Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration - School of Law

Job description

Reporting to the Dean of the Law School, the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration is responsible for the creation and management of the operating budget of the Law School; oversight of capital and restricted accounts; preparation of financial and related reports (both for internal use and for external audiences); management of reporting obligations to accrediting agencies and consumer rankings groups; and oversight of the Law School faculty services department. Additionally, the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration provides quantitative analytical expertise and guidance to other aspects of Law School operations, including admissions operations in particular. More broadly, the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration advises on strategic planning initiatives for the Law School.

A central aspect of the mission of our Law School is to promote a diverse and collaborative intellectual community. To do so, we continually strive to foster an inclusive campus community, one which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of identity. To further our mission, we are committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty, staff, and student body. In that regard, we welcome candidates from members of communities that are traditionally underrepresented in academic administration.

STATUS:   Full-time, 12 Month, With Benefits
WORK HOURS:   8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday with occasional evening and weekend hours
FLSA:  Exempt
MINIMUM PAY: $130,460 / year

Essential and Related Functions:

  • Assists the Dean of the Law School in the drafting of Law School budgets and monitors compliance with those budgets over the course of the fiscal year. Advises the Dean on effective use of operating, restricted and capital funds.
  • Tracks financial performance of the Law School, preparing regular reports for internal use and, as appropriate, for external audiences.
  • Coordinates the submission of the Law School’s responses to annual data requests to accrediting agencies, including the American Bar Association and Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Assists the Dean and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in ensuring compliance with relevant accreditation standards.
  • Oversees the submission of responses to annual consumer ranking surveys, including but not limited to the U.S. News and World Report law school rankings. As part of this process, the Assistant Dean analyzes rankings metrics and suggests ways in which the Law School can enhance its relative performance.
  • Provides quantitative analytical support to other areas of Law School operations, including but not limited to employing models to effectively use scholarship resources to achieve admissions targets (including academic credentials of class, diversity, and net tuition revenue).
  • Manages the Faculty Services department, which currently includes four individuals providing administrative assistance to members of the Law School Faculty.
  • As a member of the Law School administrative cabinet, participates in creating and implementing strategic planning initiatives for the Law School. Is actively engaged in legal education trends, providing expert guidance on the legal education marketplace.
  • Coordinates with University Facilities on all outstanding capital requests and projects. Develops annual capital request budget in coordination with the Dean. Acts as primary point of contact for Law School building and infrastructure needs and requests.
  • Additional related duties as assigned.

Required Competencies:

  • Strategic Thinking - Able to implement department strategic objectives into actionable plans and goals. Makes departmental goals and priorities clear to team and explains relevance to each person's job. Collects and assesses information on multiple and relevant factors to develop policies and make critical strategic decisions. Demonstrates a clear understanding of detailed financial factors that drive departmental budget (e.g., position requests, hidden costs, impact on morale) when considering decisions.
  • Change Adaptability - Understands the effects of change on the work group and proactively clarifies information to help them deal with a changing work environment. Identifies structural process, people changes and solutions to achieve change initiative goals and targets. Encourages new ways of looking at established processes and practices by soliciting ideas and recognizing/rewarding practical innovation.
  • Communication and Networking - Uses diversified styles of communication (e.g., explains by describing impact or circumstances, etc.) to influence and create buy-in for ideas. Encourages open expression and common understanding of ideas and opinions. Builds networks within and outside own department and leverages these relationships to execute specific plans and initiatives.
  • Drive for Results - Inspires learning within work group by identifying key knowledge areas and sources and facilitating knowledge sharing. Takes full responsibility for unforeseen delays/issues, openly communicates situation and quickly adjusts plans, resources for the best possible outcomes. Proactively looks for areas to improve quality of services to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Talent Development - Demonstrates understanding of career aspirations of individual work group members and provides structured feedback to them. Encourages greater involvement and provides timely rewards and recognition for efforts. Builds informal relationships with work group. Encourages others to share issues that could hinder achievement of work goals.


Relevant graduate degree is preferred with 5-7 years of management experience in higher education or a similar field, or a combination of experience and education from which a similar background could be attained. Strong analytical skills and ability to manage large-scale projects. Thorough understanding of higher education policy and procedures. Ability to work productively with fellow administrators and faculty.

Physical Requirements:

  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

Working Conditions:

  • As the position involves typical office or administrative work, the worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Types of Work:

Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, list of professional references, and the online application at Review of applications begins immediately and will continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue. 




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Posted: 9/27/2019
Application Due: 11/26/2019
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