Business Officer, College of Allied Health Sciences

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Cincinnati, OHIO

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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 $1.8 billion.


About the College of Allied Health Sciences

Interdisciplinary by design, the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) encompasses four academic units and 33 graduate and undergraduate programs of study. CAHS includes departments of rehabilitation, exercise and nutrition sciences, communication sciences and disorders, clinical and health information sciences, and the school of social work. CAHS's audiology, physical therapy, speech/language pathology, and social work graduate programs have risen in the most recent US News and World Report rankings, and it was the only allied health science college to be awarded the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award. The college's research expenditures have grown significantly over the past five years and now exceed $5 million annually.


The College's mission is to prepare graduates through innovative and engaging learning experiences AND contribute research and scholarly works to advance the fields within CAHS. The college aims to be a nationally recognized leader in education, research, service, and collaboration to optimize the health and wellbeing of those we serve.

Job Overview

CAHS seeks an experienced and accomplished Business Officer. The Business Officer will report directly to the Dean of CAHS and be responsible for a broad range of fiscal activities, including grant and human resource oversight to ensure effective operations and the achievement of organization objectives in a cost effective and compliant manner. The Business Officer is an integral member of the CAHS senior leadership team and leads the college business office. The financial structure of CAHS is complex and includes management of general funds, research expenditures, and designated gift funds, many of which are endowed.


Specifics of this position include annual budget formulation and implementation, monitor all aspects of Performance Based Budgeting (PBB) process (including forecasting), annually analyze individual programs' revenue margins to maintain a balanced budget, analyze accounting records and other data to determine the financial resources required to implement programs, coordinate the finances of the college's 10 online programs in conjunction with the Cincinnati Online business officer, prepare regular and special reports and financial analysis and modeling for proposed initiatives for the dean, provide insightful observations/ideas in a coherent and compelling manner to constituents, and provide oversight and technical assistance with cost analysis, fiscal allocation, and budget preparation with unit financial staff.


The Business Officer will serve as financial advisor to the dean and is responsible for working with the college administrators to develop ways to improve efficiency and reduce expenses, conduct cost-benefit analyses, review financial requests, explore alternative financing methods, and ensure college policies and procedures comply with university Collective Bargaining Agreements and external funding agencies. Finally, the Business Officer has direct supervision of the financial administrators embedded in the academic units as well as the business, HR, and grants administration staff in the Dean's Office.

Essential Functions
  • Responsible for long-range financial and strategic planning as well as overseeing the day-to-day business operations.
  • Formulate budget and monitor expenditures in accordance with university rules, and federal and state regulations.
  • Responsible for the management of complex budgets. Responsible for the management and oversight of both general funds and development funds. May be responsible for managing grant funding.
  • Advise college/unit leadership and other leaders in the university on financial and administrative matters.
  • Ensure effective operation of the school/unit’s finances and administrative operations in order to achieve objectives.
  • Responsible for ensuring the college/unit is following appropriate spending, contracting and reconciliation protocols including compliance with university guidelines.
  • Provide regular budget and expense reports for each area within the college/unit including providing support for members of the leadership team in reviewing in interpreting the reports.
  • Manage Human Resources function to ensure that the college/unit has an appropriate and diverse workforce including oversight of organizational development, position planning, recruitment and hiring, training and staff development, and evaluation. Provide oversight for performance management and escalated employee relation cases.
  • Primary operations officer for college/unit, assuming responsibility of space planning, renovations, liaison on maintenance and housekeeping.
  • May manage technology strategies and operations for the college/unit including desktop support staff and operations.
  • May provide general oversight for other administrative and business units.
  • Evaluate operational activities to ensure compliance and make recommendations.
  • Manage and direct special projects on behalf of the Dean/unit Vice President or Vice Provost.
  • Serve as liaison with internal and external constituents.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need.

Required Education

Bachelor's Degree must be in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or related field.  

Required Experience

Seven (7) years of relevant work experience to include three (3) years supervision.

Additional Qualifications Considered
  • Master's Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or related field.  
  • Experience managing large, complex budgets and financials within higher education.
  • The Business Officer should be able to effectively communicate complex fiscal data in a clear and concise manner and provide financial information to support decisions to or not to expend funds based on cost benefit analyses.
  • Knowledge of management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership techniques, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Knowledge of university policies and procedures is highly desirable along with experience in university financial management.

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.


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