This job has expired

Assistant Director of Finance Systems

University of Michigan - Information and Technology Services
Michigan, United States
$105,400.00 - $129,500.00
Posted date
Nov 4, 2021

View more

Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Computer Services & Information Technology, Financial Affairs, Technology Administration/Other, Chief Technology & Information Officers
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.
How to Apply

To be considered, a cover letter and resume are required. The cover letter must be the leading page of your resume and should:

  • Specifically outline the reasons for your interest in the position and
  • Outline your particular skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Starting salaries will vary depending upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.


Information and Technology Services (ITS) is looking for an Assistant Director of Finance Systems to join the Enterprise Application System within ITS.

The role will be responsible for managing the delivery of the PeopleSoft Financial applications at the Information Technology and Services organization within the University of Michigan.  This position will be responsible for the strategy, customer relationships, resourcing, staff growth and development, and budget. The position will oversee and direct the management team in the following area: setting team performance objectives, strategy, direction and goals; coaching and counseling staff to accomplish goals, and overall responsibility of the Financial Systems area. This is a member of the EAS leadership team.

The ideal candidate has in-depth industry knowledge of the financial and business practices, PeopleSoft, higher education needs, industry, trends, issues and preferably cloud-based ERP systems.

Who We Are

ITS supports U-M faculty, researchers, staff, and students in their use of technology to teach, learn, research, and work, and be leaders in their fields. We are dedicated to creating cohesive digital experiences and enabling university wide innovations by:

  • Elevating the customer experience by providing proactive, laser focused customer service
  • Providing appropriate IT security and privacy in an open university society, while enabling innovation
  • Supporting data-informed decision making
  • Delivering intuitive research computing solutions
  • Building a world-class, transformational network and reliable administrative systems

In addition, we value those that proactively solve challenges, work with a sense of urgency, and seek a collaborative and inclusive work environment.

ITS’s mission is to be trusted enablers of technology for the U-M community. ITS works together to provide cohesive digital experiences and seamless support to the U-M community. To learn more, visit:


You are energized by working with a collaborative team and industry peers to support the university mission through innovative and appropriate use of technology. You seek understanding and to tackle projects and problems with your customers’ needs in mind. You anticipate problems and work proactively to preempt challenges and concerns, delivering increasingly relevant customer experiences over time. You value a culture that is rooted in mutual respect, where you can learn from different perspectives, roles, and identities.

You have at least ten (10) years in information technology at an enterprise level that includes but is not limited to: system design, implementation strategies, process improvement, project management, production support, and systems development methodology.


The incumbent develops the strategic direction for the Financial (FIN) area of Information and Technology Services organization within the University of Michigan. The incumbent represents the group to senior management across University administration and client organizations. In addition, the incumbent:

  • Provides leadership and direction for the PeopleSoft Finance (FIN) application.
  • Articulates and demonstrates the values and ethics of the organization.  
  • Provides direction to the managers to develop and deliver a cohesive and consistent strategy.
  • Owns responsibility of leading the strategy for staff members and managers. 
  • Sets expectations for and actively fosters constructive problem solving and collaboration between team members at all levels.
  • Collaborates with customer groups across the University and its affiliates to define future solutions.
  • Collaborations and works with all ITS teams to help achieve ITS and the university’s goals.
  • Represents the University and actively engages with industry and higher education to influence the progress of Financial IT.
  • The individual will also conduct effective communication with coworkers, teams, business offices, and subject matter experts (SMEs) with guidance from management. Generally completes the duties and responsibilities under the guidance and direction of management.
  • Provide leadership representation for the Finance IT  area in a variety of capacities, including the governance and prioritization committees and other campus and central office teams as needed. 
  • Serve as part of the ITS EAS Lead Team and work with ITS EAS Leads and ITS Leadership to advance the ITS EAS Strategic Objectives, as well as the UM IT Strategy.  
  • Provide department-level financial management and approval 
  • Manage multiple vendor relationship with operations/engineering staff, account reps, and executives 
  • Provide day-to-day management of managers that are responsible for operations and ongoing strategy of the Financials IT  and daily supervision of their respective teams. Additionally, provide day-to-day management of some staff members.
  • Provide leadership representation for Financial Systems and additional support as needed during emergent audits.
  • Additional requests/projects as needed from ITS EAS / ITS Leadership.


Define overall roadmap and strategic planning of the training direction for ITS programs and EAS projects.  Collaborate across the organizations within ITS and the University of Michigan (U-M) to plan, prioritize, and lead training efforts and develop strategies to meet future requirements.

  • Effectively utilize leadership and strategic thinking skills to lead strategic planning efforts to define the strategy of the training direction for the organization with alignment to the organizational training strategy and collaborate across the organization to plan and coordinate program and project team priorities.


  • Demonstrate skill development by actively participating in professional growth opportunities for continuous development and improvement and applying new skills/knowledge to the job as evident by the ability to efficiently and effectively perform assigned duties, resulting in meeting customer expectations and performance metrics.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field and/or equivalent combination of education, certification and experience.  
  • 10 years relevant work experience in information technology at an enterprise level that includes but is not limited to: system design, implementation strategies, process improvement, project management, production support, and systems development methodology.
  • 5 years’ experience in a management position to include responsibility for strategic planning, customer relationship management, project management, goal setting, resource planning and scheduling, and supervisory experience that includes recruiting, mentoring, career development and performance management, leadership, and/or team building.
  • Experience managing multiple, cross-functional teams and influencing senior level management and key stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge in the assigned IT functions as well as broad knowledge in other disciplines/technologies/processes that interact with the assigned functions.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the issues involved with software and application development, architecture, and methodology.
  • Strong understanding and experience with process management, change and configuration management, release management, and software development lifecycle (agile or iterative).
  • Demonstrated proficiency with current computer technology and applications (e.g. productivity apps, Google apps, etc.)
  • Ability to present complex technical information in a clear and concise manner to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated effective creative problem solving and flexibility when collaborating with customers, team members support teams, external vendors, and technical organizations to understand, advocate for, evaluate, and support enhancements, resulting in plans and services that leverage the capabilities of existing technology and meet customer and organizational expectations.
  • Demonstrated effective verbal communication skills including strong interpersonal skills with an ability to work effectively through all levels of management and matrix organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with internal and external customers in a manner that consistently meets the organization’s expectations for exemplary customer service.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and independent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to influence others in the building and maintaining consensual approach with a wide array of diverse business interests
  • Effectively utilize leadership and strategic thinking skills to lead strategic planning efforts to define the strategy of the training direction for the organization with alignment to the organizational training strategy and collaborate across the organization to plan and coordinate program and project team priorities.)
Desired Qualifications*
  • Direct experience in software and application development.
  • Experience using agile methodology techniques.
  • Experience in developing and managing project and departmental budgets.
  • Experience in all relevant applications design and development languages, methodologies and tools.
  • Experience in Cloud ERP implementations.
Additional Information

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

  • Normal amount of sitting, average mobility to move around an office environment.
  • Due to the COVID Pandemic, this role is currently working in a hybrid model and may continue to do so with supervisor approval.  Successful candidate must be able to work from the Ann Arbor campus as needed.
  • Able to conduct normal amount of work at a computer.

Additional Requirements:

  • This position might need to handle export controlled software and/or hardware as well as protected data such as FISMA, FERPA, or HIPAA.
  • Punctual, regular, and consistent attendance is required.
  • May require on-call availability and may require working during non-business hours and on weekends.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The University of Michigan Information and Technology Services seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the University and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

Comprehensive Benefits

The University of Michigan Benefits Office is committed to offering a high-quality benefits package to support faculty, staff and their families. Learn more about our 2:1 retirement matching, healthcare plans with nationwide coverage including prescription drug coverage, three dental plans, a vision plan, flexible spending account, well-being programs, long-term disability, automatic life insurance, general legal services, three early childhood centers, time away from work and work-life programs to promote balance. Learn more at


  • The University of Michigan is ranked the No. 3 public university in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report’s annual report of the nation’s best undergraduate colleges and universities.
  • The University of Michigan is ranked No. 6 on Kiplinger’s list of Best Values in Public Colleges, again making U-M one of the nation’s best values in higher education for in-state students. The ranking highlights colleges and universities that combine outstanding education with economic value.
  • For the third straight year, the University of Michigan maintained its position as the 15th top university in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.
  • The University of Michigan maintained its ranking as the top U.S. public university in the QS World University Rankings for 2019-20 and ranked 21st among all institutions on the list, moving down one spot from last year in the ranking released Tuesday, 06/18/2019.
Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.

You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert