Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration (0548U)
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Departmental Overview The College of Natural Resources (CNR) serves society by generating and disseminating knowledge in the biological, physical, and social sciences in order to provide the tools both to protect the Earth's natural resources and ensure economic and ecological sustainability for future generations.
The Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration in the College of Natural Resources position involves managing and performing the administrative services and managing the full general operations of multiple academic organizations including four academic departments, one augmented graduate group, one PDST graduate master's program, and several research and extension facilities and centers, many of which involve partnership with additional colleges on the Berkeley campus. Administrative services include activities in budget, finance, gift administration, human resources, IT, facilities, and student services. General management includes long- and short-range strategic planning in determining the mission and directing all activities of multidisciplinary departments through subordinate management staff.
Responsibilities Organizational Strategy
In collaboration with Deans and Chairs, determines and establishes organizational structures and supervisory relationships.
Monitors strategic direction of programs.
Directs long-term planning and develops policies and procedures.
Provides guidance to faculty regarding funding, new venture development and other resource acquisitions.
Advises Dean and Chairs on revenue opportunities and serves as point for professional degree supplemental tuition rates for CNR's graduate programs.
Oversees recharge research support facilities.
Responsible for managing academic HR staff in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, serves as point for the unit in communications with central HR and serves as main liaison with Berkeley Regional Services for the academic and staff HR functions, procurement/travel and entertainment, research administration and IT functional areas. Serve as CNR Dean's Office Chief of Staff responsible for the effective functioning of the Dean's Office.
Advises Deans and Chairs with regard to financial and administrative policies and strategies as they affect their units and devise creative approaches to resource allocation and management that enable them to better accomplish their programmatic objectives.
Represents the College at various campus-level administrative forums and works with the department managers to improve departmental management structure and coordination across the College and campus.
Department, center, and facility managers report to their academic unit lead but recognize a 'dotted line' relationship to this position and depend on this position for direction and communication on all administrative matters. The Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration:
Instills strong management practices among subordinate managers.
Fosters ongoing cost savings by implementing an extremely flat organization structure through the strategic utilization of the 'Team Lead' role to manage the staff that support the College and its units
Interdepartmental Representation and Research
Represents the organizational unit in campus-wide and system-wide meeting and discussions.
Oversees ongoing collaboration between UC Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) to manage the UC Berkeley branch of the UC Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension.
Interacts with ANR, representing the College at all ANR Assistant Dean meetings regarding the ANR research and extension portfolio of funding.
Makes recommendations and implements decisions on issues (operational and budget processes and management, staff FTE, finance, human resources and space/facilities planning) that have program-wide impact through subordinate staff. Advises faculty on matters concerning several functional areas, department and/or constituencies.
Keeps abreast of developments in higher education funding and research administration, teaching and extension.
Planning and Development
Serves on high-level campus administrative committees and task forces as an academic administrative subject matter expert.
Represents interests of CNR departments with regard to policy formulation and implementation.
Acts as liaison for CNR and on behalf of CNR departments with administrative services units in Business and Administrative Services, Budget and Finance, Capital Planning and Space Management, Graduate Division, etc.
Plans, designs, influences and implements campus-wide systems and processes (E.g. BFSv9.2, BearBuy, BFS CGA module, T&E E2E, research admin E2E, CalPlanning).
In collaboration with the Deans, makes decisions on administrative or operational matters and ensures achievement of operational objectives (operational and budget processes, academic and/or staff FTE, finance, recharge administration, academic advising, fundraising, human resources, IT, capital planning and investment and space planning).
Provides oversight and direction for campus-wide programs administered in CNR such as the Berkeley Food Institute.
Advises senior managers on controversial situations, customer negotiations, or influencing and persuading other high level managers.
Interacts with higher-level management on controversial situations, customer negotiations, or influencing and persuading other high level managers.
Advises Deans, Chairs, Directors, and faculty on complex and challenging issues that come up involving campus policies, risk, legal, Title 9, research compliance, intellectual property, etc.
Advanced skills in strategy development, systems planning and change management.
Excellent leadership abilities to oversee multiple functions or departments through subordinate managers.
Advanced knowledge of administrative management theory and ability to translate into practice.
Excellent ability to establish metrics for department and employee goals which measure effectiveness of contributions to efficient operations of department.
Advanced project management skills, including the capability to manage capital projects.
Excellent skills to work collaboratively and act persuasively in sensitive situations; skills in conflict management techniques. Skills in establishing and implementing customer service standards.
Advanced knowledge of financial analysis and reporting techniques; human resources, research administration, and risk management planning; accounting and payroll.
Strong knowledge of financial, HR, and other common computer application programs.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
Strong knowledge of campus-specific systems and processes.
Salary & Benefits Annual salary will be commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Other Information Application review will begin on April 15, 2019.
Conviction History Background This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Mandated Reporter This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
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