Chief Business Officer, College of Science
Chief Business Officer, College of Science
The George Mason University College of Science (COS) invites experienced higher education professionals to apply for our Chief Business Officer position. 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.
The College of Science is committed to providing scientific insights into the challenges of a rapidly evolving world by fostering cutting-edge research and delivering a world-class education. The College blends excellence in science education and cutting-edge research in diverse programs such as molecular medicine, climate dynamics, planetary science, forensic science, environmental studies, and geoinformation science.
Reporting to the Dean of the College, with a dotted-line to the Vice President of Finance, the Chief Business Officer (CBO) will facilitate the planning and implementation of the College’s financial and operational vision as it relates to the full range of business functions and activities. The CBO will facilitate short and long-range strategic planning for new and/or expanding programs; partnerships; revenue generation; operations; and new ventures. The CBO will be accountable for and provide overall leadership, supervision, management, and coordination of these functions, as well as provide oversight of the development and implementation of policies and procedures to achieve desired outcomes. The CBO will work closely with the other senior leaders of the College administration to ensure optimal resourcing for the College’s various activities while maintaining collaborative relationships with Mason’s central administration offices and peers in other academic units.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
- Supervise functional area leaders in the College to assist them in the successful operation of their areas;
- Drive creative methods to manage and operate financial resources to allow for opportunities to advance the College’s strategic plan;
- Direct the production, analysis, and projections of nontraditional revenue opportunities;
- Develop annual forecasts and longer-term (3-5 year) financial plans for the College, including “what if” analyses, considering the strategic initiatives of the College and University;
- Oversee the annual operating budget process, including developing detailed budgets in support of multiple cost centers supporting departmental activities showing revenue, expense, and contribution to Central budget targets each fiscal year;
- Review detailed analyses of variances from budgets at year-end or ad-hoc throughout the fiscal year. Identify budget risks and opportunities for savings;
- Review and approve budget justifications for submissions; appropriate adequate resources among programs to align with the College’s strategic goals;
- Oversee and track separate revenue sources, such as tuition revenue and research revenue;
- Implement tools and metrics to measure the College’s financial performance against plans/targets. Provide quarterly financial reporting on variances against budget and prior year, including expenses, surpluses, spending trends, etc.;
- Provide financial management stewardship and oversight of internal controls, policies and procedures governing financial operations; Ensure compliance with State and University policies and procedures.
- Work in partnership with the COS Director of Human Resources & Employee Relations, COS Director of Information Technology & Security, and COS Associate Director of Facilities and Operations to ensure appropriate allocation of resources for projects and cross-functional coordination;
- Oversee approval of all proposed contracts prior to submission to central Procurement;
- Create a review and approval process for changes (when necessary) to the College’s administrative policies;
- Collaborate with the College’s senior leadership in the analysis of required space needs and work with Facilities Management to design acceptable space and/or request space or new configurations as necessary;
- Develop and maintain an appropriate system of internal controls for the College’s fiscal policy;
- Monitor all expenditures in accordance with federal/state fiscal rules and the university’s fiscal policy. Assure compliance in anticipation of internal or external audits;
- Ensure authorized signature authorities for College administrators are monitored and updated;
- Oversee the College’s grant administration team, including charging instructional faculty effort to research projects, set-up of new grants, reconciliation of existing grants, and liaising with the Office of Sponsored Programs.
- Master’s degree in a field related to business, accounting, finance, or fiscal management and over 10 years of experience with progressively responsible and comparable duties and assignments. Additional years of experience and training may be substituted for a Master’s degree. B.A. or B.S. degree required;
- Expert knowledge of the principles and practices of budget planning, evaluation, and execution;
- Familiarity with payroll, procurement, operational, and financial reporting;
- Hands-on working knowledge of both federal and university grants management accounting policies and procedures.
- Collaborative management style. Demonstrated experience building effective teams and overseeing diverse professional staff;
- Demonstrated ability in promoting a team approach to efficiently carry out the functions of a finance and administration office;
- Demonstrated level of gravitas to interface at the executive-level;
- Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral), especially when communicating with a wide range of stakeholders with varying levels of financial acumen;
- Strong critical thinking and decision-making skills, and the ability to function independently.
- Significant, demonstrated experience in developing, implementing, and managing financial and administrative policy, preferably in a university or non-profit environment;
- Demonstrated experience overseeing the financial operations of a complex organization with various forms of revenue streams and allocations;
- Experience aligning strategic initiatives with financial plans and forecasts;
- Experience generating and interpreting reports in administrative database reporting systems such as Banner and MicroStrategy;
- Successful experience in managing and resolving conflict, building consensus, and making sound judgments in a complex environment.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA967Z at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
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