Goucher College – Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Finance and Administration
About Goucher College:
Goucher College, a vibrant, independent, co-educational national liberal arts college located near
Baltimore, Maryland, seeks a collaborative, innovative, and strategic finance professional to serve as the new Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance & Administration (“CFO”). The new CFO will join the College during an exciting time of transformation as they look for ways to address the needs of
Higher Education today by launching innovative new programs, forging creative new partnerships, and modernizing administrative systems and processes throughout the college. Motivated by the Goucher’s recognition as one of the “Most Innovative Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, this executive will be energized to explore untapped and entrepreneurial opportunities to advance the mission of the institution and to grow its community broadly.
Goucher College is a small, private, residential liberal arts institution in Towson, Maryland, serving approximately 1,400 undergraduate and 800 graduate and post-baccalaureate students from across the United States and around the world. Goucher’s expansive, scenic campus is situated in the Baltimore suburbs approximately one hour by train from both Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. Goucher’s history of innovation and commitment to social justice, innovation, and global education create a broad platform for a distinctive liberal arts education. A Phi Beta Kappa institution since 1904, Goucher is among the forty “Colleges That Change Lives.” In 2003, Goucher became the first, and remains one of the only, national liberal arts colleges to require every undergraduate to study abroad at least once before graduation.
Reporting directly to the College’s president, Kent Devereaux, the CFO will manage a division comprising the finance, human resources, and information technology departments consisting of approximately forty full-time staff. The CFO serves as a key member of the President's Cabinet and is Goucher’s chief financial officer responsible for providing strategy, leadership, and direction for the optimization of the College’s finances, administrative processes, human capital, and technology in service of the College’s mission.
The CFO will be strategic and results-driven with strong leadership skills and a proven track record of success in similar roles of progressively greater responsibility. The ideal candidate will have a robust administrative and finance background, excellent relationship-building capabilities, and impeccable verbal and written communication skills. The CFO will have good business judgment, an analytical mindset, great capacity for flexibility and adaptability to shifting priorities or needs, and sound, influential decision-making abilities.
Ideal candidates will have at least 10 years of management experience in a finance and administration role at an institution or organization of similar size and budget. Finance executives with corporate or nonprofit experience who are mission-driven and passionate about education will also be considered. They will have both financial and administrative experience, and management oversight ideally over finance, human resources, and technology. A natural change agent, the CFO will have the opportunity to innovate and improve services toward greater integration, optimization, and efficiencies. They will be nimble, strategic, and budget-focused, incorporating internal perspectives while informing decisions based on industry best practices. The vice president must be able to create a metrics-driven and results-oriented work environment that promotes collaboration and achievement. The candidate must demonstrate a high level of integrity and trust; exhibit the credibility, political savvy, and sophistication to effectively engage and partner with key internal and external stakeholders; be a self-starter with a sense of urgency and a clear set of priorities; and demonstrate the ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a complex, fast-paced environment. A bachelor's degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
Goucher College is committed to creating a campus environment where everyone is welcome and encourages applications from individuals from diverse and underrepresented communities, as well as applicants with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.