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Assistant Director of Business Operations (12850)

Date: Jun 5, 2019

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University


The Assistant Director of Business Operations works under the direction of the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration. In consultation with the Associate Dean for Finance, the Assistant Director is responsible for the financial and daily oversight of the WCL’s non-tuition business activities, including grant and contract operations. Financial analysis around potential business growth is required, along with contract negotiations, monitoring contract adherence, and development of policies and procedures as necessary to ensure best practices for all business operations.  This position works proactively with stakeholders to reduce costs and increase operational efficiencies and serves as lead on operation audits.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full-Time
  • 35 Hours
  • Supervisor two full time positions, Senior Grant and Contract Manager and Finance Coordinator
  • Occasional conference travel required

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 8-10 years of relevant experience
  • The position requires a solid understanding of financial and operational management
  • The ability to apply best practices to a variety of business functions and activities
  • Computer literacy in spreadsheets and financial applications
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication abilities
  • Substantial problem solving skills
  • Organizational skills, attention to detail, initiative, flexibility, adaptability, ability to work well in groups
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment in daily operations
  • The ability to keep information confidential is critical

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Juris Doctor or equivalent

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check


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American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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