledge, cultivate aspirations, and practice lives of service. For more information, history and the complete vision and mission statements, visit: http://www.calvin.edu/about/mission.htm

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Vice President of Administration and Finance is a vital part of the college’s executive leadership team. Reporting to the President of Calvin and serving as a member of the Cabinet, the Vice President will lead an established team of dedicated professionals. The division of Administration and Finance is made up of these important areas:

  • Finance, including budget development, endowment investment management, financial policy development, fiscal controls and Financial Services operations;
  • Physical resources including physical plant, buildings, grounds, energy use and environmental resources;
  • Information technology including business applications, telecommunications, network infrastructure, instructional and research resources;
  • Representation of the college in promoting awareness and communication of fiscal matters to various constituencies. 

The right candidate will bring senior-level leadership experience from the higher-education, business or not for profit worlds that includes overall responsibility for financial strategy, sustainability and reporting, while also including operational oversight.  Strengths needed for the success of the role are:

  • Executive leadership skills to set the direction of Administration and Finance with the President, the Cabinet and the leadership team
  • A collaborative approach that brings in the best of various perspectives together and builds relationships of trust to achieve results
  • Strategic focus that brings definitive planning and action to move the organization forward
  • Systems-thinking that focuses on operational effectiveness, connection and integration of various disciplines
  • People-leadership skills that develop, motivate, engage and optimize talent in Administration and Finance
  • A high level of professional discipline and acumen that inspires confidence to the various leadership, college and community constituents associated with Calvin
  • A love for Christian Higher Education that includes direct connection with students, faculty, alumni, donors, churches and the broader business community surrounding Calvin College
  • The ability to move well in a culture that highly values dedication to the integration of faith and learning, appreciation for Reformed, evangelical thought and expression (member of a CRCNA or Reformed church), rigorous intellectualism and unpretentious excellence in execution
  • The gift of listening and clear communication with an ability to cast a vision grounded in a calling that supports the ministry of Calvin College as a part of the work of the Kingdom of God

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INQUIRY PROCESS

The goal is to identify the ideal fit for both the selected candidate and for the Calvin College community. There will be an obvious mutual benefit for both. In addition to your resume, please submit your responses to the following points when applying:

  1. Tell the story of your Christian faith, including involvement in your local church, and how your relationship with Christ has shaped your career and influenced your decision to apply for this position. 
  1. In this particular stage of career and life, what is compelling you to explore this leadership opportunity at Calvin College?
  1. Please describe the executive leadership experiences you have had that you feel have prepared you for the Vice President of Administration and Finance role; include examples that will link your career work with the role at Calvin.
  1. Finally, please provide at least three references that include a supervisor, peer and direct report. We will not contact these references until later in the process and we will alert you first prior to making contact. 

If you would like to inquire about the position please contact Deirdre Honner, Associate Director of Human Resources, at 616-526-6495 or dhonner@calvin.edu

If you would like to apply for the position, please submit your application electronically at: http://employment.calvin.edu/

Thank you for your consideration of this important role.  Please feel free to share this Opportunity Profile with any contacts, relationships or individuals you feel would be valuable to the search for the next Vice President.

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