School of Law Chief Business Officer

Employer
Emory University
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Sep 29, 2022
Closes
Oct 05, 2022
Ref
672383574
Industry
Law
Hours
Full Time
Emory University School of Law Chief Business Officer Position: Chief Business Officer, School of Law Organization: Emory University Location: Atlanta, Georgia Reporting Relationship: Dean, School of Law Senior Vice Provost for Strategic Financial and Resource Planning Vice President of Finance & Treasury Website: Law in Action | Emory University School of Law Position Summary Emory University School of Law, a nationally and globally recognized leader in legal education, seeks a collaborative and forward thinking financial and administrative leader to serve as Chief Business Officer (CBO). Reporting to the Dean, the Senior Vice Provost for Strategic Financial and Resource Planning, and the Vice President for Finance and Treasury, the CBO will serve as a key member of the school of law's senior leadership team and will be joining the institution at an exciting period of time marked by new leadership and an ambitious strategic plan. As Emory Law continues to use thought leadership and practical training to transform the future, they need an astute financial and administrative leader to provide an effective financial strategy, drive operational excellence, collaborate with key stakeholders in delivering on their mission, and champion a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. The next CBO will serve as a trusted advisor and strategic partner to the Dean, Senior Vice Provost for Strategic Financial and Resource Planning, Vice President for Finance and Treasury, senior leadership, faculty, and staff in developing a sustainable financial model for the school of law in support of its programmatic offerings and strategic vision. The CBO is charged with ensuring that Emory Law is an effective steward of all fiscal and human resources entrusted to the organization by its students, donors, grantors, and supporters. With the support of a team of 22 talented professionals and a budget of $65.5M, the CBO oversees all facets of finance and administration to include budget and fiscal operations, accreditation, human resources, information technology, institutional research, facilities, and financial and operations planning. As Emory Law continues to harness its existing strengths while pursuing new and ambitious goals, they seek a dynamic leader who can provide balanced financial strategies in a collaborative, innovative, and transparent fashion. The ideal candidate will be an ambitious leader who has the prerequisite experience to effectively steward resources in support of this leading law school as it boldly embraces opportunities for greater impact. The CBO must be a highly accomplished financial and administrative executive with strong technical skills coupled with a proven track record of high-level strategic planning and operational execution in higher education. Success in this role will be measured by effective financial stewardship, strategic operational oversight, and strong collaboration. The CBO must be an excellent communicator committed to the highest ethical standards with demonstrated ability to effectively engage with a diverse set of stakeholders. The Institution Since 1836, Emory's mission-to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity-has guided the university in its work to drive discovery, serve the common good, and prepare leaders to make a difference in the world. At the heart of Emory's impact is a distinct purpose: to think beyond oneself. This purpose-this sense of responsibility-is present among students, faculty, staff, and alumni across generations. Whether you work here, teach here, learn or connect here, Emory is a community of impact where the greater good is balanced with individual interest. Our courageous community of seekers and solvers continues to imagine and realize the university's mission: to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity. Emory is recognized internationally for its outstanding liberal arts college, graduate and professional schools , and one of the world's leading health care systems . One of 65 member institutions, the university has been part of the prestigious Association of American Universities since 1995. The excellence and dedication of their faculty are why students from around the world come to Emory, where they embark on a rigorous and inclusive educational journey that transforms them into tomorrow's leaders. Emory offers an academic experience where students discover a culture of open and civil discourse, develop the confidence to confront difficult questions, work closely with academic experts, and connect with a set of peers as diverse as the world around them. Emory students are more qualified, as well as more economically and internationally diverse, than ever before in our history. They come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, and they speak 80 languages other than English at home or as a first language. School of Law Emory University School of Law is a preeminent graduate school of inquisitive and innovative learners. With an overall US News and World Report Ranking of 30, Emory Law ranks 23 for Health Care Law, 23 for Contracts and Commercial Law & Business and Corporate Law, and 26 in Constitutional Law. We prepare students for fulfilling legal careers, enriching communities, and affecting positive societal transformation by advancing the rule of law. Emory Law is ranked 25 on National Law Journal's "Go-To Law Schools" list based on the percentage of our graduates employed at the largest 100 law firms. Additionally, Emory Law is ranked in the Top 20 by academic peers, lawyers and judges." Emory Law provides an experience that uniquely prepares graduates to be able to drive societal impact in their community and worldwide. We work to promote a sense of belonging in our community so that faculty, staff, and students of all backgrounds can thrive. We are home to a number of thought leaders in law and our reach throughout the United States and worldwide is bolstered by the relationships and experiences Emory Law promotes. Learning to practice law is about more than reading cases and statutes. We provide students with unique educational and cultural resources. Our students are involved in clinical work, journals, competitions, and public service. They become part of the communities in which they live and work, listening to the problems people face, and finding ways to engage the law in creating solutions. To learn more about Emory Law and our ambitious new strategic plan, please visit Law in Action | Emory University School of Law and Strategic Plan 2021-2026 | Emory University School of Law | Atlanta, GA Key Responsibilities As a critical member of the leadership team, the Chief Business Officer will be instrumental in the future growth and advancement of Emory Law. Reporting to Dean Mary Anne Bobinski, Susan Bonifield, Senior Vice Provost for Strategic Financial and Resource Planning, and Belva White, Vice President for Finance and Treasury, the CBO will oversee financial and administrative functions that are central to advancing Emory Law's academic mission and strategic vision. In this highly visible role, the CBO will contribute to the strategic vision of the school of law and will serve as a key, strategic advisor to the Dean, Senior Vice Provost for Strategic Financial and Resource Planning, and Vice President for Finance and Treasury on all financial and business matters. The CBO serves as the principal finance leader for the school of law, providing the necessary vision for developing and implementing effective financial and business strategies. The CBO will serve as a trusted and collaborative partner to academic and administrative leadership to further institutional goals. Charged with driving financial and operational best practices, the CBO leads a diverse, dedicated, and talented team that includes budget and fiscal operations, accreditation, human resources, information technology, institutional research, facilities, and financial and operations planning. The Chief Business Officer will be responsible for the overall financial and business operations of Emory Law. Specifically, the CBO will: Finance and Budgeting Develop a comprehensive financial strategy that supports Emory Law's programs and strategic priorities. Ensure that sound financial systems, operations, and controls are in place to support decision making and organizational effectiveness. Strategically align resources to meet overarching priorities and objectives through effective financial stewardship, analysis, and forecasting. Assume a leadership role in the annual operating and personnel budget plan for Emory Law and collaborate with the Dean and academic leadership team in the creation of faculty hiring plans. Advise the Dean on matters associated with financial and business operations. Remain current on all university directives and policies affecting financial and administrative efforts within the school of law. Collaborate with the Office of the Provost and with financial and operational colleagues throughout Emory University. Advance the university mission and the priorities of the school of law in ways that are consistent with the institutional fiduciary responsibilities. Provide overall administrative, financial, and strategic direction for the budgetary and fiscal affairs of Emory Law, inclusive of planning, administering, monitoring, and controlling the overall financial plans, policies, and programs. Direct school-wide planning and response to the demands, costs, services, technology, regulations, and fiscal interests throughout Emory Law while protecting assets and ensuring fiscal viability. Develop and implement financial metrics and benchmarks to monitor the financial strength of the school of law. Provide leadership and participate in long-range financial planning, trend analyses, and budgeting. Develop and prepare financial, operational, and statistical reports. Finalize budgets, conduct feasibility analyses, draft business processes, and perform comprehensive operational assessments of business units. Communicate pertinent accounting structure, policies, procedures, and other financial developments to the Emory Law. Strategic Academic Leadership Partner with the Dean, Senior Vice Provost, Vice President and senior leadership on the strategic visioning for Emory Law. Collaborate with university leadership, broadly defined, including CBOs from other schools, to develop and implement process improvements and strategic initiatives. Act as an advisor to senior leadership on all aspects of finance and business strategy determining appropriate investment and resource allocation. Provide strategic oversight and ensure operational excellence in key areas, including budget and fiscal operations, accreditation functions, communications, human resources, information technology, institutional research, facilities, and financial and operations planning. Cultivate a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and welcoming culture. Develop and retain a talented, diverse, and dedicated team. Oversee the facilities planning, development, management activities, and initiatives Ensure facilities planning is consistent and in alignment with strategic priorities, operational and fiscal needs, and program objectives. Serve as a liaison to the university's Enterprise Risk Management program. Participate in the strategic planning process and in the development of operational policies and procedures. Represent the organization in external financial and business activities. Oversee, coordinate, and manage special projects as well as serve on university committees as appropriate. Instill a culture of trust, transparency, and collaboration. Professional Qualifications The CBO will be a seasoned financial leader with a proven track record in fiscal management in a complex academic environment. The CBO will lend credibility to the fiscal and business strategy of Emory Law as well as provide leadership for day-to-day financial and operational execution. The ideal candidate will have senior level financial and administrative leadership experience coupled with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to lead change in a thoughtful manner. Candidates must possess a deep and broad background in higher education finance and administration with a focus on best practices. The successful candidate will bring many of the following skills and traits: A minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in business operations, finance, or related field with 5 years at a senior leadership level within a complex environment. Demonstrated knowledge of higher education finance, budgeting, financial analysis, and debt management policies and best practices. A strong business acumen coupled with the ability to lead a multidisciplinary team with enterprise-wide impact. Knowledge of current and emerging trends and strategies in higher education finance along with a proven track record of revenue enhancement. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as maintaining a welcoming learning and working environment. An entrepreneurial spirit with an openness to new ideas and innovative approaches. Knowledge of best practices in operational areas, including finance, accounting, IT, human resources, facilities, and planning. Strong interpersonal and communication skills with a demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships at all levels of an organization. An unwavering commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards. Demonstrated success in building, leading, and supporting teams and working collaboratively with colleagues at all levels of an organization. Education An advanced degree is required with a JD or MBA preferred. Application Process Candidate nominations and interested and qualified candidates are welcome to submit a resume and cover letter to: EmoryLawCBO@kornferry.com Emory Law is a highly ranked national and global leader in legal education that welcomes and supports a diverse law school community, produces path-breaking and influential scholarship, and offers exceptional teaching and practical learning opportunities that enable our alumni to become respected professionals and leaders in a rapidly changing world. Together, our community is working to secure a more fair and just society by advancing the rule of law. Our innovative strategic plan seeks to fuel the ambitions and success of the students, staff, and faculty who are drawn to join the Emory Law community. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Category: , Keywords: Chief Business Officer (CBO)