Assistant Dean of Business & Operations, Sturm College of Law

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Accounting / Finance, Business Operations / Services

Founded in 1897, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law is a Top 75 law school and a national leader in experiential learning and interdisciplinary legal study. Located in one of the nations most dynamic and beautiful cities, the Sturm College of Law features an accomplished and highly professional staff, an outstanding and diverse student body, a faculty that includes some of the most respected legal scholars in the nation, and roughly 17,000 alumni who have achieved careers of distinction in law, business, government, public interest, and other professional domains.

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Dean of the Sturm College of Law, the Assistant Dean of Business & Operations is responsible for all financial activities at Denver Law, including financial modeling, budget development, and financial controls. This position has an independent (dotted) reporting line to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Financial and Business Affairs on matters relating to budgetary development, planning, and management.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and manage the unit's operating budget, including budget modeling, forecasting, and deployment of funds (i.e., tuition dollars, operating dollars, current-use gift funds, endowed funds, and reserve funds) in a manner aligned with unit-level strategic priorities and University policies.
  • Co-develop, model, and manage a sophisticated enrollment management strategy that models projected tuition revenues.
  • Supervise, coordinate, and implement all financial functions (e.g., revenues and receivables, purchasing, accounts payable, and fiscal reporting) to ensure timely and accurate completion and compliance with applicable accounting principles, University and federal policies, and donor restrictions.
  • Manage performance of unit-level employees performing budgetary functions.
  • Review budgetary requests submitted by unit-level department heads and collaborate with the Dean with respect to the allocation of the law school's expense budget.
  • Collaborate with the Dean on the University's annual merit evaluation process.
  • Review and approve all contracts that encumber the University, including compliance with contracting policies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Advanced ability to visualize, articulate, and solve problems quantitatively and qualitatively and to make sound decisions based on available information.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong compliance orientation.
  • Capacity to solve complex problems with creative solutions.
  • Experience in planning, organizing, and managing processes that bring about the successful completion of specific deliverables.
  • Excellent computer skills, including facility with spreadsheet and database applications.
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced, collaborative work environment.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
  • 5 years of progressive work experience involving budget preparation and monitoring.
  • Minimum of 3 years of management/supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in business, finance, accounting, higher education, law, or related field.
  • Experience with budget operations in a higher education setting.
  • Proficiency with Banner software.
  • Familiarity with generally accepted accounting practices.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with evenings and weekends as needed.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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