Assistant Chair / Department Administrator



The Assistant Chair/Department Administrator directs human resources, finance and budgeting, strategic planning, and department operations, as well as acting as a representative of both the Department and College both within and outside UAMS. In helping to fulfill the mission of UAMS, the Department Administrator has administrative authority over the Department’s research, educational, and service operations and activities. Uses judgment and experience to apply an advanced knowledge, skills, methods, and practices, conducts analysis and problem-solving to plan and prioritize a varied workload that involves developing solutions to emergent issues, time-sensitive and/or confidential projects, and complex problems. This position will serve as the primary contact for the Faculty, Students and Staff homed in Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences departments as well as Graduate Students in the respective programs in the Graduate School. This position also has a direct reporting relationship to the chair as well as the Associate Dean of Finance and Administration as the department administrator for Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity. We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving the health, health care, and well-being of Arkansans.

UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:
•Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
•Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
•Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
•Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
•Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
•Career Training and Educational Opportunities
•Merchant Discounts
•Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy


Strategic Planning and Program Development:
•Serves as the chief planning officer for the department and liaison to the College’s strategy team. This work involves continually monitoring the environment/market, assisting the department leadership and faculty in setting mission, vision, and goals, facilitating implementation of strategic and tactical plans, and monitoring progress.
•Provides ongoing decision support and analytics for the department.
•Collaborates with the College and other UAMS divisions on business development activities, such as contracts, grants and fundraising.

Finance and Budget:
•Serves as the chief financial officer for the department and is accountable to the College and UAMS to ensure the delivery of optimal financial, budgetary and operational support to the department and its leadership. This requires rapid response to organizational needs, including adhering to College and UAMS budget processes and timelines, as well as creating and managing the budget, preparing financial and variance reports, conducting internal audits and financial reviews and conducting special financial studies as needed.
•Develop and implement the annual budget includes expense budgeting and revenue projection related to appropriated, discretionary, endowment and gift revenues, as well as grants and contracts.
•Ensures all reporting and tracking requirements are followed to comply with the rules of the contracting or granting entity and is responsible for compliance with all applicable UAMS rules and procedures.
•Manages the development, analysis and implementation of the department’s faculty compensation plan, including tracking of faculty productivity, salary distributions and faculty assignments to accurately report and project faculty effort allocation and productivity. Responsible for payroll, purchasing, travel, and financial transactions.
•May create and monitor recharge centers/core facilities.
•Oversees prompt payment of invoices and related research of any errors.
•Provides expertise and assistance to faculty regarding grant/contract preparation, budgeting and reporting, in collaboration with College or UAMS centralized services. The position requires finance, budgeting and accounting knowledge, as well as knowledge of institutional and departmental business and financial processes, and the ability to address problems and/or coordinate resolution with the appropriate campus resources.

Administrative Management/Human Resources:
• Responsible for departmental staff recruitment, hiring, supervision, training and performance management, as well as creating an operating environment where efficiency, effectiveness and service are priorities.
• Provides leadership and guidance to management and administrative staff, coordinates activities of the staff and distribution of the workload to ensure appropriate mission support for the department.
•Focuses on developing a talented workforce by guiding the staff to engage in appropriate educational and training opportunities. Conducts annual evaluations and goal setting with the staff, to reinforce the department mission and relevance of each position to accomplishing departmental goals.
•Works with the UAMS Office of Human Resources to ensure departmental compliance with all UAMS rules and procedures. Facilitates faculty recruitment, hiring, promotion/tenure processes and performance management/evaluations under the leadership of the department chair.
•Works with the UAMS Office of Faculty Affairs and College to ensure compliance with UAMS rules and procedures. The position requires knowledge of recruiting, personnel management, and faculty promotion and tenure processes, and the ability to manage a diverse group of professional and administrative staff.

Operations and Leadership:
•Responsible for working with and maintaining business relationships for the department with leaders both on campus (the Dean, Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, etc.) and off campus (hospital CEO’s, state agency leaders, political groups, etc).
• May have College of Medicine (COM) and campus-level committee assignments.
•May have a role in supporting clinically-related activities in collaboration with the integrated clinical enterprise and/or service line administrator.
•Assists faculty in providing administrative oversight for educational programs to ensure students, residents and fellows receive appropriate support within the department and that programs are executed in a manner consistent with the policies of COM, UAMS and national accrediting bodies.
•Supports faculty in development of research programs, working to identify space, funding, equipment and infrastructure that will best advance the department and individual faculty member’s research goals.
•Manages daily operational issues in collaboration with UAMS offices involving the integrated clinical enterprise, space management and construction, information technology, communications, lab set-up and lab safety.
•Provides input and advice on UAMS and COM policy development. The position requires the ability to interact and develop positive working relationships with a diverse group of professionals at all levels within the organization, community, industry and state and federal governments.
•Perform other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Healthcare Administration, Finance, Accounting or related field plus 10 years of administrative experience OR Master's degree in Business Administration, Healthcare Administration, Finance, Accounting or related field plus 8 years of administrative experience required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
•Knowledge of academic medical center operations, planning, finance and administration.
•Ability to collaborate with clinical partners to ensure seamless operations between academic and clinical enterprise.
•Experience using: SAP (financial reporting, procurement, travel), Employee Self Services (ESS) (HR actions), JFR, TRACKS, FacFacts is preferred.
•UAMS Grants Management Certification is preferred.

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant except as provided by law. Any criminal history will be evaluated in relationship to job responsibilities and business necessity. The information obtained in these reports will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.

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