VP of Finance/Admin at Phillips Seminary

Phillips Theological Seminary offers Christian graduate theological education in service of intelligent, just, and compassionate religious and civic communities. We welcome students to a safe space for truth-seeking conversations about the Bible, Jesus,  and faithful living. Courses available on campus and online for certificate, diploma, MDiv, MAMC, MASJ, & MTS programs, and on campus for the DMin program. Phillips is located in Tulsa, OK.

Available: February 1, 2016

Reports To: The President. The VPFA is a member of the Executive Team and interfaces directly with members of the Board of Trustees

Supervises: IT staff, building maintenance manager, business office staff, human resources manager, hospitality manager, receptionist, safety officer

Mission of Position: To ensure: the ethical stewardship of all the Seminary’s resources in service of the mission; a supportive, safe, inclusive, legally-compliant, and accountable work environment; and the integrity of policies with practices.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Resource Management and Reporting- The VPFA functions as the Seminary’s Chief Financial Officer; the qualifications to function as the CFO are the non-negotiable aspect of this position. Responsibilities include budget preparation, cash management, and accounting controls. In addition, the VPFA prepares reports for the Board of Trustees, oversees the development of personnel policies, and supervises a part-time human relations manager who attends to performance evaluations and benefits selection and management.
  • Hospitality & Facilities- Supervise a building maintenance manager, front desk personnel, a part-time safety officer, and a part-time hospitality manager in order to provide a well-maintained, safe, legally-compliant, and welcoming physical space.
    Technology- Supervise the IT staff which purchases and maintains the equipment and programs necessary to fulfill the seminary’s mission and core functions, as well as supports the faculty and staff.
  • Risk Management & Compliance- The VPFA is responsible for internal and external risk assessment, regulatory filings, managing the annual financial audit process, ensuring compliance with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations, supervises business office personnel, and works closely with the financial aid officer.


This position requires an individual who can meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required
  • CPA license is highly preferred
  • Substantial experience in public accounting or in fund accounting in a non-profit; for fund accounting, higher education experience preferred
  • Knowledge of data-based integrated financial systems
  • Proficiency with Excel

This position requires an individual with the following qualities/core competencies:

  • Ability to handle a diverse range of assignments
  • Highest integrity and professional ethics
  • Strong supervisory and team-building skills
  • Ability to work in a small but complex organization
  • Independent decision making skills
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral

Application Process

The application consists of a cover letter explaining why you think you are a good fit for this position, a resume, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Please include salary range expectations. Phillips pays a competitive market salary as compared to Association of Theological Schools peers. Benefits include a generous number of paid days off, health insurance, and a 14% pension contribution.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Background checks will be conducted prior to an offer being made.

Applications should be emailed to mary [dot] mcgilvray [at] ptstulsa [dot] edu

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