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Senior Associate Dean for Finance & Administration

Office of the Dean Los Angeles, California

Under the general direction and in partnership with the Dean of the Marshall School of Business the Senior Associate Dean for Finance & Administration serves as chief financial and operational officer, strategist, and controller for an entrepreneurial business school operating in the highly competitive arena of undergraduate, graduate and professional graduate education. The Senior Associate Dean has direct responsibility for Administrative Services, Financial Services, Human Resources and Payroll, Information Technology, Facilities, and Sponsored Projects Administration.  

The Senior Associate Dean manages a $300 million-dollar business, which derives its revenue from Undergraduate (major and minor), Full-Time MBA, Part-Time MBA, Executive MBA, Specialized Master’s and other revenue generating programs. The Senior Associate Dean is responsible for long-range strategic planning and for building financial plans for new programs and ventures that will enhance the School's revenue base. The Senior Associate Dean works directly with the Dean in defining and prioritizing specific needs related to the academic mission and in developing objectives and strategies to meet these needs.


The Senior Associate Dean advises the Dean, Deputy Dean, Vice Deans, Associate Deans, and unit directors with regard to financial strategy and devises creative approaches to resource allocation and management that helps them to achieve their programmatic goals. The Senior Associate Dean is also responsible for forecasting, maximizing and in some cases helping to develop new funding streams for the School's overall support. He/she must also conduct extensive planning for operational, resource and program needs, including but not limited to financial planning and analysis, space planning and capital projects, organizational planning and development, information technology infrastructure, web development, classroom and end user support, and strategic program planning.

The Senior Associate Dean is responsible for the development, administering, and monitoring of the School's $300 million annual operating budget, which is made up of student tuition/fees and numerous other fund types, including student fees, endowment and gift income, and Executive Education revenue. Multi-year financial projections are required to demonstrate, to the Dean and University, how the school intends to fund and staff its program offerings.

The Senior Associate Dean represents the school with regard to the planning and management of a variety of University programs and activities, including space location/relocation, minor capital projects, deferred maintenance, renovation projects, and plans for capital construction.

Through subordinate Directors, the Senior Associate Dean oversees the Finance/Budget, Human Resources, Facilities, and Information Technology functions for the Marshall School of Business.  Responsibilities also includes Sponsored Projects Administration oversight.



The position requires substantial political acumen and an ability to interact effectively as a member of a group or team, or as its leader. The Senior Associate Dean must be able to draw on an extensive store of institutional, managerial and professional knowledge of higher education planning, budgeting and fund accounting principles, management theory and practice and short and long-range financial planning and forecasting. Familiarity is also required with current issues in higher education, especially professional and continuing education, University academic and administrative policies and procedures, and University business services policies and procedures. Particular professional skill is required in 1) financial control, cash-flow analysis and debt planning, 2) organizational dynamics and 3) human resource administration. The Senior Associate Dean must have a solid grasp of interpersonal and group dynamics and the principles of effective management, particularly with regard to appropriate delegation of responsibility, establishing goals, objectives and standards and supervising and evaluating individual performance.


Issues resolved by the Senior Associate Dean span the range of administrative problems of a complex organization, composed of many programs and services, each competing for restricted space, staff and financial resources. Increasing complexity is added with the task of analyzing and forecasting the amount and types of new revenue streams and participating in efforts to bring these revenue streams to fruition. The Senior Associate Dean is required to satisfy multiple demands simultaneously to promote effective performance and planning throughout the school. The position also requires exceptional judgment and interpretation between conflicting concerns or organizations, and the ability to reach mutually agreeable solutions among diverse parties.


Innovation and creativity are primary demands of this position. The Senior Associate Dean must create and invent systems and presentations, without precedent, that answer the need for management information at the University and department level. Particular examples are in the financial arena, where budgeting, status reporting, capital and operating results are essential to the health and credibility of the School. The incumbent originates the approach to frame origination issues and writes finished reports and proposals to University.


Is directly accountable to the Dean of the Marshall School of Business for the management of assigned responsibilities. Advises, informs and works with the School's Vice Deans, Senior Associate Deans, Faculty Advisory Committee, program unit managers, development director, students and staff, as appropriate. Advises, informs and works with Marshall School of Business Faculty and faculty committees, as appropriate. Represents Marshall with university-wide offices including central HR, Finance, Facilities, etc. Member of the Graduate Business Administrators Group (GBAG) - a group to share information and ideas amongst the Senior Associate Deans for Finance at top-20 schools. Represents the Marshall School of Business to outside constituents, as appropriate.


Currently, the incumbent manages the following:

Financial Resources:

  • $300 million annual operating budget

Academic Personnel:

  • 137 FTE ladder faculty
  • 120 adjunct faculty and lecture FTE

Staff Personnel:

  • 307 FTE staff
  • 500 student/casual staff


  • >6,500 FTE students


  • 415,000 GSF, spread over 5 on campus buildings and one satellite location in Downtown LA

Required Documents and Additional Information

  • Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.
  • This job posting is scheduled to be closed on July 31, 2020.  We encourage interested applicants to apply early before the deadline.
  • USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment*; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick-up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.
  • The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

* University employer contributions may be subject to change due to financial impact of COVID-19

Why join the USC Marshall School of Business?

2020 marks a significant and exciting time to join the USC Marshall School of Business as we celebrate our Centennial year and welcome a new Dean with ambitious goals to continue rising among our peer group of the top 20 best Business Schools peer group. The USC Marshall School of Business is ideally positioned to address the challenges of a rapidly changing business environment and is ranked as one of the country’s top schools for accounting, finance, marketing, consulting, entrepreneurship and international business studies.

USC Marshall builds on the unique opportunities that stem from its Los Angeles location on the Pacific Rim, its interdisciplinary and impactful research, the momentum generated by the University of Southern California, and the unparalleled engagement of the Trojan Alumni Family. With ready access to industries defining the new business frontier, including biotechnology, life sciences, media, entertainment, communications and healthcare, this vast network offers USC Marshall graduates exceptionally strong support for success in the global marketplace. USC Marshall is interested in receiving applications from individuals who enhance the diversity of its workforce. For more information on the USC Marshall School of Business, visit:

Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree Minimum Experience: 10 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Progressively increasing leadership responsibilities in budget, financial control, cash flow analysis and debt planning. Progressively increasing leadership, planning and management experience in human resources field. Demonstrated strong organization, planning, analytical, innovative, critical thinking, strategic, collaboration, interpersonal and relationship building skills are essential. Thorough knowledge of management principles, budgeting, finance and applicable laws/regulations. Preferred Education: Masters of Business Administration Degree Preferred Experience: 15 years Preferred Field of Expertise: Knowledge of higher education operations and environment in addition to budget, financial control, cash flow analysis and debt planning, and human resources.

REQ20090616 Posted Date: 06/30/2020 - Thru date - 2020-08-01

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