Human Resources

Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Alma College seeks an accomplished and strategic leader to serve as Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer (COO). Our new COO will be an essential partner to the president and a strong operational leader for the college who will engage the campus as we work to achieve our ambitious strategic plan. A key member of the senior administrative team, the COO reports to the president and works collaboratively with other vice presidents to execute campus plans. The COO will be charged with working across all campus sectors to allocate resources and manage day-to-day operations and therefore, must be adept at engaging all campus constituencies on a wide variety of complex issues. The COO must demonstrate the ability to develop innovative responses to the challenges for residential colleges today, while keeping focus on the liberal arts core of the college.

A chief partner to the president, the COO will oversee major revenue sectors of the college to ensure that we meet growth goals in the years ahead. The COO is the cabinet officer responsible for ensuring the success of Alma’s growth strategy, working closely with the vice president of enrollment and the vice president of student affairs on recruitment and retention. The COO oversees enrollment, student affairs, finance, and administration sectors.

The COO works with the Chief Financial Officer in overseeing the college’s annual operating budget of $45M. The COO will demonstrate the ability to communicate complex financial data in a clear, understandable manner to campus constituencies.

The ideal candidate will have a broad portfolio of leadership accomplishments with an entrepreneurial spirit, demonstrated financial and management success, and an understanding of and commitment to liberal arts education.

A Phi Beta Kappa institution. Alma is a selective, residential private liberal arts college of 1400 students. It is dedicated to providing an academically challenging undergraduate education in a supportive environment emphasizing active, collaborative learning and close student-faculty interaction. The college is located in the city of Alma, Michigan, less than an hour north of Lansing and two hours from the state’s largest city of Detroit.

A complete application will include a resume, cover letter and the names and contact information of at least 3 professional references submitted electronically to Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Confidential inquiries may be addressed to Jeff Abernathy, President, by e-mail to:

Alma College is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body.

Alma College recognizes that we are all transformed when we celebrate and value the varied identities backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our campus community. We are committed to recognizing and removing barriers to success and providing equitable access to opportunities through education and advocacy. In our increasingly diverse campus and world, we pledge to create a climate where everyone is safe and free to grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally.

Story published on December 15, 2021