Business Manager, Institute for Politics and Strategy

Carnegie Mellon University
  • Location
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 09

Position description

At Carnegie Mellon University, the study of politics through the discipline of political science with support from other social science disciplines is centered in the Institute for Politics and Strategy(IPS). IPS carries on a respected tradition of interdisciplinary political science at Carnegie Mellon as it also builds upon the university’s rich heritage of applying basic science to issues of public policy. IPS oversees many different academic programs and centers. The academic programs include the undergraduate major in International Relations and Politics (IRP), the minor in International Relations and Politics, the minor in Politics and Public Policy, the Accelerated Master’s Program of International Relations and Politics (IRP/AMP), CMU’s Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP), and the Master of Information Technology Strategy Program (MITS).  The affiliated research centers include:  the Center for International Relations and Politics (CIRP) and the Institute for Strategic Analysis (ISA).


IPS administers the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program. In this semester-long program, students live, work, and study in Washington, DC, coming into direct contact with political, business, and community leaders and learning about the most pressing policy issues of the day.


The Center for International Relations and Politics (CIRP) uses analytical social science and interdisciplinary research to better understand, explain, anticipate, and solve public policy problems. The Policy Forum represents one of the means by which CIRP integrates international relations and politics into the intellectual conversation at Carnegie Mellon University. CIRP's Policy Forum regularly brings statesmen, scholars, policy-makers, journalists, and other thought leaders to the university to address major issues facing the United States and the world.


The Institute for Strategic Analysis (ISA) serves as an intellectual resource for CMU faculty and for government officials who seek to apply basic research to matters of national security. Areas of concentration include terrorism, cyber challenges, war avoidance, intelligence, and the intersection of energy and security. In facilitating introductions between government leaders and CMU faculty, ISA helps sharpen the understanding of military and intelligence priorities, especially those involving cyber security.


IPS is now seeking to hire a Business Manager. In this role, you will have many responsibilities, given the multiple programs and centers that IPS oversees. Your core responsibilities will include:

  • Full range of business operations for IPS and its programs and initiatives
  • Ensuring that IPS is fully compliant with the University’s policies and practices
  • Helping establish and shape the administrative culture of IPS
  • Day-to-day problem-solving, including the implementation of solutions related to a range of issues, such as financial matters and providing resources for the teaching and research mission of IPS
  • Analysis and interpretation of financial data and the preparation of financial and statistical reports for IPS and its affiliated centers
  • Serving as a key information resource and advisor to the Director and Deputy Director, on matters of policy, administrative and financial matters, and university guidelines
  • Serving in a variety of Workday roles (e.g., department initiator, activity pay manager, time approver, academic initiator) for IPS
  • Collaborating with the Dietrich College Research Director on research proposals and awarded grants to identify the financial impact on the general IPS operations
  • Monitoring the grants and preparing/interpreting financial data and reports


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or related field or equivalent combination of training and experience required; Master’s or higher degree preferred
  • At least five years of business administration or accounting/finance experience required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of accounting and HR related regulations and policies
  • Previous experience in higher education administration or finance and human resources preferred
  • Knowledge of general accounting principles and procedures, experience with budgeting
  • Ability to take initiative in developing and implementing administrative policies and procedures
  • Ability to work independently, ability to follow through on projects and assignments with little or no supervision
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to consult and advise diplomatically with regard to sensitive and confidential matters

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