Director of Academic Affairs and Business Development
Company: FAMILY INSTITUTE
Posted on: January 9, 2021
Description:INSTITUTIONAL OVERVIEWThe Office of the Chief
Academic Officer (CAO) oversees all academic and research endeavors
at The Family Institute at Northwestern University (TFI), which is
a collaborative effort between Northwestern University and TFI.
Located in its own building on the campus of Northwestern
University, TFI has a 50-year history of specializing in
systemically informed research, education, and clinical services
for individuals, couples and families. Through this unique
partnership, researchers and faculty members are employees of TFI
and hold ranked clinical appointments in the Department of
Psychology at Northwestern. TFI operates the Center for Applied
Psychological and Family Studies (CAPFS), which is an official
center at Northwestern University located in Weinberg College. All
researchers submit their research proposals to the NU IRB through
CAPFS. All graduate programs are operated in collaboration with The
Graduate School at Northwestern.SUMMARY DESCRIPTIONAs a member of
the CAO's senior leadership team, the Director of Academic Affairs
and Business Development will be responsible for overseeing the
business lifecycle of a program from idea generation to market
analysis to business planning to business development and
implementation. The Director is empowered to facilitate the
development and implementation of the Center's annual plan. The
Director oversees alignment of academic administrative operations
with the strategic initiatives of the Center for Applied
Psychological and Family Studies (CAPFS). The Director of is
responsible for developing and implementing current best practice
policies and systems in program management and operations to
support the growth and impact of the CAPFS. The ideal candidate
will embrace a growth mindset and have an entrepreneurial spirit as
the Center continues to grow and evolve.ESSENTIAL JOB
- Oversees, plans, and provides analysis for all financial and
accounting operations in CAPFS in coordination with the finance
department of TFI. This includes budgets, reconciliations,
projections, and working closely with members of TFI's finance
teams and senior leadership in CAPFS.
- Prepares detailed dashboards, models, presentations, and
financial studies of key variables in CAPFS's financial model.
Develops and utilizes forward-looking, predictive models and
financial analyses. This includes conducting proforma's for future
- Gather and analyze institutional data to inform strategic
decisions in resource allocation, as well as policy development and
implementation to meet the CAPFS' strategic and operational
- Ensures all programmatic processes are run efficiently, aligned
with TFI's strategic plan, and incorporating best practices.
- Serves as a liaison to different departments within TFI related
to finance and operations, including CAO's office colleagues,
departments and programs. Will also serve as a liaison to key
departments at Northwestern University including The Graduate
School, Weinberg College, Psychology Department, Office of
Research, and Central Administration (i.e., finance related
departments at Northwestern).
- Provide administrative support in the preparation and execution
of federal and non-federal research grants.
- Maintains continuous lines of communication, keeping all
stakeholders informed of all critical issues.Business Operations
- Actively seeks out new innovative opportunities as the Center
continues to grow and evolve. This includes being able to do a
market analysis and be able to do a programmatic and financial
- Develop the Center's approach to implementing the strategic
mission thru the annual plan. Promotes continuous improvement
processes by ensuring efficiency, transparency, and operational
excellence at all levels.
- Determine the optimal utilization of the staff budget to best
support the Center's faculty and students, as well as the CAO's
strategic initiatives. Conduct monthly budget variance analysis and
- Interprets and administers policy and related operational
- Partner with HR to implement ongoing employee engagement.
- Oversee the academic Operations team.
- Work with Center leadership and IT to provide input to the IT
annual plan.. Requirements:KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills, including
ability to gather a wide variety of input from diverse
constituencies and to communicate difficult decisions in ways that
contribute to a strong community.
- Experience effectively articulating the strategic plan of the
Center to internal and external partners.
- Highly developed analytical and data analysis skills, and
ability to drive effective use of data throughout the CAO's office
- Proven experience developing and communicating a strategic
vision for growing programs.
- Superior management and leadership skills, with the ability to
positively influence direct and indirect reports.
- Substantial experience with change management and
- Understanding of trends in higher education within the context
of an organization's overall strategic mission and goals.
- Cultural competence and strong commitment to diversity.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Outstanding
reasoning and judgement on complex issues.
- Experience developing, growing, and managing digital education
programs is a plus.MINIMUM HIRING SPECIFICATIONS
- An MBA is preferred. A Master's in Health Administration or
related field will also be considered.
- At least five years of management-level experience in higher
education administration, health care administration, or a related
field is required.
- Substantial experience in program management and financial
planning.THE FAMILY INSTITUTE AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY is
committed to strengthening and healing families and individuals
from all walks of life through clinical service, education and
research. As an affiliate of Northwestern University, no other
institution brings together such a concentration of knowledge,
expertise and academic credentials to help improve the lives of
people in Chicago and around the globe.The Family Institute is an
equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are
committed to creating an inclusive environment for all
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