Director, Finance and Administration

Pennsylvania, United States
05 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
05 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Department: College of Business and Economics
Category: Professional/Managerial
Job Family: Finance/Accounting


The Director of Finance and Administration leads all functions of finance and administration in the College of Business.  The successful candidate will act as the Chief Financial Officer for the College; developing financial strategies by forecasting capital, facilities and staff requirements; identifying monetary resources and developing action plans.  The Director will monitor financial performance by preparing and overseeing the College budget, measuring and analyzing results, initiating corrective actions and minimizing the impact of variances. The Director will collaborate with senior administrators, supervise staff and oversee operations for College buildings.  The Director of Finance and Administration will act as an Advisor to the Dean and the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research in a wide range of matters including hiring, firing and retention of faculty and staff as well as University procedures.  A high level of confidentiality is required and expected.


Financial reporting management and budgetary responsibility

  • Lead College wide financial operation including short term and long term budget planning, capital planning and responsibility for maintaining and insuring the solid financial position of the College
  • Create financial models and forecasts; develop financial strategies to facilitate business decision making that insure the strong financial position of the College
  • Manage income streams including grants and gifts
  • Represent the College in discussions with senior University finance administrators; advocate for financial position of the College

Supervise administrative functions of the College

  • Lead manage and contribute to the professional development of the Finance/Administration team; this includes an Assistant Director of Administration and an Administrative Assistant 
  • Supervise administrative staff in managing the College’s physical resources and support of financial tasks
  • Act as Chief Adviser to the Dean on all administrative matters; be knowledgeable of  University procedures, rules and exceptions in a broad range of areas
  • Advise the Dean in matters of law and contracts; hiring, reorganization and job elimination policies; acceptable accounting practices and best practices of doing business
  • Possess creativity and problem solving skills in order to suggest win-win solutions for most opportunities that arise
  • Evaluate the operational efficiency of the College and provide direction and guidance as needed
  • Leverage technology; optimize administrative systems in support of office operations, Stem and University initiatives 

Support the Dean’s initiatives to generate revenue

  • Support the organization's revenue streams and targets
  • Plan, develop and identify revenue generating programs and ideas
  • Collaborate with external and internal partners to transform ideas into fiscally responsible and profitable business ventures for the College
  • Develop and maintain a cost efficient, growth orientated and functionally aligned organizational structure

Serve as member of College’s senior administration team

  • Assist Department Chairs and Center Directors in creation of annual budgets; responsible for assuring financial stability of Departments and Centers
  • Liaison from the Dean’s office to Departments and Centers in all budget matters
  • Collaborate with Department Chairs to provide financial information; facilitate collaboration and information sharing
  • Research, present, frame and execute strategic initiatives that impact the entire Stem and therefore the University
  • Advise the other members of the Leadership Team on decision-making related to Stem's staffing, training, resource allocations, technology and physical space 


  • Bachelor's Degree required; Master of Business Administration and/or CPA preferred
  • Eight or more years related work experience (preference for in higher education)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Solid writing ability and organizational skills
  • Solid analytical, decision making and problem solving skills
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Ability to complete projects on time and on budget, and report on status and progress
  • Solid computer skills with experience using word processing and spreadsheet software
  • Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, county and national criminal background checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance.  Based upon the requirements of the position Lehigh may also request credit history reports, motor vehicle checks and professional license/certification verification

Special Considerations:

  • This position has fiscal or financial responsibilities other than employee expense activity, such as processing or approving transactions; monitoring or preparing budgets; or generating income for University
  • Periods of high volume/workload may be required for budget preparation; openings and closings of academic year
  • Required to be on call
  • Occasional evening, holiday or weekend hours

FTE: 100%

Grade and Hiring Minimum: 12-40

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary adjustments for internal candidates comply with University policy. For more information contact Human Resources.

Required Documents Message: Cover Letter, Resume