South Dakota State University (SDSU) Division of Finance and
Budget is offering an exciting career opportunity as Director of
the Agriculture Shared Service Center.
The Director is responsible for managing the operational
functions of the center providing transactional Finance and Grants
Post Awards needs of four agriculture related areas (College of
Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, Agricultural
Experiment Station, SDSU Extension, and Animal Disease, Research
& Diagnostic Laboratory). This is a 12 month, full-time,
benefit-eligible position. This position is supervised by the Vice
President for Finance and Budget.
South Dakota State University promotes access to and
opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in
education, research, and service and is especially interested in
candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of
- Responsible for the overall management of the Agriculture
Shared Service Center (AgSSC) that supports the missions of the
units served and meeting the expectations of all customers.
- Accountable for the AgSSC staff upholding policies, procedures,
and compliance in Finance and post award activities.
- Meets routinely with unit leadership and Central HR, Finance
& Business, and Grants & Contracts Administration
- Utilizes resources and information available for analysis of
business trends to determine the optimum mix of services and
employees within the AgSSC to provide efficient and cost-effective
support; works with leadership to make long-range plans to consider
design changes in services or processes to meet changing
priorities, requirements, and/or fiscal concerns.
- Supports the continued development of best practice processes
and standard operating procedures in Finance and post award support
to be implemented in the AgSSC; reviews all new issues or
initiatives affecting operations within the AgSSC; discusses policy
changes and overall impact on operations; recommends changes to
existing policy when necessary to create efficiencies.
- Supervises AgSSC staff and responsible for evaluation of
- Monitors key performance indicators for the AgSSC, working with
AgSSC staff to overcome identified performance gaps.
- Responsible for cultivating a culture of customer service in
the AgSSC and building a strong team culture internally that
instills a sense of pride and provides motivation to
- Monitors actual performance in relation to budget and prepares
periodic comparisons and analysis for review with Deans.
- Performs special projects and assignments, including
preparation of financial forecasts and analysis, especially as
required in implementation of new programs and courses.
- Assists Deans and Directors in identifying, designing, and
implementing procedures to improve budget efficiencies within the
- Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business
Administration, Economics, or a closely related field completed by
- At least one year of experience in an area related to the job
- At least one year of experience in leading a team and
- Demonstrate a high level of analytical skills to interpret
- Experience creating financial reports and projections;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Demonstrated organizational and time management skills;
- Strong interpersonal skills;
- Ability to work as a contributing team member;
- Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not
available for this position.
- Master’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business
Administration, Economics, or a related field;
- At least 3 years’ experience in Accounting, Finance, Business
Administration, or a related field;
- Greater than 1 year of supervisory or leadership
- University or state/local government experience or fund
- Understanding of or experience with grants and sponsored
- Experience related to agriculture, animal science, plant
science, food science, or a similar field applicable to the College
of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, Agriculture
Experiment Station, SDSU Extension, or Animal Disease, Research
& Diagnostic Laboratory (does not need to be university
- Demonstrated working knowledge of GAAP and accounting
- Demonstrated experience with process development, process
improvement, creating standard operating procedures, or LEAN
Commensurate with qualifications.
South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits
including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans,
compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees
also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well
as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of
South Dakota academic institutions.
UNIVERSITY AND THE BROOKINGS COMMUNITY:
South Dakota State University is the state’s
largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs
and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.
SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of
inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education,
creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that
improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the
nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core
values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through
creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity,
commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous
As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work
of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in
Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and
Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment
Station research sites across South Dakota.
SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United
States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The
university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60
million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity
institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the
Advancement of Teaching.
Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with
membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit
League and the Big XII for wrestling.
Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is
located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of
Minneapolis. Livability.com rates Brookings as an ideal community
for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It
considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in
The Brookings Public School District educates approximately
3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic
achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary
schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one
middle school and a high school.
The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities,
including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature
Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota
Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the
Brookings Summer Arts Festival.
Position is open until filled with full consideration given to
applications received by April 11, 2022.
SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To
apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by
the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply
for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic
application form. This employment site will also require the
attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how
the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the
advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact
information for three professional references. Email applications
will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605)
688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.
Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s
verification of credentials and other information required by law
and/or university policies, including but not limited to,
successful completion of a criminal background check.
South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It
is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to
thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working
and learning environment for employees and students. This position
is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol
Testing Policy 4:14.
For questions on the position, contact Kacie Richard at 605 688
6254 or Kacie.Richard@sdstate.edu.
South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities
for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education,
research, and service and is especially interested in candidates
that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an
affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU
prohibits discrimination on, the basis of sex, race, color, creed,
national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender
identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age,
disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other
status that may become protected under law against discrimination
in the offering of all educational programs and employment
opportunities. Arrangements for accommodations required by
disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. Individuals
with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal
Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill
Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.