Responsible for operational leadership and management of the school’s administrative and financial operations. Serves as a thought partner with the Chief Administrative Officer to provide financial leadership and insight for the School of Business. Direct areas of responsibility include: budget planning, financial analysis & forecasting, financial operations (accounts payable, procurement, accounts receivable processes), administrative HR processes (hiring, onboarding, salary and payroll administration) and supervision of finance and administrative operations team.
Develops financial models and analysis to facilitate strategic decision-making by senior leadership.
Effectively communicates and presents critical financial matters to the Dean, Chief Administrative Officer, and other members of the Dean’s Council (School of Business Leadership Team).
Leads the annual planning and budget development process. Plans, drafts, and coordinates approval of the annual budget and multi-year projections, working closely with the Chief Administrative Officer and other members of Leadership. Works with department heads to prepare budgets. Monitors the approved budget through analysis of monthly budget and other reports.
Sets the Finance and Administrative departmental strategy and manages through direct reports the School’s financial operations (accounts payable/procurement/accounts receivable processes), and administrative operations related to Human Resources (hiring, onboarding, salary, and payroll administration). Directs the daily financial management of all departments within the School of Business.
Reviews School of Business contracts for goods and services. Coordinates with the Chief Administrative Officer, WFU Procurement, and WFU Legal Department to engage and maintain such contracts. Develops, initiates, and evaluates requests for proposals (RFP) on behalf of the School of Business for goods and services.
Designs and presents ad hoc financial analyses to Dean, Vice Deans, Chief Administrative Officer and other senior leaders, as requested; performs information research and analysis as needed for special projects, new programs, and ventures in the WFU Schools of Business.
Manages use of restricted funds, tracks endowment earnings, and ensures that donor terms are honored.
Serves as School of Business liaison and partners effectively with University Financial Services, and other university-wide shared services.
Other duties as assigned
Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Bachelor’s degree plus 10+ years of related experience.
Demonstrated knowledge of standard accounting principles.
Ability to provide operational leadership to a complex organizational structure within the University.
Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community; proven communication skills, both verbally and in writing; ability to convey financial concepts to non-financial professionals.
Ability to analyze and interpret policy and procedural questions without the benefit of precedent; and make recommendations to higher management in a coherent manner with supporting arguments.
Ability to work independently; evidence of good judgment and a high-level problem-solving skills.
Technical knowledge of fund accounting principles, budget preparation, and fiscal management in an academic environment.
Knowledge of University practices, policies, and procedures.
Proficiency in Excel (template development, pivot tables, macros) and Access (creating queries and reports).
Knowledge of related systems (Workday, Adaptive Insights, Cognos, Banner, etc.) or the ability to quickly learn the systems
Master’s degree strongly preferred with prior experience in Finance or Accounting in higher education.
Hires, trains, develops and directs finance and administrative operations staff.
Ensures completion of all orientation and training requirements by direct reports.
Motivates staff to achieve goals through individual and team supervision, coaching, goal setting, training and staff development, among other strategies.
Reviews and evaluates staff performance.
Responsible for the budget planning, financial analysis & forecasting, and financial operations of the School of Business.
This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.
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About Wake Forest University
Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate, and professional education. Founded in 1834, the University is ranked among the top thirty national universities according to U.S. News & World Report. With over 4,800 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate and professional students, the student-faculty ratio is 10:1. Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Since its founding, the University has adopted the motto Pro Humanitate, which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Click here for quick facts about the University.Wake Forest University is located in Winston-Salem, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina. Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts and innovation scenes. Residents enjoy clo...se proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family. Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (www.visitwinstonsalem.com).Wake Forest School of BusinessThe AACSB-accredited, nationally ranked Wake Forest University School of Business offers undergraduate academic programs in Accountancy, Finance, Business and Enterprise Management, and Mathematical Business, as well as graduate programs encompassing the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA), Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA), Master of Arts in Management (MA), and Master of Business Administration (MBA).Wake Forest University continues to rank as a top school for undergraduate business education (ranked #13 by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2016), and in Spring 2017, U.S. News & World Report continued to rank the part-time MBA programs #1 in North Carolina and now #13 in the nation. Courses are offered at both the beautiful home campus in Winston-Salem and the growing urban Charlotte Center campus in Charlotte, NC.