Opportunity profile

About Calvin University

“Calvin University equips students to think deeply, to act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.”

This is the mission statement of Calvin University. Founded by the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) and named for 16th-century reformer John Calvin, Calvin has been wholeheartedly carrying out this mission since 1876. At Calvin, faith and curriculum come together in an academic climate where a rich kind of learning flourishes—learning that intentionally integrates Christian commitment, rigorous inquiry, and dedicated service in order to equip students to engage a broken world. Such an integrated educational project enables Calvin to hold a vital place in Christian higher education.

Calvin University is a Christ-centered community of more than 3,800 students from across the nation and around the world, 246 committed and caring Christian professors providing outstanding instruction, and 430 dedicated staff professionals. Calvin students study the liberal arts and select from a broad range of majors and professional programs. The university fosters scholarship that creates new knowledge, performs creative work, and sustains natural and cultural resources. A Calvin education, marked by scholarly engagement with enduring questions and emerging concerns, prepares students to answer the call to serve God as agents of renewal.

Calvin’s beautiful 400-acre campus in West Michigan is ideally located to create a close-knit community feel while providing a plethora of opportunities to engage with the vibrant city of Grand Rapids. The campus also serves as the base for more than 35 faculty-led study abroad opportunities Calvin offers around the world.

Ninety-nine percent of Calvin grads are employed or in graduate school within nine months of graduation. This result is driven through high-impact practices such as internship partnerships with employers and student-faculty collaboration that offers opportunities to engage in intensive research and creative work. And, in fall of 2017, Calvin further built on its success in preparing students for post-graduate life, with the introduction of a new program called Calvin LifeWork. The four-year, voluntary life-readiness program features learning tracks in vocation, career readiness, financial literacy and life skills, and leadership development. This unparalleled program takes the fear and uncertainty out of a student’s first steps into the post-grad world.

Clearly, Calvin University makes a life-changing difference in the lives of its students, and U.S. News & World Report concurs, ranking Calvin University #1 overall among Midwest regional colleges with high grades in commitment to undergraduate teaching, percentage of international students, undergraduate research, and financial value. Please visit https://calvin.edu/about/key-facts/rankings-awards.html to learn more about Calvin’s reputation for excellence.

Calvin profile

  • 3,732 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1
  • Graduation rate of 76.9%
  • Average ACT score: 26.8; High School GPA: 3.8
  • 17% AHANA (African, Hispanic, Asian and Native American) students and 12% international citizenship
  • 54% from Michigan, 34% from out of state, and 12% from 64 other countries
  • 29% from a CRCNA (Christian Reformed Church of North America) church background, 71% from other Christian churches
  • 54% female, 46% male
  • 99% of students receive some form of financial aid
  • Nearly 80% of Calvin students receive academic scholarships
  • Annual university budget of approximately $104 million
  • Endowment of $166 million
  • Beautiful 400-acre campus with architecturally unified buildings

Vision 2030

Animated by its compelling mission, Calvin University is pursuing an exciting vision over the next decade.

“By 2030, Calvin will become a Christian liberal arts university with an expanded global influence. We envision Calvin University as a trusted partner for learning across religious and cultural differences and throughout the academy, the church, and the world. Calvin University will be animated by a Reformed Christian faith that seeks understanding and promotes the welfare of the city and the healing of the world. We welcome all who are compelled by God’s work of renewal to join us in the formative pursuits of lifelong learning, teaching, scholarship, worship, and service.”

Please visit www.calvin.edu/about/who-we-are/ to explore the university’s mission, vision, identity, and values.

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Vice President of Finance is a vital part of the university’s executive leadership team. Reporting to the President, and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President will lead an established team of dedicated professionals. The Vice President of Finance will bring leadership to the following critical areas:

  • Strategic financial leadership and advice to the President as well as partnership with the other divisions of the university to support the Christian academic mission of Calvin University.
  • Finance operations, including budget development, financial analytics and performance measurement, endowment investment management, financial policy development, risk management, fiscal controls, Financial Services Office and Event Services operations;
  • University partnership management, including relationship and performance management of key operational partners (e.g., Creative Dining Services, Follett Bookstore, and the university’s online program management partner).
  • Development of a strategy for the growth and sustainable development of the university’s auxiliary enterprises with campus leaders.
  • Representation of the university 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 organizations 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 determine the strategic financial direction 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 centers around operational effectiveness, connection and integration of various disciplines and technologies to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • A high level of professional discipline, personal integrity, and financial acumen that inspires confidence to the various leadership, university and community constituents associated with Calvin University.
  • A love for Christian higher education that includes direct connection with students, faculty, alumni, donors, churches and the broader business community surrounding Calvin University.
  • The ability to move well in a culture that highly values dedication to the integration of faith and learning, appreciation for Reformed, Christian thought and expression (member of the Christian Reformed Church in North America or a church in ecclesiastical fellowship with the CRCNA).
  • The gift of listening and clear communication with an ability to cast a vision grounded in a calling that supports the ministry of Calvin University as a part of the work of the Kingdom of God.

INQUIRY PROCESS

Interested candidates should submit a resume and letter of interest. The letter should describe the candidate’s Christian commitments, involvement in a local church, and summarize professional experience that qualifies the candidate for this position. 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.

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.

Apply

The goal is to identify the ideal fit for both the selected candidate and for the Calvin University community. Submit a resume and letter of interest.

Contact information

If you would like to inquire about the position prior to formal application, please contact:

Amber Lepard-Nichols,
Manager of Employment Services
Calvin University
ajn8@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6145