Jensen, Tamara
Assistant to Dean - Finance and Operations
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Finance and Administration

Finance and administration executive with over sixteen years of university finance and operational experience. Strong track record in fiscal management, with unique leadership experience within a university setting. Key strength in building strong relationships with all stakeholders.

  • Strategically direct financial operations as related to the goals and objectives of the school/university.
  • Administer the daily operational activities of maintaining a multi-million dollar budget and endowment.
  • Implement human resource, purchasing, and other operational activities ensuring policies and guidelines are in compliance with university and state/federal guidelines.
  • Oversee and implement facility management, including remodels and procurement of resources.

Key Skills: university leadership and experience | financial administration and oversight | facility management | grant oversight | procurement | human resource administration | process improvement | project management | interpersonal communications | relationship management | collaboration

Professional Experience

Utah Valley University, Orem, UT, 1997 – present

Assistant to Dean, Finance and Operations, Woodbury School of Business 2003 –present Oversee multi-million dollar budget, human resource and facility operations for largest business school in the State of Utah.

  • Work with university administration in implementing and planning budgetary priorities for each fiscal year.
  • Work directly with university budget directors to allocate resources and ensure proper budgeting.
  • Manage the daily operational activities of maintaining a multi-million dollar budget and endowment.
  • Ensure purchasing policy and protocols are followed as outlined by state law and university guidelines, including monitoring of procurement card use.
  • Train and provide support to all department chairs, administrative staff and faculty in management of departmental budgets, payroll, management of faculty workload, and human resources.
  • Supervise all grant activities confirming that grant guidelines are followed and funds are dispensed as outlined.
  • Work with foundation personnel in the control and designation of all donated monies and endowments.
  • Oversee facility and infrastructure management including remodels, maintenance, acquisition of furniture, and assignment of personnel offices.
  • Direct the human resource functions for all new and existing faculty and staff, including creation of ePAFs and approval of departmental teaching eSAF’s, etc.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of matters related to Dean’s office.
  • Award all School of Business scholarships warranting all institutional and federal guidelines are followed.
  • Oversee faculty workload implementation and planning.
  • Plan, coordinate and oversee commencement events for the Woodbury School of Business.

Current University Service

Vice-President, Professional Association of Campus Employees (PACE), 2018 – present. Oversee bylaws & procedures, legislative affairs, policy review, and senators. Facilitate projects and initiatives involving constitution and bylaws, part-time/off-campus employees, and the PACE Board transition. Serve as a liaison and voting member on President’s Executive Leadership council, Board of Trustees, and President’s Council when PACE President is unable to do so.

Executive Board Member, Professional Association of Campus Employees (PACE), 2018-present

Committee Member, Woodbury School of Business Strategic Planning Team, 2003-present

Committee Member, Woodbury School of Business Executive Team, 2003- Present

Committee Member, University Commencement Planning Committee, 2003-Present

Committee Member, Summer Academic Scheduling Committee, 2018-Present

Committee Member, University Academic Calendar Committee, 2018-Present

Executive Board Member, Summer University, 2018-Present

Committee Member, Emergency Planning, 2018-Present


  • Spot Award, 2018 – acknowledged for discovery and investigation of fraudlent activity.
  • Spot Award, 2018 – facilitation of expedited hiring of unusual number of faculty prior to Fall 2018 semester.
  • Staff Excellence Award, Woodbury School of Business, 2010 – recognized for fiscal management of extensive remodel within Business building, saving the project close to $1 million dollars.
  • UVU Young Alumni Award, Utah Valley University, 2006 – influential in success of alumni activities during homecoming week on campus.


(Candidate), Master of Business Administration (MBA)

University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business, Salt Lake City, UT, Spring 2020

Bachelor of Science, Administrative Information Management, Information Technology

Utah Valley University, Orem, UT, 2003

Associate of Science, Information Technology

Utah Valley University, Orem, UT, 2002

Associate of Applied Science, Business Communication and Office Technology

Utah Valley University, Orem, UT, 1999