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Business Officer
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Date Posted Jul. 10, 2018
Title Business Officer
University University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Department Finance and Administration Strategic Initiatives
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Buffalo, NY
    United States
  • Professional Staff
  • Fiscal Services

Position Summary
At the University at Buffalo, the Business Officer (UBO), reporting to the Dean, serves as the strategic partner providing leadership over budget and financial management, staffing, operations, stewardship and school accreditation. The UBO creates a vision and strategy that aligns with the Dean’s and University’s goals that drives decision making and problem resolution within the school.

  • Strategic business partner for budget and financial management. In this role, the UBO serves as the budgeting administrator for the school responsible for advancing financial and operational strategies; reporting, interpreting, and communicating accurate financial results; establishing and monitoring compliance with operational and capital budgets; serving as the primary risk manager and financial advisor for the school; overseeing the implementation and effectiveness of financial, information, and other control systems; ensuring compliance with contractual financial obligations; integrating and implementing financial strategies into organizational initiatives; and forecasting future revenue and expenditures to minimize financial risks.
  • Strategic business partner for HR, Facilities and Operations Administration. In this role, the UBO is responsible for planning and influencing HR activities related to the school including workforce planning, recruiting new talent, performance management, compensation planning and development of employees and teams. As the facilities and operations administrator, the UBO coordinates the school’s rehabs, moves and oversees facilities, space inventory and assignment.
  • Key member of the Dean’s Senior Management team. In this role, the UBO is the central point of contact representing the Dean’s initiatives and plans to both the university centralized services as well as departments within the School. Using expertise in organizational engagement, the UBO collaborates and builds consensus with departments on the School’s direction and approach, participates in strategic thinking and long term planning initiatives, and interacts with the University’s centralized services to ensure the School and University’s vision are practiced and in alignment. In collaboration with the Dean, regularly review requirements for accreditation to ensure continued compliance and accreditation for the School.

Join our team:
The University at Buffalo expects to have multiple openings in the summer and fall of 2018:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Law School

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is the largest academic unit at UB and comprises 28 departments, 16 programs, 23 centers & institutes, 2 galleries & the Center for the Arts. It is home to 1/3 of UB’s full-time faculty; 84% of undergraduates & more than 20% of graduate/professional students. CAS has a general operation budget of $100 Million.

The Graduate School of Education (GSE) has 4 major departments, offers 57 advanced degree programs, and 18 advanced graduate certificates. GSE has a strong online program and has a general operating budget of $14 million.

The School of Law is the only law school in the State University of New York system, has 5 curricular concentrations, 2 major programs, and 6 dual degree and interdisciplinary programs. The school has an operating budget of $15 million.

About UB

The University of Buffalo is an internationally renowned center for academic excellence and largest, most comprehensive public research university in the SUNY system. In 1990, UB was the first public university in the Northeast to be admitted into the Association of American Universities (AAU), joining North America’s other leading research universities.

With annual revenues that exceed $1.2 billion from all sources, UB and its affiliated entities generate an estimated economic impact of $1.7 billion annually in the state and region. The university’s total workforce of almost 6,800 full-time equivalent employees makes it one of the region’s largest employers. UB is also a leader and an active partner with the more than 20 public and private colleges and universities in the Buffalo Niagara region.

For more information about the University, please visit:

Buffalo: City of Good Neighbors

Buffalo is the second largest city in New York State, and was rated the 10th best place to raise a family in America by
Forbes magazine in 2010 due to its short commutes and affordability. Located in scenic Western New York, Buffalo is near the world-famous Niagara Falls. The city is renowned for its architecture and features excellent museums, dining, cultural attractions, and several professional sports teams, a revitalized downtown waterfront as well as a growing local tech and start-up community. Buffalo is home to Z80, a start-up incubator, and 43 North, the world’s largest business plan competition.

Minimum Qualifications
We are particularly looking for candidates who can operate effectively in a diverse community of faculty and staff and share our vision of helping all constituents reach their full potential. Successful candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field from an accredited institution. A master’s degree and/or CPA is preferred as well as five years progressively responsible experience managing and administering a successful business services program in a complex and distributed organization. Demonstrated experience leading change, designing business systems and processes, and engaging employees and customers in these activities is required.
Key attributes include accountability and judgment, communication, collaboration, leadership, and strategic thinking. The highest standards for personal and professional excellence and unquestionable integrity is a must.

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