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Director of Business Administration

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Work type: Regular
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Director/Executive/Management, Business Services

The University’s director of business administration serves as a member of the Chief Business Officer’s leadership team and reports to the vice president and chief business officer. This position oversees short and long-term projects and assignments through various operational areas, including but not limited to business services, human resources, graduate campuses, real estate operations, governmental affairs, sustainability, and public safety, encompassing general business, financial, and operational aspects of these departments. This position also works closely with the chief operating officer; assistant vice president for administration and campus operations; general counsel; associate vice president for planning, operations, and construction; associate vice president of business services and human resources; executive director of business services administration; assistant vice president of governmental affairs and public safety; and others.

The director of business administration works on institutional initiatives, coordinates presentations, and assists with the development of policies, analyses, benchmarks, reorganizations, and reports as needed. Highly developed analytic and strategic skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in multiple formats, especially writing, will be critically important. In great measure, this role depends on collaboration and cooperation. Relationship development and the ability to work seamlessly within established teams, without creating divisions and overcoming natural hesitancies, is crucial to success in this position. Professionalism with grace is imperative. The director of business administration embodies and helps establish a model workplace culture that promotes Pepperdine’s mission, vision, and strategic plan; pursues excellence in every aspect of its work; promotes collaboration and unity; attracts, engages, and retains the best employees; and honors each individual team member, among others.


  • Oversee and partner with business services department projects (identify and administer short and long-term projects and assignments with various operational areas, encompassing general business, financial, and operational aspects of these departments.)
  • Propose and oversee business administration initiatives (lead and support institutional initiatives, and division goals, coordinate presentations, and assist with the development of policies, analyses, and reorganizations.)
  • Assist with projects, reports, and assignments (maintain, prioritize, and administer a high-level task list; develop, review and edit presentations; prepare documents; write and edit reports and communications; benchmark and research data.)
  • Complete other duties as assigned.
  • Uphold the University mission through all work performed.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: Bachelor’s degree; Passionate commitment to Pepperdine University and its mission, vision, values, and goals; Commitment to the highest ethical standards, with personal and professional character and integrity beyond reproach; Collaborative approach to work with a demonstrated ability to build relationships with a variety of personalities and work styles; Excellent oral communication skills; Superior written communication ; Superior discretion and confidentiality; Legal training or familiarity with legal matters; Exceptional organization, planning, and time management skills; Appropriate sense of urgency and responsiveness; Ability to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities; Ability to quickly learn new processes and procedures and adapt to assignment changes; Ability to work both independently and as part of a team; Creative and solutions-oriented approach to problem solving; Superior attention to detail; Exceptional aptitude for customer service; High levels of initiative and a proactive approach to work; Commitment to excellence in every aspect of work; Joyful and optimistic demeanor; Familiarity and knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint); Familiarity and knowledge of Google suite; General office familiarity with printers, scanners, copiers, phone systems, fax machines, etc.

Preferred: Juris Doctorate; Five years of professional or educational experience in related fields; Experience or background in faith-based higher education; Familiarity with Pepperdine University

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.

This is a Regular, Exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Expected Pay Range: $90,000 - $105,000 per year

The above pay range reflects what Pepperdine University reasonably expects to pay for this position at time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on relevant factors such as work experience, market conditions, education/training, and skill level. In addition to base pay, Pepperdine offers a robust and highly competitive benefits package.

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