Finance Manager (9345M1) This position oversees the post award financial management of all Epidemiology and Community Health sponsored projects, oversight of the Division’s effort certification process, supervision 5-6 accounting staff, supervision/oversight of the payroll activities and payroll processes, while serving as a key member of the Division’s Administrative management team. The position is responsible for assuring that post award financial grants management grants comply with all applicable sponsoring agency and University policies and procedures. This financial and operational oversight and planning encompasses $30+ million annually in sponsored research expenditures (both sponsored and internal non-sponsored research) and includes review and analysis of monthly reports, review and approval of agency correspondence, approval of transactions, award set-ups, initiation of consortium agreements, and liaison to SPA, SFR, OAR and funding agencies. This position serves as the primary information sources for all post award activity to faculty and staff in the Division as well as individuals outside of the Division.
Job Responsibilities: 40% - Management Oversee development and operation of grants management post-award team including oversight of the financial reporting, compliance and Effort Certification processes. This includes supervision of 5-6 accounting positions. Supervises accounting support and/or professional accounting finance staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring that staff are trained; ensuring that employees follow policies and procedures; and making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations to the Division CFO.
30% - Financial Management Serve as financial manager for assigned faculty, preparing and presenting financial information, advising and assisting. Interpret guidelines and determine allowability and compliancy on an ongoing basis; interprets and communicates sponsored agency (i.e. NIH, A-21, etc.) and University policy to accounting staff, project staff and PI’s. Preparation of formal correspondence (i.e. agency, university, internal, external) as needed; provide advice to accountants to include review and feedback on agency correspondence. Preparation and communication of sponsored project financial information including the utilization and development of systems necessary for analysis and tracking of the unit’s research portfolio.
15% - Processes Improvement/Strategies/Problem Solving Interprets and applies University policies and procedures; makes recommendations for new or revised procedures for assigned area and adapts new policies, procedures and methods to assure that deadlines are met. Assist with the review, development and implementation of Division-wide financial management policies and procedures. Resolve Sponsored Management issues and recommend procedures.
10% - Review/Approval Serve as the main sponsored Certified Approver and liaison; back up Approver for non-sponsored accounts. Reviews and approves documentation and expense transactions such as travel requests, fund transfers, and other financial transactions. Prepares formal request for SPA to establish subcontracts/consortiums; work with collaborating institutions as needed to enable sub-award collaboration. Review and set-up of post-award project awards in collaboration with SPA. Account re-budgeting and set up in the EFS Grant module.
5% - Other Other Duties as assigned, including: serve on EpiCH Administrative committees as assigned and requested; serve on U of M committees on a variety of fiscal and administrative policy matters to include Certified Approver Advisory Board and associated committees. . Apply online, attaching a resume, cover letter addressing the stated qualifications, and contact information for 3 professional references. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
Experience in financial reporting for grants/contracts; sponsored projects post-award management
Experience adhering to generally accepted accounting practices and principles
Experience maintaining compliance with of U of M policies and procedures
Experience with all components of post award grants processing and management
Experience with governmental regulations on the use of research funds
Experience overseeing the University’s Effort Certification process
Demonstrated experience to managing, supervising, and developing multiple positions
Experience with Excel, Access, Word, Internet Explorer, PeopleSoft Financials, and EGMS
BA/BS with a major in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related field and at least four (4) years professional accounting experience, or a combination of related education and professional accounting experience totaling eight (8) years.
Payroll and pre-award experience
Strong written and oral communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work with a culturally diverse group of faculty and staff
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and work both independently and as part of a team
Big picture thinker
10+ years of years of Accounting and Supervisory experience
Internal Number: 326296
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