Business Administrator 3 (Director of Operations)

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: University Park, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


The College of Education is looking for a dynamic and energetic individual to join the Office of the Dean as the Director of Operations. Penn State and the College of Education is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. The College of Education ( at Penn State was established in 1923 to deepen and extend knowledge about the formation and utilization of human capabilities. It offers resident degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as an extensive outreach effort aimed at continuing professional development for educators at distant locations. The College, located within a large, research oriented, land-grant University, is committed to making life better for all citizens. As such, the College is seeking a Director or Operations to provide strategic oversight and direction to the functional areas of communication, information technology, facilities, and the Dean's administrative assistant staff. This new position reports directly to the Dean of the College. With the support of the Dean's Executive Assistant, the Director of Operations coordinates the execution of College-wide projects undertaken by the Dean as well as handling questions, concerns, issues and requests on the Dean's behalf. The Director of Operations works to improve processes and guidelines and directs and leads long term organizational planning projects and serves as a member of the Dean's senior leadership team. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus seven years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate must be a self-starter with excellent communications skills, writing skills and supervisory/management experience. Excellent project management skills and organizational skills with the ability to multi-task is necessary. Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with senior level officials within the College and University; ability to work quickly and accurately under deadline pressures. Applicants for this position should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their department/workplace. Penn State ( is a comprehensive, multi-campus research university serving all regions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as the nation and the world in instruction, research, and service roles that require responsiveness to and support from society's public and private sectors. As a land-grant university, Penn State is responsible for providing a wide array of programs in the professional and technical disciplines, as well as a balanced offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences. The University Park campus is located within State College, PA, which was recently ranked number 5 in a ranking of top college towns by the American Institute for Economic Research, and number 15 in a ranking of the Safest College Towns in America by Safewise. Located in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains, in Centre County, Pennsylvania, employment at Penn State offers an incredible opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the central Pennsylvania outdoors combined with all the culture, sports, and entertainment a large university community can bring, and is within drivable distance from Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New York City. The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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