Assistant Dean for Business and Operations

Denver, Colorado, USA
May 26, 2017
University of
Faculty Jobs
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
  • Works closely with the Dean and Sr. Associate Dean on day-to-day management of the unit and is involved in strategic planning for the unit.
  • Responsible for overseeing financial planning and operations of the unit, both short- and long-term.
  • Responsible for direct or dotted-line oversight of essential operational functions for the School including events, marketing, fund-raising, student services, new revenue programs, and facilities management.
  • Establishes long-range financial objectives to meet strategic goals of a multifaceted organization.
  • Responsible for large combined budgets. Responsible for numerous budgets, including School operating budget and gift accounts, research centers, internal DU awards, recharge centers and cost centers.
  • Develops and monitors internal policies and procedures to meet wide-ranging business needs, which have broad impact, including negotiating with external entities and constituents.
  • Conducts financial management responsibilities in a multifaceted (e.g., multiple programs, units, research centers etc.) division primarily funded by a broad range of (multi-dimensional) funding sources that include an income generation component.
  • Displays a comprehensive understanding of accounting and budgeting practices in order to submit operating budgets and prepare project/capital expense requests.
  • Provides expertise on financial matters.
  • Exercises oversight and authority of a dynamic budgetary planning and forecasting process.
  • Supervises and manages professional level employees. Supervises and manages staff employees.
  • Actively participate in ensuring employee growth and development.
  • Oversees Ritchie supervisors to ensure compliance with performance management policies and procedures.
  • Works with HR to recommend resolution of disciplinary matters as needed.
  • Plans for staffing needs and workload distribution for multi-functional areas, and may also identify funding source(s) for staffing.
  • Develops strategies and leads long term staffing plan for a diverse and dynamic workforce.
  • Responds rapidly, and thoroughly, to unanticipated operational issues that may arise within the unit across functional areas.
  • Prepares and analyzes complex technical matters involving existing and emerging issues pertaining to the subject area and makes recommendations from the analysis.
  • Plays a leadership role in the campus-wide business officer community as a mentor, role model, and resource for other business officers.
  • May recommend, to University offices, changes to systems and processes regularly utilized by business officers.
  • Develops written documents and/or reports on complex matters that can be understood by both internal and external audiences.
  • Communicates information involving complex matters (both internal and external) to Ritchie departments, which may involve using persuasion and negotiation.
  • Develops cash flow and ROI analyses for cost center units within the School.
  • Assists in sponsored research administration, including budget preparation, proposal submission, award monitoring and project financial reporting.
  • Performs preliminary reviews and writes initial drafts of legal contracts and agreements.
  • Completes data surveys for various professional organizations and rankings agencies (USN&WR).

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Seven years or more of experience in business or administration management, including experience in financial management.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA, CPA, MPA, or related professional graduate degree.
  • Experience in higher education budget, finance, and/or administration.

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. If you have questions regarding this position, please direct inquiries to Amalia Phillips at

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