Vice Dean for Administration, School of Arts and Sciences

New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Competitive salary
02 Dec 2020
31 Dec 2020
Job role
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Vice Dean for Administration, School of Arts and Sciences

Against a backdrop of entrepreneurial thinking and momentum around reinventing innovative organizational processes and approaches, Rutgers University’s School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Dean for Administration. Reporting to the Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, with a dotted line relationship to the New Brunswick Vice Chancellor for Finance, the Vice Dean for Administration serves as the chief operating officer within the largest and most complex university unit. S/he is responsible for the organization, direction, and management of all administrative and business services (including accounting, finance and budget, the administration of policies, personnel issues and programs, space and facilities planning, physical plant construction and renovations, grant administration, purchasing, information technology and computer systems, academic support, and departmental administration). With an annual operating budget of approximately $330 million, SAS has 750 full-time faculty members and 500 staff employees, and supports the education of over 20,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students.

As chief administrative and financial officer, the Vice Dean oversees thirteen direct reports and has general oversight and accountability for the work of an additional 150 administrative staff in academic departments whose major role is the performance of business functions. The Vice Dean has overall responsibility for the School budget of approximately $470 million.

Joining SAS during a time of transformation and innovation, the successful candidate will be a strong, strategic partner to the Executive Dean and senior leadership team. S/he will have a record of successful organizational decision-making and experience managing within a complex university, nonprofit, or business environment. The ideal candidate will have at least ten years of progressively responsible experience in financial operations and analysis, experience managing human resources processes and practices, a demonstrated commitment to the principles of diversity, and a strong grasp of technology.

The ideal candidate must be a thoughtful, articulate, inspiring leader who will work collaboratively with others across both SAS and Rutgers. S/he will be a creative, highly analytical individual with strong abstract reasoning skills who can relate well to people at all levels of the organization, demonstrating excellent communication and active listening skills. The successful candidate will have experience in helping to shape and drive ideas forward while simultaneously managing a staff and School toward desired outcomes. S/he will be a consensus builder who understands the importance of cultivating a congenial and cooperative working environment, someone who can bend when appropriate yet be firm and decisive when necessary. An undergraduate degree is required, and a graduate degree in finance, business administration, law, or a related area is preferred.


Inquiries, nominations, and letters of interest with a curriculum vitae may be sent in confidence to:

Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Partner

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates

Rutgers University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The University actively encourages applications and nominations of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities and applications from candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds.