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Cornell University, located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State, is a center for discovery, academic leadership, and service. The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is recognized internationally as a leader in veterinary medicine and veterinary medical education, biomedical research, and diagnostic service and extension. Ranked as one of the top veterinary colleges in the nation by US News & World Report, the College excels in providing education and advanced training that prepare veterinarians and scientists to serve society in critical roles in clinical and diagnostic veterinary medicine, public health, scientific inquiry, and public policy.
The Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences (PMDS) is the academic home to faculty in the disciplines of veterinary diagnostics, epidemiology, shelter medicine, ambulatory and production medicine. PMDS has a large and complex roster of faculty with varied primary responsibilities spanning research, teaching, clinical and diagnostic service, and extension support.
The Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC), a high visibility and high volume veterinary diagnostic laboratory promotes the health, productivity, and welfare of food-and fiber-producing animals, companion animals, and zoo and wildlife populations. Through its comprehensive veterinary diagnostic services the AHDC detects animal diseases and supports animal and public health, promotes environmental stewardship and fosters economic growth.
Under the general oversight of the Department Chair and the Executive Director of the AHDC, the Director of Operations and Business will lead the administrative and business operations for a medium-size academic department with an annual budget of approximately $8 million and a large not-for-profit enterprise unit, the AHDC, with a total budget of about $30 million annually; employing over 300 people, including professorial and research, teaching, and extension faculty, academic staff, and non-academic staff.
Director of Operations and Business:
Develops and implements strategic planning initiatives to deliver superior administrative service, financial accountability and planning, and fosters staff relations and development;
Oversees development and implementation of business and operational policies and procedures in conjunction with the Department Chair and the AHDC Executive Director;
Acts as liaison with college and university offices;
Serves as AHDC and departmental point-of-contact for matters related to the administration and operation;
Maintains relationship and responsive communication with the fiscal offices of New York State and federal agencies responsible for funding AHDC activities (New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, USDA:APHIS:VS);
Understands and adapts to the diverse needs of the academic and enterprise units.
Leverages technology within and across systems to maximize efficiency and efficacy;
Oversees the maintenance and use of over 125,000 square feet of diagnostic laboratory space, spread over three campus buildings, including a state-of-the-art diagnostic laboratory building, and four satellite laboratories throughout New York State;
Provides inclusive leadership and strategic direction for the business operations staff;
Formulates practices and guidelines for AHDC and department activities, including budget development, data analysis, long-range forecasting, and financial reporting;
Oversees PMDS facilities support, graduate education funding and faculty account support management.
Facilitates and manages pre- and post- grant and contract applications and awards.
Required Qualifications and Skills:
A Master’s degree in Business Administration or related field with a minimum of 5-7 years of supervisory/leadership experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
Proven leadership and supervisory experience;
Ability to initiate, facilitate and effectively manage change;
Demonstrated experience with external funding mechanisms and regulatory structures;
Experience with strategic financial and operational planning initiatives and oversight;
Excellent analytical, data interpretation and forecasting skills;
Exceptional negotiation and conflict resolution skills;
Ability to handle confidential matters sensitively and effectively in a dynamic, deadline-driven, complex, team-based environment with multiple conflicting and competing priorities; and
Demonstrated proficiency with commercial enterprise-based software systems (for example, Microsoft Office Suite, SharePoint or other Document Management system, Laboratory Information Management Systems) and, effectively navigating online resources with the ability to learn new software quickly.
Demonstrated ability to delegate appropriate levels of responsibility and authority to subordinates, monitor progress, and coach for success.
Approximately 3-5 years of Cornell leadership experience and familiarity with Cornell Financial and HR policies and practices preferred.
For this position, applications must include both items for consideration:
A cover letter including a Statement of Contribution to Diversity. Any applications considered for supervisory positions at the College of Veterinary Medicine must include a Statement of Contribution to Diversity describing your past, present, and/or future aspirations to promoting equity, inclusion and diversity in your career as a supervisor and/or to convey how you see these commitments continuing in your role as Director of Operations and Business at Cornell.
Benefits include health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions, including 3 weeks of vacation, 13 university paid holidays (including end of year winter break through New Year’s Day), and generous retirement contributions. They furthermore include educational benefits, access to wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands. Cornell University also supports opportunities for career development for this role, including professional conferences and trainings.
Internal Number: WDR-00025466
About Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University, located at the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State, is a center for discovery, academic leadership, and service. The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is recognized internationally as a leader in animal medicine, public health, biomedical research, and veterinary medical education. Ranked as one of the top veterinary colleges in the nation by US News & World Report, the CVM excels in providing education and advanced training that prepare veterinarians and scientists to serve society in critical roles in clinical and diagnostic veterinary medicine, public health, scientific inquiry, and public policy.