Advertised Summary Job Description: The Mailman School and Columbia University seeks an experienced administrative leader with a proven track record of success in executive positions within complex, multi-constituent, mission-driven organizations to serve as Vice Dean, Finance & Administration. The Vice Dean for Finance and Administration reports to and serves as an advisor to the Dean and the Dean's Leadership Team on all aspects of School strategy, direction, investment, and risk. The School's chief business officer, the Vice Dean is responsible for leading and managing the financial and operational components of the School and for representing the School to the financial and operational leadership of CUIMC and the University proper. Serving as partner and counselor first and foremost, the Vice Dean plays a broad, multi-faceted role in ensuring the success of the School, the development and stewarding of its resources, and the maintenance of its position within and beyond Columbia.
Serving as a senior advisor to the Dean, Dean's Leadership Team peers, academic department Chairs, and School-wide Centers Directors, the Vice Dean plays a key role in program planning and development, assisting them in developing business plans and meeting the School's ambitious research and education goals. The Vice Dean assists the Dean in developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining programmatic and business initiatives such as the School's corporate partnership program (Columbia Population Health Partnership).
As the School's chief business officer, the Vice Dean is centrally involved in the School's strategic plan and in efforts to achieve its most important goals. Working with the Dean and colleagues across the School's senior leadership team, the Vice Dean establishes and reviews strategic priorities and helps to craft them into a comprehensive strategic plan, ensuring that action and resources are properly aligned to allow for those goals to be met, and then motivates the staff to achieve them.
The Vice Dean also monitors the execution of the School's strategy, drawing on staff expertise to develop projections based on current trends and future expectations and looking for signals inside and outside the organization that could indicate opportunities to develop new programs and resources or indicate threats to the School's continued success. With input from the Dean and other senior colleagues, the Vice Dean defines the metrics for evaluating success against the School's strategic goals. Finally, the Vice Dean prepares the Dean for and supports her in representing the School's performance to CUIMC, Columbia, and external stakeholders.
An exciting emerging focus for the Vice Dean is the growth of the School's research programs. The Mailman School has just appointed its first Vice Dean for Research Strategy and Innovation, whose mandate is to accelerate inter-disciplinary research, improve research proposal success, broaden the School's funding base beyond the federal sources that have historically supported its research, and increase innovation and entrepreneurship. These two Vice Deans will work together closely in developing a robust vision for the research of the School, with the Vice Dean for Finance and Administration contributing broadly while leading on the development of a sustainable business plan, resource model, and reporting dashboard.
The Vice Dean is responsible for business and financial strategy development; financial and administrative functions including financial and business planning, budgeting, forecasting, and reporting; facilities and space planning and management; financial and administrative information systems and School-specific information technology; internal controls and compliance; and human resources administration, leading these activities and supervising these functions in service to the School and the University.
General Minimum Qualifications: Requires a bachelor's degree and master's degree preferably in Business Administration, plus 15 years of related leadership and management experience in financial and administrative roles in large complex, decentralized mission-driven organizations.
Experience in academic health science or in health service organizations of similar scale and complexity;
Successful experience as a strategic leader and business partner to a strong leader and leadership team;
Familiarity with internal audit and compliance programs and processes;
Knowledge of information systems and experience with grants and contracts management.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Columbia-Mailman has retained Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, Partner, and Neeta Mehta, Principal, are leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent by email to Craig (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Neeta (email@example.com).
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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