Senior Director for Finance and Administration - Division of Student Affairs

Washington D.C.
Mar 07, 2017
Apr 19, 2017
Full Time
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Senior Director for Finance and Administration - Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs provides programs and services to support students and enrich their learning experience at Georgetown. Learning takes place in all parts of students' lives and is centered in their academic experiences. This learning is enriched by their living environments and their engagement in a wide range of co-curricular pursuits - from community service to athletics and from student government to the performing arts. An array of services is also there to support students - to assure their health and wellness, assist with their career development, and meet a variety of personal and academic needs.

The Senior Director for Finance and Administration serves as the senior business manager and chief finance and administrative officer for the Division of Student Affairs, which comprises of 16 unique departments with 140+ full-time professional staff members and 600+ faculty, intermittent, and student positions. Reporting directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Senior Director has duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Serves as the strategic administrative partner to the leadership of Student Affairs and its departments.
  • Acts as senior advisor to the Vice President of Student Affairs.
  • Identifies, mobilizes, and ensures that the Division's staff, faculty, and students receive high quality administrative support in a manner compliant with University policies and procedures.
  • Directs, plans, and manages the comprehensive business affairs of the units, including management and analysis of departmental budgets, information systems, human resources, office and program space, training and development, and regulatory compliance.
  • Works to achieve the Division's mission and goals by working in close partnership with the Vice President, senior team, staff, students, and service providers to develop and implement the Division's strategy.
  • Understands and monitors external and internal factors influencing the Division's mission and goals.
  • Plans for financial and non-financial resources required for the Division to achieve its goals, and supports organization and program leaders in conceptualizing, prioritizing, and planning for changes.
  • Along with the Assistant Dean for Student Engagement, supports and drives the Division's implementation of its current strategic plan with staff and other stakeholders (university partners, students, and faculty).
  • Manages and has direct oversight of the Student Affairs Finance Office and the Office of the Vice President Office Management, with potential for supervision of other areas going forward. 
  • Fulfills the role as Main Campus Senior Business Manager, and in this capacity has a dotted line reporting relationship to the AVP and Chief Budget Officer for the Main Campus in the Main Campus Finance Office.


  • Master's degree in a relevant area, though substantial experience in closely related fields will be considered as well
  • Strong experience and competence in managing multiple teams and managing complex budgets, using appropriate software to track revenues and expenditures, and to generate reports and analytic tools on those budgets 
  • Demonstrated fiscal responsibility and comprehensive knowledge of accounting, financial reporting, and analysis
  • Demonstrated experience with complex strategic planning and resource allocation
  • Demonstrated experience in managing relationships and influencing outcomes
  • Demonstrated creativity and effectiveness in a complex organization
  • Demonstrated success in building relationships, convening productive meetings, and developing staff
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, with a mastery of Excel (VLOOKUP,  pivot tables, etc.) and experience and familiarity with managing large volumes of data and database queries  
  • Well-developed managerial, decision-making, planning, organizational, problem-resolution and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage people on a day-to-day basis and inspire a high level of commitment and performance
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to adapt communication style to address the needs of individuals at all levels throughout the University
  • Ability to generate a strategic vision and to influence people to achieve this vision
  • Ability to negotiate skillfully with both internal and external constituents
  • Ability to anticipate changes in the business environment and proactively manage change
  • Solid understanding of internal control concepts and the implementation of internal control systems in a complex business environment
  • Understanding of  the relationship between available resources and the programs they support
  • Ability to maintain and manage these resources, as well as advocate for growth and identifying areas for consolidation of efforts
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with directors and other staff in all units of Student Affairs
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships outside of Student Affairs, particularly with key financial offices: Sponsored Programs, Human Resources, Financial Affairs, Advancement, as well as academic office

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