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Finance Manager

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 9, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Financial Affairs
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Finance Manager

Job no: 528333
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Accounting/Finance, Administrative/Professional, Business Administration/Management, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Knight Campus
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $70,000 - $80,000 per year
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
November 1, 2021; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Along with your online application, please upload a resume and cover letter.

Department Summary
The Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is a billion-dollar initiative designed to fast-track scientific discoveries and the process of turning those discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation and beyond. The Knight Campus will reshape the higher education landscape in Oregon by training the next generations of scientists, forging tighter ties with industry and entrepreneurs, and creating new educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Position Summary
The Knight Campus seeks a detail-oriented, adaptable, organized, and communicative individual to provide high-level financial management for all Knight Campus units and programs.

The Finance Manager will be responsible for a broad set of assignments related to the Knight Campus portfolio. This position provides senior management with critical information, recommendations, and trends in support of executive decisions. The Finance Manager provides fiscal operations expertise to its supported units. The Finance Manager completes their work across a sophisticated accounting structure consisting of auxiliaries and a large number of accounting indexes, making full, consistent, and accurate use of university accounting policies and regulations, GAAP, and grant support functions. The individual in this position is a principal liaison to the central budget and resource planning and business affairs offices, and to other financial managers across campus, and has primary responsibility over all budget adjustments and unit capital expenditure tracking. The Finance Manager provides comprehensive budgetary reporting and analysis to research and academic units across the organization, frequently and independently interacting with senior management and program directors. In addition, the individual in this position participates in multiple university procedure development groups, such as the University Budget Managers group and the IDR/Cognos Report working group.

The Finance Manager has unit level budget authority, overseeing portfolios between $1M and $20M annually, depending on assigned units. This position also regularly interacts with university senior level management, as well as with external state and federal agencies on behalf of the Director of HR, Finance, and Administration. The Finance Manager makes frequent independent decisions in support of senior management's vision.

Information and provided analysis must be accurate, timely and appropriate at all times. Ad Hoc priority requests frequently need to be independently vetted, prioritized and triaged. Work is largely independent with frequent direct response to senior management and executives in various parts of the university. Guidelines and procedures are set by the Director of HR, Finance, and Administration, University Policy and State and Federal regulations. This position will supervise additional support staff including but not limited to an Accountant 2.

This position will report directly to the Director of HR, Finance, and Administration, and will be an essential role on a growing team. The Finance Manager will be a crucial element of the support structure that is necessary for the billion-dollar academic, research, and innovation enterprise of the Knight Campus.

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting, Business, or a related financial field; OR an equivalent combination of skills and experience.
  • 5+ years of experience in financial management and analysis.
  • 3+ years of experience in accounting.
  • 3+ years of experience managing a complex budget with multiple revenue streams or funding sources and multiple supported operations.
  • 1+ years of experience managing employees in an administrative or financial setting.

    Professional Competencies
  • Demonstrated high-level attention to detail, strong organizational skills and consistent follow through.
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and coordinate activities to ensure the success of a project.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn, understand and explain university and government policies, rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures; Commitment to promoting an inclusive work environment.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Business, Finance, Accounting or a closely-related field.
  • CPA or PA certificate.
  • Experience managing multiple budgets in a higher education environment.
  • Experience with Cognos, BANNER and/or similar information system.
  • Experience providing professional presentations, memos and communications.

    FLSA Exempt: No

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at

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