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Associate Director, Business Affairs

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Associate Director, Business Affairs

Wayne State University is searching for an experienced Associate Director, Business Affairs at its Detroit campus location.

Wayne State is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities which prepare students for success in a global society.

Essential functions (job duties):

Plan and oversee the daily financial and business activities of the housing and dining
departments and associated facilities, McGregor Memorial Conference Center dining operation, and the Office of Summer Conferences in a complex and fast-paced work environment. Coordinate with other financial staff to support all the business and financial activities for the division of student auxiliary services, including being cross-trained to support important financial transactions on a mandatory schedule with our business partners. Works in collaboration with peers and divisional leadership on new and existing business practices and business affairs issues.

Plan, direct and maintain unit budgets in accordance with allocation provisions, budget policy and regulations for all fund types. Develop or assist with the development of short- and long-range strategic plans. Responsible for initiating and/or approving all fiscal and procurement activities, ensuring all transaction deadlines are met. Provide leadership and training in financial or budgetary matters. Serve as a Business Affairs Officer Group member and divisional management team member.

Manage, authorize, and oversee all personnel and payroll-related processes and transactions; reconcile Human Resource system data to Financial Management System data. Coordinate divisional personnel operations and procedures. Assist with Recruiting, merit and salary planning, transaction management, unit communications, employee relations, and support staff training, development, and reporting.

Provide financial audits and reporting information for area(s) of responsibility to assist management in planning and decision-making; develop detailed statistical analyses and reports outlining fiscal activities; develop action plans, establish timelines and metrics, create reports and presentations, evaluate outcomes, benchmark against peers, and implement changes.

Prepare projections or forecasts of expenses in comparison to budget categories/line items to avoid deficits, optimize the use of available funds, and adhere to approved budget parameters.

Oversee office operations and manage the daily activities of support staff and students to ensure accurate and timely service delivery. Ensure compliance with University policies and procedures. Assign tasks and communicate timelines for completion, provide training and oversight as needed. Responsible for divisional technology management, inventory, and space control.

Participate in special projects, as requested. Assist divisional directors and managers as requested.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Unique duties:


Bachelor's degree in Business or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience Specialist Minimum of five years of accounting or budget experience, preferably
in higher education.

Possess an understanding of administrative systems, preferably in a higher education environment.

Demonstrate a high level of understanding of University business operations or possess the equivalent professional experience in supporting the business operations of a non-university organization such as a legal office.

Demonstrate the ability to apply analytical and logical thinking to gather and analyze information.

Propose and evaluate alternative solutions to achieve organizational goals. Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner.

Anticipate the implications and consequences of situations and take appropriate action to be prepared for possible contingencies.

Know how to get things done both through formal channels and informal networks. Ability to shift priorities and multi-task on various projects.

Preferred qualifications:


H43 - Business Operations

Primary department:

H4330 - Housing

Employment type:
  • Regular Employee
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Job category: Staff/Administrative
Funding/salary information:
  • Compensation type: Annual Salary
  • Hourly rate:
  • Salary minimum: $85,000
  • Salary hire maximum: $95,000
Working conditions:

Normal office environment

Job openings:
  • Number of openings: 1
  • Reposted position: No
  • Reposted reason: None (New Requisition)
  • Prior posting/requisition number:
Background check requirements:

University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting work. If you are offered employment, the university will inform you if a background check is required.

Equal employment opportunity statement:

Wayne State University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. The university encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


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