Director Finance Systems

Montclair State is New Jersey's second largest university. It offers the advantages of a large university - a broad undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a wide variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level, and a diverse faculty and student body - combined with a small college's attention to students.

Posting Date April 18, 2017

Position Title Director Finance Systems

Vacancy # V-1288

Department Enterprise Application Services

Division Information Technology

Job Description

Reporting to the Associate Vice President, Enterprise Application Services, the Director, Finance Systems manages the software development lifecycle in its entirety for the suite of applications under the PeopleSoft Financial Management System (FMS) and various other applications utilized by departments within the finance division and by end users throughout campus. The Director not only develops policies and procedures guiding each application's use and functionality, but also communicates same to the client community.

The Director is responsible for supporting the operations of FMS to include the direct oversight of a team of business analysts and developers that support institutional configuration, financial transactions, business processes, integrations, customizations and reporting needs.

The Director, working closely with the Associate Vice President, Enterprise Application Services and the Vice President for Finance, is directly responsible for working with the Finance and IT teams to implement new system functionality, develop cross-functional integrations, support the redesign of business processes, design financial system reports, resolve support issues, manage user level security access and administer the PeopleSoft application. He/she will be responsible for all stages of the Software Development and Project Management lifecycles and will develop project plans, monitor and track progress and produce timely status reports.

The Director recommends and assists in establishing Finance and IT departmental goals and objectives; developing guidelines, procedures, policies, rules, and regulations as appropriate; and developing schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving goals.

The Director develops and evaluates system modification requests and vendor patches/upgrades; and coordinates the activities of subordinates, including planning, assigning, and supervising the work of functional analysts and developers.

Department Leadership, Direction and Supervision:

•Serve as a strategic business planning partner with Finance business process owners, IT and key business processes owners that interface with Finance.
•Provide recommendations for system and process changes/improvements to the Associate Vice President, Enterprise Application Services and the Vice President for Finance & Treasurer, based on analysis of system applications and identify continuous improvement opportunities.
•Provide expertise, leadership and support for Financial/ERP systems.
•Represent Finance department priorities in technology-related status and prioritization meetings.
•Assign responsibilities to staff and monitoring and reporting progress relative to schedules, budgets and tasks.

Systems Development and Support:

•Manage a team of business systems analysts (functional analysts), developers and administrators.
•Manage and communicate core system configuration changes.
•Manage support of General Ledger with Commitment Control, eProcurement, Procurement, Accounts Payable, Receivables, Billing, Cash Management, Project Costing, Grants, Contracts, eSupplier connection, eSettlement and Reporting applications
•Troubleshoot and resolve financial system issues.
•Serve as the senior leader for financial/ERP system implementations and upgrades.
•Manage the business requirements analysis, specification, user acceptance testing and documentation for financial system implementations, upgrades, patches and new functionality.
•Provide day-to-day support to the Finance Division and end-user community.

Production Support:

•Coordinate functional and technical support to the campus and Financial Operations staff for production issues, including: monitoring the timeliness, accuracy and integrity of daily transactions and batch processing errors, planning and organizing business continuity, disaster recovery, and crisis management activities.
•Maintain essential records and files pertaining to procedures, data file structures, and report production.

The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal responsibilities of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.

Qualifications & Requirements

•A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college in a business and finance area or other related area is required. Or equivalent work experience as a senior technology systems manager.
•At least five years of progressively responsible work in PeopleSoft (or other comparable ERP) financial system's administration/management, preferably in a college or university environment.
•At least three years of experience managing large scale projects implementing change initiatives as a technical expert and project manager.
•At least three years of experience directly managing system development and support efforts and functional/development personnel.
•Ability to plan, conceptualize and make sound business decisions.
•Ability to exercise considerable independent and professional judgment in matters of significance.
•Ability to communicate effectively with senior, cross-functional stakeholders.

Preferred Skills:

•Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and governmental accounting standards.
•Experience leading teams through change management activities.
•A thorough understanding of PS financial applications, PS Query, PS Security, PS Application Designer and SQL Plus.
•Demonstrated experience in Business Requirements Analysis, Financial System Support, and coordination of End User Testing
•Experience developing test scripts and Unit, System and User Acceptance Test plans.
•Experience leading development projects from inception to closure, using Agile and/or Waterfall methodologies.
•ITIL and Project Management certifications a plus.
•Ability to work independently.

Salary Range
Commensurate with Expereince

Anticipated Start Date As soon as job is filled

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Organizational Marketing Statement:

Building on a distinguished 105-year history, Montclair State University is proud to be a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey. The university's six colleges and schools serve more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 300 majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs. Situated on a beautiful, 250-acre suburban campus just 14 miles from New York City, Montclair State combines the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a dynamic, sophisticated, and diverse academic environment.

EEO/AA Statement:

Montclair State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution with a strong commitment to diversity. Additional information can be found on the MSU website at



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