Reporting to the Dean, School of Professional Studies & Vice President, Strategy Strategic Initiatives, the Senior Director, Finance & Administration serves as the senior administrator responsible for overseeing financial administration, enrollment services, human resources management, systems and facilities for SPS. As such, the Senior Director works closely with the Dean to plan, analyze, manage and evaluate a complex operation. The Senior Director is responsible for strategic business planning and for ensuring that financial practices, planning efforts and administrative functions are aligned with and in support of strategic goals. The position is responsible for integrating SPS with other schools and departments at Brown and for helping the SPS achieve significant growth in revenue and program offerings. The Senior Director advises the SPS Vice President and other senior leaders on business strategy, financial outcomes, possibilities, and operational efficiencies; assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan and consider broad issues pertaining to future directions and long term planning for the School of Professional Studies. This position will be responsible for achieving optimal efficiencies in current operations and to position SPS for significant growth in revenue and program offerings.
Fiscal Oversight (45%)â“ Provide leadership and strategic planning for the SPS with an annual operating budget of $35M. Overall responsibility for the financial health of SPS and the ability to meet or exceed University targets.Maximize revenue with effective and efficient spending.Develop and oversee short term and long term financial plans and create strategies for funding new initiatives. Oversee the preparation and monitoring of program budgets and development of financial reports and dashboards. Provide budget and financial planning expertise to senior leadership, program directors and all decision makers in SPS and work collaboratively with them to plan, monitor and revise budgets as needed. Develop University Resource Committee (URC) presentations. Develop models for growth and/or adaptation of projections for senior leadership. Work closely with University Budget office.
Strategic Planning (25%) â“ Work with SPS Vice President and other senior leaders within SPS to design and implement a comprehensive strategic plan that includes doubling revenue in the next 3 to 5 years.Ensure support for the highest quality programs and significant growth in graduate/executive programs and expansion of online offerings.In addition, position SPS and campus capacity to achieve optimal growth in summer on-campus programs. Assume leadership for initiatives related to changing digital platforms. Assist in the identification and implementation of strategic opportunities for Brown to engage with new audiences.Assist with decisions related to the creation of a new facility. Seek synergy and collaboration with other departments including joint initiatives and support of other departments (i.e. sold services agreements in areas such as marketing).Serve on University committees as needed.
Human Resources (15%) â“ Provide leadership and oversight for the human resource function for a staff of 85.Lead the development of organization models that leverage resources and position the SPS for future growth.Provide leadership and serve as a strategic resource for performance management, professional development and talent management.Oversee the performance management program to ensure consistency. Develop protocols for hiring staff and faculty. Develop professional development plans including SPS retreats, customer service standards and training, and teambuilding. Capacity to facilitate organizational change and integrate new programs and initiative. Ensure excellence in the workplace by proactive and progressive measures that recognize and develop talent.Ensure highest quality service to students. Work collaboratively with University Human Resources on employee relations and staffing issues.
Operations and Management (15%) - Oversee operational areas including Enrollment Services and Financial Services, human resources and facilities.Oversee the technology support positions and liaison with CIS on operational issues. Serve as the primary liaison to Office of General Counsel.Build a cohesive and service oriented team Ensure that all administrative areas work together effectively to support SPS students, staff and the strategic plan.Oversee facilities operations and services including space allocation and needs, security and safety, renovations and purchasing of equipment. Develop transition plans to address space needs, recommend enhancements to existing space and develop protocols for shared space.Manage a team of 14. Lead coaching and development of direct reports. Build a cohesive, productive and efficient team.
MBA or Masterâ™s degree in a related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience.
10 â“ 15 years of progressively responsible financial, human resources, and operational management experience at a complex institution of higher education or the equivalent, with comprehensive experience in strategic business and financial planning.
Management experience required including demonstrated experience building strong teams.
Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategies, plans and budgets in a complex, fast changing environment.
Proven ability to contribute to strategic planning initiatives.
Proven leadership and management of a diverse operation.
Proven ability to work in an entrepreneurial, fast changing environment.
Ability to work across organizational units on campus.
High professional standards with the ability to effectively manage competing requirements.
Demonstrated success with, and knowledge and understanding of, finance and budgeting, human resources management, analysis and reporting and information technology programs in support of a high performing organization.
Demonstrated business acumen, strong critical thinking and analytical skills, and the ability to create and utilize clearly articulated, metric-based, analytical solutions to complex problems.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and the ability to work closely with and collaborate with senior level administration and key stakeholders across the university with confidence and diplomacy.
Possess a high degree of personal integrity and a commitment to the values and principles essential to creating an environment of collegiality, civility, and responsible stewardship.
BACKGROUND CHECK: Criminal and Education
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Senior Director of Finance & Administration
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