The Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering & Applied Science is seeking a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as the college's chief financial and human resources officer. This position reports to the Dean of Watson College, and plays a crucial role in advancing strategic initiatives within the college. Watson College has an annual budget of approximately $30M and is home to approximately 225 faculty and staff. The college has an aggressive strategic plan to grow its research expenditures to $35 million, its enrollment to 4,000 (2,500 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate), and its full-time faculty to 155 (140+ tenured/tenure-track) by 2026, while launching new academic programs and strengthening existing ones.
The Assistant Dean works very closely with the Dean on strategic growth and technical/operational issues in both the finance and human resources areas. The Assistant Dean also works with key stakeholders across the university, including, but not limited to, Watson College Departments and units, the University Business Office, Provost's Office, Student Accounts, the Binghamton University Foundation Office, the Research Foundation Office, Human Resources, and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The Assistant Dean supervises one staff member and serves on college and university committees related to core functions. Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Responsible for budget planning and financial management of the college
Serve as the delegated authority for financial decisions, within the overall financial plan of the college, as established by the Dean
Access data in campus systems, maintain detailed budget spreadsheets and develop multi-year, all-funds based, financial plans and projections
Establish annual budget allocations for the college, including all departments and units and various student funding programs (e.g., Federal Work Study, GA/TA)
Produce accurate budget reports for the college and departments and provide financial/budgetary guidance to department chairs, program directors, unit heads and administrative staff
Initiate, review, and approve college-level financial transactions, ensure appropriate use of donor funds, and ensure appropriate procurement processes
Provide needed data for annual external surveys for the College and the University
Provide support and guidance with regard to all chargebacks and fees within the College; review rates, distribute invoices, facilitate collection of funds, etc.
Initiate requests for new faculty startup funds and provide oversight of approved startup accounts.
Provide principal support to the Dean (or designee) regarding the review and processing of faculty personnel cases (i.e., renewals, tenure, and promotions)
Monitor trends, collect and analyze benchmark data, and advise the Dean on matters related to staffing and compensation across the College
Coordinate all HR processes for all transactions related to college-funded full time & part-time faculty, staff and student assistant positions
Advise and collaborate with supervisors, the Dean, and the central Human Resources Office on all matters related to hiring within the college and supporting the college's efforts to hire and retain diverse candidates
Work closely with Watson College Graduate Student Services specialist to process Graduate Assistant Teaching Assistant, and startup faculty graduate assistant appointments
Master's degree in Business or closely related field and five or more years of related experience
Knowledge of business practices and procedures to oversee financial transactions
Ability to analyze and report on complex financial data
Demonstrated technical ability to quickly obtain financial data from multiple financial systems
Demonstrated ability to handle confidential matters with tact and discretion
Established commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Proven commitment to customer service and continuous quality improvement
Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with a diverse group of individuals including faculty, staff, senior administrators, and students
Possess exceptional attention to detail with outstanding organizational skills
Ability to set priorities and advance multiple initiatives simultaneously
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position
Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.
Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.