Associate Vice President of Business Operations, Health Sciences

The University at Buffalo (UB) invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Vice President of Business Operations, Health Sciences (AVPBO).

Reporting to the Vice President for Health Sciences (VPHS) / Dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (VPHS/Dean) and as a member of the VPHS/Dean’s senior leadership team, the AVPBO will serve as the principal liaison of financial planning and information between the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences/Dean and the UB Office of Vice President for Finance and Administration, the UB Office of the Vice President and Chief Information Officer, the UBMD practice plans, the office of Graduate Medical Education and our affiliated health care partners, related to administrative planning and operations.

As the principal strategic partner in the integration of clinical and academic administrative operations, the AVPBO will work alongside VPHS, Jacobs School and UBMD leadership to identify and maximize opportunities for improvements and efficiencies to support the school’s strategic plan, goals, and objectives. This will include facilitation of recruitments spanning multiple entities by acting as conduit for recruitment between the Jacobs School, UBMD, UBA and our clinical partners to ensure recruitments are seamless, timely and promote synergy across the tripartite missions of clinical, research, and education. This will also encompass working collaboratively with the Graduate Medical Education senior leadership team and clinical/hospital partners to ensure effective financial and business operations and appropriate support for our residents.

Under the Office of the Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the AVPBO serves as the chief administrative officer for the Jacobs School, overseeing the Jacobs School Office of Resource Management, Jacobs School Facilities Planning and Management Officer and the Jacobs School Office of Medical Computing.  The AVPBO will be charged with advancing financial and operational strategies for the Jacobs School and overseeing the implementation and effectiveness of financial, information, and other control systems by forecasting future revenue and expenditures to minimize financial risks to the organization. The AVPBO will also promote collaborative and cohesive operations across the Jacobs School’s clinical and academic continuum, including the coordination of information technology (Office of Medical Computing), facilities, and business systems, as well as the strategic recruitment of faculty and physician leadership positions.

The AVPBO will also participate in strategic planning and long-term planning initiatives, will demonstrate expertise in organizational engagement and consensus building, and will work collaboratively to provide the administrative infrastructure to sustain academic, research, and clinical excellence through partnerships with internal and external stakeholders throughout UB, UBMD and among our clinical partners.  

We are particularly looking for candidates who can operate effectively in a diverse community of faculty and staff and who 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 and at least five years of progressively responsible experience managing and administering a successful business services program in a complex and distributed organization. Demonstrated experience leading change, promoting a diverse workforce, optimizing business systems, processes and reporting tools and engaging faculty and staff in these activities is required. Demonstrated understanding of the application of healthcare finance and academic medicine and demonstrated competence in health care payment models, value-based care models, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, medical billing, accounting, health systems organizational models is also required.


The University at Buffalo has engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of this position. Katie Dean, Associate Partner, and Thomas Lapierre, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Please direct all inquiries, nominations, and applications (resumes and letters of interest) electronically and in confidence to Thomas Lapierre at


Salary for the role is competitive and commensurate with experience.


The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal, including veterans and individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.