Director of Finance and Operations, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Job description

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver is an interdisciplinary professional school of international studies that prepares students for careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Our programs provide students with the knowledge, skills, and networks to design policies, implement programs, and realize outcomes that enhance human capabilities around the world.

We offer a Ph.D. degree in International Studies, a Masters degree in Public Policy, and Masters degrees in Human Rights, International Studies, Global Finance, Trade, & Economic Integration, Security, International Administration, and Conflict Resolution. We also offer graduate certificates of specialization in Global Environmental Change and Adaptation, Global Health Affairs, Humanitarian Assistance, Global Business and Corporate Social Responsibility, International Law and Human Rights, Homeland Security, Public Diplomacy, and Religion and International Affairs, as well as joint or dual degree programs with Sturm College of Law, Daniels College of Business, the Graduate School of Social Work, and the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies. At the undergraduate level, we offer a degree in International Studies.

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies strives to further the Universitys goal of Inclusive Excellence. "We aim to attract bright and motivated students and give them every opportunity to thrive. We rely on engaged faculty who are passionate about their teaching and their scholarship. We depend on talented staff to support the operation and mission of the University."

Position Summary

The Director of Finance and Operations applies a comprehensive knowledge of accounting, budget and business practices to a multi‐faceted school. The Director reports to the Associate Dean of Administration. The Director will be responsible for high-level planning and forecasting of the budget and financial reporting. The position will work closely with Korbel stakeholders on the budget process and create reports and financial projections. This position works closely with the grant and gift departments to ensure effective financial control and processing of grants and contracts. The position provides budget, legal, and DU policy compliance oversight and will act as a liaison with the University on financial planning and forecasting. This position will ensure that the school is in compliance with all University policies and procedures. The right candidate will have proven skills and the ability to manage multi‐phase financial projects from inception to completion, including the ability to build consensus among team members and to balance multiple concurrent priorities.

Essential Functions

  • Manages the schools budget and operations, and is involved in financial strategic planning with school leadership.
  • Manages the annual budget process including modeling, developing, forecasting, deploying and monitoring budget activity.
  • Conducts financial management responsibilities in a multifaceted (e.g., multiple programs, units, etc.) school funded by a broad range of (multi‐dimensional) funding sources.
  • Understands, implements and ensures divisional compliance with all University policies and procedures.
  • Serves as a key liaison with the University on all financial management.
  • Prepares studies and analyses of enrollments, salaries, adjunct needs, faculty course loads, graduate financial aid, departmental salaries and expenses, and other areas.
  • Works closely with the Director of Graduate Enrollment and the Associate Dean on school‐wide net revenue management including scholarship planning, as well as balancing budgeted and forecasted net revenue.
  • Provides monthly reporting and updates to appropriate personnel with budgetary management responsibility.
  • Explains budget terminology in useful forms and presents on division and University budget issues to faculty and staff as requested by the Associate Dean.
  • Independently manages a broad range of operational functions for the school.
  • Personnel management, including task management, timesheet approvals and performance reviews of one (1) FTE (HR & Operations Manager).
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university in business administration, finance, accounting or a closely related field OR equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • 5 years of increasing experience in budget, business or operational management to include experience in financial management.
  • Veterans with equivalent combination of military certification/education and experience may substitute for the degree qualification.
  • Experience managing annual budgets greater than $1 million.
  • Experience with personnel management, including direct supervision of individuals.
  • Experience working with grants and contracts.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in business administration, finance, accounting or a closely related field and seven (7) years of increasing experience in budget, business or operational management for a large organization.
  • Experience in higher education, government, or nonprofit setting.
  • Advanced knowledge of Banner.

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday, July 5, 2019. Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.




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Job No: 492516
Posted: 6/21/2019
Application Due: 8/20/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable