The Senior Director is responsible for supporting the Senior Executive Director to supervise and manage the day to day Finance and Administration needs of the team and the school. They will direct the creation and maintenance of strategic financial analysis while producing well-structured financial reports and developing strategies based on financial research. Under the supervision of the Senior Executive Director, they will direct the team in finance strategy and operations, budget management and development, and day to day running of the financial business operations for the School.
Provides oversight and direction for the department's financial transaction and accounting practices. Designs, implements, and monitors financial reporting and control systems.
Accounting and Finance Operations:
Provide oversight for all financial transactions within SPS and is responsible for ensuring compliance with both University and school policy.
Lead accounting and finance operations, systematize, document, and ensure effective and efficient processes, appropriate controls, and visibility are in place for all accounting operations
Direct and execute day-to-day management of accounting and finance operational functions, including transactions such as processing cost transfers, salary distributions, TBERs, invoices, additional compensation payments and internal transfers within Columbia
Collaborate closely with the Director, Human Resources Operations and the Associate Director of Faculty Affairs on issues related to processing all faculty, officer, casual, work-study and support staff payroll and appointments
Budget Development and Management:
Ensure annual financial budget targets for revenue and expense projections for each program and department are established, approved by the Senior Leadership team, and realized.
Work with account owners to ensure that line-item budgets are submitted, reviewed and revised as appropriate
Incorporate the School's annual central and non-central budget into the Arts and Sciences budget submission
Ensure the realization of on-target financial performance through effective budget management and accounting operations
Provide successful and on-time month-, quarter- and year-end closing of the School's budget in line with the University and Arts & Science policies and procedures
Training and Tools:
Work closely with the Executive Director of Analytics to develop and continuously improve reporting/planning/audit tools and capabilities utilized by programs and departments to monitor/manage expenses
Work with program and department leadership to instill a culture of budget management and awareness through continuous education
The Senior Director will develop and implement School-wide business operations policies and procedures, as well as training materials and methods for the School's financial policies, procedures, and applications
Coordinate across departments to develop and continuously improve processes
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree required. Additionally, a minimum of five years of accounting, business operations or related experience required.
Master's degree strongly preferred. CPA and general fund accounting understanding preferred. Working knowledge of the University's financial and administrative systems desirable. Strong preference for previous process improvement and project management experience.
Supervisory experience required. Must have a strong service oriented attitude and excellent interpersonal skills. Must be highly computer literate with strong accounting and financial analysis capabilities - budget theory and accounting operations understanding required. Must be able to use discretion, maintain confidentiality, exercise sound and independent judgment and perform detailed work with precision. Must be well organized, with exceptional written and oral communication skills. Must be able to create training methods for small and large groups. Ability to work well under pressure with short deadlines and changing priorities is needed. Attention to detail necessary. Strong leadership skills and an ability to take initiative required.
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