Director of Finance and Administration

 •  University of Colorado Aurora, CO


Salary depends on experience
Posted on 12/11/17
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 12/11/17

The Department of Neurosurgery has an opening for a full-time, University Staff (unclassified) Director of Finance and Administration (Business Services Director) position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver—one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.


A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient’s bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.


The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduatedegrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002. 

Job Summary:
Jobs in this career family provide general business operations of the organization or a combination of operational responsibilities covering multiple career families.  Functions include institutional research, statistical analysis, policy development and review, strategic planning and broad unit business operations such as parking and transportation services, risk management, childcare services, real estate and property management, retail services or job responsibilities that combine fiscal, HR and operational management responsibilities.

Directors are responsible for the ongoing leadership and oversight of a department, including the development of strategies and processes which contribute to the University and/or campus mission and accountability for services provided.  Directors are responsible and accountable for the analysis of fiscal and human resources required to achieve department objectives including hiring, compensation, termination, and performance management of subordinate employees.

  Position Emphasis:

The University of Colorado Department of Neurosurgery has 51.75 full-time equivalent (FTE) faculty members (clinical and research), 14 FTE residents, 10.25 FTE professional research assistants, 1.0 FTE Post-Doctoral employee, 5 Faculty fellows, and 5 FTE exempt professionals.  In addition, the (unit) includes 2.75 FTE CU Medicine staff.

The Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) for the Department of Neurosurgery is responsible for management and oversight of the financial administration of the clinical business, research and educational activities conducted within this School of Medicine department. This oversight includes the: development and management of operating and capital budgets, administration of grants and contracts, payroll, purchasing and travel, and inventory management. The incumbent must be able to foster and maintain positive relationships and strategic development with Children’s Hospital Colorado, UC Health, the VA, Denver Health, and other organizations that collaborate with the department and faculty. This position is also responsible for ensuring that fiscal, operational, and personnel practices are in compliance with all relevant Federal, State, University, and affiliate organization policies and procedures. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Direct and oversee all fiscal activities of the Department of Neurosurgery.
  • Management of all aspects of Neurosurgery’s grants and contracts including compliance with Federal, State, University, and/or other agency rules and regulations and coordination with the COMIRB and otherinternal units that regulate and monitor departmental activities.
  • Oversight of academic efforts including management of academic staff, compliance with accreditation requirements; participation in curriculum reviews and development; oversight of recruitment, admission, and graduation activities; monitoring compliance with internal and external education requirements; and program development in coordination with Center for Surgical Excellence.
  • Foster and promote financial growth and viability of department through identification and development of new funding sources and opportunities.
  • Participation in long-range and short-range strategic planning; responsible for projection of programs, patient/client census, revenues and expenses, personnel needs, and facility needs
  • Oversight of all personnel and human resources matters, either directly or through support and consultation to department leadership; in particular, the DFA will be responsible for all facultycontracts and onboarding. 
  • Serve as the liaison to CU Medicine, the billing and coding arm of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, to facilitate practice management for professional from interdisciplinary backgrounds (i.e., physicians, psychologists).

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.


PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.


Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience.  This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in business, business administration, finance, accounting, healthcare administration, public administration, or a directly related field from an accredited institution. 
  • The position requires extensive, diverse and progressively responsibleexperience at the management level, including direct supervision of staff/employees and financialresponsibilities.


A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis, but not for the specific experience.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Business, Management, Healthcare Administration or other related field from an accredited institution.
  • Experience working in a complex Clinical Business environment.
  • Experience working in an Academic Medical Center that includes Research and Clinical Activities.

Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally, and in a timely manner.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills with all stakeholders (faculty, staff, hospital affiliates, department leadership).
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Strong technical skills with advanced analytics, data reporting and Revenue Cycle management.
  • Innovative and creative problem solving with a focus on the strategic advancement of the department.
  • The ability to set strategic priorities and facilitate multiple work streams within the Department.


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