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The Director of Financial Administration is a member of the Operations & Services department. The role is instrumental in guiding the financial direction of the division by providing leadership with forecasting & analysis activities and overseeing those responsible for financial operations. The Director of Financial Administration manages a team of two and provides regular guidance to all division staff with financial responsibilities. Some of the primary responsibilities for the role include monthly and quarterly forecasting, developing annual budget plans, and managing relationships across the division and university.
Pay: The pay range for the Director of Financial Administration position is $102,000 to $112,000depending on experience, skills, and internal equity.
Workplace Flexibility: This position is eligible to work remotely up to 2 days per week.
Ensures compliance of financial processes and systems including the implementation and monitoring of financial controls and training of managers with financial responsibilities in accordance with all associated NU, local, state and federal rules and regulations.
Manages completion of annual fiscal year-end close.
Coordinates with Budget Office and other schools/depts for proper recording of cross school/dept transactions.
Prepares consolidated financial statement to report final net position; and partners with Budget Office to provide variances from expected performance.
Oversees processing of all daily financial transactional activity.
Reviews status of related university unit accounts and processes; troubleshoots issues as needed.
Analysis, Statements, Reporting 25%
Measures individual net performance of all areas/units as well as consolidated area/unit income statement and balance sheet with the use of pre-defined analytical financial tools.
Recommends changes to tools to improve analysis, forecasting, modeling and reporting and ultimately quality of financial information and analyses provided to management for planning, evaluating and controlling operations.
Establishes proper accounting and audit trails for revenue and expenses related to programs and initiatives.
Oversees monthly reconciliation and reports on current financial performance, impact on year-end forecast and opportunities and risks.
Prepares area or program financial statements and regulatory reports.
Acts as the key contact for external auditors; prepares financial statement and audit work papers.
Prepares sections of the university's annual financial report.
Performs complex financial account reconciliations, statement analysis, and transaction research
Establishes and communicates the University calendar for daily, monthly, quarterly and annual accounting and financial processes for the areas or programs.
Plans and manages complex budget(s) which fund strategic mission including financial sustainability and enhancement models. Budget structure may require “stand-alone” financial health to not only ensure that school/dept can financially support its strategic plan but also requires providing financial and strategic support to strengthen and enhance the University’s reputation.
Plans and implements annual budget process including fiscal resource allocation of appropriated, discretionary, endowment and/or gift revenues.
Develops and recommends budget parameters to senior staff for all units based upon those provided by the Budget Office as well as more restrictive parameters that may be required per a comprehensive understanding of school/dept’s financial position and forecasting model.
Reviews and partners with senior staff from all areas/units to finalize proposed budgets ensuring compliance with established budget parameters as well as a consolidated school/dept balanced budget.
Oversees routine budget reconciliation and analyzes budget position.
Approves funds reallocation within budget as necessary and appropriate.
Supervises, trains, hires, employees
Evaluates employees’ performance
Provides work direction to other employees
Identifies current and future resource planning and allocation issues and develops, leads, and supervises complex studies and analyses that will assist senior staff in reaching resource planning and allocation decisions.
Processes and presents associated data and information through the application of sophisticated database, graphic and spreadsheet tools.
Negotiates with vendors for purchases and leases
Acts as project manager for design and implementation of regulatory and system changes.
Manages operation of a computer system or system processes that support the area or program.
Ensures that service level goals are met
Provides training and support to related university units or program participants
Develops and maintains website content and training materials
Other duties as assigned 5%
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major such as accounting, business administration, finance, or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
8 years financial, budgeting and/or preparing account reconciliations or financial statements along with financial analysis or other relevant experience.
Excellent computer skills including proficiency in the use of spreadsheet, database and word processing software.
Strong understanding of financial reporting.
Familiarity with FASB requirements.
Graduate degree in business or accounting
Familiarity with Cognos reporting, Microsoft Power BI, or similar programs
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