American University Assistant Director of Business Operations (12850) in Washington, District Of Columbia


The Assistant Director of Business Operations works under the direction of the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration. In consultation with the Associate Dean for Finance, the Assistant Director is responsible for the financial and daily oversight of the WCL’s non-tuition business activities, including grant and contract operations. Financial analysis around potential business growth is required, along with contract negotiations, monitoring contract adherence, and development of policies and procedures as necessary to ensure best practices for all business operations. This position works proactively with stakeholders to reduce costs and increase operational efficiencies and serves as lead on operation audits.

Work Environment

  • This position reports to the Associate Dean, Finance & Administration along with Assistant Director of Finance, and Manager of Faculty and Administrative Support
  • Manages and supervises one full time employee, Pre-Award Grant and Contract Manager, and one part time employee
  • The position interacts daily with many campus stakeholders, including contractors, students, faculty, staff, and visitors
  • The Office of Finance and Administration is responsible for preparation of the law school’s budget $60+ million expense and $70+ million revenue budget

  • This position works to enhance and grow non-academic tuition revenues (i.e., conference revenue, space rental, certificate program revenue, grant and contract revenue), currently valued at over $7 million annually with the goal of increasing such revenue to provide additional operational resources

  • This position works under the direction of the Association Dean of Finance and Administration to secure operational efficiencies and improve business processes to maximize the value of WCL’s entire expense budget

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • 35-Exempt

Required Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required with a concentration in Financial Management, Business Administration, or Accounting or related field or the equivalent in training or experience
  • A minimum of eight years work experience in related financial and business areas
  • The position requires a solid understanding of financial management, along with the ability to apply best practices to a variety of business functions and activities
  • Computer literacy in spreadsheets and financial applications
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills; excellent oral and written communication abilities; substantial problem solving skills
  • Organizational skills, attention to detail, initiative, flexibility, adaptability, ability to work well in groups
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment in daily operations

Preferred Education and Experience

  • A Juris Doctor degree

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check

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Nearest Major Market:Washington DC

Date: Mar 13, 2018

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University