The Department of Economics
at the University of Colorado
encourages applications for a Manager of Finance and
! This position reports directly to the
Chair and provides expert-level budgetary, financial, policy, and
administrative support to the Chair. The Manager is primarily
responsible for oversight and policy related to program operations,
including finance and human resources. This position engages in
long-term strategic projects, planning in consultation with the
Chair and Associate Chairs in addition to supervising office
We are looking for someone who possesses excellent communication
and organizational skills, and has the ability to successfully
manage multiple self-directed projects that may, at times, have
contending interests. Thus, the individual in this position must
have a strong administrative background and excellent skills in
business administration, fiscal and personnel management.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a
culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
The College of Arts and Sciences at CU Boulder is the intellectual
core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative
work and education in more than 60 fields. Our research generates
new knowledge, solving some of the world’s most critical
The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate
education in the natural sciences, social sciences and arts and
humanities, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our
students, both in and out of the classroom.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Faculty Personnel Management
- Serve as the administrative manager responsible for, but not
limited, organizing and implementing new faculty orientation,
faculty recruitment, faculty promotion, reappointment, and tenure,
and faculty merit
- Serve as the primary point of contact for new faculty with
respect to university and departmental policies; general payroll
questions; in-house travel and research grants; travel
authorization and reimbursement; start-up funds; research accounts;
faculty computer purchase program; and office space.
- Compile information for departmental Salary Committee for
annual merit evaluation of faculty
- Supervise and coordinate academic appointments,
re-appointments, promotions, tenure, retention activities and
grievance procedures for department faculty.
- Compile and organize information for faculty and senior
instructor reappointment, tenure and promotion
- Keep current records of faculty eligibility for sabbatical,
reappointment, tenure, post-tenure review.
- Maintain and disseminate current and accurate version of
departmental faculty rules.
- Conduct faculty elections for reappointment/tenure promotion;
hiring; administrative positions; committee positions; and
departmental faculty rule changes. Assure that all eligible faculty
members are informed of balloting procedures. Assure security and
secrecy of balloting process as appropriate.
- Monitor faculty progress on submitting Faculty Report of
Professional Activities; remind faculty to submit reports; provide
reports and other databases and information as requested to the
- Serve as liaison for faculty to ensure they are provided the
appropriate employment-related offices including the College,
Faculty Affairs, Graduate School, HR Service Center and Employee
Staff Personnel Management and Supervision
- Manage and supervise the department Business and Academic
support staff ensuring all operational needs are satisfied.
- Responsible for hiring decisions, training, leave approval,
performance management, evaluations, and disciplinary actions
- Organize the daily activities of the work unit by prioritizing
and monitoring work flow.
- Oversee and is aware of the status of projects/tasks that
directly relate to the activities of the work unit.
- Review work for accuracy as needed and ensures due dates are
- Supervise the financial operations of the department. Maintain
and monitor the following accounts:
- General fund accounts
- Auxiliary accounts
- Grant accounts
- Sponsored Projects
- Gift accounts
- Foundation Endowments and Earnings Funds
- Collaborate and advise Chair with monthly and yearly budget
planning to align spending.
- Provide ad hoc reports from PeopleSoft, Cognos, etc. when
- Evaluate and forecast of departmental accounts on an ongoing
basis to monitor the resources available for operations and special
- Analyze business operations for programmatic and fiscal
efficacy and implement changes.
- Ensure compliance with approved budgets and policies,
procedures, rules and regulations.
- Work with the Chair to plan and forecast funding for
- Review faculty startup accounts ensuring that they are funded
according to the terms of their agreements.
- Monitor gift funds and donor contact, analyzes and makes
projections regarding endowment earnings/losses and spending
practices. This position will decide if and when to turn off the
reinvestment option and inform the chair.
- Analyze demand and prepares budget projections for program
instructional fund and manages the related budget.
- Determine actions to protect budgets, resolves deficits, and
provide for unexpected or unique expenses. Ensure program
commitments are processed.
- Provide revenue and expense tracking, analysis, and make
recommendations for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs on a
regular basis to monitor the resources available for ongoing
operations and special projects.
- Provide oversight for all accounting, purchasing and payroll
functions to insure compliance with approved budgets and policies,
procedures, rules and regulations.
- Authorize expenditures. Responsible for purchasing,
procurement, and buying and contracting. Maintain budget files so
that they are accessible and explicable in case of examination or
audit by university officials.
- Initiate payroll corrections, manage salary deficits, run
reports in HRMS and A&S portal as needed.
- Collaborate closely with related budget offices including the
College’s Budget Office, Office of Contract and Grants, HR Service
Center Bursars, etc.
- Compile information requested by the campus budget office or
- Review monthly and yearend statements, authorize accounts
payable vouchers, purchase orders, transfer of funds forms, etc.,
for the Financial Service Center (FSC) Work with the FSC, authorize
and conduct financial transfers between departmental accounts, and
into and out of the department.
- Special projects oversight, prioritizing and planning for
construction, renovation, includes writing proposals for funding
through the College of Arts and Sciences and other funding
- Advise chair on departmental procedures and provides background
information to departmental administrators and departmental
committees that report to the chair.
- Be responsible for a collective procedural, policy, and
judgment record/resource in order to provide department
- Ensure operational needs are met by assessing strengths and
development needs of staff.
- Analyze department resources to align with department goals and
- Continually analyze processes, workflow, and operations to
improve efficiency, compliance, and outcomes.
- Create an effective operation by promoting collaboration and
cross-training among the staff.
- Conduct regular staff meeting. Mentor, coach, and ensure
professional development opportunities. Engage staff in
collaborative problem solving.
- Manage and delegate additional duties as needed to meet
- Comment on and contribute to university-wide and campus policy
- Collaborate and coordinate with other administrative offices as
needed to manage implementation of new systems or ensure compliance
with new policies.
Outreach and Engagement
What We Can Offer
- Collaborate with the Chair to execute the Department’s
- Supervise the use of electronic media, including web
publications, the creation of new web pages, the implementation and
production of web-based video broadcast, and oversight of social
media sites associated with the Department, including Facebook,
Twitter, and YouTube.
- Identify new avenues for distributing the Department’s
intellectual content, and in the process will seek to identify and
engage new audiences for that content, including, but not limited
to, the undergraduate community as well as state and national
- Collaborate with the Communications Professional and Co-Editor
of newsletter that manages the production and dissemination of
annual newsletter, using appropriate graphic design, email
marketing software and writing content, including, but not limited
to press releases, newsletters, fundraising appeals and blog posts,
and national/local ad campaigns, and commentator on drafts written
by the Chair.
Annual Salary is $60,000.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in
Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education
environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or
- Equivalent combination of education and experience may
- 1 year of experience in managing complex budgets with multiple
- 1 year of experience as a direct staff supervisor.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Excellent customer service.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Strong analytical, problem-solving and interpersonal
- High degree of professionalism and ability to maintain
- Ability to work effectively in a working environment with
- Ability to establish and maintain positive and cooperative
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
- Organizational skills and ability to manage multiple complex
- Proficiency using Microsoft Suite, Word and Excel.
- Demonstrated ability to proactively analyze issues in such a
way as to foresee possible problems or concerns that may arise and
to develop possible solutions and initiate related action with
little close supervision.
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or
- 2+ years of progressively increasing experience in financial
management, operations, and human resources.
- 2+ years of experience as a direct staff supervisor.
- Solid understanding of complex human resources information and
management systems in a regulatory framework.
- Demonstrated track record of communicating effectively and
building and maintaining relationships at all levels of
- Experience working within a regulatory framework.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- A current resume.
- A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background
and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and
responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.
Please apply by 8/15/2021 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs
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