Associate Dean for Finance and Administration

The Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University seeks an Associate Dean for Finance and Administration (Divisional Business Officer). This individual will report to the Dean of the Peabody Institute, Fred Bronstein, and will have a secondary reporting relationship with the University Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, Daniel Ennis. This role is based in Baltimore, Maryland.



Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins University is America’s first research university founded with the goal to encourage research and advance not only the knowledge of its students but human knowledge in general. The University was established in 1876 by Johns Hopkins, Baltimore’s greatest philanthropist who willed his $7 million estate to fund the university and the Johns Hopkins Hospital.


The Peabody Institute

In recent years the Peabody Institute has been repositioning itself in the world of music conservatories, its home community of Baltimore, and within the multi-faceted framework of the renowned Johns Hopkins University, with which it has been affiliated since 1977. Founded in 1857, Peabody is the oldest conservatory in the nation and has a storied history.


Position Summary

Johns Hopkins University invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Dean for Finance and Administration which is the Divisional Business Officer for the Institute, and as such, serves as the CFO with oversight of key administrative functions. Reporting directly to the Dean with a secondary reporting relationship to the University’s Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Associate Dean will be responsible for strategically leading, planning, and organizing the administrative functions of the Institute.


The Associate Dean will manage Finance, Human Resources, Payroll, Student Accounts, Facilities, Security, and Information Technology.  This position is responsible for promoting the ongoing learning and development of their staff and is a key member of the Dean’s executive team.


Education and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Management, Administration or a related field
  • Master’s degree strongly preferred
  • CPA or CMA preferred
  • Appreciation for music, especially classical, jazz and/or dance
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible financial and business operations experience, preferably in a large and complex organization
  • Ability to think and plan strategically and possess a leadership style that works in collaboration with a wide variety of constituencies, building good working relationships using excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, tact and persuasion;
  • Strong supervisory abilities and proven experience in managing and developing high performance teams within a highly change oriented culture;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to inspire trust and work collegially with staff, faculty members, school and campus officers, university administrators, alumni, students, benefactors, and business partners;
  • Advanced financial expertise in accounting, budget planning, and financial forecasting;
  • Ability to analyze data for budgeting, operations, auditing, accounts receivable, and reserve analysis;
  • Extraordinary attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Outstanding writing skills required to create compelling and widely read budget requests, funding agreements, and policy documents;
  • Unquestionable integrity, strong work ethic, and resiliency required;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, and ability to attract and lead a diverse workforce.


The Search

Johns Hopkins University has retained Park Square Executive Search to assist in the search for the associate dean for finance and administration at the Peabody Institute. Nominations, inquiries, and applications may be sent in confidence to:


Jonathan Fortescue, Managing Partner or

Ashley David, Associate

+1 617 391 9165




Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The University promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans. Johns Hopkins University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.