Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration

Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration

Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS)

Baltimore, Maryland

The Johns Hopkins University seeks nominations and applications for the position of Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, Senior Associate Dean; also known as a Divisional Business Officer (DBO) for the Johns Hopkins Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS), and as such, serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the school. This position represents an exceptional opportunity to provide financial and operational leadership within a core division at one of the world’s preeminent research universities.

At a time of global uncertainty due to COVID-19, Johns Hopkins has emerged as a leading voice in the international response to the virus. Throughout the pandemic, Johns Hopkins has served as a resource to help advance the understanding of COVID-19, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide a response and improve care. The Krieger School, in particular, is well positioned to leverage its breadth and impressive strengths to participate in this effort and has done so in a variety of ways. In close partnership with the newly-appointed Dean, the school’s Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration will have a unique opportunity to build on the Krieger School’s impressive foundation in support of its mission devoted to discovery and the creation of solutions that better the world.

Reporting directly to the Dean with secondary reporting relationships to the university’s Vice President, CFO and Treasurer and to the Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, the Senior Associate Dean will be responsible for the strategic leadership of all financial and administrative functions of the school. This includes operational oversight for the division’s finance, human resources, information technology, facilities, research administration and diversity and inclusion functions, as well as special strategic projects. This is a critical leadership role, accountable for the overall administrative performance of the division and execution of the school’s core mission, priorities and goals.

This position is responsible for developing critical operational and financial processes, systems and initiatives essential to creating a sustainable divisional business model, while ensuring alignment with the Krieger School’s academic mission. The Senior Associate Dean leads the development, performance assessment and annual update process for the school’s annual operating and capital budgets and five-year plan.

The selected candidate will regularly serve as the divisional liaison at the university level, representing the school’s interests, while effectively collaborating with peers from other divisions and central business units for broader institution-wide administrative planning and special projects. This position will involve working closely with key members of leadership across the institution, including deans, directors, and representatives from all areas of University Administration (finance, human resources, legal, communications, etc.).

Driven by a commitment to the core missions of research and teaching, the Senior Associate Dean will work collaboratively with KSAS faculty and staff. This position serves as a key advisor to the Dean and members of the Dean’s senior management team, while also functioning as a proactively supportive advocate for the KSAS faculty and staff across all disciplines.

The Senior Associate Dean will also be responsible for ensuring an effective operational structure within the Divisional business office, including management of an engaged team with a focus on performance management, positive employee relations and ongoing learning and development opportunities.


Specific position responsibilities for the Senior Associate Dean include, but are not limited to:

    Works closely with the Dean and school leaders in managing a $435M+ budget, as well as plans and budgets to ensure that strategic objectives and initiatives across KSAS are successfully implemented, managed and maintained in order to promote a competitive advantage. Develops and coordinates the school’s annual academic and operating budget planning process, forecasts and predicts resource requirements for new and existing programs and develops funding strategies. Develops analytical tools to measure and improve the efficiency of key operational functions. Works on faculty proposals, special initiatives and faculty target and operating budget submissions in collaboration with the Dean. Evaluates and advises on the impact of short and long-range planning and the implementation of new programs and strategies. Creates and maintains a sound financial environment, which includes good business practices. Works closely with unit administrators who process and record financial transactions to ensure timely and accurate financial information, to monitor accounts and resolve problems, to ensure compliance and to safeguard resources and reduce risks. Ensures that the Krieger School is a proactive, campus leader in its implementation of new and innovative financial analyses and administrative strategies to maximize all resources. Evaluates and makes recommendations for operational efficiencies across areas and leverages solutions around system management and technology. Sponsors and supports initiatives and efforts to attract and retain excellent and diverse staff and develop and maintain effective and responsive administrative operations throughout the school. Ensures ethical administrative, financial and business practices in keeping with National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) standards and General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Serves on special committees and supports strategic projects within the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and for broader university-wide initiatives, at the request of the Dean or seniorleadership. Manages facilities that encompass 650,000 sq. feet of owned space and 64,000 sq. ft. of leased space. Oversees the school’s administrative areas of finance, human resources, information technology, facilities, research administration, diversity and inclusion and strategic projects. Manages a team of 7 direct reports. Ensures direct collaboration with appropriate central university functions, including finance and human resources, to achieve consistent practices, focused support for unified university priorities and compliance with mandatory regulations.


The ideal candidate will have the following experience and personal qualities:

    A minimum of 10 years progressively responsible financial and business operations experience, preferably in a large, complex and decentralized organization. Demonstrated success in an executive-level role of comparable complexity in academia, government or the private sector. Appreciation of and commitment to the unique mission of research and teaching in a premier university. Ability to inspire trust and work collegially and transparently with faculty members, staff, school and campus officers, university administrators, alumni, students, benefactors, and business partners. Strong management abilities and proven experience in managing and developing high performance teams. Ability to foster and develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Proven commitment to diversity and inclusion and ability to attract and lead a diverse workforce. Demonstrated strategic leadership, planning, change management and process improvement skills. Ability to analyze data for budgeting, operations and auditing purposes. Demonstrated ability to influence a wide range of people at various levels to achieve results and consensus in a collaborative decision-making environment. Advanced financial expertise in accounting, budget planning and financial forecasting. Advanced expertise in grants and contract administration. Extraordinary attention to detail and accuracy. Outstanding writing skills required to create compelling and widely read budget requests, funding agreements and policy documents. Unquestionable integrity, strong work ethic and resiliency required.


Advanced degree in business administration or related field.


A competitive compensation package will be provided to the successful candidate.



The Johns Hopkins University was America’s first research university, founded for the express purpose of expanding knowledge and putting that knowledge to work for the good of humanity. It was incorporated in 1867 under the terms of a $7 million bequest from Johns Hopkins, a Quaker merchant of Baltimore, who directed that the funds be used for the establishment of a university and a hospital.

Today, Johns Hopkins has approximately 6,500 faculty, 6,200 undergraduate students, and 17,600 graduate students arrayed across 230-degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Perennially ranked as the nation’s leader in annual research expenditures, the university has exceeded its own standard over the past decade due to excellent academic leadership, committed faculty and students, innovative international programs, high levels of collegiality, and exceptional interdisciplinary collaboration. In the past five years, research awards and expenditures have grown from $1.8 billion to $2.5 billion. The university’s annual revenue exceeds $5.7 billion. The university’s endowment is over $7 billion.

Led since 2009 by President Ronald J. Daniels, an esteemed law and economics scholar, Johns Hopkins is extraordinarily entrepreneurial and excellence driven. This entrepreneurial spirit generates the innovation for which Johns Hopkins is known internationally—innovation that often happens through collaborations that harness complementary strengths to find solutions to our greatest societal, philosophical, and scientific challenges.

Johns Hopkins comprises 10 academic and research divisions and numerous centers, institutes, and affiliated entities throughout the Baltimore-Washington area and abroad. Divisions of the university include: the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering, and the School of Education on the Homewood campus; the School of Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the School of Nursing located nearby in East Baltimore; the Peabody Institute in downtown Baltimore and the Carey Business School on the Inner Harbor; the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. with campuses abroad in Bologna, Italy and Nanjing, China; and the Applied Physics Laboratory located in Laurel, Maryland.

Johns Hopkins’ global impact reaches beyond its two international campuses. The university has hundreds of research and training sites in approximately 150 countries; Johns Hopkins Medicine International has strategic relationships with several hospitals, medical centers, and health care institutions in a dozen countries; Jhpiego, an affiliate of JHU, has worked to improve the health of women and their families in more than 150 countries worldwide; the Center for Global Health supports more than 350 faculty who are engaged in more than 650 global health projects spanning 62 percent of the world’s countries; and the university has approximately 150 field offices and nearly 3,000 employees around the globe. In addition, about 12 percent of Johns Hopkins undergraduates and 22 percent of graduate students are international.


The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences has been essential to Johns Hopkins ever since the University’s founding in 1876. When Daniel Coit Gilman, the University’s first president, established Johns Hopkins as the nation's first research university, the core of the institution would become what is now the Krieger School. Gilman believed that every faculty member should actively pursue the creation of new knowledge, but he was also inspired by the model of European universities where the elements of a classical education were strong. These composite origins continue to shape Johns Hopkins and the Krieger School in subtle but defining ways.

Today, led by Dean Christopher S. Celenza, Ph.D., the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences is at the core of the Johns Hopkins complex of schools, centers, and institutes, offering comprehensive undergraduate education and graduate training in the arts and humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. The Krieger School is a rigorous research-intensive school that simultaneously fosters collaboration amongst its departments and centers and across the university, provides a personalized experience for undergraduate and graduate students and develops deep relationships with the surrounding community. Each of the school’s faculty members is expected to spend as much time on research as on teaching. As a result, inquiry and the creation of new knowledge are the engine and fuel that drive both instruction and learning in the school.

The school’s mission is discovery—the creation of new knowledge through research and scholarship—and the education of well-rounded, diverse and accomplished undergraduate and graduate students alike. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences is devoted to discovery and the pursuit of truth in order to expand the horizons of human knowledge and create solutions that better the world.

The Krieger School has an annual operating budget of $435 million with more than $82 million in research funding. More than 50 departments, programs, centers and institutes within or affiliated with the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences together offer more than 60 undergraduate majors and minors, 40 full-time graduate programs, and 20 part-time graduate programs. The school’s more than 3,400 undergraduates, 1,600 graduate students and over 3,200 part-time graduate students learn from each other as well as from 335 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members. The division also employs approximately 435 full-time and part-time staff across its departments. The School benefits from productive partnerships with the other eight academic divisions of the University. Chief among these is its close relationship with the Whiting School of Engineering, with which the School shares a campus, an undergraduate student body, and a rich environment of collaboration on academic and administrative matters.

For more information about the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, please visit


Dean Christopher Celenza

Professor Christopher S. Celenza was named the James B. Knapp Dean of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in January 2021. He is also a professor of history and classics.

Dr. Celenza was previously Dean of Georgetown College at Georgetown University, and a professor of history and classics. During his time at Georgetown he advanced many efforts to foster inclusion and equity, and developed a new undergraduate research program that improved opportunities for both students and assistant and associate professors.

Previous to his 2017 move to Georgetown, Dr. Celenza was Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Johns Hopkins, and held the Charles Homer Haskins Professorship in classics. He first joined the Krieger School faculty in 2005 as a professor in what was then the Department of German and Romance Languages. He also taught for nine years at Michigan State, and holds two doctoral degrees—a doctorate in history (Duke University, 1995) and a doctorate in classics and neo-Latin literature (University of Hamburg, 2001).

Dr. Celenza has received numerous awards and grants, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He served as the 21st Director of the American Academy in Rome from 2010 to 2014, and as the Director of JHU’s Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern Europe from 2008 to 2010.

He is the author or editor of 11 books and more than 40 scholarly articles in the fields of Italian Renaissance history, post-classical Latin literature and philosophy, and the history of classical scholarship. An Italian translation of his bookThe Lost Italian Renaissancewas published in 2014. His most recent books includePetrarch: Everywhere a Wanderer(London: Reaktion, 2017) andThe Intellectual World of the Italian Renaissance(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018). His latest book,The Italian Renaissance and the Origins of the Modern Humanities: An Intellectual History, 1400-1800is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Helene Grady

Helene Grady became vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer in August 2020, managing the university’s financial functions and overseeing the management of the investment program for JHU’s endowment and other assets. She previously served for nearly eight years as vice president for planning and budget, charged with leading the university’s Budget Office, with financial planning, and with performing the analysis needed for decisions on allocation of capital and operating funds. She reports to the senior vice president for finance and administration.

Grady joined Johns Hopkins in March 2010, serving first as associate dean for finance and administration in the School of Nursing. Her role at the school included managing the school’s operating and capital budgets and five-year financial plan, and overseeing the student billing, payroll, human resources, facility management and research administration functions.

Among her previous positions, Grady served as deputy director of finance for the City of Baltimore for nearly five years and as Philadelphia’s assistant and then deputy budget director for almost four years.

She has been a commissioner of the Maryland Health Care Commission and a board member of the College Savings Plans of Maryland. She graduated maxima cum laude from La Salle University in 1993 and earned a Master in Public Policy degree in 1996 from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School ofGovernment.

Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Jane Schlegel

Jane Schlegel, former executive vice dean for finance and administration at the Bloomberg School of Public Health for 11 years, stepped into a newly created leadership role at Johns Hopkins in April 2020. As the first vice president and chief administrative officer of the university, she is responsible for overseeing and driving operational performance improvements within the areas of university human resources, procurement, information technology, and risk management and compliance. She also leads Johns Hopkins’ incident command system and oversees the university’s emergency management capability.

At the Bloomberg School, Schlegel was responsible for the day-to-day operations of approximately 350 staff, served as the school’s incident commander for emergency situations, directed facilities and real estate operations, and oversaw the IT function and purchasing activity across 10 academic departments. She also led strategic planning and long-range fiscal planning for the school and managed a budget of nearly $600 million.

Schlegel’s career at Johns Hopkins has steadily advanced over three decades. She joined Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1989 and then took on various financial management and administrative roles at the Bloomberg School, beginning in 1994. Over the course of her career, she has gained a wealth of institutional experience. Given her division-level expertise and insightful perspectives on issues and opportunities across the institution, she is called on frequently to assist with university-wide initiatives.

Schlegel received her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Baltimore. She currently serves as finance chair on the board of Unified Community Connections.

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