Assistant Dean for Resource Planning and Management
University of Washington
Location: Seattle, Washington
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: 215438
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The University of Washington’s Information School is seeking an Assistant Dean for Resource Planning and Management (RPM) to provide executive leadership for the School’s finance, facilities, and staff human resource functions, oversee the development and implementation of resource allocation plans, guide school-wide financial integrity and compliance and advise the Dean in the overall administration of the School.
This position reports directly to the Dean and serves as a key administrative and operational leader of the School. The Assistant Dean for Resource Planning and Management is part of the Dean’s executive management team along with the Associate Dean for Research, Associate Dean for Academics, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Associate Dean for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Sovereignty, and Assistant Dean for Advancement. The Assistant Dean for RPM is a leader in the iSchool’s staff community, fostering an open, ethical, highly engaged and collaborative community based on trust, transparency and mutual respect.
There is an expectation that the person in this position will step up where they see an opportunity to apply their special expertise or talents, speak up when they identify opportunities or concerns, and lead by taking actions that exemplify the iSchool’s core values. This leadership may be expressed in diverse ways, reflecting the variety of styles and cultures that are represented by iSchool faculty and staff.
What You’ll Be Doing
Financial Management: •Ensure effective, efficient and compliant management of the School’s operating financial resources, including state, local, fee-based academic program, self-sustaining and gift funds. •Lead financial analysis, evaluation and planning for the School; present plans to iSchool leadership, faculty, staff, student leaders and to UW leadership. Collaboratively engage with these groups and individual leaders for decision making. •Oversee and monitor the design and implementation of school-wide financial policies, procedures, controls, systems and reporting.
Note that the new Assistant Dean for RPM will have extensive leadership support for the UW Finance Transformation project currently underway. The outgoing Assistant Dean for RPM is being retained to carry the School through the July 1, 2023, launch.
Human Resources Management: •Exercise decision-making and approval authority over staff human resources actions and programs; ensure compliance with appropriate policies and effective design of processes. •Provide leadership for the development of programs, initiatives, and other actions that support compensation and promotional equity and making the iSchool an outstanding, inclusive place to work for staff. •Guide planning and analysis for growth, organizational and other staffing changes.
Facilities Management: •Oversee the planning and development of existing and future School facilities, including assessment of space requirements, evaluation of options and management of capital projects. •Guide the development of policies pertaining to space allocation and use. •Ensure the iSchool facilities and emergency management policies and procedures are effectively maintained and communicated.
Strategic and General Resource Planning: •Serve on leadership teams that design and guide the School’s strategic planning and decision-making process; including creating and evaluating strategic action plans and identifying resources needed to accomplish goals and objectives. •Work with other leaders in the iSchool to develop long-range, strategic, and budgetary plans for operational staffing and faculty hiring. •Identify key strategic and operational issues and concerns, advising the Dean and other leaders on action plans.
Administration: •Provide unit leadership for Resource Planning and Management staff in aligning the unit’s work with the School’s vision, mission, value and strategic goals, establishing principles for service and engagement, developing team-wide approaches to problem solving and ensuring staff are supported in their work and quality of work-life needs. •Collaborate with the dean and other school leaders on evaluating complex operational issues, identifying the financial and operational impact and advising on decisions or actions. •Serve as the School’s business management representative for the Dean and act as liaison with UW administrative units on administrative, financial, staff human resources, facilities, and other matters.
The iSchool’s Assistant Dean for Resource Planning and Management must have exceptional management, fiscal, analytical, communication and reporting skills; be experienced at effective and supportive staff supervision; and be a creative, collaborative problem-solver. As a member of the dean’s leadership team, they are expected to exemplify:
•A collegial, inclusive, collaborative working style, characterized by respectful listening and consensus-building, and the ability to earn and maintain trust among colleagues. •A track record of positive, proactive approaches to problem-solving, characterized by focusing on efficiency, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. •A strong sense of ethics, fairness, discretion, and respect for all. •A demonstrated commitment to diversity, in its broadest sense. •A strong commitment to information science and to the iSchool’s vision, mission, and values (https://ischool.uw.edu/about/mission-vision).
Minimum Qualifications •Master’s degree in public administration, business administration, or the equivalent combination of related education and experience. •Five years of leadership experience in university departmental administration or equivalent financial and operational responsibilities. •Proven ability to lead within own areas of responsibility and more broadly within an organization. •Working knowledge of operating and financial procedures in a large research university. •Exceptional analytical skills. •Proficiency in budgeting, fiscal monitoring and financial projections using multiple fund sources and types of funds. •Demonstrated ability to work well with diverse populations, including ability to lead, design programs and communicate in ways that are responsive to a diverse population. •Experience in staff supervision. •Excellent written and verbal skills; ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, and other constituents. •Highly organized, detail oriented, and able to effectively manage multiple demands and priorities. •Ability to act independently on behalf of the Dean when appropriate. •Demonstrate a high degree of initiative-taking, problem solving capability, creativity, and capacity for innovative thinking.
Desired Qualifications •Thorough knowledge of University of Washington administrative and fiscal policies and procedures. •General understanding of facilities planning and management principles. •Experience with departmental human resources management.
What’s in it for you •Full benefits, including medical and dental insurance and retirement plan. •Paid vacation and sick leave, as well as 11 paid holidays a year and one personal day. •Fully subsidized transit pass. •Opportunities to engage in University-wide leadership and initiatives. •Work for an exciting, cutting-edge school within the University of Washington.
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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