Manager, Financial Oversight #605503

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jul 06, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

Manages and controls department finances and is responsible for coordinating accounting, budgeting, auditing, and other financial or related functions to ensure fiscal integrity for the College of Engineering, Informatics and Applied Sciences (CEIAS). Financial management has the greatest emphasis and is the overriding, major function of the position. Maintains understanding of university finances via the use of university tools to provide accurate and timely budget information on department goals.

  • Demonstrates advanced knowledge of concepts and practices; may be seen as a specialist within the unit.
  • Applies broad knowledge of concepts and procedures to perform complex tasks; identifies problems and solutions independently; identifies and resolves missing information; improves existing processes.
  • Works independently primarily and has latitude with personal decision making about matters of significance; may receive general instruction and clarification on complex problems.
  • Gathers, analyzes, and models various scenarios related to department expense tracking to make recommendations or decisions to department management to improve the operations of the unit.
  • Processes payroll, purchasing, contracts, travel, and reimbursement functions as well as providing backup support for departmental leadership.
  • Researches, analyzes, and makes recommendations regarding resource needs for staff, capital equipment/improvements, supplies and services considering budget limitations.
  • Maintains proper accounting and records of operational and special budgets, typically utilizing a computerized system; designs and implements new procedures or computer systems.
  • Directs and/or coordinates personnel matters, such as preparing personnel forms for payroll, classification, recruiting and new hire actions, interviewing and selecting new staff, handling employee grievances, and ensuring compliance with applicable policies such as Affirmative Action.
  • Produces and presents reports and communications for key stakeholders with recommendations for change.
  • Performs research and analysis to provide administration with financial data and recommendations.
  • Compares actual financial data to plans, forecasts and budgets, evaluating areas of divergence.
  • Creates forecasts and models of various future financial scenarios, guiding university planning decisions.
  • Monitors all financial accounts within the department, redistribution resources when appropriate.
  • Develops procedures and controls related to fiscal issues with the department, and ensures department adherence to financial procedures and controls implemented by the University and other entities as appropriate.
  • Supervises and trains staff with financial functions within the college office.
  • Assists with review of financial aspects of sponsored projects proposals (e.g., cost-share and budgets): reviews and organizes financial data associated with sponsored project activity within the department.
  • Manages grants to comply with university policies and Federal Grant Uniform Guidance.
  • Supervises employees to meet department financial needs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field.
  • 2-4 years of accounting/finance experience.
  • Or combination of education, training, and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field.
  • Finance experience in higher education.

Please see for full job descriptions and details on how to apply online!  NAU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

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