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Associate Dean for Finance and Administration

Employer
Duke University
Location
Durham, North Carolina

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SUMMARY

The Associate Dean for Finance & Administration (ADFA hereinafter) position is the chief financial and administrative officer for the entire Sanford School of Public Policy (School hereafter).  The ADFA provides overall administrative management and coordination of business functions such as finance, budget development, information technology, grant administration, human resources, and facilities planning and space management.  The ADFA operates with a high degree of autonomy and assumes enormous responsibility for achieving the established goals of the School. The ADFA is the key liaison with a range of other offices, particularly the representatives from the Provost’s Office, Financial Services, Research Support, Facilities Management, and Information Technology.  The ADFA reports to and serves as senior advisor to the Dean.

 

DEPARTMENTAL PREFERENCES

 

Education/Training

 

The ADFA must have a knowledge of accounting and business matters as well as analytical, organizational, communications and human resource skills generally acquired through a bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, or a related field.  A master’s degree in a related field is preferred.  Also necessary is a proficiency with PC spreadsheets and word processing; familiarity with University financial systems would be desirable.

 

Desired skills

 

The ADFA should be an individual with high emotional intelligence, strong working relationships, and clear communication skills. The ADFA will need to operate with utmost honesty and integrity, have experience having hard conversations, be able to analyze the school’s position and to advise to the dean. Most importantly, the ADFA must be able to work closely with all levels of staff and inspire them and earn their trust.

 

Experience

 

The ADFA should have eight years of experience in an administrative and/or business setting; a familiarity with programs and activities involved in operational budgets and organizational and business matters; and should be prepared to acquire the skills necessary to implement and coordinate such programs.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Organization

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Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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