Finance Professional 3

University of Minnesota - University Services Human Resources
Published
October 15, 2020
Location
Twin Cities, MN
Job Type
 

Description

The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University's mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.

About the Job

Special Notice for COVID-19:
The University of Minnesota has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University's mission and operations. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.

Position Overview:
This position works within the Plant Sciences/BBE Division in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) Office of Finance and Budget in support of assigned academic, administrative, and programmatic units. This position is responsible for performing professional accounting duties for the department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (BBE) requiring the application of general accounting principles and University policies. Responsibilities include preparation of grant proposal administrative and budget related submission documents; interpreting grant and contract regulations; preparing financial reports for internal audiences; preparing departmental budgets; researching the source and cause of discrepancies in document processing; maintaining the integrity of accounting systems and the chart of accounts; and approving financial transactions.

1. Sponsored Project Pre-Award - 45%

• Assist faculty and eligible staff with budget development for various types of proposals assuring adherence to sponsor and University research policies and procedures.
• Prepare appropriate sponsored administrative and budget documents as required for submission (i.e., grants.gov packages; fastlane, other sponsor forms, EFS-friendly budgets.)
• Act as liaison to other organizations to develop and obtain subaward proposals.
• Prepare proposal routing forms ensuring that all appropriate signers are included.
• Track the proposal process and respond to SPA and others as needed. Assist with preparation of revised budgets, and other documents, if requested by the agency.

2. Sponsored Project Management - 20%
• Work with PI to provide information required for subaward issuance or requesting pre-award accounts.
• Setup cost-sharing relationships per sponsor guidelines.
• Interpret sponsors policies and university policies and procedures to assure compliance with the award terms and conditions.
• Act as Certified Approver for department within finance division.
• Review financial reports. Provide policy and procedure interpretations. Coordinate closeouts.

3. Budget and Financial Management - 30%
• Analyze fiscal problems and work with appropriate personnel to implement corrective action needed.
• Assist finance manager and finance staff with annual budget development and entry in EFS and MAES recap.
• Approve and monitor allowable and allocable expense documents, following agency/federal guidelines and University policies and procedures.
• Manage departmental and administrative accounts; reviewing for inconsistencies, errors, and deficits; preparing adjusting documents as needed.
• Provide or facilitate quarterly reports to stakeholders.
• Maintain chart of accounts.
• Serve as Procurement Specialist for the financial division.
• Payment Card Account (PCA) Manager for credit card payments including reconciliation and processing compliance.

4. Administration - 5%
• Continue professional development through attendance of courses, workshops, seminars and other meeting.
• Demonstrates ethical behavior in the conduct of all position responsibilities.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree in accounting and four years of professional accounting experience and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience totaling 8 years. Additional relevant work experience may be substituted for the degree.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Experience in proposal preparation and managing sponsored and non-sponsored accounts.
Experience with Excel, Word, EGMS and PeopleSoft Financials.
Experience in spreadsheet development.
Able to work independently and as part of a finance team.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Diversity

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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