Director, Administration (MR0106)

McGill University - Human Resources
Position Title: 
Director Administration (ADM4A)
Position Summary: 

Under the direction of the Dean and Associate VP Macdonald Campus, lead and direct the full range of administrative, financial and operational activities in the Faculty.  Oversees financial, human  and physical resources.  Act as the senior authority in matters of budget and finance priorities in the Faculty.  Manage operating, unrestricted (self-financing), restricted (student awards), endowment,  and capital funds.  Develop policies and procedures that have wide-ranging impact.  Act as member of the Dean's Executive team and provide strategic advice.

Primary Responsibilities: 
  • Lead and direct operations provided by several service units at Macdonald Campus (Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Staff Housing, Mail and postal outlet, Physical and property resources).  Determine strategic direction of these units.  Ensure implementation and application of university policies and regulations, or of changes affecting operational effectiveness.  Hire, supervise, mentor and evaluate direct reports operating in these service units.
  •  Provide confidential, strategic advice and expertise to the Dean and her Executive team with regards to a variety of projects, Faculty priorities, and operational or business matters.  Participate in Faculty short- and long-term planning process and decisions.  Provide actionable recommendations and alternatives on a variety of high level, sensitive dossiers.  Write or draft proposals, position papers, and requests for additional resources to the University's senior management.
  •  Lead and direct the financial infrastructure in the Faculty and AVP Macdonald operations.  Establish financial priorities.  Make fund allocation decisions to Faculty units and services based on approved Faculty Agreement.  Allocations encompass several types of key spending, such as Enrolment-driven, Faculty Overhead, Capital allocations (both start-up and base), and Research support institutional costs.   Manage contingency and discretionary funds.
  •  Spearhead annual budget exercise for both Faculty units and Associate V-P operations.  Advise heads of academic units on achieving financial goals and resolving issues with over-expenditures or non compliance with university accounting policies.  Monitor financial situation in each unit; control, analyze, review and address problems with unit heads.  Determine and provide solutions to keep budgets balanced and in compliance with university or government budget cuts.
  •  Has responsibility for Staff Housing operations (self-financing area).
  • Negotiate terms of agreements and contracts  (e.g. Campus Daycare, intercampus mail services, intercampus Shuttle bus service, officials at Ville de Ste-Anne, etc.).   Participate in meetings and discussions with student associations or other users and stakeholders on the subject of intercampus shuttle bus service or other administrative matters.
  • Work closely and negotiate with Facilities staff, Project managers and the Chair of the Faculty Physical Facilities Sub-committee for the planning, scheduling and logistics of capital alterations and major maintenance or infrastructure projects on Campus.  Provide advice or directives to all Building Directors on campus.  Act as building director for approximately 40 units at Macdonald Campus.
  •  Develop relationships, and work closely, with McGill senior staff, external organizations and government officials. Undertake many ad hoc projects as needed. 
Minimum Education & Experience: 

Undergraduate degree

Eight (8) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities: 
Extensive management experience, preferably in a teaching and research environment. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex dossiers simultaneously. Extensive knowledge of accounting principles and financial management best practices. Experience in planning, financial management, institutional budgeting, grant administration, facilities management and human resources. Demonstrated ability to effectively delegate work and collaborate with senior administrators. Superior analytical skills and ability to exercise sound judgement in formulating decisions and interpreting policies and procedures. Ability to produce deliverables under tight deadline-driven conditions. Proven organizational skills and attention to detail. Excellent interpersonal skills necessary to establish and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders at all levels. Advanced proficiency with computerized applications (spreadsheets, databases, Banner FIS, Crystal reports). Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing, in English; functional proficiency in spoken French, written French an asset. A CPA designation is an asset.
Reference Number: 
Reporting To: 
Associate Vice-Principal (Macdonald Campus)
Salary Range: 
(Grade 10) $93,400 - $124,600 (midpoint) - $174,500
Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Macdonald Administrative Services
Position Type: 
Hours Per Week: 
How To Apply: 

*Internal candidates: Please provide your McGill ID number when applying.*

Please submit your curriculum vitae and cover letter, clearly indicating the reference number by email to hr.macdonald [at]