Vice President of Finance and Administration

Position Overview

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The Boston Architectural College (BAC) invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President of Finance and Administration (VPFA).

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, The BAC is an independent private institution of spatial design founded initially as a club in 1889. The BAC’s mission is to provide excellence in design education emerging from practice and accessible to diverse communities. 

The BAC is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and is comprised of a steady and growing enrollment of 750 students and approximately 100 staff members. This includes 25 directors and deans. The BAC also employs 250 adjunct faculty members who are experts and leaders in the design fields. 

In 2020, The BAC announced its commitment to a bold new vision through its BAC to the Future strategic plan. This comprehensive plan focuses on transforming and expanding The BAC’s future-oriented design programs to serve a greater number and diversity of students in the U.S. and worldwide.

The VPFA is the chief financial officer of the college and oversees the financial management and business operations, which includes resource allocations, financial strategy, capital planning, debt management, cash flow optimization, financial information systems, human resources development, facilities, and administrative operations departments. As a member of the college’s executive team and directly reporting to the President, the VPFA is a key advisor to the President on financial and non-financial strategic issues. The VPFA is an enabler for other department heads to accomplish their objectives and thereby provides a collaborative foundation for organizational success. The VPFA ensures the short and long-term fiscal health of the college; oversees the business practices of the college; and ensures that the budget models and practices are in alignment with the college’s resources and strategic plans.

Successful candidates will possess:

  • Master’s degree in accounting, business, or related field.
  • Ten or more years’ experience in a financial leadership role.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with college faculty, staff, administrators, and governing boards.
  • Experience in operational and strategic planning, policy development, and financial analysis.
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas and information in written and oral format to administrative staff, professional colleagues, governing boards, and the public in large or small group settings.
  • CPA a plus.

Candidates are encouraged to review the search profile, which can be accessed above.

Nominations and Applications

The application deadline for best consideration is October 27, 2023. The search will remain open until an appointment is made.

Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A letter of interest
  • The names, email addresses, and phone numbers of five references (none of whom will be contacted without the permission of the candidate)

All application materials should be submitted through the AGB Search portal system accessible via this link.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to

Nominations and inquiries should be directed to:

Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Plympton, Principal:  / (484) 554-4542
Dr. Phoebe Stevenson, Executive Search Consultant: / (202) 255-3162

The Boston Architectural College is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment and education to all employees, students, and applicants. No employee, student or applicant shall be discriminated against or harassed on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, ethnic or national origin or ancestry, veteran status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran or military status, membership in Uniformed Services, or any category protected by applicable state and federal laws. Individuals may not be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of their employment or academic program or be subject to harassment in the workplace or academic environment. Such conduct is illegal under both federal and Massachusetts state law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Violence Against Women Act, Massachusetts General Laws chapter 151B, § 4, Massachusetts General Laws chapter 151C, § 2, and Massachusetts General Laws chapter 214, § 1C. Furthermore, conduct prohibited under this policy is incompatible with the values and mission of the BAC and is strictly prohibited by the BAC. Unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation by officers, faculty, managers, supervisors, employees, students, vendors, clientele, and contractors will not be tolerated.