Assistant Dean for Administration

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience - see ad text.
Mar 25, 2022
Jun 05, 2022
Full Time
Assistant Dean for AdministrationGeorge Mason University Libraries seeks an experienced, creative, dynamic, collaborative, and skilled leader for its newly-augmented administrative services portfolio as Assistant Dean for Administration. Incumbent serves as a senior member of the Office of the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, reports to the Dean, is a member of the Dean's Council, and fulfills a broad range of administrative functions for the University Libraries.George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Position:The responsibilities of the Assistant Dean for Administration position include: oversight and coordination of the Libraries' budgets (E&G, grants and Foundation); direction for and support of a holistic human resources program; implementation and performance of fiscal services and related business management services; management of facilities-related activities; and coordination of communications, grants, and marketing programs.Incumbent supervises administrative services personnel, directly or indirectly, (currently 8 FTE comprised of professional faculty, classified staff, and regular part-time employees), and provides management leadership and support enabling the Libraries' organization with relevant university administrative processes and procedure, and adherence to policy and regulations. Liaises with such university offices as: Academic Administration, Office of the Provost; Budget; Purchasing; Human Resources & Payroll; Sponsored Programs; Facilities Administration; University Police; Safety and Emergency; and Risk Management.Responsibilities:Prepares for authorization and implements the Libraries' operating budget, monitors fund expenditures, and manages the (non-Collections) finances for the operations of University Libraries - involving E&G budget, grants funding and restricted funds with the GMU Foundation;Performs, and/or appropriately supervises, fiscal managerial functions within university and Libraries policies and procedures, and analyzes and interprets financial and/or operational issues;Directs holistic management of the human resources function for University Libraries, including personnel recruitment/hiring, payroll, employee relations, talent development, diversity and inclusion, organizational development, and associated personnel activities - involving a broad range of employees (Administrative and Professional Faculty, Classified personnel, Graduate Research and Graduate Professional Assistants, student assistants, and other regular part-time Wage personnel);Supervises and guides the Libraries' Human Resources Officer (and indirectly other staff in the HR functional area) in the implementation of the Libraries' Human Resources multifaceted program;Advises the Libraries' executive management on human resources planning and organizational development needs, exercising sound judgment and informed thinking, and ability to facilitate applicable decision-making with discretion and confidentiality;Oversees and guides the fiscal and business management team performing the Libraries' purchasing, contracting, conference registrations, travel, memberships, invoice payments, and fund disbursements and reimbursements (excluding library research materials acquisition and licensing), and ensures proper expenditure of authorized funds from various sources - general budget (E&G), grants, and GMU Foundation;Oversees the Libraries' communications, grants and marketing program, guiding assigned staff for those activities, and demonstrating active leadership to the success of programmatic goals;Oversees the Libraries' facilities-related docket on all university campuses, and guides a (future) Facilities Manager in planning, implementing, and managing an effective "library as a place" program for the students, faculty, and staff of the university, including: planning and funding for major projects involving physical renovations, furniture and technology placements, space programming, and ADA compliance;Provides recommendations to library managers and administrators for resolution of diverse or complex issues based on accurate interpretation of university policies and regulations;Ensures development and distribution of written materials pertaining to policies and procedures relating to the position's overall responsibilities and prepares administrative reports encompassing both text narratives and numerical data;Manages the Libraries' Emergency Continuity Plan in concert with Mason Environmental Health Services; andBased on delegated level of signature authority by the Dean, acts as "approving official" for a variety of university administrative processes.Required Qualifications:Graduate degree in business administration, or management; and/or ALA-accredited graduate degree or certified foreign equivalent OR equivalent combination of education and experience;Significant (generally five (5) +years) of progressively responsible management experience involving leading and supervising professional and staff level personnel;Competence and record of achievement in at least three of these administrative areas: budgeting and financial management; human resources program management; marketing and communications; facilities operations, grants development/management program; and project management;Evidence of ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships and working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders internally and externally;Demonstrated track record of using organizational skills, strategic vision, and creative thinking to help an organization achieve its mission;Proven record of effective personnel management, including: team building, goal setting and supervising, talent development, and performance analysis and feedback;Successful record of serving diverse constituencies of employees, and fostering a collegial, productive, and healthy work environment;Excellent interpersonal and communication skills demonstrated by: ability to listen actively, speak and write clearly, and present ideas and information to group; andDemonstrated commitment to access, diversity and inclusiveness, and dedication to the fulfillment of the University Libraries' Vision, Mission & Values: ( Qualifications:Experience in an academic library setting is strongly preferred (equivalent and relevant management experience in an organization with higher education or cultural heritage mission will be considered);Experience with financial processes, purchasing operations, and business contracting;Experience with Human Resources processes encompassing multiple categories of personnel, and involving differing applicable policies and practices; andExperience with facilities management, large-scale planning, and construction processes.Appointment/Benefits/Salary:12-month Administrative Faculty appointment; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self. Salary is commensurate with academic qualifications and professional experience, with an anticipated appointment salary of low $100s.The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and three other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginia's leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it transforms in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library-innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at for more information.

All applications for this position (FA070z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason's employment page ( Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references.Questions should be directed to Diana Tippett ( or Della Patrick (, Office of the Dean of Libraries. Review of applications will begin April 25, 2022.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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