Assistant Dean for Business and Operations

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support

The Office of the Dean for the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science (RSECS) is the administrative office directly responsible for guiding, coordinating, and applying academic, financial and human resources policies for the academic departments and research institutes housed in RSECS. 

Position Summary

The Assistant Dean for Business and Operations assists the Dean in management of the administrative and business operations for RSECS with the goal of achieving a high level of mission-focused performance, continuous improvement, and a strong sense of community. Working closely with the Dean, senior staff, and department Directors and Chairs, the position supervises and provides leadership for budget and finance, operations, human resources, and financial aid functions for RSECS. The position is responsible for coordinating strategic and financial planning efforts, including the communication of strategic plans, budgets, and programmatic goals to units within RSECS and external stakeholders as appropriate. The position will serve as a member of the senior management team and on various internal and university committees as requested. The position has dotted-line reporting to the Controller’s Office and the Office of Planning and Budget.

Essential Functions

  • Works closely with the Dean on day-to-day management of the unit and is involved in strategic planning for the unit.
  • Responsible for recommending and implementing long-range strategic planning, goals, and growth projections.
  • Establishes long-range financial objectives to meet strategic goals of a multifaceted organization.
  • Responsible for large, combined budgets.
  • Independently manages a broad range of business functions for RSECS with unique and specialized activities or services.
  • Oversees activities that impact and interface with other functional areas.
  • Develops and monitors internal policies and procedures to meet wide-ranging business needs, which have broad impact, including negotiating with external entities and constituents.
  • Conducts financial management responsibilities in a multifaceted (e.g., multiple programs, units, etc.) division primarily funded by a broad range of (multi-dimensional) funding sources that include an income generation component.
  • Displays a comprehensive understanding of accounting and budgeting practices to submit operating budgets and prepare project/capital expense requests.
  • Provides expertise on financial matters.
  • Exercises oversight and authority of a dynamic budgetary planning and forecasting process.
  • Supervises and manages professional level employees.
  • Actively participate in ensuring employee growth and development.
  • Ensures compliance with performance management policies and procedures.
  • Works with HR to recommend resolution of disciplinary matters as needed.
  • Plans for staffing needs and workload distribution for multi-functional areas and may also identify funding source(s) for staffing.
  • Independently analyzes and resolves unprecedented issues and problems.
  • Serves as a resource for others in resolving issues and problems.
  • Anticipates problems and develops resolution strategies.
  • Prepares and analyzes complex technical matters involving existing and emerging issues pertaining to the subject area and makes recommendations from the analysis.
  • Plays a leadership role in the campus-wide business officer community as a mentor, role model, and resource for other business officers.
  • May recommend, to University offices, changes to systems and processes regularly utilized by business officers.
  • Develops written documents and/or reports on complex matters that can be understood by both internal and external audiences.
  • Communicates information involving complex matters (both internal and external) to RSECS departments, which may involve using persuasion and negotiation.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of appropriate business practices and procedures.
  • Demonstrates a proficient level of professional skill and/or knowledge in business operations or accounting, and financial forecasting.
  • Ability to communicate information to individuals or groups.
  • Ability to deliver presentations suited to the characteristics and needs of the audience.
  • Ability to gather, organize, summarize and analyze data within prescribed timeframes.
  • Ability to analyze business operations and/or financial statements.
  • Ability to determine and ensure compliance with laws and regulations, draw conclusions, and review, examine and prepare documents.
  • Ability to choose an effective course of action or develop appropriate solutions and/or reach conclusions.
  • Ability to act consistent with available facts, constraints, and anticipated consequences.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree from a four-year college or university; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Seven (7) years of experience in business or administration management, including experience in financial management.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA, CPA, MPA, or related professional graduate degree.
  • Experience in higher education budget, finance, and/or administration.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) January 26, 2022.

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

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 15.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $110,000 - $130,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

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

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

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

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