Position Overview:

Merrimack College has an opening for an Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance in the School of Liberal Arts. This position reports to the Dean and serves as a key strategic advisor to the Dean for all non-academic, operational matters.


This Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance is responsible for managing the administrative operations of the school, including, but not limited to: personnel management, faculty affairs, grant oversight, budget creation, financial management, and facilities projects. They partner with the Dean to develop and coordinate the school’s annual operating budget planning process, forecast and predict resource requirements, and develops funding strategies for new initiatives/programs.

Key duties:

● Manage operations related to human resources, budget, fiscal, and facilities approvals to support the school and college in achieving its goals.

● Oversee all school-wide financial processes; maintain financial records, manage contracts, approve vendor agreements.

● Assist faculty in the development of grant proposals, and manage the post-award grant process. Ensure compliance with the funder requirements and regulatory agencies.

● Work closely with individuals/units who process and record financial transactions to ensure timely and accurate financial information, to monitor accounts and resolve problems, to ensure compliance, and to safeguard resources and reduce risk.

● Serve as a strategic partner to the Dean and provide advice and data driven analysis on a wide variety of issues.

● Oversee the school’s information technology portfolio; advising on appropriate investments/improvements to support the school’s strategic priorities

● Serve as the school’s liaison to the Provost’s Office to coordinate planning and facilitate operational effectiveness and efficiency across the school.

● Represent the Dean and/or serve as college liaison to college units, committees, and task groups in areas of job responsibilities.

● Perform other duties as assigned.


● Master’s degree in a relevant field (i.e. Business Administration)

● Minimum five years related experience, preferably in the higher education field

● Thorough knowledge of business, financial reporting and analysis, budget development, grant management, and human resources practices

● Experience preparing budgets, modeling, forecasting and financial planning

● Advanced Microsoft skills essential (e.g., vlookup, pivot, etc.)

● Proven ability to maintain confidentiality in sensitive situations

● Ability to use tact, diplomacy and discretion with emphasis on flexibility and professionalism

● Proven ability to function effectively in an evolving and fast-paced environment

● Possess the political acumen and capacity to handle a large number of assignments with sensitivity to priorities, shifting demands, and consequences

● Experience and/or commitment to working with a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and administrators

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Application materials should include:

● CV or resume

● Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.

This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work

Unless otherwise stated above, this is an on-campus position. This is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.

Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

About Merrimack College

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260- acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 07/02/2022

Position Code: 477