1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 171539
Posting Date: 08/30/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for four consecutive years.

UW Medicine works to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty medical care to people of the region, and preparing tomorrows physicians, scientists and other health professionals.  UW Medicine includes UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, Northwest Hospital, Valley Medical Center and Airlift Northwest.  In addition, the UW is closely affiliated with Seattle Childrens Hospital, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System.

The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (Department), a complex academic and clinical department in the School of Medicine (SOM), currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Director of Finance and Administration.  The department has an annual budget of $40 million including > $11 million in grants from various funding sources including NIH, NIDRR, DOD, foundations, etc.  It is ranked #1 in NIH funding for all rehab departments. 

The Department provides exceptional patient care at multiple clinic locations throughout the Seattle metropolitan area in general rehabilitation, SCI, TBI, Multiple Sclerosis, spine and sports medicine, neuromuscular diseases, etc. with nearly 700 inpatient admissions per year. 

The Department has 4 graduate degree programs including the Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Prosthetics and Orthotics and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science with a total enrollment of nearly 250 students.  In addition, we have a highly ranked resident program with 30 residents and 14 clinical and research fellowships for MDs and PhDs.  There are more than 135 faculty and nearly 100 administrative and research staff.  The Department has been ranked in the top 5 by US News and World Report since the 1990s. 

General Description:
The Director reports to the Department Chair and Schools Chief Financial Officer and serves as the business manager and senior administrative support representative for the Department.  As such, the Director has a comprehensive range of responsibilities, including: financial planning/management, budget development, supervision of the Departments classified and exempt staff, personnel, payroll, purchasing, special project support, and other administrative functions for the School of Medicine.

As a UW SOM Department Director of Finance and Administration, the incumbent carries out duties prescribed by the directing, overseeing, or partnering institutions and organizations.  The critical knowledge and skills are organized into the areas of:  Financial Management and Development Activities, Operations Management, Practice Plan Management, Compliance and Risk Management, Research Management, Information Management, Human Resource Management, Facilities Management and Educational Program(s) Management.  He/she acts in an advisory capacity to the Chair and various Department committees, providing financial guidance, background information, and management advice.  In addition, the Director is the Department's primary working-level interface with the Dean's Office, the Practice Plans, and other departments in the University regarding administrative issues. 

Financial Management and Development Activities:
Manages the financial resources of the department to include budgets and funds from federal, state, practice plan, private, University, and foundation sources to ensure ethical and fiduciary practices.

Key financial management skills for the SOM Department Director are:
  • Interacting with faculty and staff to facilitate the Departments ability to achieve clinical, scientific, and educational goals
  • Interpreting policies and regulations concerning the Departments financial activities; ensuring compliance with the Universitys policies and procedures as well as guidelines from the federal government, state, and other research project sponsors
  • Development and implementation of internal financial system controls to ensure integrity of all financial transactions in accordance with applicable jurisdictions
  • Maintaining a working knowledge of the Departments financial operations, funding sources, policies, and procedures
  • Understanding and appropriately utilizing the Departments multiple sources of income, including clinical practice funds, State-derived budgets, indirect cost recovery funds (RSA/RCR), federal grants, gift and endowed accounts, industry and other sponsored contracts and agreements
  • Translating department objectives into financial assumptions for short-term and/or long-term planning
  • Projecting Department revenue and expenses and developing budget models to guide the faculty or department
  • Prioritizing initiatives or programs in line with the Departments financial goals, negotiating or assigning resource allocation, and supporting work teams to achieve revenue/expense objectives
  • Compiling, interpreting, and communicating financial information to various audiences, including the department leadership, the faculty, stakeholders within UW Medicine, and external stakeholders as appropriate

    Providing regular financial reporting, as appropriate, to the Chair and Department faculty:
  • Working understanding and use of reporting tools within the clinical practice plans to produce meaningful reports of clinical activity and trends
  • Working understanding of UW system of budgets and fiscal reporting and ability to interpret and guide faculty

    Calculating clinical financial performance ratios, other metrics, and benchmarks to keep the faculty/Department competitive and financially viable:
  • Identifying and using UW proprietary and commercial financial software applications to facilitate department cost accounting, billing/collections where recharge centers exist, forecasting, and planning
  • Analyzing and controlling budget variances to ensure prudent fiscal management
  • Designing and monitoring systems of measurement and internal controls to safeguard assets and resources, and to satisfy auditing requirements

    Planning, organizing, and directing the Departments financial support operation, including the planning, budgeting, and accounting functions:
  • Developing and implementing appropriate internal controls
  • Assigning, directing, and reviewing the work of staff who maintain department budgets/accounts
  • Establishing and maintaining the Departments account management procedures
  • Implementing appropriate University policies and procedures for payroll, purchasing, travel requests, and reimbursements

  • Assisting in Department development activities; helping identify, develop, and cultivate potential and current sponsors, donors, and other sources of gift revenue
  • Developing and monitoring policies and procedures to direct financial activities and establishing the Departments position on financial matters

    Operations Management:
  • Manages Department operations to ensure the day-to-day and cyclic requirements are met; plans, resources, and monitors programmatic activities; prepares reports, terminates, or continues programs; plans or coordinates marketing documents or activities.

    Key operations management skills for the SOM Department Director are:
  • Coordinating a variety of general administrative activities necessary to the departments day-to-day operations
  • Understanding and integrating the cyclic operational responsibilities of the UW/SOM/Practice Plans into department planning, policies, and procedures
  • Understanding and implementing change management processes that include not only organizational dynamics, but also the policies and procedures of approving offices or agencies
  • Negotiating or building new relationships, partnerships, or coalitions to advance the departments vision or mission
  • Assessing the need for additional resources and identifying the source of additional resources to fit with a department initiative or vision
  • Communicating planning factors to the faculty and staff to integrate activities with requirements or emerging trends
  • Collecting or assisting in the collection of data and evaluating data to initiate or assist in the initiation of a proposed new program or activity
  • Building consensus on the most appropriate approach to an organizational issue
  • Organizing or administering faculty meetings, retreats, or other communicating, decision-making or planning sessions
  • Ensuring a process is in place to comply with UW records management directives
  • Understanding and managing training programs to include residency, fellowship, clerkship, undergraduate, and graduate

    Practice Plan Management:
  • Manages the practice plans(s) of the department to include the member appointment process, budget process, revenue cycle, funds flow projections, pro forma accounting, the incentive plan, and compliance requirements.

    Key practice plan management skills for the SOM Department Director are:

  • Translating practice plan objectives into financial assumptions for short-term and/or long-term planning
  • Projecting practice plan revenue/expenses and developing budget models to guide faculty or the practice
  • Preparing individual and collective pro forma financial forecasts to help faculty understand the financial impact of their practice
  • Assisting in the development of the practice Incentive Plan which appropriately rewards eligible faculty
  • Assisting in the analysis of an individual practice to determine design or change of service to better serve customers
  • Analyzing/interpreting emerging market trends to position practice(s) to better accommodate new techniques, protocols, or therapies
  • Preparing practice plan accounting semi-annual accounting/incentive documents and disseminating decisions or results

    Revenue Cycle Management:
  • Maintain up to date knowledge and expertise on the evolving coding, documentation, billing and reimbursement developments as pertains to Pathology.  Serve as a primary point person catalyst to the Practice Plans to stay on top of developments
  • Interpreting and integrating the data and reports that come from the practice plans to ensure appropriate and optimal reimbursement
  • Analyzing the relationship of fees to coding/diagnosis for appropriate reimbursement to practices
  • Developing or assisting in the development of charge capture process to improve reimbursements
  • Collecting and organizing denial data to educate billing faculty to produce clean bills

    Education and Compliance:
  • Assisting in interpreting and integrating current practice plan compliance directives and policies to ensure that billing faculty are in compliance
  • Providing assistance in the updating/educating of billing faculty to changes in CPT codes, contracted reimbursement rates, coding, or compliance issues
  • Work with compliance staff in the auditing of provider documentation and issue resolutions

    Compliance and Risk Management:
  • Promotes compliance and manages risk in accordance with policies of the University, UW Medicine, and other oversight bodies, to ensure operations and resources are in alignment with mission and requirements.

    Key compliance and risk management skills for the SOM Department Director are:
  • Interpreting and integrating federal, state, and industry laws or policies on corporate compliance; topics to include fraud and anti-kick-back, to mitigate risk to the department and to individual faculty or staff
  • Implementing current HIPAA policies regarding Protected Health Information (PHI), as it is related to IT equipment, email communication, phone or other communication, and proper handling, disposal or destruction of information and documents containing; ensuring all faculty and staff complete required training modules
  • Assisting the medical centers and other health sciences leadership monitor physical presence by ensuring all faculty and staff receive appropriate identification or access authorization
  • Ensuring that all spaces, rooms, laboratories have appropriate security measures in place to safeguard information, physical resources, and staff
  • Building and maintaining relationships with SOM legal and administrative resources and the UW Office of Risk Management to ensure most appropriate actions or response to administrative matters
  • Building and maintaining relationships with the medical centers and UWPD staff to determine various options for security, preventing or managing workplace violence, handling of suspicious mail, etc
  • Investigating or referring all claims of inappropriate behavior or actions
  • Assessing the Department for operational risk due to financial management, potential loss of faculty, etc
  • Developing and implementing a department-specific internal audit plan for activities that put employees at risk or require corporate compliance
  • Ensuring that all new employees receive an orientation on health and personal safety, as it relates to the work place; emergency evacuation plans and routes; and resources or contacts to refer to for further information or reporting
  • Demonstrating understanding of compliance infrastructure for UW Medicine and serving as a department liaison to compliance offices
  • Integrating knowledge of compliance policies into department operations and guiding full implementation within the department

    Research Management:
  • Manages the research resources of the department, to include grant and contract staff and processes, research staff support, capital equipment, physical plant, IRB, and Protected Health Information compliance issues.

    Key research management skills for the SOM Department Director are:
  • Designing and implementing administrative procedures for grant and contract administration
  • Understanding and maintaining UW cost accounting standards
  • Interpreting and integrating federal, state, industry, and private policies, laws, contracts and agreements regarding research activities at the UW
  • Assisting faculty in the identification of research sponsorship, pre-submission activities, IRB and animal research requirements, supporting documents and verifications, and submission of grant and contract proposals
  • Reviewing and approving all department grant and contract applications
  • Coordinating interactions with the Offices of Sponsored Programs and Grant and Contract Accounting, as appropriate
  • Coordinating the transfer of research projects from other institutions when their principal investigators become faculty at the University of Washington (newly appointed faculty)
  • Representing the Department in negotiations with federal contract officers and other sponsoring agencies/foundations, as appropriate
  • Managing funded projects or programs, requesting new budgets or extensions of existing budgets, maintaining active files; accounting for sponsored funds and budgets, procuring budgeted equipment and supplies, assisting in the preparation of periodic reports, responding to queries from sponsor managers/teams, coordinating site visits, and submitting competitive renewals
  • Managing the quarterly Faculty Effort Certification (FEC) forms required by the federal government where federal funding has been provided
  • Managing databases related to the collective research of the department to report to various UW, SOM, and federal agencies or offices
  • Accounting for facilities used in sponsored research through the SIMS, or the current information technology available for that purpose

    Information Management:
    Manages the information requirements of the department, to include academic, business, educational and research information needs; incorporating and utilizing the existing Information Technology architecture.

    Key information management skills for the SOM Department Director are:
  • Coordinating and managing the department web site and links including all aspects of department functions: clinical sites of practice, service line and outreach activities, research enterprises, faculty biosketches and publications, training programs, and the residency program
  • Developing written communication materials which may include department newsletter, CME brochures and mailings, development brochures, and other information to support public relations, scientific presentations, development activities
  • Coordinating and participating in public relations and/or fundraising events including donor relations and representing the department at University and external functions; collaborating with SOM Development for fundraising events and issues
  • Generating ideas to help market the departments faculty, teaching programs, research, or clinical practices
  • Ensuring a viable and secure Information Technology architecture is in place, and educating faculty and staff to the importance of and compliance with a configuration management plan and policy
  • Assessing short-term/long-term Information Technology (IT) needs of the department and specific faculty, labs, or centers
  • Assessing and evaluating new IT programs to understand the cost/benefit ratio
  • Understanding the needs for and assisting in the planning of deployment of new IT affecting the faculty, be it from the medical center, the practice plans, or the SOM/UW
  • Authorizing and resourcing the procurement of hardware or software as required; assuring compliance with licensing agreements
  • Ensuring faculty have access to sufficient information to make appropriate decisions, for buy-in with important decisions, or for implementation of decisions
  • Implementing telecommunication and computer network systems
  • Ensuring that electronic files and communications are properly backed up and retained in accordance with department, SOM, and UW policies and directives
  • Interpreting and integrating IT security requirements on a continuing basis
  • Ensuring maintenance of virus protection, security patches on individual servers, and accountability for software installation
  • Ensuring security of backup systems
  • Ensuring proper disposal of surplus information systems

    Human Resource Management:
  • Manages the human resources of the department, to include the faculty and the department staff, in accordance with University of Washington and School of Medicine policy and procedures.

    Key human resource (HR) management skills for the SOM Department Director are:
  • Interpreting and integrating federal, state, UW, SOM, and other local laws and agreements into department policies and procedures
  • Developing and/or utilizing HR measurement/monitoring systems
  • Responding to and assisting in needs/requirements for faculty and staff training and coaching
  • Negotiating faculty/staff relations to represent viewpoints and positions fairly
  • Monitoring interpersonal dynamics and actions to eliminate physical risks to personal safety
  • Articulating appropriate workplace behavior and fostering compliance, identifying concerns and/or problems, and utilizing appropriate resources to assist in resolution
  • Monitoring and updating pay policies against published trends/benchmarks or SOM policies/directives
  • Coordinating or assisting in the annual Merit Review process for faculty and professional staff
  • Developing and implementing departmental organizational chart
  • Coordinating and/or assisting in the faculty Appointments and Promotions (A&P) process
  • Developing strategic plans for the deployment, recruitment, or retention of faculty
  • Oversight of medical staff privileges appointment processes for UW Medicine sites
  • Oversight of site of practice process
  • Identifying resources to assist in the understanding of the multitude of benefits plans available to faculty
  • Determining and implementing departmental staffing requirements and filling these positions based on appropriate classifications; reclassifying staff positions as necessary
  • Identifying core competencies and job responsibilities specific to staff positions and creating clear position descriptions and expectations
  • Giving/receiving feedback to improve staff and organizational performance

    Facilities Management:
  • Manages facilities to ensure effective, efficient, and safe operations and preservation of resources.

    Key facilities management skills for the SOM Department Director are:
  • Reviewing, developing, and assigning space to staff and faculty, including research lab areas and offices; coordinating moves and/or relocations of offices, laboratories, and personnel
  • Developing written material for long-range space planning including major renovation projects; collaborating with the Chair and working with the Deans Office when appropriate, to develop business plans and proposals to support requests for additional space
  • Interpreting and integrating federal, state, UW, and other laws and policies relating to safeguarding of facilities and capital resources
  • Building and maintaining relationships with the medical centers facilities staff to ensure timely correction of deficiencies/repairs to facilities, and to ensure compliance with remodeling and facility modification guidelines
  • Directing the physical plant related activities such as building/equipment inspections, upgrades; planning for and overseeing all renovation projects
  • Ensuring compliance with fire and safety codes, which includes working closely with Environmental Health and Safety; ensuring compliance with directed inventories of HAZMAT and other controlled laboratory chemicals or material
  • Maintaining and managing the departments equipment inventory system; managing economic life; surplusing or returning capital equipment, as necessary
  • Tracking department equipment within the University OASIS system
  • Accounting for department space utilization through the SIMS or the current information technology available for that purpose

    Educational Program(s) Management:
    Supports program director(s) and faculty in management of educational program(s).

    Key educational program management skills and/or responsibilities for the SOM Department Director are:
  • Supporting Program Directors (Residency, Medical Student, Fellowship, Graduate, Undergraduate, etc.) and faculty leaders in the management of educational programs
  • Helping supervise, or directly supervise, educational support staff
  • Assisting in financial/resource support of educational programs, including identifying department funds and/or in fund-raising activities or planning
  • Assisting Program Directors, faculty leaders, or support staff in mission-critical requirements, including annual resident interviews leading to the match process, internal and external program reviews, changes in program requirements as directed by the ACGME or the SOM, as well as other difficult or non-routine assignments
  • Responding effectively to individual requests from the residents, medical students, fellows, and graduate students
  • Supporting administrative aspects of selection/match processes for students and trainees
  • Supporting departments SOM clerkship programs, including annual updates to web content, timely processing of student evaluations, etc.
  • Managing educational program budgets, including WWAMI
  • Facilitating registration, orientation for Independent Study students (e.g. 499 students) and/or administrative support to faculty instructors
  • Supporting faculty instructor needs for curriculum development, including SOM Human Biology 560 series sub-courses
  • Facilitating lab internships, as required, to include non-UW graduate students visiting a lab during a summer break
  • Interpreting and integrating federal, state, UW, SOM, ACGME, ECFMG, RRC, professional society, and other local laws and agreements into departmental policies and procedures
  • Supporting periodic program reviews for accreditation/certification and training grant renewals
  • Facilitating support of accredited and non-accredited Continuing Medical Education programs in the community
  • Facilitating academic appointments of visiting scholars and visiting scientists

    Minimum Requirements:
  • This position requires a minimum of a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, Health Care Administration, Public Health, or related. Equivalent experience can substitute for degree requirement. Additional required qualifications include:
  • A minimum of seven years supervisory and office management experience (with at least five years management-level experience preferably in an academic medical center or hospital environment)
  • Demonstrated experience working with large, highly structured personnel systems
  • Proven leadership and sophisticated communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in business planning, financial analysis, and/or strategic planning
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain harmonious working relationships and effectively address complex and sensitive administrative issues
  • Experience in performing complex medical center/departmental financial analyses
  • Experience in large organizational budgeting, budget management and reporting
  • Experience with clinical departments in a medical center/hospital environment
  • Experience in physician group practice operations and financial management
  • Experience in sponsored research administration and work with grant funding agencies
  • Experience in academic educational programs

    Desired Requirements:
  • A Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA), Health Care Administration, Public Health, or related field.

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page.  If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.


    Posted: 2019-12-05 Expires: 2020-02-02

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