A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills that directly relate to this position.
The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures exceeding $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.
The U-M Library strives to develop skills to help manifest diversity as engagement, innovation, and above all, a respect for all individuals. These skills are important to the library, which offers its wide-ranging and diverse content, services, and expertise to the entire U-M community and beyond. We look for and celebrate diversity in all of its forms, and more importantly, we embrace it as an organizational priority. The library has a long history of engaging in diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility work, which is important to the success of an academic research library and the tenets of diversity are infused into all aspects of our work.
The Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work.
The Library Finance department provides a broad range of financial administrative support and strives to be a consistent partner with multiple divisions within the Library. The Financial Specialist works within a financial support group (budget analysts and financial specialists) to provide varied fiscal support to specific divisions in the Library. This work will involve a high degree of autonomous decision-making, multitasking, and attention to detail. This position reports to the Finance Manager in the Library Deans’ Office.
Provide thoughtful guidance regarding financial practices to faculty and staff.
Manage transactional activity in partnership with the University Shared Services Center, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, statement of activities/gross pay register reconciliation, travel and expense, service unit billings, and journal entries.
Initiate purchases of supplies and equipment using a variety of methods including purchase requisitions, purchase orders, and payment requests.
Assist faculty and staff with requests for quotations and proposals for purchases by collaborating closely with University Procurement Services.
Provide pre- and post-award research administration support for assigned divisions.
Create monthly, quarterly, annual, and ad hoc management reports to support budgetary oversight and financial analysis of funds for divisional activity.
Assist with chartfield maintenance by opening and closing of new project grants and shortcodes, and maintaining the Library’s database of funding sources.
Recommend processes to improve overall effectiveness, and assist department with implementation of new procedures.
Perform other financial tasks and assume other responsibilities as requested.
Bachelor’s degree with two or more years of related financial or accounting experience or an equivalent amount of experience and education.
Experience applying fundamental financial concepts and practices to business needs.
Eagerness to take on new tasks.
Ability to adapt to changing needs and priorities.
Experience working with administrative policies, data, and resources in a college or university environment.
Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.
Experience using advanced spreadsheet functions and reporting software.
High degree of initiative and resourcefulness.
Experience with sponsored research administration.
This position receives 24 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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About University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.