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Associate Dean, Administration and Finance

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland
$220,000s to $240,000s, commensurate with education and experience
Date posted
Jan 4, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Financial Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW) has an exciting opportunity for an Associate Dean for Administration and Finance to join their team. Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean will provide leadership and strategic planning for the business operations in the School.  Specifically this position will have direct oversight and responsibility for budget/resource management, accounting, business services, research administration, human resource functions, and facilities management. The selected candidate will serve as a strategic partner with other senior School and Campus leaders to support and advance the overall mission of the School.  The Associate Dean for Administration and Finance will be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment, thrive in a deadline-oriented workplace, and harness technology solutions in order to more quickly and efficiently support infrastructure and management needs within the School. It is the responsibility to ensure diversity and inclusion in all facets of the operation of his/her area.

The School of Social Work is committed to creating an accessible, supportive environment and an educational experience that recognizes diversity and cultural competence as integral components of academic excellence. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths in this area. The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy.

UMB offers a comprehensive benefits package that prioritizes wellness, work/life balance, and professional development. This position participates in a retirement program that must be selected and is effective on your date of hire. Exempt regular staff receive a generous leave package that includes over 4 weeks of vacation accrued each year, paid holidays, unlimited accrual of sick time, and comprehensive health insurance; professional learning and development programs; tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any University System of Maryland school; and flexible work schedules and teleworking options (if applicable per job).


This position has a hybrid schedule allowing for two (2) days of telework per week.


Essential Functions:

  • Develop and implement procedures, processes, and disciplines fundamental to maintaining solid and reliable control within a heavily decentralized environment.
  • Interpret School and University policies, develops and implements procedures to ensure compliance by all units within the School with University and Legislative audit/internal controls.
  • Oversee all of the School’s human resource operations, and ensures compliance with all human resource policies and practices, state and federal regulations, and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Oversee all financial operations including budgeting, accounting, procurement, risk management, and asset management.
  • Provide appropriate financial information on a timely basis to ensure statutory compliance and decision making by the Schools University, and University System of Maryland officials.
  • Develop and facilitate the use of key performance indicators/metrics and School-wide financial analysis to support informed decision making by School of Social Work leaders.
  • Provide leadership and oversight regarding the administration and fiscal management of the School’s research endeavors.
  • Oversee facilities management for School buildings and grounds. Advocates and advances the School’s plans for new facilities as needed. Works to improve safety and security of the School.
  • Consult and advise on all financial issues, compliance, and risk management for the School and the University.
  • Responsible for the quality, accuracy, and timeliness of financial information provided to internal and external parties, and with the USM auditors.
  • Participate on and provide input to multiple UMB committees and advisory boards.  


Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Master’s degree in finance, business administration, public administration, accounting or a related field is required.

Experience: A minimum of twelve (12) years spent progressively building a background in the various departmental functions. Experience in an academic health system or an institution of higher education is strongly preferred.

Supervisory Experience: Five (5) years of experience at a management/leadership level serving as a key strategic and business partner to a chief executive officer and as an integral member of a senior leadership team.

Other: Financial disclosure is required. Credit history review may be required.


This position will be exempt from notice, as per policy VII-1.22 – Policy on Separation for Regular Exempt Employees.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to establish goals, structures, and processes necessary to implement a mission and strategic vision.
  • Ability to convey a collaborative, solutions-oriented style which can help lead change using strong communication skills to convey the benefits of proposed initiatives.
  • In-depth knowledge of a broad range of financial, operational, and risk management principles and practices.
  • Excellent knowledge of, and ability to perform, accounting, audit, finance, reporting, budgeting, and financial business operations.
  • In depth knowledge of complex transactions, GAAP, and internal controls requirements.  Knowledge of state accounting, reporting and funding process is desirable.
  • Ability to develop, execute, and communicate about robust financial models and provide insightful financial analysis, performance measures, and financial metrics.
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, team building, staff building and organizational skills within a complex and diverse organization.
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills to support decision making.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal and relationship building skills that are exhibited through the ability to prioritize, negotiate and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively use communication tools.
  • Ability to present complex information to various audiences.
  • Creativity in exploring and developing a high-quality control environment with personal integrity and professionalism.  


The Hiring Range for this position is in the $220,000s to $240,000s, commensurate with education and experience.


UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at

If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request. You may also contact Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

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