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SSC Finance Manager

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS SHARED SERVICE CENTER   Lawrence, KS   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on September 10, 2021
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SSC Finance Manager

Strong Hall SSC

Position Overview

The SSC Finance Manager manages the day-to-day finance activities and supervises finance staff in the Shared Service Centers.  This is a full-time position responsible for building relationships with the units served, supervising the daily financial and accounting business processes of the SSC, and supporting a culture centered on delivering excellent customer service.

The SSC Finance Manager will ensure that SSC finance staff provide timely and professional services that support and enhance the instructional, research and service goals of the units served. The SSC Finance Manager will be expected to maintain successful relationships and frequent communication with Deans, Directors, Chairs and PIs of academic, administrative, or research units. The SSC Finance Manager will make staffing and workload assignments to ensure expedient processing of financial transactions. This position is also responsible for establishing and monitoring internal control procedures and ensuring compliance with University, State, and Federal Guidelines.

The SSC Finance Manager will report to the SSC Director and is expected to work with the SSC Director to implement strategic plans for improving processes and services. The SSC Finance Manager will also be accountable to central financial offices to ensure the implementation of financial policies and processes and that staff are adequately trained. The SSC Finance Manager will also be accountable to the units served for the services outlined in the Service Level Agreement (SLA). The SSC Finance Manager will work closely with the HR Manager in the SSC.

Job Description

30%  Communication

Coordinates with leaders of academic departments or research centers 

  • Ensures service levels are met or exceeded, based on the Service Level Agreement (SLA) .
  • Meets with assigned departments and centers on a quarterly and as-needed basis.
  • Addresses unique concerns or needs of assigned departments and centers.
  • Resolves disputes and takes corrective action.
Reports to the SSC Director
  • Shares progress reports and status updates.
  • Informs SSC Director of service or staff issues and necessary steps needed or taken to address them.
  • Performs related duties such as conducting staff meetings, preparing written instructions for work assignments, resolving disputes, and preparing narratives and statistical reports.

45% SSC Leadership and Financial Oversight

Guides and directs activities for assigned SSC Finance Staff
  • Manages cross-functional activities of finance staff, including oversight of all accounting and financial management related functions.
  • Trains  in functional accounting, financial management skills, including optimizing the use of systems and reporting.
  • Works with staff to maintain compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  • Working with the central finance offices and other SSCs, evaluates opportunities to enhance existing processes or provide improved service to client units.
  • Works with Process Improvement and Training Committees as needed to implement process design changes or system updates.
  • Serves as a resource for SSC staff working through challenging transactions and provide analytical support to work through challenges.
  • Oversees staff work and ensures procedures are consistent with policy; monitors relationships with assigned departments and centers to ensure high levels of satisfaction.
  • Addresses personnel needs of the SSC Finance Staff by working with central units to promote financial training and hire new employees.
  • Addresses SSC audit findings to improve compliance and accuracy of transaction processing.
  • SSC representative for external and internal compliance audits.  Works with central finance offices on all external compliance audits.  
20% Problem Resolution
  • Helps resolve and answer finance-related questions for the areas served.
  • Escalates questions and problems as appropriate to the SSC Director or appropriate central financial offices.
5% Policy Development and Dissemination/Training
  • Partners with Central Finance staff to develop and present information and training sessions on university financial policies and procedures and budget management techniques. Provides information in a variety of formats, including individual training, workshop type sessions, and seminars to financial officers, deans, directors, chairs, vice provosts and other interested staff as requested.
  • Coordinates with Central Finance on the interpretation and communication of financial policies, systems, procedures, and programs.

Position Requirements

This position will have a hybrid work arrangement. Incumbent will work remotely and on campus based on a set departmental schedule.  

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor's degree plus a minimum four years related professional-level work experience OR a high school degree/GED plus a minimum of nine years of related management work experience.
  2. Minimum one year of staff supervisory experience.
  3. Computer skills in a PC/Windows environment including MS Word and MS Excel as demonstrated by application materials and previous experience.
  4. Excellent written communication skills and attention to detail as demonstrated by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master’s in Business Administration, finance, accounting, or related field.
  2. Experience with Oracles-Based systems (Oracle Analytics in the Cloud, Financials in the Cloud) and/or Concur Travel Solutions.
  3. Experience with fund accounting.
  4. Experience creating training materials and manuals.
  5. Experience working in a Higher Education setting in the finance or research area.
  6. Experience with process mapping and process improvement.
  7. Experience researching and analyzing complex data to develop accurate reports, identify valid solutions, forecast consequences of proposed action, and implement a course of action.
  8. Experience working both independently and in a team environment.
  9. Experience working with faculty, administrative staff, and students in a higher education environment.
  10. Experience managing a team.

Contact Information to Applicants Karla Williams, kkw@ku.edu

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete application includes:

  1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications.
  2. Resume.
  3. Contact information for three professional references (including at least one previous or current supervisor).
  4. Completion of the online application.
  • Application review begins Monday, September 27, 2021 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.   

Advertised Salary Range Starts at $62,000

Application Review Begins 27-Sep-2021

Anticipated Start Date 08-Nov-2021

Primary Campus University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

FTE 1.0

Reg/Temp Regular

FLSA Status Executive

Employee Class U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Work Schedule Monday- Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

Job Family Administrative/Management-KUL

Work Location Assignment Hybrid

Disclaimer

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX, civilrights@ku.edu, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).