Head of Financial Services (Finance Manager 2)

Employer
UConn Library
Location
Connecticut, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted
Mar 04, 2021
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time

The UConn Library seeks an experienced and proactive manager to serve as Head of Financial Services.  Reporting to the Associate Dean, the Head of Financial Services is responsible for supervising a team of professional staff to provide proactive, customer focused financial services that support the daily operations and long term financial planning of the UConn Library. 

The successful candidate will have proven achievements in providing efficient and customer-focused workflows and related fiscal services while ensuring the highest level of compliance and transparency.   Excellent communication with library staff, senior leadership, and external stakeholders on matters related to fiscal procedures, policies, and regulations is a key component to this position.  This position must also demonstrate excellent leadership, professional judgment, knowledge sharing, relationship building, and decision-making practices while reinforcing the principles of inclusion and equity in daily responsibilities. 

Along with all UConn Library personnel, the Head of Financial Services will demonstrate respect in all interactions within the Library and across the University and will exemplify the UConn Library values of kindness and trust, curiosity and inquiry, equity and inclusion, and having fun. The UConn Library is especially interested in candidates who will add to the diversity of our staff and community. We welcome applications from members of underrepresented and diverse groups with experiences, backgrounds, and viewpoints that will enrich the diversity of our institution.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  1. Responsible for overall financial administration of the UConn Library, including management of University, grant, and foundation accounts across multiple stakeholders and campuses. 
  2. Creates, interprets, and reports on the overall budget, short- and long-term allocations and expenditures, fiscal policies and regulations, and financial trends.
  3. Identifies opportunities and resolves issues related to the budget, allocations and expenditures, accounts management, and service workflows. 
  4. Directs, plans, and communicates Financial Services unit efforts in alignment with Library priorities and service standards.  Establishes priorities and workflows within the unit and ensures coordination and alignment of unit efforts. 
  5. Ensures compliance with and serves as a resource in interpreting applicable University policies, State and Federal regulations, and sponsor guidelines.
  6. Provides solutions-based support to the Library’s senior leadership on complex financial issues and planning.
  7. Engages in service assessments and ensures that financial reporting and other data relevant to the goals and work of the unit is accurate and timely.  Responsible for preparing and presenting annual budget data.

Shared Expectations for Staff Supervisors

  1. Assigns, oversees, reviews, and evaluates work of direct reports.  Establishes work schedule(s) and approve timecard(s).  Maintains supervisory files.
  2. Promotes inclusivity and is communicative about priorities, opportunities, and challenges.  Encourages new thinking and ideas and actively fosters open communication.
  3. Follows the Performance Management Guidelines as outlined by the Library, Human Resources, and the staff member’s contractually specified evaluation process.
  4. Provides training and assistance to each direct report.  Supports involvement in professional development activities and provides internal development opportunities as appropriate to each position.

Shared Expectations for All Staff

  1. Participates in planning and actively contributes to Area and Unit priorities, initiatives, and operations through collaboration and cooperation.
  2. Demonstrates reliable and effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  3. Demonstrates active learning in and communication of ongoing trends and developments related to professional and positional responsibilities. 
  4. Works effectively in current office applications, software, and communication tools as set by the UConn Library and University of Connecticut.
  5. Exhibits appreciation of, sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse working environment, inclusive of social, economic, cultural, ideological, gender, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
  6. Performs duties parallel to position responsibilities as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Master’s degree and six years of related professional experience.
  2. Minimum two years of recent continuous supervisory experience of professional staff, including proven team successes and demonstrated knowledge of principles and best practices of supervision.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of budget preparation, accounting principles, purchasing agreements, and Federal and State statutes.
  4. Experience in financial analysis, reporting, and forecasting.
  5. Demonstrated commitment to a user-focused approach and continuous improvement of services.
  6. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills with the demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  1. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  2. Experience managing procurement efforts in a higher education or library setting. 
  3. Experience managing an annual budget in excess of five million dollars.


APPOINTMENT TERMS 

UConn is one of the top public research universities in the nation, with more than 30,000 students pursuing answers to critical questions in labs, lecture halls, and the community. Knowledge exploration throughout the University’s network of campuses is united by a culture of innovation. An unprecedented commitment from the state of Connecticut ensures UConn attracts internationally renowned faculty and the world’s brightest students. As a vibrant, progressive leader, UConn fosters a diverse and dynamic culture that meets the challenges of a changing global society.

The main 4,400-acre campus is set in a university town located in the heart of Connecticut; approximately a half hour’s drive from Hartford, 90 minutes from Boston, and 3 hours from New York City.  Storrs offers New England village charm, with outstanding recreational facilities and open space initiatives, farm to table agricultural communities, and excellent public schools.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians, and salutatorians who make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top public research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are a critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community.

This is a full-time position based in Storrs, Connecticut. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn and a highly desirable work environment. Salary is dependent upon education, qualifications, and experience.

TO APPLY 

Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #495061 to upload a resumecover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. In order to be considered for the position candidates should address in their cover letter and/or resume how their candidacy meets the position responsibilities, minimum qualifications, and preferred qualifications (if applicable). This position has an anticipated virtual start date of June 1, 2021.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to ellen.silbermann@uconn.edu. To ensure full consideration, inquiries and applications should be submitted by March 21, 2021. 

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on March 21, 2021. 

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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