Assistant Dean for Finance and Operations
The J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University seeks nominations and applications to fill the open position of Assistant Dean for Finance and Operations. Reporting to the Dean, this position works closely with the other members of the dean’s administrative team (the directors of marketing, external relations, and development) and with the dean’s academic team (the associate and assistant deans responsible for developing and executing Robinson’s academic strategies). Together with the dean, these two teams constitute Robinson’s senior management group.
One of the largest business schools in the United States, Robinson educates more than 9,000 students online and across multiple physical campuses throughout the Atlanta region. Known for producing business leaders and innovators, the Robinson College and Georgia State have produced more of Georgia’s top executives with graduate degrees than any other school in the country.
The Assistant Dean for Finance and Operations is responsible for the financial and operational affairs of the college. Primary areas of responsibility include financial management, information technology services, facilities management, long-range resource and space planning, and human resources. The next Assistant Dean for Finance and Operations will execute a digital transformation and analytics strategy as part of a university-wide initiative to bring an empirical approach to drive innovation and excellence. Ultimately, this effort will integrate business intelligence and digital technologies into the college’s overall business operations.
The primary responsibilities include the following:
Digital Transformation. We have historically managed our stakeholder’s experience in various physical locations. Increasingly we will do so for multiple stakeholders working remotely, studying partially or fully online, or partners seeking engagement at a distance. GSU and RCB, in collaboration, will initiate and execute a range of plans to enable efficiency, effectiveness, and innovation for our stakeholders, regardless of location. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability and eagerness to enhance how the college provides its services to our various stakeholders via online technologies.
Analytics Strategy. The assistant dean will play a key leadership role in collaboration with university-level efforts to roll out and integrate enterprise-level analytical tools and processes. For example, in the course-slating process, analytics can give insights into student demand for courses in face-to-face vs. hybrid vs. online modalities. Increasing our use of digital and analytics tools to inform how we schedule classes will improve faculty resource allocation decisions and the financial efficiency of the school. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability and eagerness to enhance how the college collects, analyzes, and distributes information for positive benefit across our various stakeholders.
Financial Leadership. Unique within Georgia State University, Robinson runs a sizable portfolio of market-based professional degrees and non-degree programs (more than $25m in 2022) in addition to other graduate and undergraduate programs. As such, the assistant dean is charged with working with the central university finance team to help develop a sustainable business model that enables Robinson to continue to innovate and successfully compete for the best graduate degree and non-degree students while managing the state operating budget allocated to the college. To do so, the assistant dean
- Develops sophisticated financial and performance management tools that enable better decision-making and planning; Provides leadership that brings innovative and creative solutions for major business issues that impact the performance of the college’s programs; Monitors the financial performance of the college’s market-based programs by measuring and analyzing results; initiates corrective actions as necessary, and works to minimize the impact of variances; Develops medium- and long-term financial business plans that support the attainment of the college’s strategic goals by forecasting capital, facilities, and staffing requirements, identifying monetary resources, and developing action plans. Supports the college’s research mission through the creation and maintenance of faculty research budgets, establishment of sponsored research budgets, and oversees the acquisition and maintenance of research databases and computing environment. Create a high-performance service culture within Robinson's financial and operational functions, ensuring that all stakeholders view centralized services as responsive and value-added.
Accounting and Administration. The assistant dean oversees all accounting systems and prepares the annual operating budget for the college. To do so, the assistant dean
- Maintains a sound financial environment and good business practices; Ensures compliance with all financial policies and procedures; Works closely with the Dean to develop and coordinate the college’s annual academic and operating budget planning process; Performs audits or supports the university auditor who may conduct audits in the college; Periodically documents and reports the financial status by developing forecasts and analyzing variances for the college’s state, market-based, and foundation budgets.
Facilities Management and Space Planning. The college delivers its programs on multiple campuses located throughout Atlanta. The assistant dean oversees the management and support of these various physical campus locations. To do so, the assistant dean
- Coordinates space planning with the Dean and the other members of the Dean’s Academic Team responsible for overseeing degree and non-degree programs; Manages the staff that supports faculty and students studying and learning at the college’s various locations;
- Oversees building and facility maintenance, capital improvement, and renovations; Over the next five years, Robinson will renovate both its Downtown Atlanta and Buckhead campus facilities. The assistant dean will be responsible for identifying the capital needed to undertake these large-scale projects and supporting the facilities managers charged with executing the renovations;
- Responsible for emergency preparedness and safety and security.
Information Technology Services. Robinson’s information technology requirements are related to the needs of faculty and staff to conduct their work and classroom technology managed on the college’s multiple campuses. The assistant dean
- Coordinates classroom technology planning with the Dean and the other members of the Dean’s Academic Team to ensure the needs of the college and its degree and non-degree programs are met; Ensures that the information technology resources and support programs that faculty and staff require to carry out the mission of the college are creatively deployed and supported; Oversees property and equipment inventory control.
Human Resources. The assistant dean
- Leads the administration of staff and academic personnel programs and payroll; Has broad authority for non-faculty human resources across the entire college and has specific responsibility for human resources in the following units: facilities and space management; finance; and information technology services personnel; Instills a culture of customer service and high performance for all non-academic staff; In partnership with other academic deans and the college’s human resource officer, the assistant dean implements strategic academic and staff personnel objectives.
Representational: The assistant dean is primarily responsible for ensuring the college's financial management. The assistant dean must be accessible, responsible, and able to address management issues as they arrive. The successful candidate communicates with senior college and university counterparts and is the leader of all non-academic staff in the college. As a leader, the assistant dean must demonstrate an ability to interact effectively with people at all levels of the organization. The assistant dean oversees procurement and, as appropriate, negotiates strategic partnerships, leases, and contracts with external contacts to further the strategic goals of Robinson.
About Georgia State University
Georgia State University is an enterprising urban public research institution in Atlanta, the leading cultural and economic center of the Southeast. Georgia State is a national leader in using innovation to drive student success and research growth. Enrolling and graduating one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, Georgia State provides its world-class faculty and more than 50,000 students with unsurpassed research, teaching, and learning opportunities in one of the 21st century’s great global cities.
In the past decade, Georgia State has increased its graduation rate by more than 20 percent, and it is the only major research university (R-1) to eliminate achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity, and income. Georgia State enrolls and graduates the largest number of Black students, Hispanic students, low-income students, first-generation students, adult learners, and military learners in the state of Georgia. And, for the past five years, the university has awarded more bachelor’s degrees to Black students than any other college or university in the U.S.
In its 2022-2023 “Best Colleges” edition (released Sept. 12, 2022) U.S. News & World Report ranks Georgia State first among public universities for undergraduate teaching and the nation’s second most innovative university.
With six campuses throughout metro Atlanta, the university provides its world-class faculty and more than 52,000 students with unsurpassed connections to the opportunities available in one of the 21st century’s great global cities. Georgia State provides a rich experience with award-winning housing and hundreds of student clubs and organizations. Students, faculty, and alumni enjoy a unique campus personality and culture based on ambition, hard work, dedication, and perseverance.
Comprising 12 colleges and schools, Georgia State has more than 250 degree programs in 100 fields of study at the Atlanta Campus — the widest variety in the state. It has 30+ associate degree pathways at five campuses and through the largest online program in the state. The university generates a $2.8 billion annual economic impact on metro Atlanta.
The Atlanta metropolitan area has a population of 6.1 million. Situated in the Piedmont region of the Southeast, it is 1,000 feet above sea level and has the densest urban tree canopy of any major U.S. city.
With a gross domestic product of $406 billion, Atlanta has the tenth largest economy of cities in the U.S. and the 20th largest in the world. Its economy is considered diverse, with dominant sectors in industries including transportation, aerospace, logistics, healthcare, news and media operations, film and television production, information technology, finance, and biomedical research and public policy.
According to the 2022 Fortune 500 and Fortune 1,000 list of America’s largest companies based on revenue, 31 companies headquartered in metro Atlanta are among the Fortune 1,000, of which 17 are Fortune 500 companies. It also is a major transportation hub. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the world’s busiest airport and the Port of Savannah is the third-busiest U.S. port and in the top 30 worldwide.
The ideal candidate will possess or be able to demonstrate the following:
- Has a graduate degree in a relevant field – MBA or M.S. in finance, accounting, or related field; Finance and operations leader with executive and managerial experience in the private, public, or non-profit sectors with at least 7-10 years of work experience. Previous experience in higher education is preferred. Cultivates an innovation mindset to drive a concerted effort in ensuring technology is leveraged and processes are in place to achieve a transparent and accurate 360-degree view of the organization; Have a passion for and ability to digest and analyze data for more intelligent decision-making. Able to use predictive analytics to make informed business decisions and revenue projections based on current information and market trends rather than relying solely on past performance. Experience with enterprise-wide analytical tools such as Power BI is ideal; Understands business with a broad view of the numbers, drivers, and plans for sales processes, customer services, and operations and how they apply in higher education. Serves as a role model by upholding the highest standards for professionalism, integrity, and ethics in all college transactions. Previous experience building a high-performance service culture that values integrity, collaboration, and respect.
The University System of Georgia (USG) provides comprehensive benefits to Georgia State employees. USG offers healthcare, dental, vision and other benefits, as well as retirement plan options. https://hr.gsu.edu/service-centers/benefits/
This position is eligible for a flexible schedule that includes the option of 4x10 hours days, up to two remote days per week and other arrangements that meet the needs of the employee and Robinson College.
Optional Retirement Plan
ORP is a 401(a) Defined Contribution Plan. Employees contributes 6% and USG contributes 9.24% to the plan. Employees are immediately vested.
Teacher Retirement System
TRS is a Defined Benefit Plan, a traditional public pension plan. Employees contribute 6% and USG contributes 19.81% to the plan. Your retirement benefit is calculated by factoring years of service, final salary and 2% multiplier. Employees are vested after 10 years.
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Interested parties can apply at http://employment.gsu.edu. The job ID number is 22001567. The position will remain open until filled, but preference may be given to resumes received by November 30, 2022. Potential candidates with questions can contact Peter Demerjian at firstname.lastname@example.org. Direct link to the advertisement: https://gsu.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=22001567&lang=en
Equal Opportunity Statement
Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class