Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Finance Administration, the Director is responsible for providing leadership on assigned operational budgets for the Finance Division. The Director oversees all significant aspects of the Finance Division???s accounting and finance activities, working to ensure accurate collection and dissemination of financial data and appropriate construction of financial models for new projects. The Director designs and implements policies and procedures that are responsive to the needs of departments, and implements appropriate controls as needed. The Director manages two Senior Financial Analysts.
Manages the operational budgets for assigned departments including collection and reconciliation of all revenues generated. Ensures proper accounting procedures are followed while budget targets are maintained. Advises department heads on any potential budgetary risks and opportunities. Provides strategic financial planning and forecasting by capturing and analyzing data to inform financial decisions and recommendations.
Analyzes revenue enhancement and cost reduction opportunities for assigned departments in an effort to improve divisional financial performance. Supervises finance staff on the preparation of financial models for new business projects. Communicates the results of such analysis to the divisional managers.
Supervises the finance team for assigned departments and establishes employee development and succession planning. Ensures time lines are in place, deadlines are met and day-to-day duties are completed within standards.
Manages monthly, quarterly and year-end close processes for the Finance Division. This includes financial statement review along with initiation of all necessary journal entries, variance explanations and communication with department heads. Performs trend analysis and forecasting of major areas of revenue and expense; develops cost-benefit analyses of proposed initiatives; oversees financial operations and analysis and provides support to develop models, business plans and other tools to allow for more efficient financial analysis and decision making. Researches all key related business issues and incorporates findings into financial projections.
Works with all areas of the Finance Division including the Offices of Management and Budget, Treasury, Controller, Procurement Services, Internal Audit, Registrar, Finance Service Management and other related departments to facilitate timely resolution of issues.
Executes the review and approval of purchase orders, requisitions, journal entries, invoices for departments and serves as a backup to other areas. Ensures that the University standards have been met, proper management approval has been obtained and necessary backup is included. Ensures the integrity of financial transactions.
Performs special projects and assists with new business implementations, providing strategic assessment and communicating point of view impact from a user perspective.
Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting or Business Administration, and at least seven years related fiscal administrative experience required.
Advanced degree preferred.
Budget experience in a university or not-for-profit setting preferred.
Experience managing a diverse staff of finance professionals as well as direct project management experience is highly desired.
Supervisory experience required. Strong strategic and analytical ability including experience in accounting, budget development, cost/benefit analysis, financial applications and accounting systems required.
Must have excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, strong customer service focus, and have the ability to respond sensitively to inquiries.
Must have strong organizational skills and be capable of working independently as well as collaboratively.
Must be detail oriented and be able to identify and manage competing priorities within a high-volume environment.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as well as experience with an integrated ERP environment (PeopleSoft a plus) required, along with a demonstrated ability to prepare reports, summaries and analyses and present findings and recommendations in a clear and concise manner.
In addition, the successful candidate must be able to work well with all levels of staff and management, both internally and externally, be flexible in nature, have sound judgment with an open and collaborative style that encourages teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization, have the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously, and be a strong role model.
Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
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