Welcome to SEAS Finance.
SEAS Finance provides strategic decision support, sound financial planning, internal control, and customer service to SEAS faculty, staff and students, university colleagues, and external stakeholders. We foster a culture that promotes financial discipline and sustainability, transparency, and collaboration. By doing so, SEAS Finance supports the School's mission to serve society and address global challenges through education and research.
The office, led by the Assistant Dean for Finance Tim Fater, is comprised of four teams:
- Financial Operations
- Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A)
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, financial reporting, budgeting and strategic planning, financial policy development, risk management, internal controls, fund management, purchasing, travel and reimbursement, card services, student funding, financial aid allocation, fixed asset and capital project management, data management, and faculty, staff and student payrolls.
- Continue toward sustainable financial plan, including: FAS financial model
- SEC financial model
- Space planning and rationalization
- Participate in administrative review project.
- Explore impact of sustained undergraduate student growth and expansion of master’s and non-degree programs.
- Reestablish Finance’s central role in developing fiscal policies and procedures, compliance and control, efficiency and effectiveness of systems.
- Support Institutional Research maturation.
- Complete budget control and planning improvements..
- Pilot a streamlined process for acceptance of corporate funding.
- Revise approach to monthly All Finance meetings, meet more frequently with Finance and Areas.
- Prioritize diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
For full Finance Organizational Chart click here
I am pleased to distribute the second edition of SEAS Finance Alignment. This document was borne from feedback received in my first few months as Financial Dean at SEAS. During my transition, I spent considerable time talking to the Finance team and the broader SEAS community. Three key issues emerged: 1. The desire for more information to be shared and guidance to assist with individual goals, to inform day-to-day and project work, and to help staff manage their workload, 2. The need to clarify and communicate baseline expectations for all SEAS Finance staff, and 3. The need to reemphasize professional and career growth.
Since then, each of you have helped refine the document – participating in focus groups to establish our “expectations” and refine the “high performance” elements of the document – and contributing new perspectives and components. I want to give a big thanks to Eliza Grinnell from SEAS Communications, who has been a key part of this document’s development and is also responsible for putting the document in its sleek new format. Thank you all for your help shaping these materials.
I hope this Alignment becomes a helpful tool both for the Finance team and, by providing visibility into our office, for our key partners around the School alike.