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Business Operations Manager

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Business Operations Manager
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170184
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

This position reports to the CALS Executive Director, Business Operations and Strategic Initiatives and collaborates with department heads to provide leadership, consultation and responsibility for the financial and strategic operations of the departments of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science, Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Horticulture, (these three departments soon to form the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences), and Entomology.

The position will be responsible for the following:
• In collaboration with department heads, responsible for management, consultation and strategic application of all financial resources including salary budgets, operating and overhead funds, sponsored funding, VT Foundation accounts, payroll transactions, graduate assistantships and tuition scholarships.
• Assist in process redesign and streamlining to help departments maximize resources.
• Ensure compliance with Virginia Tech, College, and departmental policies and procedures related to finance and operations
• Provides long and short range strategic resource planning for departments including Partnership Incentive Based Budgeting forecasts and development of best practices.

Required Qualifications:

Advanced degree in business, finance, management, accounting, public administration or equivalent level of training and/or experience.
Experience with financial/budget preparation and analysis;
Experience compiling and analyzing fiscal data;
Ability to exercise judgment, make decisions, set priorities, interpret policies and procedures, work independently and communicate effectively;
Ability to organize, perform, and manage both financial and human resource related information.
Must be able to establish and maintain a positive image for the departments and the college

Preferred Qualifications:

Advanced degree in business or public administration,
Grants management experience,
Financial and/or Human Resources experience in a higher education setting,
Demonstrated knowledge of finance/HR systems and databases,
Demonstrated capacity for use of technology, including significant software skills.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

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Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Education/Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: CALS - Administration
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: A/P Faculty Work Schedule
Job Posting Date: 07/10/2017
Review Begin Date: 07/31/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
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