Job no: 234330-LI
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Accounting, Finance, Purchasing, Dean, Director, Executive

Position Summary:

The Finance Director is a key member of the WPM Leadership team who plans, develops, and implements strategic financial goals, priorities, policies, and procedures across multiple finance functional areas to ensure efficient financial resource deployment. Develops budgets, manages and monitors actual results, provides Director of WPM counsel towards efficient and effective use of financial resources, manages automated accounting systems, and provides consultation to administrative units to encourage the use of best practices for compliant, efficient reporting. Coordinates financial reporting and audit activities with partner state agency, Wisconsin Educational Communications Board. Collaborates with central UW Madison financial offices including Business Services and Madison Budget Office to ensure compliance with GAAP, GASB, campus and state regulations. Advises, supports and coordinates with the affiliated 501(c)(3) organizations providing financial support to Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS Wisconsin. The Finance Director oversees the day-to-day financial operations of WPM and a small finance team and reports to the Director of Wisconsin Public Media.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree required, field of accounting, finance, or business management preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

- 7 years of experience leading a team in a dynamic financial environment
- 3 years of financial management experience in a university, governmental or non-profit organization
- Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and their application to both governmental and non-profit organizations
- Experience managing external audit process

- Experience leading financial environment with multiple, related entities
- Experience overseeing compliance with state or federal regulatory recordkeeping and audit processes
- Knowledge of the public broadcasting industry

Additional Information:

The person in this position will be required to comply with the Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff of Wisconsin Public Radio and Television located here: , in addition to the UW-Madison code of ethics.

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $90,363 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

The following must be received for your application to be complete: 1) Resume; 2) A cover letter describing how your experience relates to the job duties and minimum and desirable qualifications.

As applicants progress to interviews, they will need to provide at least three professional references with titles, emails, and phone numbers (include at least one supervisory reference).


Erin Cook
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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applications Open: May 13 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Jun 24 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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