Assistant Dean for Finance & Planning

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About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Reporting directly to the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), the Assistant Dean for Finance and Planning provides leadership, organization, analysis and management for the finance and planning functions of the college and its associated departments and programs. The Assistant Dean takes steps to ensure services function effectively, efficiently, and in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements as well as University policies, practices, and procedures. The Assistant Dean provides executive-level work to analyze and address matters of financial management and planning including the development of sophisticated financial or statistical reports and presentations that inform best practice decision-making, leading the College towards established goals or future objectives.

The Assistant Dean will directly supervise one director level position, indirectly supervise a half-time support position, and have functional oversight of all financial staff within SBS departments and programs.

Essential Functions

Serves as a strategic partner to the Dean, Associate and Assistant Deans, Department Chairs and Directors, to define, support and implement comprehensive financial planning and reporting to support research, education and student success programs and services.

Ensures that the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is a proactive leader in its implementation of new and innovative financial analyses and administrative strategies to maximize all resources.

Maintains executive-level responsibility, in collaboration with the unit directors, to manage financial planning and processes, and ensure stated strategic objectives are successfully implemented, managed and maintained in order to promote our competitive advantage in education, research, innovation and philanthropy.

Works closely with university-level administrators and peers in other colleges to collaborate and strategize on financial and resource-based decision-making, while also representing the Dean with various internal and external constituents.

Maintains close collaboration with the Director of Personnel to ensure personnel actions are fully integrated with financial planning.

Supports the College's data analytics effort to regularly analyze financial and organizational data. Crafts recommendations to address issues of organizational inefficiency and align strategic priorities with available resources.

Stays current with, and in compliance with, Federal, State, and University rules and regulations pertaining to procedures and related business operations.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

Demonstrated high-level knowledge of financial analysis, management, planning practices, policies, procedures, and proficiency with related software. 

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in establishing and maintaining harmonious working relationships with a diverse population of employees and students.  Strong service orientation that demonstrates proactive relationship building and customer-focused problem solving. 

Demonstrated leadership abilities, management skills, and supervisory experience. Commitment to inclusion and awareness and understanding of diverse thought, cultures, race, gender, and other differences.  Commitment to employee development and engagement. 

Ability to take initiative, work independently, manage multiple priorities, follow through and meet deadlines.  Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation skills. 

Record of developing and implementing new ideas. 

Ability to exercise extreme discretion and judgment in matters of a sensitive or confidential nature. 

Master's degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance or related field plus 5 years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Experience working in Higher Education.
  • Understanding of human resources management.
  • Experience working in a unionized environment. 

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment

Additional Details

About SBS: SBS is one of the largest academic units on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.  It includes 8 departments and 1 school, serving nearly 5,000 undergraduate students and over 500 graduate students. At any one time, SBS maintains approximately 600 employee appointments, including tenure system faculty, part-time and full-time lecturers, permanent and temporary staff members, post-doctoral research associates, graduate teaching assistants, and student employees.  In FY18, SBS expended approximately $35 million from a variety of fund types and for a variety of purposes, including general operating, grant-supported research, and revenue generation.  

This is a non-unit professional position.

Work Schedule

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Salary Information

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a letter of application, resume/vita, and names of three professional references. 

Review of applicants will begin on December 1, 2018, and may continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.  Please apply online at:

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.




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Job No: Assistant Dean / Professional position
Posted: 11/9/2018
Application Due: 1/1/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications