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Director of Operations

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: College of Engineering
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus
Categories: Business / Accounting / Finance, Engineering

Job Description

Serves as the Director of Operations for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Responsibilities include department budget preparation, forecasting and tracking of all major departmental financial and personnel resources; supervision of departmental staff; development of department financial and personnel management policies and procedures; and serving as the department financial and personnel liaison with the College of Engineering, Office of Sponsored Programs and University administration.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in accounting, management, human resources or a related field; significant experience in progressively responsible financial positions; knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles; ability to prepare and analyze financial and budgetary reports; knowledge of university financial and human resource policies and procedures and demonstrated ability to interpret, apply, and communicate policies and procedures effectively to diverse constituents; and strong organizational, analytical, synthesis, communication, and leadership skills. Must demonstrate high proficiency with use of standard office computer equipment and software applications including accounting, payroll, and personnel database management systems; spreadsheets; calendaring software; and web browsers.

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience applying financial and human resources practices for a large multifunction organization demonstrating the ability to function as a proactive partner with management; knowledge of Banner Finance and HRIS; financial and human resource data warehouse experience; experience with PageUp; experience in database development activity, and advanced spreadsheet and word processing skills are preferred qualifications. An advanced degree in a related field is preferred.

Appointment Type


Review Date

June 13, 2022

Additional Information


The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Amanda Collins at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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