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Director Business Affairs, UC Libraries

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


About the University of Cincinnati Libraries

The University of Cincinnati Libraries system consists of 13 libraries with a total of over 4.4 million volumes, over 150,000 serial subscriptions, thousands of full-text articles online and over 1.3 million e-books. UC Libraries is a founding member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and an active partner in regional, national and international academic and research library communities including OhioLINK, ALA/ACRL, SLA, AHSL and IFLA. UC Libraries has an annual operating budget of $22 million and includes 110 FTE positions. The Libraries’ rapidly expanding information technology infrastructure and digital-centric academic programs include: an open-source institutional repository using the Hydra/Fedora platform; a partnership with APTrust digital preservation consortium; the Innovative enterprise library system, Sierra; Serial Solution’s Summon discovery platform; Adobe’s CQ Web content management system; a robust Word Press blogs platform; a suite of STEM-centric support programs led by the information team; as well as library-lead Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship programs done in close collaboration with academic departments from humanities and social sciences.


The mission of the University of Cincinnati Libraries is to empower discovery, stimulate learning and inspire the creation of knowledge by connecting students, faculty, researchers and scholars to dynamic data, information and resources. In May 2014, UC Libraries launched its Stategic Plan, which outlines bold ambitions organized under four pillars of: Digital Technologies & Innovation, People, Space and Data to Information to Knowledge. Activities and successes derived from the four pillars will enable UC Libraries to achieve its vision to become “the globally engaged, intellectual commons of the university—positioning UC Libraries as the hub of collaboration, digital innovation and scholarly endeavor on campus.” Through the work of the Strategic Plan, and with the realization of the mission and vision, UC Libraries supports the six key focus areas outlined in the university’s Third Century initiative and reflected in the UC2019 Academic Master Plan: Optimizing our enrollment strategy; Building the resource base;  Investing in faculty; Leveraging our research; Re-imagining the student experience; Excelling in e-Learning.


Job Overview

The University of Cincinnati Libraries seeks a highly-motivated, strategically-thinking, organized and collaborative individual to lead the Finance and Accounting operations. The Director of Business Affairs has responsibility for the administration and direction of all aspects of a multi-functional Finance, Accounting, and operations, including assessment, evaluation and implementation of major programs and projects; development and communication of policies and procedures; management, planning and organization of multifunctional staff efforts. The Director of Business Affairs also provides management oversight to Human Resources operations. She/he is responsible for the development and control of substantial departmental budgets and resources. This position reports to the Dean and University Librarian and serves as a member of the Dean’s senior leadership team.

Essential Functions

Establish long-range objectives and specify the strategies and actions to achieve these objectives. Primary duties include:

  • Direct and manage UC Libraries and a newly established University of Cincinnati Libraries Press Finance and Accounting operations. The University of Cincinnati Libraries is a large and diversified academic unit with ten campus library locations, two branch libraries with a dotted line reporting relationship to UCL, and with an annual operating budget of $21M. The University of Cincinnati Press is part of University of Cincinnati Libraries operations.
  • Assure long-term financial strength and capacity of UC Libraries while maintaining flexibility to respond to program opportunities and financial contingencies as they arise.
  • Provide financial reports, forecasting and analysis of financial trends to assist the Dean and the senior leadership team in making decisions and allocating resources.
  • Advise the Dean and Dean’s senior leadership team on strategic issues and financial implications. Oversee long-term budgetary planning and cost management to assure alignment with the UC Libraries goals and strategic priorities.
  • Direct and manage annual budget formulation and implementation, maintain standard reports showing recent expenditures and current balances available for upcoming operations; monitor and oversee budgets as needed; oversee funding and spending compliance; work in conjunction with associate deans, managers and department heads to ensure fiscal compliance with federal, state and UC policies and procedures; develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance.
  • Provide oversight and guidance of UC Libraries grant management. Participate senior management’s decision on grant application. Support and manage the process formation of grant application. Ensure compliance with UC and UC Foundation’s grant policies and procedures; and ensure compliance of grant report to the funding agencies/foundations.
  • Design and maintain publishing accounting systems and policies for the University of Cincinnati Press, including setting up title-level cost accounting and royalty accounting systems. Establish review procedures for Press asset levels such as finished goods inventory and unpublished royalty advances. Work with University financial staff to ensure that the publishing-specific financial needs of the Press (such as the investment dynamics of the Press’s business cycle) are effectively integrated with University accounting requirements.
  • Design or assist in the development of an engaged workforce and process for the department that fulfills core functions in support of strategic directions and operational excellence. Provide leadership, mentorship and oversight of department personnel.

Essential Functions Continued

  • Responsible for all financial operations of the UC Libraries. The financial structure of UCL is complex and includes management of general, designated, gift, endowments, grants and plant funds.
  • Contribute to the reputation, credibility, and stature of UC Libraries by effective representation to University, peer libraries or other higher education institutions and associations. Serve on UC Libraries committees and University-wide committees as needed.
  • Promote, leverage, and celebrate diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Foster an atmosphere that is collegial, innovative, and entrepreneurial and that promotes and encourages a work environment that is recognized for the respect and support shown toward faculty and staff.

Required Education

Bachelor’s Degree must be in Business Administration or related field.

Required Experience

Seven (7) years of financial and administrative experience.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • MBA or graduate-level degree in Finance or Accounting is ideal.
  • Experience in strategic planning and execution with strong analytical skills and experience interpreting a strategic vision into an operational model.
  • Proven ability to successfully interact with a diverse group of people and leverage different backgrounds, opinions, and expertise.
  • Proven ability to lead and work in a team environment.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and nonverbal), diplomacy, discretion, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic environment with multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities.
  • Financial and administrative experience is required and must include three (3) years supervision.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 87607 


Director Business Affairs, UC Libraries

Date:  Aug 1, 2022

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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