University Bursar

Columbia, SC
Sep 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Details
Posting Summary

Logo Posting Number STA00317PO17 Classification Title Director/Adjunct Internal Title University Bursar Campus Columbia 01 College/Division Division of Administration and Finance Department Bursar's Office Band Unclassified Advertised Minimum Salary Salary commensurate with qualifications. Advertised Salary Range $95,000-$115,000 Location of Vacancy Part/Full Time Full Time Hours per week 37.5 Work Schedule

Seasonal high-volume work times will require working beyond normal business hours.

Type of Staff Position Full-time Equivalent (FTE) Basis 12 months Job Search Category Fiscal Accounting

About UofSC

The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state's flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 "Best Colleges" according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state's educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

Position Description

Advertised Job Summary

The University Bursar reports directly to the Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer. The University Bursar implements and administers financial policies and procedures for the assessment, collection, disbursement, deposit and monitoring of tuition and fees for the University of South Carolina system. In addition, the University Bursar is charged with ensuring that all tuition and fees are properly accounted for and are collected, receipted and dispensed according to policies established by the Board of Trustees. The University Bursar has oversight and reporting of University receivables. The University Bursar's Office serves all campuses in the USC System and must operate in an efficient and cost effective manner. The University Bursar is responsible for providing excellent customer service to students, parents, faculty and staff in matters regarding cash payments and collections.

The University Bursar will:
• Collect and account for gross student tuition and fees in excess of $700M.
• Receipt and disburse more than $400M in financial aid. Authorize tuition and fee refunds in excess of $164M.
• Perform customer service to students, parents, staff members and visitors to resolve problems and complaints concerning student accounts.
• Maintain accountability and responsibility for all cash and receivable accounting functions.
• Coordinate fee payment with system campuses.
• Ensure that transactions are made in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and that proper accounting controls are in place and are functioning as designed.
• Ensure that audit exceptions, if any, are corrected in a timely manner. Supervise and coordinate the day-to-day operations of the Bursar's Office.
• Coordinate with various internal and external University service suppliers to ensure a positive customer experience and services outages and technical issues.

Minimum Qualifications (Classified and Unclassified positions)

The position requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree with 10 years of related financial experience in a University setting as well as excellent interpersonal and technical skills, including word processing, spreadsheets and databases.

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience in a University Bursar's Office is preferred. Master's degree is preferred.


Bachelor's degree required with 10 years of related financial experience in a University setting. Employee will be computer proficient in Microsoft Office Applications including word processing, spreadsheets and databases. Additional qualifications and job criteria are: a strong, demonstrated commitment to quality customer service at all levels (student, faculty/staff/administration); a demonstrated track record of innovation, particularly in the use of modern technologies to more efficiently serve the public; experience with Enterprise Information Systems technologies (Banner, PeopleSoft); ability to effectively collaborate with other University offices involved with University Finance; ability to be a team player working across Finance units during peak periods.

The University Bursar will be a strong leader who is capable of effecting a cultural change in the management of the department. The employee will be an experienced supervisor who is able to maximize the strengths of staff members and help the department deliver excellent customer service. The employee will have the ability to gain the respect of others and to involve staff members in the department in the decisions that are made. The employee will be a collaborative team member along with the Associate Vice President(s) for Finance, University Controller, Director of Business Process Improvement, University Budget Director and Director of Capital Planning and Budgets. The employee will be a team builder and will demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills by communicating with various constituencies.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1 Desired Start Date 10/02/2017 If Research Grant/Time Limited, give end date Job Open Date 09/15/2017 Job Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicant Quicklink for Posting EEO Statement

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, veteran status or genetics.

Position Attributes

Hazardous weather category Essential Safety Sensitive or Security Sensitive No

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have at least a minimum of a bachelor's degree with 10 years of related financial experience in a University setting as well as excellent interpersonal and technical skills, including word processing, spreadsheets and databases?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of References and Contact Information
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