Vice President for Finance & Administration
Finance & Administration


Rivier University seeks an experienced and entrepreneurial leader to oversee all aspects of the finance and business functions of the University including controller’s office, information technology, financial aid, physical plant, human resources, and auxiliary services of food service and bookstore. Reporting to the President and working closely with other members of the President’s cabinet, the VPFA plays a key role in the implementation of the University’s strategic initiatives, partnerships and fulfillment of Rivier’s core mission of “Transforming hearts and minds to serve the world.”

Primary responsibilities (including, but not limited to):   

  • Financial Administration and Planning
    • Provides leadership in the development and continuous evaluation of short and long-term strategic financial objectives and sound fiscal policy including internal controls and risk management.
    • Oversees and recommends investment and endowment policy.
    • Insures proper classification of donor designated funds and the expenditure of restricted funds including financial aid programs.
    • Negotiates and insures compliance with debt covenants, federal and state regulatory requirements, and other agencies.
    • Establishes financial policies, procedures, and internal controls.
  • Planning and Budgeting
    • Integrates budgeting into the University’s institutional planning cycle.
    • Develops and manages the University’s annual and capital budgets, forecasts, and financial results.
    • Manages processes for financial forecasting related to enrollment and net tuition revenue calculations.
    • Creates financial and business analysis for organizational planning.
    • Provides timely analysis of budgets, financial reports, trends and forecasts to administration, auditors and the Board of Trustees.
  • Administration and Physical Plant
    • Supports the implementation of the campus master plan, space utilization studies, and environmental analysis, deferred maintenance, and sustainability initiatives.
  • Ensures institutional effectiveness in the leadership and formulation of strategic and operational goals in the following areas:
    • Controller’s Department
    • Facilities Management Department
    • Financial Aid Department
    • Human Resources Department
    • Information Technology
  • Oversees and negotiates contracts for auxiliary services, financial services, and plant operations including construction and renovation projects.
  • Serves as the primary liaison to legal service providers.
  • Evaluates and negotiates University’s insurance coverage and risk management services.
  • Staffs the Board of Trustee Committees for:
    • Finance & Investments
    • Buildings & Grounds
    • Audit
  • Represents the University to all appropriate internal, governmental, and professional organizations.
  • Related duties as assigned


 The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • The ability and willingness to support the Mission of the University; and to work collaboratively and collegially.
  • A strong commitment to the mission of Rivier University and the values of a Catholic higher education.
  • A master’s degree related to finance or administration and at least 5-8 years of progressively responsible management experience preferably in higher education or a comparable setting. 
  • Demonstrable experience in the application of technology to financial and administrative processes. Background in the application of technology supporting teaching and learning for online academic programs.
  • Experience and knowledge necessary to be an effective leader and supervisor for all operations listed in the scope of the position. 
  • Experience in planning, funding, and implementation of capital projects.
  • Exceptional integrity, ability to exercise good judgment, effective written and oral communication skills, the ability to build and manage teams effectively, and demonstrable experience in the use of technology to evaluate and improve educational outcomes and operational efficiency.  


Rivier University is being assisted by the partners of Hyatt - Fennell.  Nominations and application materials should be submitted to: Cheryl Hyattat  Applications include a letter of interest, a current résumé, and complete contact information for five professional references and will be reviewed as they are received. Applications will be held in confidence and should be submitted prior to January 27, 2016 to receive full consideration.   

Phone: 724-242-0476 

Rivier University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.