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Director of Academic Affairs and Business Development

Company: FAMILY INSTITUTE
Location: Evanston
Posted on: January 9, 2021

Job Description:

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 RESPONSIBILITIESFinance

  • 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 academic programs.
  • 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 goals.
  • 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 proforma.
    • 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 identify outliers.
    • Interprets and administers policy and related operational matters
    • 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 and departments/programs.
      • 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 organizational structuring.
      • 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 employees.

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