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Director, Finance & Administration for the School of Divinity

Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, NC

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Job Description Summary

Manages the day-to-day operations within the School of Divinity with a particular eye toward financial
affairs—operating budgets, prospective forecasting, and external grant management and student
employment, as well as assists the Dean of the Faculty to implement a strategic approach to enrollment
management and curricular enhancement.

Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Directly manages a team of others, usually exempt professional staff.

  • Collaborates with the Provost’s Office Director of Talent Management for all HR responsibilities within the Divinity School.

  • Leads by example with high personal expectations and appropriate advocacy for the department.

  • Contributes ideas and viewpoints on strategic and operational frameworks while considering annual divisional objectives and goals based on opportunities and constraints.

  • Manages operating budget and forecasting, including reporting and oversight for endowments, divinity programs, financial contracts, and student trip planning.

  • Collaborates with internal and external campus constituencies on a multitude of objectives not limited to grants, endowment forecasting and spend, scholarships/financial aid, restricted funds utilization and reporting, and memorandum of understandings.

  • Grant oversight and reporting, including financial contracts.

  • Prepare and manage MOUs, leases, and financial contracts.

  • Oversees scholarship distribution, working closely with Financial Aid.

  • Contributes to development plans and goals for the upcoming year for their team members.

  • Oversee internships and provide direction of student employees.

  • Assists other Directors and the Dean to implement a strategic approach to objectives such as enrollment management and curricular enhancement.

Other Functions:

  • This position will serve on the senior leadership team of the School and will be a strategic planning partner with the Dean and other Directors, providing financial leadership and insight.

  • Serves as department contact during large renovations.

  • Represents the School of Divinity on committees.

  • Partners with IS to maintain laptop/computer inventory and oversee upgrades, new orders.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of related administrative and financial experience.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, notably Excel, and the Google suite of software.

  • Ability to handle sensitive information confidentially.

  • Ability and willingness to make decisions.

  • Ability to present and display a professional demeanor at all times.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and time management skills.

  • Ability to organize the workflow and coordinate activities.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Experience with Workday Finance & HCM modules.

  • Experience in higher education.


  • Responsible for own work.

  • Manages staff and/or student workers.

  • Budgetary responsibilities.


This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by the employee’s supervisor.

Additional Job Description

In an effort to protect the health and safety of the campus community, all faculty and staff positions, excluding staff who perform duties exclusively at Graylyn Conference Center, are required to be fully vaccinated with an FDA approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine prior to their hire date. Once hired, faculty and staff must maintain full COVID-19 vaccination status throughout their employment at Wake Forest University. Faculty and staff with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that preclude vaccination should contact Human Resources to request a reasonable accommodation.

Time Type Requirement

Full timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.


Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (

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