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Business Manager - College of Fine Arts (CFA) - School of Design

Carnegie Mellon University
Job Location:
Pittsburgh, 15213
Business and Financial Services

Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts (CFA)- School of Design is searching for a Business Manager to join their team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who thrives in an interesting and challenging work environment. You will contribute to the department by providing support by managing the operations of the School of Design, primarily in the areas of finance and related strategies. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: financial planning and control, budgeting, forecasting, financial analysis, reporting, transactional level accounting, procurement, payroll and HR functions. The Business Manager typically has budgetary responsibility of between $5-20M.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a resource and advisor to the head of school, faculty and staff on matters of compliance, policy, administration and planning
  • Being responsible for implementation of university programs by coordinating efforts with internal and external stakeholders and manage assigned operational areas within the unit.
  • Handle all aspects of Workday (CMU's HRIS System): Reviewing and approving HR transactions and specific administrative needs of the members of the School of Design, spanning staff, graduate students, and faculty. Ensure that faculty, staff, and students are paid accurately and on time.
  • Liaise with CFA Finance Team.
  • Coordinate all department hiring to ensure that faculty and staff are hired according to University and Federal guidelines. Duties include engagement with faculty committees to support application review and job talks, as well as defining structured interviews for all staff hiring.
  • Own all financial responsibilities for the Department, including keeping meticulous records for all transactions associated with the annual budget.
  • Maintain the established procedures using Excel4Apps, Oracle, Tableau, Google Sheets, and Google Data Studio to continue providing weekly financial reporting and analysis.
  • Engage in financial planning and analysis (FP&A) in partnership with CFA's Dean's Office in preparation for university financial reviews.
  • Implement all endowed and expendable gift agreement conditions, working closely with the University's Advancement team to provide stewardship updates throughout the year.
  • Ensure usage of funds align with the college/school Strategic Plan.

This critical team member must possess sound financial competence combined with an entrepreneurial and collaborative approach, as they will be integral to the creation of innovative self-sustaining financial models to support the School of Design's new initiatives. The ability to "tell a story or sketch with numbers" will be a critical component of this role in support of these initiatives. Additionally, the successful incumbent will possess the ability to build new and customized reports to support the Head of School and members of the leadership team in decision making.

Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within CFA. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued proficiencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to optimally interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.

You should demonstrate:

  • Excellent project management and oral/written communication skills
  • Management and Human Resources experience preferred


  • Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting or Business/Business Administration required. Master's degree preferred
  • 5-8 years experience in accounting, finance or business administration required, preferably in higher education
  • Certified Research Administrator (CRA) certification desirable


  • Successful background check

Additional Information:

  • Sponsorship: Applicants for this position must be currently legally authorized to work for CMU in the United States. CMU will not sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa for this opportunity.
  • Work Posture: This position is operating on a hybrid schedule, with an on-campus/in office presence 3 days a week.
  • This is a full-time (37.5 hours), exempt position.

Joining the CMU team opens the door to an array of exceptional benefits available to eligible employees.

Those employees who are benefits eligible have the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of advantages from comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance to an enticing retirement savings program offering a generous employer contribution. You can also unlock your potential with tuition benefits and take well-deserved breaks with ample paid time off and observed holidays. Finally, rest easy knowing you are covered by life and accidental death and disability insurance.

Other perks include a free Pittsburgh Regional Transit bus pass, our Family Concierge Team to help navigate childcare needs, fitness center access, and so much more!

For a comprehensive overview of the benefits that may be awaiting you, explore our Benefits page.

At Carnegie Mellon, we value the whole package when extending offers of employment. Beyond just credentials, we consider the role and responsibilities, your invaluable work experience, and the knowledge gained through education and training. We acknowledge and appreciate your unique skills and the diverse perspective you bring. Your journey with us is about more than just a job; it's about finding the perfect fit for your professional growth and personal aspirations.

Are you interested in an exciting opportunity with an exceptional organization?! Apply today!


Pittsburgh, PA

Job Function

Business Administration and Services

Position Type

Staff - Regular

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis


More Information:

  • Please visit "Why Carnegie Mellon" to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world.

  • Click here to view a listing of employee benefits

  • Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

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