Montana State University

Classified Position
Vacancy Announcement
August 21, 2014

Business Operations Coordinator
College of Arts and Architecture - Montana Shakespeare in the Parks

Position Number     1903
Start Date Upon successful completion of selection process
Starting Salary

Starting wage of $13.370 per hour.

FTE Full-time (1.0 FTE)
Benefits Eligible for benefits
Bargaining Unit Exempt from collective bargaining
Overtime Status Exempt from overtime

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


The Business Operations Manager will provide administrative and management leadership to the operation of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. The position has chief responsibility within MSIP to act as primary manager in coordinating all administrative support activities including the management of human resources, creating and monitoring policies and procedures related to the MSU Black Box facilities, including direct oversight of the Box Office, and event coordination, and all MSIP administrative services. The Business Operations Manager will maintain fiscal oversight and budget management for all departmental and MSU Foundation funds, including monitoring expenditures, managing P-card activity, performing analyses, providing budget projections, and reallocation of resources when necessary; works independently in coordinating specific MSIP and MSU Black Box events, and administers the day-to-day financial operations of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.

Duties and

  1. Fiscal Manager: Creates, supervises, and performs all accounting and budgeting functions for the Department; budgets and oversees the main salaries, operations, and supplemental budget; provides accounting services for approximately 10 indexes; prepares budgets for three tours of Shakespeare in the Parks; serves as account manager for P-card transactions, including monthly report compilation;

  2. HR Liaison: Supervise and coordinate all HR functions related to MSIP. Serve as the first contact person for hiring and payroll issues; creates and processes various types of appointments for staff, contract employees and work study students; processes tax forms and all required new employee forms, reconciles payroll, submits EPAF’s, and approves timesheets.

  3. Operations Manager: Oversees the daily functions, workloads, and services of the department, supervises all contract employees, work-study students and MSIP volunteers.

Secondary duties assigned to this position:

  1. Coordinates all scheduling and expenses associated with the Black Box Theatre as needed.
  2. Manages all financial activity related to tour logistics.
  3. Other support duties as assigned.

1.   Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or substantial experience performing financial management.
2.   Experience in fiscal management, basic accounting, and budgeting.
3.   Demonstrated skills in decision-making, personnel management, and problem solving.
4.   Experience organizing and managing events.
5.   Experience in communicating complex information effectively.
6.   Experience using computerized accounting systems, computer spreadsheets, database and word processing software.
1.   Knowledge of MSU procedures and policies or previous experience working in an academic department in a higher education setting.
2.   Progressively responsible management experience.
3.   Experience, familiarity and/or affinity for theatre and the mission of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.
The Successful
Candidate Will

The successful candidate will also have the following abilities :

  • Have the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with various constituencies, including students, administrators, co-workers, theater professionals and faculty

  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Have strong organizational and time management skills

  • Have the capacity to pay attention to detail and maintain a high degree of accuracy in one’s work

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Screening of applications will begin on September 4, 2014, and continue until an adequate pool is established.


To apply, please download the application materials by clicking here MSU Classified Employment Application.

The applicant must submit an MSU Application. Electronic submissions are highly preferred. An original signature of the MSU-Bozeman Application Cover Sheet is required via scanned PDF, fax, or hardcopy original to the address below. Submit materials to:

Susan Dickerson
Managing Director
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks
Montana State University
PO Box 174120
Bozeman, MT 59717-4120
Phone: (406) 994-3303

Posted (08/21/14kw)