Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Business & Financial Affairs

Company: Spelman College
Job Type: Full-time
Job Location: Atlanta, GA

Spelman College, a historically Black college and a global leader in the education of women of African descent, is dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical, and leadership development of its students. Spelman empowers the whole person to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change.

The Spelman student body comprises more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 15 foreign countries. The College ranks among the top 100 liberal arts colleges and the top 10 liberal arts colleges for women in the nation. Spelman College was recently ranked as the No.1 HBCU for the seventh year in a row by U.S. News and World Report. Spelman’s historic 39-acre campus is located just five minutes from downtown Atlanta. For more information on Spelman College, please visit the website at

Reporting to the President, the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Business & Financial Affairs (CFO) serves as a key member of Spelman’s senior leadership team. In addition to providing ongoing tactical and strategic financial leadership, the CFO will serve as a key advisor to the Finance & Administration Committee and the Audit, Compliance & Risk Committee of the Board of Trustees. This individual will oversee budgeting, financial planning and policies, accounting practices and procedures, and cash management functions. Additionally, the CFO is responsible for the College’s relationships with lending institutions and the external financial community. The CFO also provides broader leadership and managerial oversight for key administrative and auxiliary functions.

The optimal candidate should have a minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible leadership experience in finance and administration. Higher education experience, particularly at a liberal arts institution, is preferred but not required. Strong team management capabilities as well as excellent communication skills will be critical. A passion for and commitment to the unique mission of Spelman will be essential. An MBA or other relevant graduate degree is preferred.

Spelman College is an EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Title IX Employer and participates in E-Verify. Spelman is a smoke-free campus.

How to apply?

Spelman College will be assisted by Ellen Brown Landers and Michele Strickland of Heidrick & Struggles. Initial review of applications will begin immediately. Please provide a letter of interest and a CV for consideration.

Spelman College

Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Business & Financial Affairs Search

C/O Heidrick & Struggles

1180 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 2250

Atlanta, GA30309


Telephone: 404 682 7306

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