Director of Finance & Administration (Omani Only)

Posted 3 weeks ago

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Job Description

Line Management: The Director of Finance & Administration reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor and is a member of the Senior Management Team. He or she has direct line management responsibility for the Directors and Heads of all administrative departments and/or centers and of all other support departments and centers.

Purpose of the job:

The role of Director of Finance & Administration, Finance and Administration is an exciting, challenging, and wide-ranging one. The appointee will be responsible for establishing and monitoring strategies, policies, procedures, and implementation plans in the university’s operational and service areas to support the delivery of the highest possible quality of academic programmes.
The Director of Finance & Administration is responsible for facilities operations, capital planning and implementation, campus environmental health and safety, human resources operations, budget planning and approval, audit and financial reporting, procurement and contracting. The Director of Finance & Administration is charged with fostering collaborative decision making, enhancing collegiality and trust across campus, sharing the ambitious Muscat University vision and forging effective channels of communication.
The Director of Finance & Administration is also expected to support the important role that Muscat University must play in the local, regional, and international community.


Responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the Vice-Chancellor in establishing a reputation for excellence at Muscat University; advising the Vice-Chancellor on matters relating to the operations, administration, and finances of the University;
  • Ensuring that the relationship between the University’s Senior Management Team and the Directors and Heads of administrative and support departments and centers is productive, open and mutually trusting;
  • Leading on the ongoing refinement of the University’s administration and operations for approval by the Vice-Chancellor and the Senior Management Team, enabling the University to enhance its profile and reputation for excellence;
  • Directing internal operations to achieve budgeted results and other financial target s, and to make the best possible use of the capital funds invested in the University;
  • Developing short-term and long-range plans and budgets based upon the University’s strategic objectives for approval by the Vice-Chancellor, Senior Management Team and Board of
  • Periodically reviewing the University’s business model and suggesting ways for diversifying income in order to achieve financial sustainability;
  • Directing the development and implementation of policies and procedures to promote communication and adequate information flow within the University;
  • Ensuring that all University activities and operations are performed in compliance with all Oman’ s regulations and laws governing private university operations;
  • Directing the development and establishment of adequate and equitable personnel policies throughout the University, including compensation policies, ensuring that the interests and welfare of employees as individuals are preserved and protected;
  • Refining and implementing the strategic enrolment management plan and an appropriate and effective student information system;
  • Being an effective ambassador for the University locally, regionally and internationally among senior leaders in both the public and private sectors;
  • Providing clear and collaborative leadership through example, inspiring the University to success through the successful application of its mission, vision and values in all its activities;
  • Maintaining and strengthening the University’ s relationships with key strategic partners, including Government Agencies, international partners, and the local community including other academic institutions, leading businesses and other key organizations;
  • Ensuring that the University makes appropriate and effective use of digital technology to enable students, faculty and staff to enjoy the benefits of a 21st century learning environment;
  • Promoting an innovative culture within the University and thereby enhancing the student experience;
  • Developing, together with the VC and the DVC Academic Affairs, the University’s research strategy.
  • Conducting research and teaching in business management, entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • Supporting the University when necessary, to connect to the business and industry ecosystem in Oman, regionally and internationally.

Person Specification:

  • A clear track record of complete personal and professional integrity and of a commitment to equality and diversity at all levels;
  • A proven track record of excellence in collaborative leadership and management at a senior level and a keen awareness of the relationship of leadership and management to governance;
  • Direct experience and proven understanding of strategic planning, the management of staff, and of significant financial and other resources;
  • Strong leadership qualities and credibility, with the ability to maintain the respect and confidence of multiple stakeholders including faculty, staff and students;
  • High-level strategic thinking, problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills;
  • Excellent ambassadorial skills enabling the building and maintaining of strong and productive relationships with external partners including senior members of international affiliate institutions and of major public and private sector organizations;
  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of international higher education policies, practices and norms and a commitment to internationalization;
  • Experience of working in the Middle East and/or experience of working closely with partners from the Middle East region;
  • Experience of shaping a vision, mission and implementation plan for a new institution or unit within an institution and successfully delivering against strategic objectives;
  • Understanding of and a commitment to the delivery of a very high-quality student experience both inside and outside the classroom and to the achievement of high levels of graduate employability;
  • Understanding of and a commitment to the University’s aim to create and develop a high-quality research agenda;
  • The ability to support the Vice -Chancellor in attracting, recruiting and retaining high quality faculty and staff to the University;
  • Excellent communication, presentation, negotiation, influencing and networking skills and a proven ability to engage and influence at a high level with multiple constituencies;
  • A strong belief in and commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Muscat University.


Education, Qualifications and Training:

A PhD or equivalent doctoral qualification is essential. A recognized professional qualification in leadership and/or management is desirable. An excellent level of proficiency in English, both oral and written, is essential. Proficiency in Arabic would be an added bonus but is not essential.


Terms and Conditions:

A competitive compensation package will be offered. This will include a basic salary at a competitive level. Additional benefits will include free housing, medical insurance, annual return flights for postholder and eligible family members to country of origin, and education allowances for eligible children.

Annual leave entitlement will be 30 days plus private sector national holidays applicable in Oman.

Job Features

Responsible roVice-Chancellor
HoursFull time. Hours as necessary for the role.
LocationMuscat, Oman (some local travel may be required)

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