• Chief Business Officer, LGS

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Graduate School
    GRS: Dean's Office
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Not Applicable
    Job Category
    Revenue Cycle & Managed Care
  • Description



    Reporting to the Dean of the Laney Graduate School (LGS), the VP for Finance/CFO and the Chief University Budget Officer/Senior Vice Provost, has primary responsibility for planning, administering and monitoring the financial policies and procedures, business-related functions and budgeting processes supporting the operations of the LGS and for planning and managing budgetary activities for the school. Advises the Dean on matters associated with financial and business operations. Collaborates with the Office of the Provost and with financial and operational colleagues throughout Emory University (EUV). Is responsible for advancing the University mission and the School's priorities in ways that are consistent with the University's policies and in accordance with their institutional fiduciary responsibilities. Has responsibility and accountability for transactional and functional fiscal activities. Participates in the strategic planning process and in the development of operational policies and procedures. Develops and documents financial and accounting policies, procedures and practices of the LGS, including the Graduate Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS). Develops and proposes a series of financial metrics and benchmarks to monitor the financial strength of the LGS.


    Provides leadership and participates in long-range financial planning, trending, and budgeting. Analyzes and presents financial trends and generates executive summaries of consolidated and unit specific financial reports. Prepares recommendations regarding the appropriate use of budgets/funds. Researches and assists in forecasting the financial impact of changes to programs. Assesses cash needs, manages cash flow and maximizes the appropriate use of funds. Ensures that business operations are efficient, effective and compliant. Approves financial transactions in accordance with University policy. Reviews and authorizes all applications for purchasing cards, travel cards or other credit mechanisms. Implements investigative, reporting and remedial action as a result of budget, internal audit or financial reviews that reveal a potential violation or issue in the LGS. Serves as a liaison to the University's Risk Management office. Finalizes budgets, conducts feasibility analyses, researches and drafts business processes, and performs comprehensive operational assessments of business units. Evaluates and recommends funding levels for various business operations, programs, projects and grant proposals. Ensures compliance in the use of operational, project and grant budgets. Monitors, develops and facilitates action plans to address deficit accounts. Tracks and addresses funds flow and cash reserves.


    Prepares materials and keeps leadership informed about budgets, funds flow, accounts, surpluses, deficits, and other financial affairs. Collaborates with others to facilitate projects and ensure timelines and action plans are accomplished. Communicates, trains and informs LGS and non-LGS personnel of pertinent accounting structure, policies, procedures and other financial developments. Maintains and coordinates computer-based accounting systems and any changes or improvements to those systems. Develops and prepares financial, operational and statistical reports. Reviews financial and statistical reports, summarizes trends, and recommends actions to take. Leads ongoing financial operations and reporting processes in the LGS. Develops short and long term financial goals, and implements fiscal policies to support the financial viability of the organization. Strengthens communication with program financial contacts and builds campus contacts. Implements and maintains effective internal controls. Has responsibility for the prevention of fraud, abuse or financial conflict of interests in the LGS. Establishes and maintains relationships with auditors and other constituents. Ensures the integrity and accuracy of financial information and reporting. May represent the organization in external financial or business activities. Develops a comprehensive set of performance measures for finance staff. Hires, supervises, trains and evaluates staff. Oversees, coordinates and manages special projects. Performs related responsibilities as required.



    Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or business administration and seven years of financial, accounting, budgeting or related experience.

    MBA and some higher education experience preferred.


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