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DIRECTOR OF FINANCE, Sargent College, Administration (3914)
Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts
Date Posted 04/29/2021
Admin-Business And Financial Management
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College is one of the country’s leading schools of health and rehabilitation sciences. Home to more than 1300 undergraduate and 450 graduate students, Sargent College combines outstanding faculty and cutting-edge research to provide superb education and clinical experiences. The college has more than 25 on-campus, research facilities, clinical centers, and labs. It offers top-ranked degree programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech, language, and hearing sciences, health science, athletic training, human physiology, behavior and health, and nutrition

The Director of Finance is a senior member of the administrative team in Sargent College and serves as a key strategic partner and advisor to the Dean. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Finance and Administration, the Director of Finance will direct effective financial management and lead financial operations for Sargent College, its research enterprise, and entrepreneurial programs with strategic oversight of annual expenditures of over $36 million.

The Director of Finance will be responsible for budget development, accounting, financial reporting, financial controls, business systems and analytics, procurement, contracts, and payroll. The Director of Finance works with the leadership team of Sargent College and as a key liaison to central BU administrative offices to help oversee a complex portfolio of capital projects, endowment and gift funding, research administration, and other administrative functions and will strive towards continuous improvement of college-level financial systems to deliver high-quality services to faculty and staff.

The Director of Finance will supervise two direct full-time employees, the Financial Administrator and Payroll Administrator, responsible for guiding and evaluating performance and supporting their professional development.

Essential Functions:

Strategic Financial Planning – 25%

  • Collaborates with the Dean and senior leadership to advance the college’s overarching strategic direction. Works to assure alignment of financial, human, technological, and physical resources with college strategy, goals, and objectives.
  • Collaborates with colleagues to ensure sound budgeting and long-range planning for programs in line with strategic objectives. Develops key planning documents and reports, including the Stage I & II budget submissions, tuition & fees request, and annual budget allocations for each unit. Provide counsel and model financial scenarios to guide data-informed decision-making.
  • Analyzes resource allocation decisions. Engages in contingency planning to understand impacts on Sargent’s budget, resources, structures, and facilities; develops dashboards and reports to support informed decision-making.

Financial Oversight and Direction- 50%

  • Directs financial operations for a $36 million budget that includes: unrestricted accounts, designated accounts, gift accounts, endowed and spendable accounts, research funding, and entrepreneurial accounts (including the BU Center for Neurorehabilitation, the BU Physical Therapy Clinic, and the Sargent Choice Nutrition Center). Monitors operational expenses and revenues. Conducts analyses to ensure appropriate and effective use of resources.
  • Assures compliance with best practices and University policies. Manages the quarterly confirmation process and administers Sargent’s year-end financial close proceedings. Reviews all faculty search and appointment paperwork to verify they conform to budget limits. Serves in a consultative role to Sargent’s entrepreneurial programs, centers, and clinics including the Boston University Physical Therapy Center, Center for Neurorehabilitation, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and Sargent Choice Nutrition Center.

Enhance Organizational Effectiveness - 10%

  • Assures financial integrity through compliance with university policies and procedures and their uniform application to Sargent College. Reviews and approves financial transactions. Makes recommendations to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of local controls. Identifies process improvements to narrow risk exposures and enhance a culture of continuous improvement and administrative excellence.
  • Leads continuous improvement efforts to ensure the effective and efficient deployment of resources and optimal processes and structures and to instill a culture of operational excellence. Analyzes unique scenarios and proposals within the college and strategizes to determine efficient and appropriate solutions.

Supervision – 15%

  • The Director of Finance will supervise the 1.0 FTE Financial Administrator and the 1.0 FTE Payroll Administrator with full responsibility for performance feedback and evaluation, task assignment and prioritization, and professional development.
  • Additionally, five department coordinators will work with the Director of Finance around financial and administrative processes. These 5.0 FTE report directly to their respective department chairs - who are considered their primary supervisors - and indirectly to the Director of Finance.

The Director of Finance will support the college's overall mission through vibrant collaboration with faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and administrators across the university. They will help sustain and support a culture of integrity and operational excellence, which celebrates a diversity of individuals and ideas that value accountability, equity, belonging, inclusion, adaptability, and innovation. Sargent College believes the cultural and social diversity of our faculty, staff, and students is vitally important to our academic mission of excellence. We welcome candidates who support our commitment to ensuring BU is an inclusive, equitable, and diverse place where everyone can thrive.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • A minimum of 7 years relevant work experience
  • Supervisory experience
  • Significant experience and responsibility developing and directing financial activities within a complex organizational structure.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standard accounting principles. Facility with data analysis. Comfort using quality data to help guide decision-making.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community; proven communication skills with the ability to convey financial concepts to non-financial professionals.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret policy and make recommendations to senior management in a coherent manner with supporting arguments.
  • A collaborative work approach with the ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations with discretion.
  • Commitment to integrity and accountability
  • Previous managerial or supervisory experience.
  • Experience developing, coaching, and supervising a diverse staff to promote an environment of collaboration, inclusivity, and belonging among teams and organizations.
  • A willingness to explore, understand and appreciate diverse perspectives.
  • An orientation that strives for continuous improvement, creativity, flexibility, and a growth mindset.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

BOSTON, Massachusetts, United States
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