Senior Business Officer – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Since 1897, the Ostrow School of Dentistry has shaped talented students into outstanding dentists and dental hygienists. Our challenging clinical education and our expert faculty members provide future oral health professionals with the skills they need in order to become the best.

We, at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, are all committed to maintaining an environment of excellence and eminence, and this commitment shines through in all that we do.

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, Finance Office is looking to hire SBO and Director of Financial Services to join the team!

Job Summary:

Administers the business operations of the school. Directly supervises administrative/business office staff. Responsible for accounting and financial operations, including research and grants, short and long term budgeting, strategic planning, personnel and payroll administration, and facilities and equipment planning and management.

Job Accountabilities:

  • Directly supervises business function of an auxiliary or administrative department or school. Processes daily transactions, prepares financial reports for internal and external distribution.
  • Administers budget. Plans and develops short and long term budgets. Provides projections and forecasts and analyzes financial impacts. Analyzes actual versus budget performance to determine variances. Takes corrective action, as required.
  • Provides regular and special financial reports, as required for department’s operations.
  • Has responsiblity for determining that strong internal controls are implemented. Examples of control areas include maintaining and reviewing receipts, procurement, disbursements, and payroll.  With respect to procurement, whether by use of procurement cards, paperless requisitions, paper purchase orders, internal requisitions, or USC debit cards, the SBO should determine that there is an appropriate segregation of duties so that goods or services, which are procured are reviewed and reconciled monthly to Account Status Reports by someone other than the individual initiating the transaction and by someone that does not report to the individual initiating the transaction. This reconciliation process must include obtaining and retaining original receipts and/or invoices for business-related expenses.
  • Administers internal financial policies and procedures. Ensures department’s compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations, as well as university financial policies and procedures.
  • Administers personnel and payroll functions for department. Coordinates affirmative action, employment, compensation, benefits and employee relations with appropriate Human Resources Administration and/or Provost’s Office staff. Ensures timely and accurate processing of payroll.
  • Administers use of facilities, equipment and space utilization, including purchasing of new equipment, as well as maintenance and repair of existing facilities and equipment.
  • Assists in strategic planning activities, as assigned. Researches and compiles data required for development of assumptions, projections and strategies. Monitors action plans, implements changes, as required.
  • Assists in management of department projects, as assigned by Director or Dean.
  • Oversees administration of school’s recordkeeping functions for faculty, staff, and student workers.
  • Provide accounting and financial guidance to all research units, as needed.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or a related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in school administration, financial management, or related fields
  • Proven experience in directly supervising administrative or business office staff, demonstrating strong leadership and team-building skills
  • Comprehensive knowledge of accounting and financial operations within an educational setting, including research and grants management
  • Demonstrated ability in short and long-term budgeting, financial forecasting, and resource allocation to support the school’s strategic goals
  • Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans to optimize financial resources and support organizational objectives
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to effectively communicate financial information to diverse stakeholders
  • Analytical mindset with strong problem-solving abilities and attention to detail
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities, work independently, and thrive in a fast-paced educational environment

The annual base salary range for this position is $145,000 – $160,000. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

Discover the power of your USC employment with our comprehensive benefits and perks package! At USC, we prioritize the well-being of our faculty and staff, offering a diverse range of benefits designed to protect your health, wealth, and future. From robust healthcare coverage to retirement planning resources, our benefits are an essential part of your total rewards package. Explore the full spectrum of benefits and perks available to you at USC Benefits and Perks and unlock the true value of your USC employment today!

Apply now and be part of the Trojan Family!


Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 5 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience
Minimum Field of Expertise: Progressively responsible financial experience providing a strong knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and practices as applied in the university’s financial operations.

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