Howard University College of Medicine has selected Harris Search Associates to lead the search for the next Associate Dean of Administration and Finance 

Howard University College of Medicine (HU COM) has selected Harris Search Associates to lead the search for its Associate Dean of Administration and Finance.  

The primary purpose of this position is to provide leadership and strategic planning for budget and fiscal management.  The position manages the administrative operations of the College, including the following functions: budgetary and financial management, facilities, contracts and grants, academic personnel and human resources. The Associate Dean is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for supporting the key areas of the business and to help advise the dean through relevant financial reporting. 

The Associate Dean reports directly to the Dean of the College of Medicine who is responsible for administrative direction and review of work performed by the Associate Dean.  The Associate Dean directly supervises administrative and financial staff in the Office of the Associate Dean for Administration and Finance.  

Internally, the position works closely with the Dean, Dean's staff, department chairpersons and administrators and the central administration of the University. Externally, the position works closely with the leadership of the College of Medicine's affiliated agencies, and with the various funding, regulatory, and accrediting bodies of the College of Medicine. 

As principal financial advisor to the Dean of the College of Medicine, the Associate Dean directs and coordinates financial planning and resource allocation for the College’s operating budget. The Associate Dean has fiduciary responsibility for maintaining a sound financial environment and good business practices, and works closely with department Chair’s and administrators who process and record financial transactions to ensure timely and accurate financial information, to monitor accounts and resolve problems, to ensure compliance, to safeguard resources and reduce risk.

Oversees all fiscal affairs of the College of Medicine, which includes preparation and oversight of the operating budget, monitoring cash flow and expenditure plans, fund management, and grants and contracts management. Directs the preparation of the operating budget for the College and responds to questions from external and internal sources concerning the budget and College of Medicine fiscal resource issues. Develops principles and strategies for resource allocation within the College of Medicine.  Works closely with the Dean to develop and coordinate the School’s annual academic and operating budget planning process, forecasts and predicts resource requirements for new and existing programs, and develops funding strategies. 

He/She directs and coordinates the administration of staff and academic personnel programs, and payroll; and has broad authority for human resources. With the Dean, implements strategic academic and staff personnel objectives.  Serves as central administration resource to the College of Medicine Department Chairs, and administrative directors to handle complex and/or controversial issues regarding personnel and resources.

She/He manages facilities and space planning. Coordinates space planning with the Dean, faculty and other senior managers. Serves as liaison to PFM. Supports the Dean in strategic planning for future space needs. Manages special projects as necessary.  Partnering collaboratively with each department chair and provide proactive financial services and business advice to operating unit leadership.

Established in 1867, chartered and incorporated by an Act of the United States Congress, Howard University is a federally chartered, private, coeducational, nonsectarian, historically black university located in Washington, D.C.  Founded as a University for the education of youth in the liberal arts and sciences, Howard is Carnegie classified as a high research activity.  The University consists of 13 schools and colleges: Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences, Business, Communications, Education, Law, Divinity, Social Work, Arts and Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  Within these divisions, students choose from 58 degree programs and 181 majors. 

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A detailed profile for the search will be available soon.


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