Vice President for Administration and Finance

Norfolk, VA

Old Dominion University

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Vice President for Administration and Finance



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Norfolk, VA

Job Summary

Old Dominion University (ODU) enjoys an enviable track record of student success, groundbreaking research, and incredible service to its community, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and beyond. To build on this record of achievement and create expanded opportunities for current and future generations of Monarchs, the University seeks a collaborative and innovative leader for its Division of Administration and Finance to work with President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., the University's senior leadership team, the entire team in the Division of Administration and Finance, and individuals across campus as ODU is sharply focused on fulfilling its mission, while gaining national and international prominence.

ODU is Virginia's entrepreneurial-minded public doctoral research university with approximately 24,000 students, rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, and robust initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion annually to Virginia's economy. The diverse student body includes approximately 49% students of color, nearly 800 international students from 90 countries, and 25% military-affiliated students. ODU has also once again been recognized among the region's and nation's top colleges. Students benefit from a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio and are supported by 901 dedicated and nationally recognized faculty members. In U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Best College rankings, ODU maintained its ranking of 126 out of 1,500 public universities. For the second year in a row, ODU also ranked as a top university for social mobility. ODU was also highlighted for having, among doctoral institutions, top undergraduate business and engineering programs. With more than 150,000 alumni across all 50 states and 67 countries, ODU pride is global.

The incoming Vice President for Administration and Finance will be a key advisor and thought partner to President Hemphill, who began his tenure in July of 2021 as its ninth president. The Vice President will play an integral role with the University leadership team and will lead the offices of: Finance, University Budget, Information Technology Services, Auxiliary Business Services, Military Activities, Procurement Services, Facilities Management and Construction, Public Safety, Real Estate Foundation, and Space Management. The Vice President will serve as the administrator to the Administration and Finance Committee of the Board of Visitors. The new leader will also conduct financial analysis and planning to ensure the financial viability of ODU, while maintaining access to students through reasonable tuition and fee rates. The new leader will coordinate the development of the University's annual operating budget, in excess of $480 million, and its biennial operating and capital budget submissions to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Type of Recruitment

General Public

Minimum Qualifications

ODU's new Vice President for Administration and Finance will be a forward-thinking, visionary, and entrepreneurial leader ready to provide dynamic leadership in the planning, implementation, and management of customer-focused financial and administrative services in support of the University's mission of transformative teaching and learning, scholarly excellence, and meaningful service to its multiple communities. The Vice President for Administration and Finance will have the skill set to lead across multiple administrative areas; possess the ability to communicate effectively in public; implement a broad vision; handle many competing interests and details; and supervise a large and diverse staff. A master's degree or equivalent in business, public administration or a related field and extensive executive-level leadership experience in the areas of finance and budget are required.

Preferred Qualifications

Executive-level budget experience at a public institution of higher education and knowledge of the laws and regulations of the Commonwealth of Virginia as they apply to higher education are preferred.

Conditions of Employment

In accordance with Executive Directive #18 issued by Governor Ralph Northam effective September 1, 2021, all Old Dominion University employees who enter the workplace or work remotely must disclose their vaccine status to the designated university personnel. Employees who are not fully vaccinated or who refuse to disclose their current vaccine status, must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing and disclose weekly the results of those tests to designated university personnel.

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Special Instructions to Applicants / Additional Materials Required

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Old Dominion University in this search, which will remain open until an appointment is made. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by November 1, 2021.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Robin Mamlet, Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., and Ashlee Winters at

Criminal Background Check

The final candidate is required to complete a criminal history check.

Department Information

Equity Statement

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

If you are an individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodation, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity at (757) 683-3141.

Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or consistent with contractor's legal duty to furnish information.

ODU Statement

Old Dominion University, located in the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia, is a state-assisted, Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement. Its 24,000 students, including over 6,000 graduate students, form a diverse and multicultural community in six academic colleges. Through a collaborative and innovative approach to education and research, the University focuses on student learning and addresses critical needs in the professions. ODU's programs are offered on the main campus, at higher education centers in the region, and at numerous distance learning sites.

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      Posted: 01/20/2022