Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Planning

University of Virginia

College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Planning


The Opportunity

The University of Virginia seeks an experienced and strategic leader with the energy and drive to become the next Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Planning for the College and Graduate School of Arts & Science. As a key advisor to the Dean and senior non-academic officer, this position plays a central role in developing and executing the vision and strategic academic plan for the School.


The Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Planning reports directly to the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (The College) Ian Baucom and provides leadership of the finance and administrative functions of the School. The Senior Associate Dean oversees the management of financial resources, including forecasting, budgeting, risk management, reporting, and compliance. They ensure current and future operational, facilities (including construction and renovation projects), and staff human resources needs are met.


The Senior Associate Dean also works extensively with the College Foundation to reinforce and strengthen the financial position of the School. This individual will interact regularly with faculty, staff, University administration, Trustees of the College Foundation, and a wide variety of external stakeholders. They also serve as a visible and active member of the University community on a variety of College and University committees.


The Senior Associate Dean will join the University at a time of celebration, opportunity, new leadership and a shared sense of vision. The University welcomed its ninth president, James E. Ryan, in August of 2018, and welcomed its new provost M. Elizabeth (Liz) Magill and new Chief Operating Officer J.J. Davis in 2019. This year also begins the execution of the University’s 10-year strategic plan Great and Good, 2030 Strategic Plan and the launch of its $5B Honor the Future Campaign.


The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

At its core, the College believes a good liberal arts education must provide students with an extensive base of intellectual content and skills that enables them to explore ideas, evaluate evidence critically,  draw reasoned conclusions, and communicate one’s thoughts in a clear, coherent manner. Such abilities are particularly important in a world in which knowledge and professions are changing  rapidly, and the United States is increasingly part of a global social and economic network. A good  liberal arts education thus demands not only rigor and depth but also sufficient breadth to expose  students to a wide range of subjects and methods of studying them.


The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is the largest of UVA’s 12 schools and offers over 50 undergraduate majors and more than two dozen graduate programs. Our many courses span the entire range of liberal arts, including the social sciences, arts, humanities, and physical sciences, with many opportunities for interdisciplinary studies as well.


The University of Virginia

The University of Virginia was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 to advance human knowledge, educate leaders and cultivate an informed citizenry. Over the past three decades, U.S. News & World Report has continually ranked UVA among the top four public universities. The University of Virginia consistently ranks among the top 30 of the nation’s public and private universities combined. We are a thriving and diverse global community of nearly 54,000 students, faculty and staff. University students hail from virtually every state in the nation, and 111 countries and our 220,000 alumni around the world actively support our mission to serve the greater good.


In 1987, UNESCO named Jefferson’s Academic Village at the University of Virginia a World Heritage Site. This rare distinction – bestowed in conjunction with Monticello – marks the world’s most culturally significant landmarks. In fact, UVA is one of only two such sites still used for its original purpose. Today, Jefferson’s Academical Village continues to bring his vision to life and the  Rotunda – originally the University’s library – remains the heart of UVA. The Lawn, a central feature of UVA’s Grounds, retains the unique pavilions and student living quarters originally sketched by Jefferson and plays a major role in the University’s community.


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The Candidate Profile

The successful candidate possesses a demonstrated record of creative, inspiring and accomplished leadership in complex environments with the highest level of commitment to advancing the mission of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Science. The Senior Associate Dean will be a strategic financial leader with notable executive-level business experience in the public, nonprofit, and/or private sectors. Ideally, they will have extensive knowledge of the academic environment.


Professional Experience

  • Successful experience working effectively as part of an executive leadership team characterized by
  • trust, open communication, and shared goals
  • Proven success building diversity and instilling values related to equity and inclusion
  • Knowledge of Responsibility Centered Management Budgeting preferred
  • Experience working with a Development organization is a plus
  • Optimizing enterprise performance on multiple dimensions including mission, values, and finances
  • Driving strategic resource planning and budgeting, operations, and risk management, as well as developing decision support analytics and systems to support these activities
  • In-depth knowledge of financial modeling, internal controls, and financial reporting
  • Effectiveness in managing and motivating others
  • Successful working with multiple constituencies and within layered governance structures
  • Developing highly effective communication processes and building strong working relationships at all levels of an organization
  • Master’s degree strongly preferred, ideally in a related field such as administration or finance


Interpersonal Characteristics

  • Exceptional personal and professional integrity
  • Thoughtful, transparent and collaborative
  • Excellent verbal and written communicator
  • Curious, creative and innovative thinking
  • Actively listens and learns
  • Ability to influence at all levels
  • High energy, drive, and internal motivation, and a good sense of humor


To Apply or Nominate:

To learn more about this opportunity and the search committee, please visit:


Please submit applications to UVA’s Workday portal. Applications should include a letter of interest and resume and three references. The search will be carried out with full confidentiality; candidates will be notified before references are contacted.


For confidential inquiries or to nominate someone for this opportunity, please contact Jeremy Duff, Recruiting Director, with UVA’s Executive Search Group, 


The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply