Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts-Qatar)
VCUarts-Qatar (www.qatar.vcu.edu) is the international branch campus of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts (VCUarts). Located in Richmond, Virginia, VCUarts (www.arts.vcu.edu) is the top-ranked public art school in the U.S. VCUarts-Qatar was established in 1998 through a partnership with the Qatar Foundation and offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design and painting & printmaking; a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history; and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design. Located in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, VCUarts-Qatar is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The current student body represents a diverse range of nationalities with students coming from 38 countries.
VCUarts-Qatar invites collaboration-minded applicants for the position of Director of Finance. This strategic position requires an experienced and self-motivating budget professional who is primarily responsible for the ongoing development, implementation, and assessment of internal budgets through regular evaluation of the funding impacts of VCUQatar’s financial plan. This position will support a variety of budget development, fiscal and operational activities for the institution and will ensure compliance with all University fiscal policies and procedures. Additionally, this position will provide oversight of budget development and procurement operational activities and report directly to the Associate Dean for Administration.
The successful candidate will have a master's degree in a related field required, and/or training and professional experience that equates to a graduate degree; a minimum of five years of budget experience with a demonstrated commitment to working as an innovative member of a finance team; appropriate supervisory experience managing professional staff; significant number of years of experience with a complex organization engaged in marketing, communications and/or advertising and public relations; proven superior strategic and tactical communication skills, instincts, and message development; significant and progressive experience in leadership roles to design and implement strategic communications plans incorporating clear definition of goals and target audiences aligned with institutional priorities; ability to deliver budget presentations to diverse audiences; excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal and organizational skills; strong record of progressively responsible positions in areas of budget, financial analysis or cost accounting; ability to be thoughtful, respectful and patient and demonstrate sensitivity to different cultures; ability to be creative and ambitious yet flexible in order to thrive in a fast paced, academic environment while juggling numerous projects and simultaneously responding to numerous constituencies with ease. It is expected that candidates will have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Expectations: •Analyzes budgets to identify deficiencies, excesses, trends and imbalances and ensures variances from the annual operating budget plan are identified and reported including recommendations for corrective measures. •Responsible for monthly reconciliation of Banner organizations (indexes) and month end reporting. •Articulates complex financial data to a diverse professional community in the form of visual and written communication (e.g. graphs, charts, reports, presentation, etc.) and generates reports and integrates information from a variety of information sources. •Responsible for the flow of financial information to the VCUQatar Dean, Associate Dean for Administration, Joint Advisory Board and where necessary, external parties such as Qatar Foundation and Hamad bin Khalifa University. •Advise the VCUQatar Dean and Associate Dean for Administration of actions and potential financial risk. •Supervise a team of finance and procurement staff and ensure compliance with all fiscal policies and procedures. •Oversees procurement operations and vendor payments and provides on-site support for the travel and reimbursement system or process. •Meets regularly with department Chairs, program and Administrative Directors to provide on-going support and guidance for budget development, management and tracking, and conduct training on departmental budget preparation and monitoring. •Communicates regularly with the Qatar Foundation, VCUarts colleagues and other constituencies of VCUQatar and travels to the home campus as required by ongoing business needs. •Coordinates and oversees budget development for grants and sponsored research programs, and collaborates with key home campus offices on grant budget development. •Works collaboratively with colleagues at VCUQatar and at VCUarts in Richmond, Virginia to assist with the preparation of VCUQatar budget submissions to the Joint Advisory Board, and the Qatar Foundation. •Oversees student accounting records and resolutions of billing issues with Qatar Foundation. •Builds and supports collaborative relationships with the VCUQatar Dean’s Office and other administrators, Qatar Foundation, and partner universities in Education City. •Maintains active membership and participation in professional budget and financial organizations both regionally and internationally. •Performs other duties as assigned.
To guarantee full consideration, application materials must be received by October 27, 2018.
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Additional Salary Information: Benefits:
• Competitive international salary
• Tax protection for U.S. Taxpayers
• 30% Off-shore supplement to base salary
• Medical Insurance (100% employer funded premium and employer cost shared options available)
• Fully furnished villa or apartment.
• Annual travel allowance to home of record (to include a spouse and dependents relocated to
• Monthly transportation allowance
• Educational reimbursement for up to 4 dependent children enrolled in an accredited K-12
• Professional Development Opportunities
Internal Number: FAA820
The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) is comprised of over 3,000 students and 16 nationally recognized programs in design, visual and performing arts. US News & World Report ranks VCUarts (arts.vcu.edu) as having the top public university art and design graduate programs in the nation. Located in Richmond, the capital of Virginia, VCU is an ethnically and culturally diverse urban institution. VCUarts is located on the university’s 75-acre Monroe Park campus situated in Richmond’s historic Fan District. The school’s newest facility, the Depot Building, houses a state of the art sound studio with motion capture capabilities, a 6,000 sq. ft. interdisciplinary research space. The VCU Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), designed by award-winning architect Steven Holl, is dedicated to flexible and responsive exhibitions and performances that examine art, design, and performance from multiple interdisciplinary perspectives (ica.vcu.edu). VCUarts is within walking distance to the Richmond Arts District and the nationally-recognized Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is one mile from campus. VCUarts-Qatar (qatar.vcu.edu), the university’s first international branch c...ampus, is located in Doha, Qatar and serves students from more than 25 nationalities in design, visual arts, and art history.