Posted in Education and Training
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
SMU's more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 80 countries to take advantage of the University's small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.
Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. The University's entrepreneurial spirit lives in people from every academic discipline who see opportunities to create something new in the world - and work hard to bring their innovations to life. SMU's relationship with Dallas - the dynamic center of one of the nation's fastest-growing regions - offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for our students, faculty and alumni to make a global impact. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities - from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.
About the Department:
Department is the academic support arm of the Office of Budget and Finance and provides support to all seven academic areas, the Provost and the Moody Graduate School. The team includes a two-part unit which includes financial business managers involved with the annual budget and merit processes, year-end close, financial reporting and approvals and a transaction-focused unit that facilitates journal processing, accounts payable processing, as well as other functions, in a high-touch customer service environment.
About the Position:
This role is an on-campus, in-person position.
This position serves as financial/strategic advisor to the Dean of assigned school with the following responsibilities: Handle routine & specialized budget activities including funding decisions/start-up management, audit, analysis & reporting; Oversight of purchasing, including capital purchase planning & purchase requisition approvals; Management of Concur/Pcard & other systems including access, maintenance & coordination/communication of compliance issues; Support HR activities including job description review, comp. decisions for both faculty & staff, draft/review employment agreements & management of position budgeting; Oversee/guides the annual budget & merit process & year-end close process; Responds to questions from tax, internal/external audit & the controller; Manage/maintain financial org structure, handles routine/special reporting needs, cost/exp analysis/projections; participates in leadership meetings as needed.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree is required. Preferably degree in accounting, finance or business.
A minimum of seven (7) years of experience is required.
Candidate with work experience in general accounting/general ledger; work environment that included a private university setting is desired. Knowledge of staff and/or program management experience is strongly preferred. Work experience with forecasting and planning strongly desired; experience with change management a plus.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Candidate with CPA certification is preferred. Candidate must demonstrate to possess knowledge about and able to articulate GAAP/FASB. Candidate must also demonstrate strong customer service orientation. Candidate with advanced Excel skills is required. Experience with PeopleSoft Financials is a plus. Attention to detail is a must.
Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.
Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.
Physical and Environmental Demands:
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