Saint Martin’s University seeks a strategic, entrepreneurial, and visionary leader for the position of Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer (VPBF/CFO). The position is a direct report to President Jennifer Bonds-Raacke who assumed office July 1, 2022. The President seeks an innovative and collaborative partner. The VPBF/CFO is a cabinet position with the responsibility not only of providing business and financial oversight of the University but also serving as a consultant and colleague to the President and the Board of Trustees on all matters related to the business and financial affairs of Saint Martin’s University. The University is sponsored by the Benedictine Order and embraces the Order’s mission, vision, and values and provides a caring, transformative educational experience with the motto: To Lead with Heart.
Saint Martin’s University, located in Lacey, Washington, is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Established in 1895 by monks of the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University’s identity is rooted in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. The University and the Abbey sit on more than 300 acres of peaceful woodlands, meadows, and meandering trails. Saint Martin’s University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year coeducational university, with undergraduate and graduate offerings that seek to serve and promote the common good. The University welcomes students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds, and more students at its extended campus at the nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord. With an enrollment of approximately 1,400 undergraduates and 240 graduate students, Saint Martin’s offers 29 majors, 11 master’s programs, one doctorate program, and five certificate programs, spanning the arts and sciences, business, counseling, education, engineering, nursing, and leadership.
The Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the on-going business/budget/financial reporting and analysis needs of the University. The position is also responsible for the supervision and leadership of the following University offices and functions: student financial services, business office, payroll, facilities, investments, purchasing, and bookstore and indirectly works with the President in overseeing ITS and the Office of Human Resources. In addition, the VPBF/CFO reviews and monitors contractual agreements between the University and other organizations, leads the University through the budgeting and audit processes, serves as staff liaison to the Finance, Audit, and Investment Committees of the Board of Trustees, and serves as one of the fiduciary trustees for the Saint Martin’s University 403(b) Retirement Plan. The VPBF/CFO will work closely with the President and Provost as well as other key members of the community in articulating and implementing the University’s strategic plan. This position serves as a member of the Executive Cabinet.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Successful and progressive professional and leadership experience suitable for appointment at the vice-presidential level.
- Experience supervising staff and building successful teams.
- Certified Public Accountant.
- Administrative experience with budgeting and financial planning in an environment of limited resources.
- Higher education or non-profit experience.
More information, including an institutional profile with a full list of responsibilities, is available at the link above.
How to Apply
Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a resume, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to:
The position is open until filled but only applications received by Monday, October 31, 2022, can be assured full consideration. The University is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Hasselmo at Ann.Hasselmo@academicsearch.org and Chris Butler at Chris.Butler@academicsearch.org. Further information about Saint Martin’s University is available at https://www.stmartin.edu/.
The principles of the Catholic Benedictine tradition, equal employment opportunity, and nondiscrimination are fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of Saint Martin’s University. The University does not discriminate in employment or in the delivery or administration of its educational programs, policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other University programs on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion (except as a bona fide occupational qualification for certain select positions), marital status, national or ethnic origin, military or veteran status, age, or disability.
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