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University of Massachusetts Amherst Asst. Dean Finance & Planning in Amherst, Massachusetts

Asst. Dean Finance & Planning

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Work type: Staff Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Dean - College of Education

Union:Non-Unit Exempt

Categories: College of Education, Leadership

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description

Reporting directly to the Dean of the College of Education, the Assistant Dean of Finance and Planning provides leadership, organization, analysis and management for the finance and planning functions of the college and its associated departments and programs. The Assistant Dean takes steps to ensure services function effectively, efficiently, and in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements as well as University policies, practices, and procedures. The Assistant Dean provides executive-level work to analyze and address matters of financial management and planning, including the development of sophisticated financial or statistical reports and presentations that inform best practice decision-making, leading the College towards established goals or future objectives and in support of its social justice mission. The Assistant Dean will directly supervise the Human Resources Director and three staff members in the Financial Services Office, oversee facilities, and will also have functional oversight of all financial staff within the College.

Essential Functions

  • Serves as a strategic partner to the Dean, Associate and Assistant Deans, Department Chairs and Directors, to define, support and implement comprehensive financial planning and reporting to support research, education and student success programs and services.

  • Ensures that the College of Education is a proactive leader in its implementation of new and innovative financial analyses and administrative strategies to maximize all resources.

  • Maintains executive-level responsibility, in collaboration with the unit directors and the College’s Office of Research and Engagement, to manage financial planning and processes, and ensure stated strategic objectives are successfully implemented, managed, and maintained to promote our competitive advantage in education, research, innovation and philanthropy.

  • Works closely with university-level administrators and peers in other colleges to collaborate and strategize on financial and resource-based decision-making, while also representing the Dean with various internal and external constituents.

  • Supervises and maintains close collaboration with the College of Education’s Director of Human Resources to ensure personnel actions are fully integrated with financial planning.

  • Supports the College's data analytics effort to regularly analyze financial and organizational data. Crafts recommendations to address issues of organizational inefficiency and align strategic priorities with available resources.

  • Stays current with, and in compliance with, Federal, State, and University rules and regulations pertaining to procedures and related business operations.

    Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s Degree with at least 5 years of experience in effective strategic financial/fiscal/budgetary administration.

  • Demonstrated expertise in financial management principles, including budgetary/fund accounting procedures, forecasting budget needs, and skill in creating annual unit budgets and preparing periodic reports.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability and willingness to lead, advise, and train staff. Strong collaboration skills with the ability to work productively and diplomatically with internal and external constituents including administrative leadership, faculty, staff and students.

  • Expert knowledge of MS Office computer applications, with the ability to quickly learn additional application software relevant to the position.

  • Clear understanding of responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and confidential information and ability to act with integrity in ways consistent both with law and with University policy.

  • Demonstrated leadership style that supports a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.

  • Demonstrated expertise in implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.

  • Capability to responsibly access sensitive and/or not yet public University-related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercise the utmost care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.

    Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master’s Degree with at least 3 years of experience in effective strategic financial/fiscal/budgetary administration.

  • Successful strategic budgetary experience in higher education.

  • Experience with UMass or similar financial systems.

Additional Information

The College of Education includes 3 departments and serves approximately 300 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students. At any one time, the College maintains approximately 240 employee appointments, including tenure system faculty, part-time and full-time lecturers, permanent and temporary staff members, post-doctoral research associates, graduate teaching assistants, and student employees.

  • This is a non-unit professional position.

  • Monday-Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm

  • Required to work occasional nights and weekends.

Application Instructions

In addition to the online application, please submit a resume, cover letter, diversity statement, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.

Advertised: Aug 22 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

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