Director I, Business Administration (Business Manager), College of Arts & Sciences

Hiring Department

Division of Finance & Administration

Job Description

The College of Arts & Science’s Director of Business Administration is responsible for the management of the business and fiscal operations of the College. The position reports to the Director III, Business Administration in the Division of Finance & Administration but works in collaboration with the Dean of Arts & Sciences, the College leadership team and internal and external partners to accomplish college and campus objectives.

This is a wonderful opportunity to work in an enriching and diverse academic setting where duties vary day-to-day. Requires a proactive, detail-oriented person with excellent communication skills and who enjoys working with executive-level administrators, Deans, Department Chairs, faculty, and staff to accomplish projects under pressure and within deadlines.

Duties include:

Apply a comprehensive knowledge of the business and financial areas of the College and the University, direct and conduct actions related to accounting, budgeting, financial planning, payroll and contracts within the College of Arts & Sciences, the largest academic unit on campus.

Assist the Dean in the administration of long-term strategic plans developed by the College, including budget and operations.

Provide supervision, training, support and guidance to College employees with fiscal responsibility. Oversee business and office staff recruitment efforts in the College.

Develop an annual operational and gift budgets that include costs and revenues related to the College as developed by the Dean, academic leadership teams and central administration.

Project and monitor budget performance for all financially related operations of the College.

Participate in the development of standard processes and tools for all financial functions with all other business and functional managers within the Finance organization.

Maintain an environment of compliance to fiscal policies and procedures, ensure transactions are properly documented and authorized, and ensure adequacy of internal controls to safeguard assets and minimize risk.

Partner with MU Shared Services, HR, IT and other campus functional areas to conduct business operations of the College and to assist with implementing initiatives.

Understand and assist in the development and execution of academic hiring strategy and initiating hiring orders. Manage payroll and position changes within the College.

Collect, track and provide business information and non-academic metrics to guide the organization to on-target performance.

Configure and maintain financial authorizations and approval structure for college and departments.

Other duties as assigned.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. The University will not sponsor applicants for this position for employment visas.


40hrs weekly, 1.0 FTE


Pay commensurate with education and experience.
Hiring Range: $65,776 - $97,103 Annual
Grade: GGS-012
University Title: Director I Business Administration

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 6 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ability to work with a diverse array of personalities, under pressure and within deadlines, especially with high-level administrators, executives, faculty, and staff.
  • Goal oriented and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Aptitude for consensus building and the ability to maintain positive constituent and colleague relationships through constructive communication skills and professionalism.
  • Strong collaborative, interpersonal, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Good listener with excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Experience in supervising and managing multiple employees.
  • Master’s Degree in related field.
Application Materials

Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter and resume into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. (Reference letters will be requested for finalists at a later date). Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.) to the UMSL Job site: Http://
For questions about the application process, please call (314) 516-5805. If you are experiencing technical problems, please email

Other Information

The College of Arts and Sciences is the academic core of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a public, metropolitan research university that serves Missouri's most populous and economically and socially diverse region. Through academic programs offered on and off campus, it educates traditional and nontraditional students who will supply knowledge, skills, and intellectual leadership in both the private and public sectors. Active engagement in research and scholarship enables College faculty in every department to advance knowledge and to impart research methods and results directly in their classroom teaching. In addition to providing extensive opportunities in general education and undergraduate and graduate degree programs in many disciplines, the College emphasizes multi-disciplinary programs in life and environmental sciences as well as metropolitan and regional studies.

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Benefit Eligibility

The University of Missouri - St. Louis offers benefit-eligible employees a wide variety of benefits including: health, dental and vision coverage effective on the first day of employment, retirement, paid time off, tuition assistance for employees and their dependents and employee and dependent life insurance. For more information about our benefits, please visit:

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate. In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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