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Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Operations (Divisional Business Officer)

Position Specification


Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Operations

(Divisional Business Officer)


Johns Hopkins University


Baltimore, Maryland

Reporting Relationship

Primary Reporting Relationship: Christopher Morphew, Dean


Secondary Reporting Relationship: Daniel Ennis, University Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration



Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins University is America’s first research university founded with the goal to encourage research and advance not only the knowledge of its students but human knowledge in general. The University was established in 1876 by Johns Hopkins, Baltimore’s greatest philanthropist who willed his $7 million estate to fund the University and the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Johns Hopkins University enrolls more than 24,000 full-time and part-time students throughout nine academic divisions. While Baltimore is the university’s hometown, there are campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area and international locations, including Bologna, Italy and Nanjing, China. Johns Hopkins is also home to the nation’s largest university affiliated research center, the Applied Physics Laboratory. Faculty and students conduct research on six continents; and more than 20 percent of the university’s students come from countries outside of the United States. Divisions of the University include: The Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering and the School of Education located on the Homewood Campus in Baltimore, MD; the School of Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the School of Nursing located in East Baltimore; the Peabody Institute located in downtown Baltimore and the Carey Business School is located in the Inner Harbor area; the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.; and the Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.

The 6,500 faculty and 24,000 students study, teach, and learn in and across more than 260 programs regularly recognized as being among the nation’s best. JHU's undergraduate education is ranked 11th among U.S. "national universities" by U.S. News & World Report for 2018.

The impact of Johns Hopkins reaches into nearly every corner of the globe, conducting research, training, and education at more than 1,300 sites in more than 134 countries. More than 400 undergraduate students study abroad in dozens of countries each year, and more than 193,000 JHU alumni live in 175 countries. Examples of global reach include: the School of Advanced International Studies has campuses on three continents; Jhpiego, a nonprofit health organization affiliated with the university, focuses on improving the health of women and families in more than 155 developing countries; and the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health works to address pressing global health challenges, such as HIV/AIDs and tuberculosis.

Under President Ronald J. Daniels’ leadership, the university is focusing on four major priorities through the remainder of the decade, collectively called the Ten by Twenty. The four priorities are: One University, Individual Excellence, Commitment to our Communities and Institution Building.

The School of Education

As one of nine schools within one of the most highly regarded and well-funded research institutions in the world, the highly-ranked School of Education engages in research, teaching, and service marked by a relentless focus on the improvement of educational and clinical institutions and these institutions’ eventual beneficiaries: individuals, communities and nations. The school employs robust research methodologies, an entrepreneurial spirit and a non-ideological stance to solve real-world problems.

The School of Education, with an annual revenue of over $61 million, is consistently ranked among the top graduate schools of education in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and was recently ranked #15 in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The School’s research expenditures are typically among the top 10 nationally. Sponsored research revenue for fiscal year 2018 is $24 million.

Programs in the School of Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The School enrolls approximately 2600 full- and part-time students, with annual tuition revenue over $33 million, in a diverse set of master’s, doctoral, and graduate certificate programs, some of which are offered online. Currently, there are 70 promotion-eligible, full-time faculty and over 150 full- and part-time faculty.

Four research and development centers support the school’s work: The Center for Research and Reform in Education, Center for Social Organization of Schools, Center for Technology in Education, and Institute for Education Policy. Each delivers evidence-based research and policy work that helps to improve schools and state and national systems of education.

One of the School’s prominent community outreach efforts is the administration and operation of Henderson-Hopkins K-8 public school in East Baltimore. Henderson-Hopkins serves more than 500 students in a new facility that serves as an anchor of the University’s East Baltimore Development Initiative.

The School of Education’s physical locations include The Education Building, which is part of the Baltimore Homewood campus, and the Columbia Center. The Education Building, formerly Seton High School, was renovated into a modern academic facility in 2008. The building integrates historical elements and the latest in learning technology. The Columbia Center has served adult students in the region since 1974.

Dean Christopher Morphew

Dean Christopher Morphew joined the Johns Hopkins University School of Education on August 1, 2017. Dean Morphew is the former Executive Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at the University of Iowa’s College of Education. In his time at University of Iowa, he oversaw a rapid expansion of the College of Education’s research agenda. He introduced new collaborative efforts between the college and faculty members elsewhere in the university and implemented new policies to assess faculty work and incentivize external funding. Dean Morphew has also held tenured positions at the University of Georgia and University of Kansas, and served as a visiting professor and Leiv Eiriksson Scholar at the University of Oslo. He earned a Ph.D. in social sciences and education from Stanford University, as well as degrees from Harvard University and the University of Notre Dame.

Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration, Daniel G. Ennis

Daniel G. Ennis became the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration at Johns Hopkins University in August 2010, reporting to President Ronald J. Daniels.

In this role, Mr. Ennis serves as the university’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. As CFO, he oversees the offices of the controller; internal audits; investment management; planning and budget; and treasury. As COO, he is responsible for the functions related to corporate security, facilities and real estate, human resources, information technology, purchasing and risk management.

Working with the provost, Mr. Ennis has led a number of initiatives across the institution including the completion of a comprehensive financial risk/liquidity assessment, the creation of an institutional risk management program, the completion of a comprehensive review of benefits, the launch of a university-wide administrative excellence initiative and a significant expansion of the university’s economic inclusion program.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Ennis had served since 2007 as Harvard Medical School’s Executive Dean for Administration. Before joining Harvard Medical School, he worked in various key leadership roles at Harvard University, including the Associate Vice President for Finance and Financial Planning, Interim Director of Treasury Management and Director of Budgets, Financial Planning and Institutional Research.


Johns Hopkins University invites nominations and applications for the newly-created position of Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Operations which is the Divisional Business Officer for the School, and as such, serves at the CFO and COO of the School. Reporting directly to the Dean with a secondary reporting relationship to the University’s Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Senior Associate Dean will be responsible for strategically leading, planning and organizing the administrative functions of the School.

In collaboration with the Dean and other school leaders, the Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Operations will define key strategic goals by leading management efforts that are responsive to the overall academic priorities and initiatives of the School. These efforts will play a key role in developing the School’s analytics capacity, making the School’s finance operations more strategic, and ensuring data-driven decision-making.

In the role of Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Operations, the successful candidate will develop critical operational and financial policies, systems, and initiatives essential to creating a sustainable business model for the School. The Senior Associate Dean leads the development and annual updating of the School’s five-year strategic plan and participates in the presentation of this to University leadership.

The Senior Associate Dean will have operational oversight for the administrative areas of Finance, Human Resources, Payroll, Student Accounts, Campus Operations, Institutional Research, and may include some oversight of Information Technology functions. The selected candidate is responsible for promoting the ongoing learning and development of their staff and will serve as a key advisor to the Dean and members of the Dean’s senior management team.

The Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Operations is expected to occupy a prominent leadership role in the School and at the University level, to represent the School’s interests effectively, and collaborate with peers in the other schools and business units on enterprise-level administrative planning.

The Senior Associate Dean works collaboratively with key members of leadership across the institution, including deans, directors, affiliated divisions, institutions, legal advisors, and University Administrative Staff, as well as School of Education faculty and staff.


  • Works closely with the Dean and school leaders in setting plans and budgets to ensure that strategic objectives and initiatives across the School of Education are successfully implemented, managed and maintained in order to promote a competitive advantage.
  • Develops and coordinates the school’s annual academic and operating budget planning process, forecasts and predicts resource requirements for new and existing programs, and develops funding strategies.
  • Develops analytical tools to measure and improve the efficiency of key operational functions.
  • Works on faculty proposals, special initiatives, and faculty target and operating budget submissions in collaboration with the Dean
  • Evaluates and advises on the impact of short and long-range planning, and the implementation of new programs and strategies.
  • Creates and maintains a sound financial environment, which includes good business practices. Works closely with unit administrators 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 risks.
  • Ensures that the School of Education is a proactive, campus leader in its implementation of new and innovative financial analyses and administrative strategies to maximize all resources.
  • Evaluates and makes recommendations for operational efficiencies across areas and leverages solutions around system management and technology.
  • Advises the Dean on allocation of funding, hiring plans, annual planning activities, revenue generation and cost reduction strategies.
  • Serves as direct supervisor of Finance, Human Resources, Campus Operations, Student Accounts, Institutional Research and some aspects of Information Technology by setting performance direction, conducting annual reviews and providing general day-to-day guidance as needed.
  • Sponsors and supports initiatives and efforts to attract and retain excellent staff, and develop and maintain effective and responsive administrative operations throughout the School.
  • Ensures ethical administrative, financial and business practices in keeping with National Association College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) standards and General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Serves on special committees and support strategic projects within the School of Education and for broader university-wide initiatives, at the request of the Dean or senior leadership.


  • At least five years (10 years preferred) of progressively responsible financial and business operations experience, preferably in a large, complex and decentralized organization.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the mission of research and teaching in a premier university.
  • Ability to inspire trust and work collegially with staff, faculty members, school and campus officers, university administrators, alumni, students, benefactors, and business partners.
  • Demonstrated strategic leadership, planning, change management and process improvement skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve consensus and influence a wide range of people at various levels to achieve results in a collaborative decision-making environment.
  • Strong supervisory abilities and proven experience in managing and developing high performance teams.
  • Advanced financial expertise in accounting, budget planning, and financial forecasting.
  • Advanced expertise in grants and contract administration.
  • Ability to analyze data for budgeting, operations, auditing, accounts receivable, and reserve analysis. •Extraordinary attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Outstanding writing skills required to create compelling and widely read budget requests, funding agreements and policy documents.
  • Unquestionable integrity, strong work ethic and resiliency required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, and ability to attract and lead a diverse workforce.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Management, Administration or a related field
  • Master’s degree strongly preferred
  • CPA or CMA preferred

This position specification is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The University promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans. Johns Hopkins University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.



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