Job no: 499329
College / VP Area: College of Engineering
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark/Hybrid
Categories: Administrative Support, Full Time



Under the direction of the Chairperson and in coordination with the College of Engineering Sr. Business Officer, the Business Administrator manages the day-to-day operations of the Department. The Business Administrator interacts with faculty, students, College and University administrators, vendors, other educational institutions, alumni and government agencies as necessary to exchange information and/or solve problems and other issues.


  • Manages the resources and daily operations of Electrical & Computer Engineering, a department in the College of Engineering, including Centers, ensuring compliance with College and University policies and procedures.
  • Interprets for the Chair, University policy and procedures.
  • Provides guidance and interpretation to Departmental staff, including staff assigned to Centers, with regards to University, College and Departmental policies and procedures
  • In coordination with the College of Engineering Financial Analysts, manages and oversees assigned Departmental operating and discretionary budgets.
  • Interprets various financial reports to assist the Chair/Faculty in managing fiscal matters related to Departmental operating and discretionary funds as well as research and academic programs.
  • Manages all administrative operations of the department including:
    • Coordination of administrative tasks related to sponsored programs, procurement, financial, human resources, facilities and IT issues with College of Engineering business units.
    • Resolution of complex administrative/procedural problems.
    • Direct supervision of Departmental administrative staff, ensuring that performance and contributions result in the efficient operation of the Department including:
  • Management of individual development by providing coaching, feedback, and reinforcement.
  • Oversight of undergraduate and graduate staff in areas of advising/scheduling, graduate admissions, teaching evaluations, and coordination of programs such as life and study skill workshops and special orientation sessions to ensure successful management of undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Ensures that the department gathers and prepares all documents required for the ABET review.
  • Represents the Department with vendors, other educational institutions, alumni and government agencies as necessary.
  • Serves as the primary contact for faculty within the department on most administrative tasks including research, human resources and fiscal matters.
  • Assists the Chair in management of faculty annual performance reviews.
  • Ensures adherence to academic and administrative deadlines.
  • Prepares for presentation to the Chair, strategic planning, budget and financial forecasting, staffing needs and other departmental initiatives.
  • Coordinates special functions such as committees, alumni events and programs.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of special initiatives and projects.
  • Performs other miscellaneous duties as assigned.


  • Bachelors degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance or a related field and two to three years of job-related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Education and/or experience should include a working knowledge of financial reporting, administrative policies and procedures, contract and grant administration and human resources management.
  • Effective analytical and technical skills are required, including the use of financial management systems, relational databases, spreadsheets and word-processing software programs.
  • Financial and budget planning experience required, as well as effective human resource management.
  • Effective organizational skills are essential.
  • Ability to interpret, adapt and apply guidelines and procedures.
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement, evaluate and modify administrative support needs.
  • Ability to gather and analyze statistical data and generate ad-hoc reports that are meaningful and understandable to those not familiar with the data being reported.
  • Ability to develop and implement new strategies and procedures when necessary, and be part of the Colleges continuous improvement plan and effectively share any new ideas with peers in other departments and College leadership.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and adjust to an ever-changing environment.
  • Exhibit the ability to encourage, mentor and lead assigned staff as they strive to better themselves in the work environment; and support their efforts to prepare for future promotional and/or learning opportunities.
  • Exhibit the ability to promote an atmosphere in the office as one that encourages cross-training, transparency and a team approach to work/task coordination.

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