Senior Finance Director, School of Continuing Studies Georgetown University
Location: Washington, D.C.
Internal Number: 3691267
Senior Finance Director, School of Continuing Studies Georgetown University
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Senior Finance Director, School of Continuing Studies - Georgetown University
Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies (SCS) seeks to foster a collaborative, innovative, and student-first culture shaped by Georgetown's Jesuit heritage and values. SCS endeavors to be a center of innovation and growth within the University by introducing academic programs that respond to emerging and evolving needs in the economy and society. When you join our team at SCS, you become part of a thriving ecosystem of staff and faculty committed to inspiring students to seek something greater in their lives and careers.
The Senior Finance Director serves as the chief finance and administrative officer and the senior business manager for (SCS), comprising 13 divisions or departments, more than 20-degree programs, more than 160 professional administrative staff and fulltime faculty members, and more than 1,000 part-time adjunct faculty members. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Oversees the Human Resource function for staff/AAP and faculty, financial planning and budgeting function for the school, including position budget, resource allocation and business operations in fulfillment of the mission and objectives of the School; and serves as backup to the Chief of Staff for the Human Resource function for staff/AAP and faculty
Serves as a strategic financial and administrative partner to the leadership of SCS and its programs
Ensures that SCS staff, faculty, and students receive high quality administrative support in a manner compliant with University policies and procedures
Directs and manages comprehensive business affairs of the programs, including management and analysis of departmental budgets, information systems, the strategic planning and budgeting for human resource allocation, serving as a partner to the Chief of Staff for organizational development, including, training and development, and regulatory compliance
Along with other members of the SCS leadership team, supports the Dean and other stakeholders in developing the strategic plan for the school and drives the implementation of SCS's financial strategy and strategic plan
Understands and monitors external and internal factors influencing SCS's mission and goals
Sponsored Project Management
As the designated Department Financial Manager for Sponsored Project, the Senior Finance Director is responsible for financial management of the sponsored project to ensure compliance with sponsor's requirements and University's policies and procedures.
Within 30 days after the close of the month (generally the 8th business day after the end of the month), performs the duties assigned, to include but not limited to: Review and reconcile expenses on the Center Status Reports to ensure that the expenses are a) allowable by the sponsor for the project, b) allocable to the project, c) reasonable and necessary, d) supported by required documents, and e) within the budgeted amounts;
Review salary distributions to ensure that they reasonably reflect employees' level of effort on project. Review associated fringe benefits for accuracy;
Review the commitments of key personnel, to ensure the costs reasonably reflect the level of effort committed to the sponsors as part of proposal and notify OSP/OSR of significant variances;
Review the calculation of indirect cost recovery to ensure accuracy;
Process all corrections and adjustments within 90 days of when the charge initially posts to the financial system (posted date for non-payroll and pay period end date for payroll transactions) and ensure corrections and adjustments are reviewed and approved according to the signature authority policy and supported by appropriate documents;
Complete the Financial Status Report (FSR) worksheets timely and accurately; and
Ensure that payments to subrecipients are reviewed and processed in a timely manner.
Bachelor's degree in business, accounting or related field
7 to 10 years of progressively responsible leadership and supervision in finance and administration - preference for higher education experience
Significant experience and strong competence in developing and managing complex budgets and in using electronic financial management tools to track revenue and expenses, generate reports, and perform financial analysis and modeling
Demonstrated experience with complex strategic planning and resource allocation
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, with a mastery of Excel, Google Suite, and Zoom.
Quick learner around various software systems, including Cognos, Workday, Salesforce, and other key enrollment systems
Well-developed managerial, decision-making, planning, organizational, analytical, problem-solving and leadership skills
Demonstrated ability to manage complex teams on a day-to-day basis and inspire a high level of commitment and performance. Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with SCS leadership and departmental and program staff, as well as with the Office of the Provost, Human Resources, OCFO, and other University offices and departments
Adaptability and flexibility
Attention to detail
Ability to triage and solve complex challenges and requests
Service orientation, professional demeanor and a team orientation is required; i.e. avoiding 'that's not my job'
Ability to work well under pressure, in a high-paced environment, and have a sense of humor
Strong time management skills, with the ability to prioritize work and multi-tasking to meet deadlines
Ability to think outside the box and to solve problems creatively
Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of personnel and financial information, demonstrate integrity and collegiality to all colleagues
Character that combines human compatibility, integrity, the highest standards of ethics, and the determination to be an effective team member
Outstanding oral and written communication skills, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, careful judgement and discretion with respect to strategic, confidential, and sensitive material, flexibility and ability to prioritize tasks
Experience with Workday, Adaptive, and Cognos
Professional Accounting qualifications
Work Mode:Hybrid. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University. Such review may necessitate a change to a position's mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University's mode of work designations for staff positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources Mode of Work Designation.
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