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Biola University - 
Vice President of Finance Opportunity Profile

Biola University Vice President of Finance - Position Description


Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President of University Operations and Finance (EVP UOF) and serving as the Vice President of Finance of the university, this position provides overall strategic and financial leadership and directs the stewardship of the University’s critical financial resources. The Vice President for Finance is a member of the President’s Administrative Council (PAC) consisting of key administrative positions throughout Biola.  

As a key player in the executive leadership of the university, the Vice President of Finance designs and implements, subject to EVP UOF, Presidential and Board review and approval, financial policies and systems that strengthen the present and create a stronger, sustainable future for the institution. As the Vice President of Finance, this position provides vision and leadership for all of the university’s finance functions, including budgeting, purchasing, accounts payable, student accounts, treasury, endowment/investments, financial reporting, taxes and tax filings, and financial audits. 

This position guides the development of the institutional budget and the capital construction plan as well as ensures the sound and efficient financial and business practices of the institution. 

The Vice President of Finance is expected to help advance the mission and academic reputation of the university through providing substantive support to achieving the goals of the strategic plan. This position develops and advances a customer service orientation and builds strong relationships with internal and external constituents. This person is expected to be a business partner, offering sound financial advice to a variety of individuals to ensure the accomplishment of the university’s mission and vision. 

Reporting to the VP of Finance:  

  • Associate Vice President of Finance 

  • Sr. Director of Procurement and Disbursements  

  • Director, University Budget  

  • Controller  

  • Sr. Director of Treasury and Investments 

  • Director of Student Account Services 


  • Be able to affirm and hold as a personal conviction Biola’s Articles of Faith and Statement of Biblical Principles.  

  • Be a person of integrity and honesty who can well represent the mission of Biola University to internal and external constituents.  

  • 15 years of demonstrated progressive experience in the field of accounting or finance is required.  

  • 5 -10 years of progressive experience in higher education is desired.  

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business or Economics or similar. MBA preferred.  

  • Public Accounting experience preferred.  

  • An individual with a CPA or CMA strongly desired. Candidate must have a strong working knowledge of GAAP.  

  • Understand not-for-profit tax requirements.  

  • Experience in investments, treasury, endowments is desired.  

  • Have demonstrated leadership capabilities.  

This position is full time and located in La Mirada, CA. 

Learn more in the OPPORTUNITY PROFILE above

Anticipated Search Calendar 

The Interview Committee anticipates interviewing the top four Vice President of Finance candidates in May 2022.  

Biola’s Executive Vice President of University Operations and Finance is charged with vetting candidates for this position with assistance from Jeff Davis of J. Davis & Associates. JDA will explore a broad network to suggest potential candidates. This thorough search will include consideration of many names and subsequent review of resumes. When appropriate, candidates will be asked to provide a thorough vocational history, respond to a questionnaire, and to have a video interview with Jeff Davis. Those holding the most promise will then be interviewed in person by the Interview Committee. Next, references and backgrounds will be checked, degrees verified, and an extensive candidate profile will be prepared for the committee. When a preferred candidate is identified, the candidate will participate in a final interview as well as meet the Biola staff and leadership team.  

J. Davis & Associates is an executive search consulting firm devoted to serving clients in the church, Christian non-profit and educational sectors. As a faith-based religious institution, our client complies with all applicable laws pertaining to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and any other applicable legally protected category. As a religious institution, our client has the right to, and does, require that its employees hold beliefs consistent with its Statement of Faith and conduct themselves in a manner consistent with its religious beliefs. 

Biola University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, age, or physical or mental disability. However, as a private religious institution, the university reserves the right to exercise preference on the basis of religion in all of its employment practices. 



Jeff Davis, Chief Dot Connector, Executive Search Consultant 

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