The Financial Specialist serves in a managerial capacity reporting to the Director of Administration for an
administrative service group. The position
provides comprehensive financial/administrative services, management and leadership in: sponsored and
gift funds management; planning and budgeting; analysis and reporting; financial accounting; compliance
and stewardship of resources. In addition to strong technical skills in finance and financial systems, the
position is expected to understand business and financial issues and obtain data to create reports and
projections to inform management. Develop complex financial analyses and forecasts for director/chair,
director of administration and college administration in support of short and long range unit initiatives.
Apply expertise in interpreting and applying University policies, procedures and practices to address
complex matters to meet strategic and operational objectives. Ensure that internal controls are
developed, monitored and maintained. Participate in and coordinate various aspects of the annual budget
Serve in the Lead Finance role for administrative service group acting as primary contact with and local expert for faculty, staff,
graduate students and researchers on financial matters. Participate in Lead Finance group within College
of Engineering to share expertise, develop best practices and communicate new knowledge back to departmental
finance staff. Supervise finance staff.
Bachelors degree in accounting, finance or business with a finance focus; at least 3 years of experience
in financial planning and budget development, analysis and reporting, financial management, and
supervision. Exceptional candidates with bachelors degree in another field and applicable professional
work experience in accounting, finance, business, or research administration may be considered.
Demonstrated experience using reasoning skills and sound judgment in the identification and
investigation of complexities, trends and variances. Ability to independently plan and prioritize
responsibilities to meet competing deadlines while working under pressure. Highly developed
accounting, analytical and reporting skills, which includes demonstrated experience utilizing
spreadsheets and databases (Excel, Access, FileMaker), as well as complex data applications (budget,
financial, student, human resources) and delivery systems (Brio, or similar data query tools.) Requires a
developed understanding of disparate data structures, their relationships and interdependencies.
Superior customer service and communication skills, including the ability to communicate clearly,
confidently and concisely in verbal and written formats to a wide variety of constituents. Ability to
negotiate and advocate effectively and tactfully. Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
Demonstrated commitment to professional development for self and employees supervised.
Preferred: 4 or more years of relevant work experience. Gift and sponsored funds management experience.
Experience in corporate or higher education setting. Highly proficient in reporting and extracting data
from on-line data warehouse systems
Background check may be required
No relocation assistance is provided for this position.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
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