Finance Professional 3 Health Policy and Management

University of Minnesota
October 4, 2021
Twin Cities, MN
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The Division of Health Policy and Management (HPM) in the School of Public Health is seeiking a Finance Professional 3 - Finance Generalist to provide financial accounting support for both sponsored and non-sponsored accounts. This position will work with both the Grants/Contracts Professionals with research accounting support and with the Division Finance Manager to provide nonsponsored financial tracking and reporting, budget processes, and accounting for departmental accounts, foundation accounts, and other division resources. The position will provide expertise to faculty and other stakeholders. Strong communication skills, and capacity to work both independently and as part of a team are important attributes.

The School of Public Health is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression in our mission and operations. In pursuit of this goal, we consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues from historically marginalized backgrounds and experience identifying and eliminating systemic barriers to academic success. Because the SPH and the Division seek to increase the diversity of its workforce, we particularly encourage applications from those who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in our discipline, including those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those with disabilities, and those from LGBTQIA+ communities.

Sponsored Projects Accounting (50%)
• Prepare regular and ad hoc, as well as monthly and annual reconciliation reports of projects for assigned principal investigators.
• Coordinate with grants and contracts professionals to facilitate meetings with principal investigators as necessary/requested to discuss award status and advise on related accounting matters.
• Process necessary distribution changes, cost transfers and other corrections in a timely fashion.
• Coordinate effort certification for assigned faculty, other researchers, grants, and contracts.
• Coordinate with Sponsored Financial Reporting on invoicing tasks, and ensure that research grants are properly closed out.

Division Accounting (50%)
• Partner with Finance Manager on financial tracking and reporting, as well as with the budget process, including conducting analyses and running projections for departmental accounts, foundation accounts, and other division resources.
• Under the direction of the departmental finance manager, work closely with faculty, staff, and departmental administration in creating and maintaining current systems that meet the needs of projecting, monitoring, reconciling, and reporting purposes.
• Project forecast and consult with faculty/staff to determine available funds to meet their needs.
• Ensure all transactions are in compliance with University or Sponsored policies, adequate funding is available, and management is advised of issues.
• Download biweekly transaction data and enable access to the data by other members of the finance, admin, and grant accounting teams.
• Develop necessary relationships with collegiate and university staff to ensure knowledge and skill base is current with university, collegiate, and departmental expectations.
• Partner with Financial Manager to monitor foundation accounts and student scholarship awards.

Work Arrangements: Flexible Start and End times
Hybrid option with a minimum of 3 days in the office during core business hours

Budgeted Salary Range
$65-85K annually, depending on the candidate's total relevant education and experience

The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
  • Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer match
  • Disability and employer paid life insurance
  • Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
  • Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
  • Student loan forgiveness opportunity
  • Opportunities for growth and promotion
  • Employee Assistance Program

For more information regarding benefits:


Required Qualifications
• BA/BS plus at least four years of professional work experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal eight years.
• In-depth knowledge of sponsored project protocols, reporting, effort certification, etc.
• Experience with computerized accounting and payroll systems to include reporting and transaction approval.
• Demonstrated multicultural awareness and commitment to equal opportunity and access/Proven commitment to diversity and equity (adding a criteria along these lines would be good).
• Advanced competence with Microsoft Excel and reporting; must have experience creating and manipulating spreadsheet data, e.g., pivot tables.

Preferred Qualifications
• BA/BS with major in accounting, finance or business administration.
• Experience and knowledge of University of Minnesota policies, business procedures, and systems, including PeopleSoft (EFS, HRMS), Effort Certification System
• Effort Certification Reporting Technology System (ECRT), and Electronic Grants Management System (EGMS).
• Experience with grant accounting and professional experience with complex reporting, projections, effort certification, and transaction approval for grants.
• Experience managing finances to include forecasting, analysis, budgeting and complex reporting.
• Strong interpersonal and organizational skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong service orientation.
• Able to handle multiple, complex tasks, attend to details, be a self-starter and work independently, prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

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 or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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:

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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