The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
University Life is a central division that works with Columbia???s 17 schools and colleges and serves as a student life hub. We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive campus culture where students can thrive in all dimensions of their lives. We focus on connecting students to each other, to the broader University and surrounding community, and to opportunities beyond their schools.
University Life was created to develop and enhance the student experience at Columbia University. Working in collaboration with students, faculty, and staff, University Life focuses on enhancing the student experience by strengthening resources, policies, and conversations, and building community outside of the classroom. Our efforts all connect to core values for the Columbia community:
Inclusion and belonging
Health and well-being
Reporting to the Director of Finance, Facilities and Operations, the Assistant Director of Finance, will be charged with processing and reconciling financial transactions, and providing periodical financial reports. They will be responsible for ensuring that financial information has been recorded accurately and in a timely manner.
Monitor operating budgets and financial transactions; oversee monthly ARC reconciliation, research and resolve any problems; prepare reports to aid in budgeting, financial tracking, and projections.
Maintain high-quality customer service for diverse audiences, students, faculty, and staff; foster a collegial and inviting environment that supports the division on financial-related inquiries.
Prepare and present reports to track the Division???s various revenues and expenditures and to review budget versus actual results.
Perform and present trend analysis and forecasting of revenue and expense areas to allow for more efficient and effective financial and programmatic decision-making including identifying potential shortfalls. Make recommendations about spending patterns and proposals.
Provide finance training to new hires, managers and refreshers to existing staff as needed; advises staff on policy and processing changes, including vendor management support.
Work with the Director to process contracts, agreements, sponsorships, in line with University guidelines; ensure fiscal compliance across divisional processes, policies and guidelines.
Process invoices, reimbursements, and all other financial transactions accurately and in a timely manner for all University Life departments. Reviews and approves p-card, and corporate card, Concur, voucher and requisition transactions for the division.
Manage and review all financial transactions for University Life programs and initiatives
Work with the Director on annual fiscal closing for the division.
Supervise one to two student employees and oversee administrative finance tasks, including filing, scanning.
Other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in finance or a related field, or equivalent experience required
3-5 years related experience
Impeccable attention to detail
Strong oral and written communication skills
Experience with budgeting, forecasting and expense analysis
Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast???paced environment and work independently.
Advanced skills with Microsoft Excel, including working with formulas, scripts and pivot tables.
Experience with Oracle/PeopleSoft or comparable financial system
Experience working in higher education or non-profit organizations
The right candidate is patient, solutions-oriented, and enjoys working with others to build community.
Exercises sound judgment and maintains a sense of humor and enjoys working in a dynamic environment
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.