Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the Executive Director of Finance and Operations in the Dean's Office, the Manager of Finance and Operations is responsible for managing & supporting the financial operations for SEAS Academic Departments, Institutes, and Centers. The Manager coordinates with departments to ensure compliance with University & Federal Policies as they relate to all sponsored & Non-sponsored financial transactions. The Manager will be responsible for the oversight & training of departmental procurement, financial, & transactional staff. The Manager is also responsible for analyzing, reconciling, and reporting on various non-sponsored projects and endowments in the Dean's Office. The Manager is responsible for creating, updating, and communicating all School and University financial policies to all SEAS administrative staff via meetings, written communications, including email, and training workshops. The Manager will promote compliance with University and School policies, analyze budget variances, assist with data collection and analysis, monitor and assist with distribution of ICR, ensure SEAS endowment compliance, and perform other tasks and duties as assigned.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and/or its equivalent required, with a preference for Finance, Accounting, or other relevant fields. Minimum 3 years of related experience. Master's degree is desirable.
Working knowledge of applicable federal, state, and other sponsor regulation related to sponsored projects, including OMB Uniform Guidance, with strong preference for knowledge of Columbia policies governing sponsored projects and grant research compliance is preferred. Must have the ability to utilize sound fiscal accounting practices and procedures to account for all funding sources & expenditures and to prepare necessary reports.
Must have excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills. Rigorous attention to detail and accuracy is essential. Ability to establish priorities, work under pressure, and exercise independent judgment and discretion is necessary. Ability to react quickly and effectively to other inquiries from a variety of management levels with comprehensive and accurate information in a wide variety of contexts and changing priorities is needed. Must possess quantitative skills with extensive knowledge and proficiency in data analysis and reporting using Excel.
Positive, forward-thinking, mission-oriented attitude and sense of humor a must.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in higher education or other large, complex institution desirable. Familiarity with Columbia financial systems, particularly the Accounting at Columbia (ARC) system, is also highly desirable, along with experience with running financial report for project reconciliation, budgeting in the University Budget Tool, handling labor accounting in People @ Columbia (PAC), working in the Financial Front End (FFE) and RASCAL systems.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_168236
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