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Senior Business Officer I

Administration Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee ofUSC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is seeking a Senior Business Officer with strong leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills to join its team! As a key member of the Executive Management team, the Senior Business Officer will report to the Dean and assume a strategic role in the overall management of the school’s business operations. Under the general supervision of the Dean, the Senior Business Officer, is charged with the responsibility of administering the school’s financial operation, safeguarding the school and university’s assets, ensuring the integrity of the resources, and the effective utilization of these resources. In addition, the SBO is responsible for all financial services functions including business financial services, business office, procurement and support services, facilities management and operations, and student financial services; development and recommendation of long and short range administrative and financial plans for the school. This position leads a team of five members in the School's Business Office.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership for the financial planning aspects of numerous facilities and capital planning initiatives.
  • Analyzes business practices and recommends actions to improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures to ensure the financial integrity of all university financial resources.
  • Responsible of all grant/contracts management
  • Prepares documents and responses for all financial audits in consultation with the University Internal Auditor, along with identification of significant risks.
  • Oversees the preparation of financial reports and documents to internal and external entities, as required; coordinating with all major operating areas of the University to ensure enforcement of fiscal compliance regulations, laws, and guidelines and policies.
  • Responsible for planning to help assure the school attains its financial objectives, including: accounting services, budget review, audit support and financial and tax reporting for the school.
  • Develops and manages program budgets covering operations, endowments, and sponsored projects. Makes major budgetary and resource allocation decisions. Provides financial status reports as needed.
  • Provides insight and recommendations to both short-term and long-term growth plan of organization.
  • Evaluates and makes suggestions for automating processes and increasing working efficiency.
  • Communicates, engages and interacts with Executive Leadership Team, Faculty, Students, Staff and Board of Directors.
  • Create and establish yearly financial objectives that align with the school’s plan for growth and expansion.
  • Leads and oversee financial compliance and reporting.
  • Liaison between USC central departments and responsible for budget every year.
  • Oversees the Business Office and operations to ensure the proper functioning of all systems, databases and financial processes.
  • Responsible for year-end close process, constantly reviewing procedures while eliminating inefficiencies.
  • Manages all year-end closing activities including general ledger accounts, balance sheet accounts and overhead cost allocation.
  • Oversees pre and post award administration of contracts and grants. Partnering closely with faculty, ensures proper management of funds and compliance.
  • Prepares long and short-range plans for the use of equipment and facilities. Maintains analysis of space and equipment requirements and allocates usage based on school priorities. Prepares analyses and proposals for new, upgraded or expanded facilities.
  • Manages the much anticipated renovation and expansion of the school/facilities
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree or combined experience/education as a substitute for minimum education
  • Minimum Experience: 5 years or combined education/experience as a substitute for minimum experience
  • Minimum Field of Expertise: Progressively responsible financial experience providing a strong knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and practices as applied in the university's financial operations. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree or combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience with Contracts and Grants pre and post administration  
  • Experience with interpretation of policies, analyses, and trends
  • Experience composing complex research contracts and related agreements
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating complex projects
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise initiative and perform well under pressure with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a multi-task environment, taking direction from multiple staff with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high attention to detail and quality of work
  • Strong written and communication skills.
  • Strong negotiation and bargaining skills.
  • Demonstrated strong personal mastery, including ethics, interpersonal skills, and engage in continuous learning.

This is a full time, exempt, benefits eligible position. Benefits include a competitive salary, a rich array of USC benefits including healthcare (including dental and vision), 403(b), tuition reimbursement, national holidays, paid vacation and more. This full-time position will require substantial commitment and dedication. Travel to off site and out of state locations may be necessary for this position, up to 10% of the time.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

If you are interested in being considered, submit a fully completed application. Please include a cover letter and resume, along with the names, positions, and contact information for three professional references. Thank you for your interest!


Minimum Education:
Bachelor's degree
Combines experience/education as a substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience:
5 years
Combined education/experience as a substitute for minimum experience

Minimum Field of Expertise:
Progressively responsible financial experience providing a strong knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and practices as applied in the university's financial operations.



REQ20066380 Posted Date: 10/08/2018 - Thru date - 2018-10-22

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