Business Manager, Department of Linguistics - Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center

Washington D.C.
Aug 28, 2017
Oct 31, 2017
Full Time
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Business Manager, Department of Linguistics - Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center

The Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC) is an independent, federal grant funded 4-year (renewable) center housed in the Department of Linguistics. AELRC supports foreign language (FL) education in the US by (a) providing assessment and evaluation training and materials, (b) developing and validating high-quality assessment and evaluation instruments and procedures, and (c) fostering and sustaining a scholarship of FL assessment and evaluation among K-16 language educators. Our primary goal is to facilitate useful assessment and evaluation practices that help FL educators innovate and improve their programs, ensure accountability to students and society, and articulate and express the value of FL studies in the world today. 

The Business Administrator navigates through all departmental business processes established for Georgetown Management System (GMS) Financials, including accounts payable, purchasing, financial reconciliations, expense reports, reimbursements, and deposits. S/he actively engages` with GAO, Procurement and Contracts, AP, Audit and other University departments to ensure that transactions meet with all GU rules and protocols. The Business Administrator handles the financial management of the Sponsored Projects (such as research grants) to ensure compliance with sponsors' requirements and University's policies and procedures, and has duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Provides financial administrative support, data management, outreach activities and public communications, and cooperating with outside parties when necessary.
  • Partakes in HR responsibilities including the hiring and quality control of student's work performance.
  • Assists the AELRC Director and other staff in interacting with the public via email, in person, and on a website, in setting up and facilitating activities, supervising specific student employee tasks, and in reporting center activities to funders and others.
  • Focuses on all financial and logistical dimensions of the center's activities, ensuring the smooth functioning of the AELRC.
  • Participates in meetings with funders, which may require travel up to four times per year.
  • Works with the Administrator and/or Chair to obtain budgetary approvals for out of the ordinary transactions, support departmental initiatives, and ensures adherence to GU policies.
  • Coordinates services and activities with sub-contractors, suppliers, and outside organizations.
  • Researches, disseminates information about, and ensures appropriate implementation of Federal sponsor and university policies.
  • Collaborates in the daily operations of the Department and provides administrative support in the hiring of student workers through the Student Employment Office (SEO)
  • Handles equipment ordering, maintenance, and inventory of any facilities/maintenance requests.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3 years of experience in a professional environment
  • Background in linguistic or language teaching with specific experience related to accounting or financial transactions, preferably utilizing GMS
  • Excellent organizational, time management, communication, and interpersonal/intercultural skills
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to treat confidential student, faculty, and financial data with due discretion
  • An energetic, flexible, highly professional and mature demeanor
  • Strong written communication efficiency and task-completion orientation

Preferred qualifications

  • Proficiency in MS Office and knowledge and proficiency with database software and web design software
  • High proficiency in English, with additional language skills
  • Experience with supervision of student workers
  • Experience in higher education and familiarity with Georgetown
  • Demonstrably good judgment with the ability to problem-solve in a team environment

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EEO Statement:

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