Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Operations/Divisional Business Officer

The Johns Hopkins University   Baltimore, MD   Full-time     Finance
Posted on March 22, 2024
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The Johns Hopkins School of Education (SOE) seeks a collaborative and strategic leader to serve as its next Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Operations. The Senior Associate Dean is the designated Divisional Business Officer (DBO) for the School, serving as its chief financial and operating officer. Reporting directly to the Dean with a secondary reporting relationship to the University’s Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Senior Associate Dean will be responsible for strategically leading, planning, and organizing the School’s administrative functions.


With approximately 1,250 graduate students and over 80 faculty members, SOE is a vibrant academic community committed to excellence in both teaching and research. Established as a standalone division of Johns Hopkins University in 2007, SOE quickly emerged as a leading education school and sits at the top of national rankings. The School offers doctoral, master’s, and certificate degrees and houses five interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. The Senior Associate Dean will join SOE at a time of change and transformation and will have an opportunity to make a significant impact through strategic and financial planning, business process improvement, and operational leadership.


The next Senior Associate Dean will be a vital partner to academic and administrative leaders across SOE, providing high-level leadership and modeling excellence, equity, proactivity, creativity, and flexibility across all that they do. They will demonstrate an ability to lead high-functioning, diverse teams with trust and transparency while simultaneously working collaboratively with key groups of faculty, staff, and students to further the School’s mission. The successful candidate will bring financial, administrative, and technological acumen paired with an understanding of the School’s teaching and research missions.


Involved in the central operations of the School, the Senior Associate Dean will be responsible for developing and implementing policies and systems that support the evolution and impact of SOE, partnering closely with senior leadership on initiatives related to recruitment and retention, research support, and organizational structure. They will also work closely and develop strong working relationships with Divisional Business Officers from Johns Hopkins’ other academic and nonacademic units, namely University Finance and Administration. It will be important for the Senior Associate Dean to possess a sophisticated understanding of curriculum and sponsored research within the field of education, advocate for the needs of the School in relation to the larger institution, and employ political acumen to navigate the Johns Hopkins ecosystem.


The Johns Hopkins School of Education has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting this important search and to help identify outstanding candidates. All inquiries, applications, and nominations for this opportunity should be directed to the search firm as indicated below.


Dan Rodas, Partner

Tim Lanigan, Senior Associate

Amble Ryan, Senior Associate

Seema Khan, Senior Search Coordinator

Isaacson, Miller


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