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Fin Pro 3 or 4-Fin Gnrlst

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: January 21, 2023

Job Description:

Apply for JobJob ID353292

LocationTwin Cities

Job FamilyFinance

Full/Part TimeFull-Time


Job Code8223FG

Employee ClassCivil Service

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Position Overview:The College of Education and Human Development's Finance Services Office is searching for a Finance Professional 3 or 4, depending on qualifications and experience. This position provides professional accounting and financial services for complex, diverse, and high volume financial portfolios, including sponsored projects, grants, foundations, state-specials, state allocations, internal and external sales, and indirect cost recovery funds. Leveraging in-depth knowledge and expertise, the position provides senior level consultation to the unit leadership (chairs, heads, and directors), faculty (PIs), and staff. The position is responsible for developing complex budgets, creating customized reporting, analyzing financial trends, preparing financial forecasts, and overseeing and managing financial transactions to inform consultations with leadership regarding strategic and operational financial risks and initiatives. This position assumes lead responsibilities to include training, monitoring, oversight and accountability for assigned college-level business processes or for assigned mentee/s. Incumbent provides unique and informed insights into the analysis and development of accounting practices and procedures to increase capacity, efficiency, effectiveness and competency within the college. The Finance Professional 4 (FP4) level position would serve as Senior Accountant and be assigned to CEHD's most complex (funding sources, finance volume transactions/funding amounts/sponsored projects, scope of responsibility, staffing makeup). Similar to a FP3, the FP4 would be assigned a college-wide business process, but the FP4's assignment will be one that has a greater impact college-wide (i.e. external sales). Additionally, a FP4 position would take a larger role in mentoring and training other Finance Professional 2s and 3s on the team. The FP4 would be assigned as a mentor to other FPs, would participate in search committees, would provide input for annual reviews, but there are no formal supervisor responsibilities. The University of Minnesota encourages a healthy work life balance for employees. CEHD is committed to an excellent employee experience, offering a flexible work environment that meets the needs of students, staff, faculty, and the communities we serve. Flexible work arrangements may include flexibility in schedule and/or work location. Please note that 100% remote work requires approval. All UMN employees are expected to follow applicable public health and safety procedures. Job Responsibilities:Budget and Financial Management (40%)

Academic, Center and/or Administrative Unit Accountant Consult with business managers and unit administrators in the development of external/internal sales business plans, billing rates, and contracts. Provide assistance on budget development for programs, projects and initiatives. This includes activities related to course fees and fees in lieu of tuition. Lead assigned unit/s annual budget and fiscal year close processes. Facilitate conversations and provide guidance to unit leadership regarding financial position and potential funding needs. Assist in the monitoring and completion of the unit's merit process. Develop and enter the budget into EFS by the required deadlines. Complete required reporting and closing procedures Lead the development and maintenance of a chart of accounts that align with operational needs, optimizes reporting, while minimizing impact on efficiency. Chart of accounts should be consistent with University policy and should align with collegiate strategies. Manage financial transactions for a diverse portfolio of sponsored and non-sponsored accounts including foundation gifts, scholarships and endowments, internal and external sales, O&M state allocations, state special allocations, indirect cost recovery, and various sponsored accounts, grants and project funding sources. Management to include verification and use of appropriate accounting, completion of reconciliations, review and approval/denial of transactions, and initiation and entry of corrections. Management also includes assessing, analyzing, interpreting, translating and recommending courses of action based upon professional judgement and knowledge of University policies and procedures and other regulating agency requirements Ensure accuracy of entered personnel and payroll transactions in payroll accounting and on abstracts, including consistency with appointment documentation and appropriateness of funding source. Sponsored Project Accountant (30%)
Develop budgets and/or projections for sponsored projects grant proposal awards, renewals and no-cost extensions, working closely with the grant coordinator and Principle Investigators (PIs)/researchers to ensure effective pre and post-award management of sponsored projects. Provide fiscal management and monitoring of sponsored project activity and balances in compliance with University and regulatory agency policies and procedures. Develop and maintain knowledge of pertinent federal, state, business, and non-profit sponsors to provide guidance and interpretation of governing legislation, rules and conditions. Consult with and develop partnerships with Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA), Sponsored Financial Reporting (SFR), and external sponsors to manage sub-awards, reconcile/resolve concerns, and close out awards. Coordinate and facilitate regularly scheduled meetings with PIs, and unit administrators to monitor financial activity and to address concerns. Perform Certified Approver (CA) duties for assigned units. Coordinate effort certification, including managing and monitoring effort certification process, investigating budgetary issues, preparing payroll distribution changes, processing necessary correcting entries, and meeting required deadlines. Reporting and Analysis (15%)
Prepare complex, comprehensive, customized, routine, and ad hoc reporting from a variety of sources for University, college, and unit leadership, and PIs, as needed. Consult with stakeholders to interpret data and to make recommendations and observations. Perform budget-to-actual analysis of assigned sponsored and non-sponsored accounts. Analyze financial data for anomalies, identify gaps in revenue and/or expenses, investigate and recommend solutions. Develop and present projections and trending to inform and advise stakeholders. Lead Finance Professional (10%):
College Process Resource Provide oversight and management of college-wide business processes (i.e., scholarships, internal/external sales, effort certification, payroll accounting, sponsored projects/grants/projects, certified approver, reporting and data analytics) Assigned to specific college-wide business processes as a subject matter expert; partner with management to ensure coordination and dissemination of new and changing policy and procedure. Conduct training for: accounting professionals, department administrators, preparers and processors within the college Serve as a first-point-of-contact resource for process-related policies and procedures interpretation. Participate in process improvement initiatives that have an overall impact on the college or individual units. Train and mentor other finance professional team members as needed Serve on and/or lead department, college-wide, and university-wide committees, implementation projects, task force initiatives, and standing University-level defined roles and content expert groups.


Required Qualifications (for Finance Professional 3, 8223FG job code):
BA/BS plus at least four years of professional work experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal eight years. Demonstrated experience in accounting/fund accounting, budget development, and/or other financial management. Demonstrated ability to collaborate well with people from a variety of backgrounds, communities, and identities. Required Qualfications (for Finance Professional 4, 8224FG job code):
BA/BS plus at least five years of professional work experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal nine years. Demonstrated experience in accounting/fund accounting, budget development, and/or other financial management. Demonstrated ability to collaborate well with people from a variety of backgrounds, communities, and identities. Preferred Qualifications:
BA/BS with major(s) related to: accounting, business or public administration, finance, economics, or other related field. Documented experience working within a higher education research environment; familiarity with University of Minnesota enterprise systems, policies, and procedures. Experience managing and prioritizing multiple tasks and work both independently and as part of a team. Experience delivering high level customer service, including proactive communication and ability to troubleshoot and resolve issues Advanced computer skills including spreadsheet development and maintenance. Fiscal experience in fund forecasting/projecting and monitoring, auditing, grants management, and reporting (utilizing multiple data sources). Experience with financial management, oversight, and monitoring complex budgets and contracts. Certified approver (UMN internal applicants, passed exam 1 and 2); expectation to pass both within 12 months of employment.

About the Department

College OverviewThe College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), the third largest college at the University, contributes to a just and sustainable future through engagement with the local and global communities to enhance human learning and development at all stages of the life span. We know diversity is necessary to do our best work and foster our humanity. That's why the CEHD community is collectively dedicated to cultivating an inclusive and equitable environment, embracing and celebrating all identities of our students, staff, and faculty. These values are also a moral imperative requiring continuous proactive measures and a firm stance against prejudice, discrimination, and systemic injustice.


Working at the UniversityAt the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no costPlease visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.


    The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

    Employment Requirements

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

    Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University's Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:

    About the U of M

    The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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