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Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration

Washington and Lee University
Job Location:
Lexington, Virginia
Business Deans
Job Type: Full time

Job Number: R537

Location: Lexington, VA

Job Description:

Reporting to the Dean of the Law School, the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration is responsible for the creation and management of the operating budget of the Law School; oversight of capital and restricted accounts; preparation of financial and related reports (both for internal use and for external audiences); management of reporting obligations to accrediting agencies and consumer rankings groups. Additionally, the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration is responsible for managing all law building improvements and overseeing maintenance for Sydney Lewis Hall, including working closely with Facilities and other parties as needed. As a member of the Dean's leadership team, the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration also collaborates on strategic planning initiatives for the Law School and works closely with other members of the Dean's leadership team and with other administrators across campus.

Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in their areas of expertise.

Essential Functions:
  • Assists the Dean of the Law School in the drafting of Law School operating budgets and monitors compliance with those budgets over the course of the fiscal year. Advises Dean on effective use of operating, restricted and capital funds.
  • Tracks financial performance of the Law School, preparing regular reports for internal use and, as appropriate, for external audiences.
  • Coordinates the submission of the Law School's responses to annual data requests to accrediting agencies, including the American Bar Association and Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Assists the Dean and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in ensuring compliance with relevant accreditation standards.
  • Assists the Dean of the Law School with oversight for the position budget.  Oversees adjunct and visitor faculty costs ensuring that annual expenses remain within budget. Knowledgeable on Law School's positions, assesses staffing needs and develops related proposals.
  • Oversees the submission of responses to annual consumer ranking surveys including, but not limited to, the U.S. News and World Report law school rankings.
  • Responsible for overseeing all expenditures from Law School accounts.
  • Manages the Faculty Services department, which currently includes three individuals providing administrative assistance to members of the Law School Faculty.
  • Coordinates the onboarding of new Law School employees, including facilitating office space, keys and other administrative support, as appropriate.
  • As a member of the Law School leadership team, participates in creating and implementing strategic planning initiatives for the Law School.
  • Coordinates with University Facilities on all outstanding capital requests and projects. Develops annual capital request budget in coordination with the Dean. Acts as primary point of contact for Law School building and infrastructure needs and requests.
  • Provides supervision to one of the Executive Assistants to the Deans' Office.
  • Collaborates with other associate and assistant deans on budget, strategy and related issues.
  • Additional related duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm

Minimum Pay: $138,080 - Pay Commensurate with Experience

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required.  Relevant graduate degree is preferred. Five to seven years of management experience in higher education or a similar field, or a combination of experience and education is expected.  Strong analytical skills and ability to manage large-scale projects independently is a must. Thorough understanding of legal education policy and procedures or equivalent is important. Ability to work productively with fellow administrators, faculty and students is also a must.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Resume and cover letter are required. Upload both required documents to the Resume/CV upload section of the application. You will be asked to provide names and contact information for three professional references.

External Applicants: Application instructions for external applicants are located on the or here.

Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday account. Instructions are located at or here.

Physical Requirements:
  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
Working Conditions: The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Types of Work: Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Position Type:
Exempt, Full Time, Benefit Eligible

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including a minimum of one booster.  New employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.
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