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The School of Law has an exciting new opportunity for a Director of Finance.
The Director of Finance position is responsible for leading the School’s financial planning and management, budget development, monitoring, reporting, long-range forecasting, Dean's level grant and contract fiscal oversight, and policy setting regarding fiscal procedures. The Director oversees annual budgets worth $35M across a total of 10 professional academic and research programs. This position reports to the Assistant Dean for Finance and Operations, and works in partnership with the school’s leadership and administrators to oversee, implement, and provide accurate and timely financial reports for a wide variety of funding sources including state, research, gift and self-sustaining funds. The Director is a member of the school’s senior leadership team, and represents the school at meetings of and on committees for university-wide administrative and financial leadership staff.
The Director has a comprehensive range of responsibilities in the realm of financial planning and management. The Director oversees two other finance professionals and the core services provided to the school including payroll, procurement, grant and contract management and financial reporting. This position is integral to growing and improving the financial planning and analysis performance of the school, meanwhile working with faculty, librarians, staff, and students to facilitate the school’s ability to achieve their educational and scholarly goals. The Director will help lead the school’s efforts to support the UW’s Financial Transformation Program (UWFT), a $200M initiative to replace the UW’s financial systems with an integrated system that manages the full suite of financial transitions and reporting needs. As the lead for the initiative, the Director will represent the school to the UWFT Program, and will facilitate the school’s staff and system readiness for this major change initiative and help champion a successful end user experience.
Financial Planning, Analysis and Management
Provide guidance and strategic partnering to the school’s leadership, units, and stakeholders regarding fiscal management and planning of annual budgets worth $35M
Oversee the management and stewardship of state funds, self-sustaining, grants and contracts, endowment and gift funds, and other revenues and ensure overall compliance
Responsible for forecasting, budget reporting, variance analysis, and development and maintenance of overall budget plan
Collaborate with the school’s leadership team and administrators to oversee the sound financial management across the school’s Juris Doctorate program, seven graduate law programs, masters of jurisprudence, and PhD in law, as well the Gallagher Law Library
Coordinate the school’s internal annual budget and infrastructure renewal process
Oversee preparation, submission and management of state budget and budget revisions to the Office of Planning and Budgeting
Maintain and improves the use of streamlined, automated, and accurate financial reports to optimize the school’s ability to manage financial performance within the UW activity-based and fee based budgeting environment
Preparation and management of core financial data in support of the School’s overall financial plan
Development and implementation of internal financial system controls to ensure integrity of all financial transactions in accordance with applicable jurisdictions, aligned with best practices, and preparedness for UWFT
Translate department objectives into financial assumptions for short-term and long-term planning
Ability to project school’s revenue and expenses and developing budget models to guide the faculty and Dean’s leadership team
Compile, interpret, and communicate financial information to various audiences, including the school leadership, the faculty, internal and external stakeholders as appropriate
Support development initiatives to help prepare fiscal information to support the development and cultivation potential and current sponsors, donors, and other sources of gift revenue as needed
Partner with HR leadership to ensure compensation strategies align with the School’s overall budget plan, and that compensation obligations are met in accordance with University policies
Strategic Planning and Leadership
Responsible for overseeing all fiscal operations for the law school including centralized payroll, purchasing, travel, budget, gift processing, revenue centers, accounting functions relative to all budgets (state, self-sustaining, gifts, endowments, grant/contracts, and etc.)
Develops fiscal policies and procedures for the law school to comply with all University policies and procedures and conduct with regard to fiscal matters according to the generally accepted accounting principles
Establishes and complies with operational work standards in the unit and assure that all employees are following the rules and policies set forth
Serves as an advisor to faculty and staff on allowable costs on budgets from multiple sources. Participate as a representative on institutional committees, as assigned. Consult with representatives from other agencies regarding fiscal matters
Develops and produces specialized financial reports requiring a high level of sophistication and complexity relative to the University and the School of Law. Prepares information and reports that forecast trends, analyzes performance results, and addresses financial concerns
Develops, modifies and maintains multiple record keeping and reporting systems for varied and complex sources of funding; develops procedures for implementation, execution, control and review/audit of fiscal operations
Business Operations Management
Directly supervise two finance professionals and lead the finance team.
Supervise workflow, hiring, performance reviews, development and management
Lead School of Law finance staff in evolving fiscal operations
Ensure staff are appropriately trained and prepared to complete work
Develop, manage and direct the work of the finance office unit personnel, their financial system and processes and the flow of financial reporting
Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business Administration or related field
Six or more years of increasingly responsible financial and administrative leadership experience in higher education, to include reporting and analyzing financial data, policy development, compliance and risk mitigation, and advising high-level decision makers
Experience with a change management project for a large-scale business operations change, e.g., enterprise resource planning (ERP) software implementation
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Exceptional project management and organizational skills, and problem-solving ability
Proven capacity to effectively manage deadlines and ensure accuracy while responding quickly and appropriately to emerging and/or urgent issues
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn new software
Ability to supervise and lead a team of staff, as well as motivate, lead, and support the success of unit colleagues to enable school-wide success
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
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