Reporting to the Dean of the College of Engineering, the Senior Business Officer (SBO) serves as the Chief Financial & Administrative Officer of the College of Engineering (COE). The SBO is responsible for the organization, direction, and management of all administrative and business services (including budget and planning, human resources, facilties management, grant administration, procurement, and information technology) within the most research-rich and complex college at the University of Delaware. The SBO is responsible for significant contributions to institutional planning and operational strategy development.
As the functioning Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, the SBO also has general oversight and accountability for 100+ administrative staff in various college units and academic departments who contribute to the performance of financial and administrative functions. The SBO supports the Dean in ensuring effective use of the COE budget of approximately $120 million with research expenditures exceeding $70M annually.
Participate in the development and implementation of COE’s overall strategic goals, objectives, priorities, plans and initiatives.
Lead the development of COE’s finance and administration vision and strategy, with a focus on operational excellence.
Advise the College Leadership of financial and administrative opportunities and risks.
Develop and present budget summaries and projections to College and University to inform the strategic activities of the COE.
Lead and serve on University steering committees and task forces. Serve as a change agent for positive impact across the College and the University.
Budget & Planning
Oversee the management and stewardship of financial resources for all departments within COE.
Analyze, prepare and present long-term financial and operational projections and plans.
Identify and assess revenue growth opportunities for COE, and closely monitor and contain costs.
Develop new systems, policies, and practices to increase the operational excellence of departmental financial operations.
Manage financial and operational risk through the development, implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive system of internal controls and associated measures.
Ensure compliance with applicable government rules and regulations pertaining to accounting procedures and related business operations.
Lead the College’s business intelligence efforts to ensure that strategic decisions are data-informed.
Liaise with appropriate University offices to ensure COE financial and business-related policies and practices are compliant with University goals and regulations.
Collaborate with the HR Manager on management of human resources related activities for the college.
Collaborate with University Human Resources partners to ensure adherence to relevant policies and procedures related to faculty and staff.
Foster and promote a strong culture of collegiality and respect for all.
Advise and mediate in the resolution of personnel management problems.
Stay current with applicable government rules and regulations pertaining to faculty and staff personnel matters.
Liaise with University Human Resources and Employee/Labor Relations in faculty and staff matters to ensure COE policies and practices are aligned with University goals.
Lead the information technology strategy and operations in the COE, including infrastructure planning.
Determine appropriate funding strategy for technology initiatives necessary to meet the teaching, administration, and research needs of COE.
Lead technology governance alignment within the Dean’s Office and across the College, participating in discussion with central units accordingly.
Stay current with technology and industry directions in the delivery of IT services, with an emphasis operational excellence.
Liaise with University Information Technology to ensure that COE IT policies and practices are aligned with University goals and infrastructure.
Establish and maintain policies and procedures affecting the operation and support of COE buildings and related facilities services.
Develop and maintain an asset management system to effectively oversee space inventory and space planning within COE.
Liaise with the Associate Dean for Research & Entrepreneurship and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to ensure appropriate space allocation among the College units.
Provide direct oversight for COE capital projects and other renovation activities.
Liaise with University Facilities Management to ensure appropriate maintenance and upkeep of all COE-assigned instructional, research, and office space.
Work with the Associate Dean for Research & Entrepreneurship and faculty to foster a cooperative environment conducive to fundraising for sponsored research and entrepreneurial activities.
Oversee research administration operations relating to COE faculty as provided by COE’s Office of Research Administration.
Oversee the development and implementation of procedures related to research administration matters across COE, including proposal development, post-award management and strategic research support.
Stay current with applicable government rules and regulations pertaining to research administration matters.
Liaise with University Research Office on research administration matters to ensure COE policies and practices are aligned with University goals.
Lead the continued recruitment of a world-class finance and administration team.
Retain and develop the finance and administration team through coaching, mentorship and training.
Set clear objectives and success metrics for those on the finance and administration team.
Identify skill gaps and create development plans to address as appropriate.
Assess overall satisfaction across the COE community to ensure optimal delivery of services.
Liaise with the College units to determine appropriate staffing is available to meet the service deliverables.
Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, finance, or related field and eight years of progressively responsible professional management experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Strategic vision and operational knowledge, and the ability to be flexible and adaptable, revising strategy as necessary.
Ability to successfully anticipate market trends and leverage knowledge to advance the organization.
Excellent personnel management skills including experience in recruitment, development, and management of a strong staff.
Ability to translate vision into actionable, quantitative plans with ambitious but accessible targets. Ability to drive projects and plans to completion.
Experience in budget and planning and human resource management.
Ability to conduct complex analysis of financial data. Ability to forecast and assess financial impact of proposed plans and projects.
Effective organizational and communication skills. Ability to manage key relationships and create networks of people to accomplish objectives.
Unquestioned personal and professional integrity.
Ability to interpret, adapt and apply guidelines and procedures, with specific objectives.
Ability to plan, organize, implement, evaluate and modify administrative support requirements.
Ability to develop and implement new strategies and procedures, with effective resource allocation.
Strong analytical capabilities and technical skills, including the use of management systems technologies, relational databases and spreadsheets. Familiarity with University policies and procedures desired.
Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, gather and analyze statistical data and generate reports, statements and/or projections
Supervisory skills with ability to mentor a diverse work force.
Internal Number: 494689
About University of Delaware
The University of Delaware has a great tradition of excellence, from our roots extending back to a small private academy started in 1743, to the research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today. Our alumni tell our story of achievement, from our first class, which included three signers of the Declaration of Independence and one signer of the U.S. Constitution, to the more than 154,000 living Blue Hens who are making vital contributions to the world. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his wife, Jill, are both UD alumni. The University received its charter from the State of Delaware in 1833 and was designated one of the nation’s historic Land Grant colleges in 1867. Today, UD is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a research university with very high research activity—a designation accorded less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. UD ranks among the nation’s top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering. A state-assisted, privately governed institution, UD offers a broad range of degree programs: 3 associate programs, 147 bachelor’s p...rograms, 119 master's programs, 54 doctoral programs, and 15 dual graduate programs through our seven colleges and in collaboration with more than 70 research centers. Our student body encompasses more than 17,000 undergraduates, more than 3,600 graduate students and nearly 800 students in professional and continuing studies from across the country and around the globe. Our distinguished faculty includes internationally known authors, scientists and artists, among them a Nobel laureate, Guggenheim and Fulbright fellows, and members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. State-of-the-art facilities support UD's academic and public service activities. Our 146-foot coastal research vessel, Hugh R. Sharp—the most advanced in the U.S.—helps scientists across the region explore the sea. World-class figure skaters train at our High Performance Figure Skating Center. Partnerships with Nemours/A. I. du Pont Hospital for Children, Christiana Care and Thomas Jefferson University; the U.S. Army; Winterthur; Longwood Gardens and Hagley Museum offer unparalleled experiences in health sciences, defense research, art conservation, horticulture and history. The University is now transforming a 272-acre parcel, the site of a former auto assembly plant, into the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus. Distinguished speaker series, symposia, 21 intercollegiate athletics programs and numerous intramural and club sports, more than 300 student organizations, concerts, exhibits and other arts and cultural activities enrich campus life.Thomas Jefferson once described Delaware as a "jewel" among states due to its strategic location on the East Coast, halfway between Washington, D.C., and New York City. Today, however, the location of Delaware's flagship university increasingly is invoked as "halfway between Los Angeles and London."In addition to our Georgian-inspired main campus in Newark, Del., UD has locations across the state--in Wilmington, Dover, Georgetown and Lewes. A thriving study-abroad program and expanding international partnerships further enhance our students' education as global citizens. We invite you to visit our campus or take our virtual tour today! http://video.realviewtv.com/education/udel/