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Associate Dean for Finance and Administration

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
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Jun 26, 2022

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The associate dean for finance and administration for the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) will provide leadership in the strategic development, direction, and implementation of all financial policies and operations of a highly complex school with a diverse employee population working on the main campus in Ithaca, and across regional locations in Buffalo and New York City. ILR is one of four (4) contract colleges at Cornell that are part of the State University of New York (SUNY) education system. ILR has six (6) traditional academic departments, including two (2) departments that are shared with one or more Cornell colleges, and thirteen (13) centers, institutes, and programs in our Outreach unit that study and address various issues impacting the workplace. Our Outreach unit is home to more than half of ILR's 270+ employees and is funded through multiple sources, including school operating funds, professional program revenues, SUNY operating funds, state and federal grants, and individual and foundation gifts.

The associate dean will provide strategic and tactical leadership and advise the dean on matters related to financial management of an annual operating budget over $110M. The associate dean will also oversee the school's emergency management planning, conference center operations in Ithaca and NYC, facilities operations in all ILR locations, the school's information technology services across all locations, and our sponsored research operations. This role will also be responsible for overseeing the contracting process with both internal and external partners/clients as we look to grow our non-traditional revenue. As a member of the dean's senior leadership team, the associate dean participates in strategic planning, policy implementation, and operations at the school. In addition, the position has a leadership role within the larger Cornell community in shaping university policy in all areas affecting business operations.

The role has a primary (solid line) reporting relationship to the dean of the ILR School and must work closely and collaboratively with the school's Core Leadership team. The position also has secondary (dotted line) reporting relationships to the vice president for financial affairs and university controller.

More specifically, the associate dean will:

* Lead and coordinate the development of the annual operating and capital budgets of the school, synthesizing and analyzing information, and providing alternatives needed for effective decision-making and budget justification
* Monitor college core budget as well as the financial condition of units and programs
* Provide direct financial services support to all Resident faculty needs and Outreach programing
* Have oversight and responsibility for college contracts
* Allocate funds to units in accordance with the policies of the dean
* Develop financial planning and vision for the school in conjunction with the dean and core leadership team
* Work collaboratively to develop sustainable long-term budgets and long-range forecasts/financial reports for multiple units within ILR
* Oversee the school's central services units to include facilities, information technology services, conference center services and the sponsored research office
* Serve as ILR's representative to the university's college business officer group, representing the school at the university level on issues related to financial and operational policies and procedures

Required Qualifications:

* Master's degree and 7 to 10 years of relevant experience or equivalent.
* Seven or more years of management
* Track-record of improving financial/operational processes and ensuring financial integrity of an organization
* Ability to manage complex resource allocations and advocating for resources on behalf of an organization
* Experience managing contracting process for procurement of goods and services
* In-depth understanding of strategic deployment of financial resources, drawing upon multiple funding sources with different terms of use
* Proven ability in budget planning and forecasting, and facilities management.
* Demonstrated leadership qualities including ability to motivate people
* Prior supervisory experience with ability to delegate effectively and manage multiple, sometimes competing priorities
* Highly skilled in human relations and a proven ability to work effectively with a diverse population
* Ability to successfully collaborate with other leaders across the school and at the university senior leadership level
* Possess excellent data analysis, data visualization and presentation skills
* Expert-level oral and written communication skills
* Self-motivated and responsible
* Exercise sound judgment in handling confidential matters

Preferred Qualifications:

* Master's degree in business or public administration or a combination of education and experience
* Ten or more years of management
* Experience handling emergency management planning
* Experience in higher education, public sector, or nonprofit sector
* Experience managing employees with in-person, hybrid and remote work arrangements
* Knowledge of SUNY financial and budgeting systems
* Experience managing multiple funding sources in support of institutional operations
* Experience managing facilities in a multi-location operating environment
* Experience working and managing in a highly complex, multi-unit, multi-location organization with a diverse set of constituents

University Job Title:

Administrator VII - ILR

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Contract College

Contact Name:

Brenda Herrling

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