The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy is Columbia University???s research institute dedicated to the social sciences. ISERP pioneers research and integrates knowledge and methods across the social sciences. ISERP supports researchers, faculty, students, and social science research through research development, education and training programs, centers, programmatic initiatives and administrative support.
Reporting to the Director for Administration and Finance, the incumbent will manage and administer the institute's financial and budgetary affairs in collaboration with the Directors of the Institute.
A detailed cover letter is required to be considered for this position.
This role may support flexible and hybrid work arrangements.
The Assistant Director is responsible for the financial operations of the institute. The incumbent will coordinate and oversee the daily financial transactions and inquiries handled by the Business Office. This includes ensuring compliance with University and restricted funds guidelines.
Prepares and submits departmental fiscal year budgets, budget entry and analyses on quarterly variance reports in collaboration with the Director.
Manages government and private grant forecasting and proxy budgeting with faculty and the pre and post-award staff.
Oversee the operational accounts that include evaluation of short and long term revenue projections, including tuition and indirect cost revenues, and indirect cost sharing calculations and distribution.
Directs the preparation of monthly account reconciliation and financial reports for government and private grants and other unrestricted projects funded and/or managed by the institute.
Work closely with investigators to prepare budget projections, spending targets, and reallocation of funds.
Provides analytical and problem-solving support to ISERP affiliates and work with investigators and staff to provide options for complicated grant related accounts payable transactions, such as international research, international conference and events; and oversight of all financial aspects of programmatic initiatives. Including the preparation of the annual 990 Schedule F filing on all foreign accounts payable activity.
Supervises and trains Business Office staff members; liaises with the Office of the VP for the Faculty of Arts & Sciences as well as the University's Controllers Office, Sponsored Projects Administration, Sponsored Projects Finance, Purchasing and Accounts Payable.
Oversees accounts payable, monitor CONCUR, Fin Sys and P-card transactions to ensure compliance with University policies.
Manages bi-weekly support staff, casual, and work-study payroll; salary distributions, cost transfers and additional compensation transactions and oversee the financial components of student appointments and their related grant support.
Serves as Effort Coordinator and oversee the annual effort certification process.
Performs other related duties and projects as assigned.
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance or the equivalent required, with at least three years of related experience.
Familiarity with Columbia University???s accounting system. Knowledge of Uniform Guidance Principles and other policies related to grants. Strong computer skills. Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills are required. Initiative, discretion, tact, and ability to establish priorities and manage multiple tasks required. Computer literacy, including proficiency with Excel, and the ability to acquire skills in the University's financial and personnel systems required. Attention to detail and the ability to understand and clearly present financial information are essential.
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