The George Mason University, Fiscal Services Department is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person for a Program Director. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Position:
Reporting to the Vice President for Finance, the Fiscal Services Program Director is responsible for leading projects and programs (or sub-projects/programs) that directly support the goals of George Mason University (Mason) and the Fiscal Services Office. The Fiscal Services Program Director will also indirectly report to the Associate Vice President and Controller and to the Assistant Vice President and Deputy CIO, Information Technology Services. Program management is expected to include, but not be limited to, business transformation and strategic planning, business process redesign and implementation, policy redesign, implementing new initiatives, and/or conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis on business functions at the university. Managing a staff of 2-3 direct reports, the Program Director works closely with leadership across the university and stakeholders, representing Fiscal Services.
The Program Director has broad responsibilities including leading and executing fiscal business transformation work, leading Fiscal Services team and enterprise wide stakeholder engagements in change management and business process reengineering work. Liaison with Information Technology Services leadership and project managers to ensure strategic alignment of initiatives and planned process improvements, serving as the Fiscal Services program lead when ITS project management is required.
Leads complex Fiscal Services program initiatives and related project work, including tracking multiple and simultaneous initiatives and projects, reporting on progress, issues, and risks to leadership. Lead and mentor financial staff within Fiscal Service. Leads the development and maintenance of initiative and project work plans to consistently ensure appropriate outcomes and metrics for projects. Expected to consistently develop insightful, robust, and information-driven solutions to complex problems and process improvement needs. Applies agreed-upon project management approaches to all Fiscal Services projects. Develops and maintains project charters, work plans, schedules, and budgets, guiding Fiscal Services team in project management, process mapping and best practices in automation, change management and process review.
Takes direction from leadership on projects and also self-directs work streams as needed to move projects forward on planned timelines. Expected to be able to work successfully on multiple projects without significant oversight from Fiscal Services leadership. Expected to work collaboratively to meet mutual goals when executing projects with other university departments and facilitate cross-department cooperation and buy-in. Expected to take initiative on project assignments to get the job done, while keeping leadership informed of progress and any project or stakeholder issues that may arise, as well as managing Fiscal Services representatives to ensure project and business transformation initiatives are successful.
The portfolio of assigned projects will require skills in data gathering, as well as developing thoughtful, detail-oriented, and high-quality qualitative and quantitative analyses. Will also include creating high-quality written documents, flow charts, presentations, and/or spreadsheets. Oversees benchmarking, research, and insightful analyses on relevant processes and Fiscal Services topics. Produces deliverables that are error-free and reflect the conclusions and recommendations of the project team, as well as implementation and action plans for Fiscal Services staff.
Establish and implement financial and procedural planning of a program and management, objectives, and goals for each project. With analyst support, establish project timelines, produce charts which highlight key project processes from inception to completion, and carry out assessments to determine the need for adjustment in existing procedures or processes. Conduct risk assessments to identify and manage contingencies that may negatively impact an initiative or project plan and adjust accordingly to set deadlines to meet established objectives.
Coordinate the hiring, training, and orienting of consultants and temporary or permanent personnel needed for initiatives and/or projects, and monitor the performance of project personnel/consultants to identify areas that require improvement.
Submit regular reports to management and/or various departments on project progress and information.
Supervise and provide direct guidance to Fiscal Services staff on project work, as needed, supporting career development. Provides training, as needed, to staff on project work or techniques. Maintains an appropriate level of professionalism at all times.
Represents Fiscal Services' projects and the Fiscal Services office within the Mason community. Displays a willingness to complete other duties to support Fiscal Services leadership and the judgment to know when such duties should be delegated. Proactively offers suggestions for activities Fiscal Services should undertake to improve processes or efficiencies that will support fiscal business transformation across the university.
Master's degree in finance or program/project management or related field, or any combination of education and experience that equates to the advanced degree;
Minimum 5 years' (preferred) experience in business process improvement design and implementation, project management, or related experience;
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain project work plans, schedules, and budgets, and experience with software and process development lifecycles;
Demonstrated project management and oversight experience is required, including the ability to lead multifunctional projects and teams;
Supervisory experience managing direct reports and multidisciplinary project teams;
Ability to take direction from leadership on projects and also self-direct work streams as needed to move projects forward on tight timelines;
Demonstrated understanding of central Information Technology processes and systems, with an ability to coordinate functional and technical resources;
Exceptional written and oral communication skills are essential; and
Demonstrated proficiency with project management tools and an expertise in MS office applications – PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Teams and other.
Familiarity with Banner and specifically Finance Modules;
Public university or entity experience; and
10 years' (preferred) experience in business process redesign, project management, or related experience.
About the University:
George Mason University, the largest public research university in Virginia, is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report
George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.
George Mason University has 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students. Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars. 80% of our students are employed within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of study.
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George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
We Are in Virginia. But We Serve the World.
Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.
Washington, D.C.: Land of Opportunity.
Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
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We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
• Widen your outlook of the world,
• Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
• Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
• Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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