Executive Director of Finance

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: College Station, TEXAS
Job Type: FullTime

Job Title

Executive Director of Finance


Texas A&M Engineering


Epo Asst. Dean For Finance

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

Why work for Texas A&M Engineering?

Who we are

Texas A&M Engineering is a large employer in the great and growing cities of Bryan/College Station, offering thousands of career opportunities in a wide variety of fields. We are deeply committed to recruiting and retaining a talented workforce that embraces our core values of respect, excellence, leadership, loyalty, integrity, and service. Texas A&M Engineering offers competitive salaries, full benefits, an extensive support network, and above all, an enriching and highly collaborative working community that is deeply passionate about our vision for higher education, research, and public service.

Job Description


The Executive Director of Finance, is responsible for providing leadership for the finance team within the assigned department to include planning, directing, and evaluation of financial operations.  This includes providing oversight of business activities strategic planning, budget administration, financial reporting and process improvement. The Executive Director will work with the departmental leadership on internal services to ensure standards of practice and department needs are being met, while collaborating with key engineering stakeholders to ensure timely, accurate and appropriate preparation and execution of actions. This individual serves as the primary to track prominent financial issues, actions and priorities The Executive Director will manage the response and planning for business needs as directed by the assigned department head in collaboration with the Texas A&M College of Engineering, Assistant Dean of Finance and Director of Engineering Business Services.


Operations and Support 60%

  • Direct the implementation of internal operations as outlined by the CFO, the Assistant Dean of Finance and the Director of Engineering Business Services while coordinating with departmental leadership to execute initiatives on behalf of the department head. 
  • Responsible for prioritization, management, compliance with applicable guidelines, tracking and providing timely responses to the department head.
  • Anticipates, identifies, and troubleshoots issues of concern or significance to ensure the successful implementation of day-to-day business services operations.
  • Monitors business performance, identifies constraints, facilitates collaboration and communication, promotes and monitors customer service, consolidating individual elements to harmonize efforts and work to create successful outcomes. 
  • Acts as the central point of coordination for the Engineering Business Services team and the departmental faculty and staff to assist in gaining timely information and responses to speed up resolution of issues.
  • Participates in regular meetings with departmental leadership and executes communication strategies to identify departmental needs, priorities, and feedback mechanisms (internal and external).

Supervision, Training, and Mentoring 20%

  • Develops standard operating procedures for staff, in collaboration with Engineering Business Services leads, to ensure best practices are followed for consistency and compliance.
  • Works to develop department Engineering Business Services team members with support for career development; succession planning for team.
  • Manages the business operations of designated department; develops goals and objectives for business staff.
  • Participates in the hiring and training of subordinate business staff.
  • Trains staff on new and existing procedures.

Collaboration and Customer Service 15%

  • Establish working relationships with key stakeholders, including department head(s), faculty and other Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station administrative offices.
  • Serves as conduit with appropriate administrative units including Human Resources & Payroll, Texas A&M University FMO & Engineering Fiscal, Sponsored Research Services, A&M Foundation, to ensure policies, procedures and practices are in place to support and enhance high-quality service and efficient business practices.
  • Promotes exceptional customer service.

Other Duties 5%

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

What we need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in applicable field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ten years of related experience.

What is helpful:

  • Master’s Degree in applicable field or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Experience in administering sponsored research contracts and grants, preferably in higher education.
  • Experience with TAMUS applications: FAMIS/Canopy Aggiebuy, Concur, Compass, MAESTRO and Workday
  • Experience in assisting faculty with sponsored research contracts and grants, preferably in higher education.
  • Supervisory/Mentoring/Training experience preferred.
  • Significant financial administration experience, preferably in higher education.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of academic budgeting and financial management in higher education.
  • Executive leadership skills
  • Interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to track and multitask
  • Ability to build strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

Work Location:

  • Main Campus – College Station, TX.

Texas A&M Engineering provides an outstanding benefits package including but not limited to:

  • Competitive health benefits.
  • Generous paid vacation, sick time, and holidays.
  • Vision, Dental, Life, and Long-Term Disability insurance options.
  • Teachers Retirement System of Texas (TRS), a defined benefit retirement plan with 8% employer contribution.
  • Additional Voluntary Retirement Programs: Tax Deferred Account 403(b) and a Deferred Compensation Program 457(b).
  • Flexible spending account options for medical and childcare expenses
  • Robust free training access through LinkedIn Learning plus professional development opportunities.
  • Tuition assistance https://engineering.tamu.edu/information/esac/educational-assistance-programs.html
  • Wellness program release time offered to employees to promote work/life balance.

Helpful Applicant Information

Required Materials for Application:

  • Resume/CV
  • Three work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor/former supervisor.
  • Letter of interest

Compensation Philosophy:

  • Recruit and retain high-performing workforce through competitive compensation and career development including career pathing, coaching and skills development.
  • Offer total rewards through competitive and equitable pay, flexible benefits, professional development, performance recognition and work-life balance.
  • Ensure resources are readily available and utilized to attract and retain the highest quality researchers, faculty, and staff.  Exemplify equal pay for equal work, with allowable pay differences based on factors not prohibited by law.

Employment Eligibility Verification

  • If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in delay of start date.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

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