The University of Southern Californiaâs Viterbi School of Engineering (USC Viterbi) seeks an accomplished, innovative, and collaborative leader to serve as the next Vice Dean for Administration and Finance. Reporting to the longtime Dean, Dr. Yannis Yortsos, the Vice Dean will serve as the Schoolâs Chief Operating Officer and provide strategic direction and oversight for three main areas: administrative and financial operations, human resources, and space planning and facilities. Reporting directly to the Dean and working with the Schoolâs leadership team, the position participates in the development of long-range strategic plans, governance structure and objectives, and the establishment and implementation of organizational policies and procedures.
Founded by civic leaders at the dawn of the Western regionâs prominence, USC has always been a pioneering institution with discovery and exploration at its heart. Its aspirations â and embrace â were as expansive as the region it grew to represent. Since opening its doors in 1880, USCâs drive to break boundaries and transcend its own geography put it on an impressive trajectory. In a comprehensive new ranking, The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education both ranked USC 18th in the United States among over 1,000 public and private universities. USC has established itself as a leading institution in the academy, distinguished for its unique, nimble, and inventive culture.
Consistently ranked among the top 10 engineering schools in the United States, USC Viterbi is achieving new heights through research and educational leadership in crucial realms of technology and innovation: the information sciences, biomedical engineering, and homeland security, among others. The School receives more than $160 million in annual research support and is home to more than 45 research centers and institutes, including three National Science Foundation-funded engineering research centers, the first University-based center of excellence funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the USC Information Sciences Institute. USC Viterbi faculty also conduct major research activities in energy, megacities, robotics, and game development, extending the frontiers of engineering knowledge through their research and applying engineering and technology to address societal challenges.
As a member of the Deanâs leadership team, the Vice Dean provides clear information, advice and recommendations to senior management regarding strategic development of support services, infrastructure improvements, the use of school assets, etc., to ensure the best possible support and physical environment for faculty, students and staff. This is a rare opportunity to help lead a large, multi-million dollar operation into its next transformative era as Viterbi prepares to break ground on a new 98,000-square-foot Computer Sciences building.
Masterâs degree, MBA or related field, and at least 7-10 years of increasingly responsible leadership experience successfully managing all administrative facets of a large, multi-million dollar operation, preferably in higher education. Demonstrated leadership in strategic planning, change management and process improvement.Excellent knowledge of compensation budget control and budget development, financial forecasting, and a thorough knowledge of accounting principles. Experience with grants and contracts administration, project management and resource allocation. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Able to solve problems, trouble shoot, negotiate, think creatively and resolve conflicts. Strong writing skills required to create compelling and widely read memoranda, operational and funding agreements, and policy documents.At least 5 years of managerial/supervisory experience, with demonstrated ability to train and supervise personnel and to work with diverse groups exemplified by faculty and staff, in a complex organization. Ability to cultivate strong collaborative relationships.Sound analytical abilities, including problem identification and resolution, as well as common sense. Demonstrated capacity to handle multiple assignments and to motivate personnel.Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines. Scheduling flexibility as the needs of the position demand.Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety and integrity; communicates values and concerns related to safety and integrity; uses and promotes safe, ethical, and compliant behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Internal Number: REQ20087412
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.