Financial Manager

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Hyde Park Campus

32370 Law School

About the Unit
The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country's premier law schools. Located on a residential campus in one of America's great cities, Chicago offers a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students, faculty, and staff form a small, tightly knit community devoted to the life of the mind. The Law School opened its doors in 1902, twelve years after the founding of the University of Chicago. It has been an innovator in legal education ever since.

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Job Summary

The Law School at the University of Chicago is seeking a Financial Manager to join its Administrative team. This new position will work closely with and reports to the Associate Dean for Administration.


  • Works with departments within the Law School to develop and track annual budgets, providing templates and consulting as needed.
  • Provides budget preparation and tracking guidance to new managers and administrators. Assists in developing and monitoring compensation budgets.
  • Assists with the annual fiscal close process.
  • Monitors expenditures on active accounts.
  • Determines appropriateness of and approves expenditures.
  • Compares actual expenditures to budgets and identifies and investigates variances.
  • Advises of problem spending patterns including both under and over spending.
  • Reviews revenue and expense accounts to identify and correct inconsistencies.
  • Ensures proper accounting and audit trails.
  • Prepares transmittal forms and institutional payroll transfer forms to correct salary distributions on accounts.
  • Reconciles grants salary recovery with operating expectations.
  • Follows-up with corporate, institutional, and agency staff regarding reimbursement, grant payment, and general financial matters.
  • Produces quarterly projections reports.
  • Identifies areas of the budget that need to be analyzed and makes recommendations regarding ways to streamline and reduce costs.
  • Implements approved recommendations with managers.
  • Provides budget modeling.
  • Creates and maintains spreadsheets and databases that improve the effectiveness of the Law School's financial functioning.
  • Monitors compliance with University policies and procedures.
  • Coordinates the preparation of financial documents, ensuring completeness and accuracy.
  • Researched and proposes solutions to problems and corrects according to proper policy and procedures.
  • Recommends and coordinates staff access to University financial systems and troubleshoots system issues, liaising with University staff as needed.
  • Completes special projects and analyses as needed.

  • Advanced level Excel skills
  • Previous experience with proprietary financial/accounting software systems
  • Mathematical aptitude with strong analytical skills
  • Ability to translate data and create well organized reports, charts and graphs
  • Strong organization and detail orientation skills
  • Ability to consistently make high-quality professional judgments
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written skills
  • Strong problem solving skills with a resourceful approach to researching and proposing solutions
  • Ability to exercise discretion and tact and work professionally and diplomatically with individuals within the school and university
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changes in workflow and procedures
  • Ability to independently complete projects on time and with minimal supervision
  • Flexibility and ability to work effectively under considerable time pressure
  • Previous experience with Business Objects, Oracle/Delphi and other University systems preferred

Additional Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required, degree in accounting, business administration, or other relevant discipline preferred.

  • 3 years of experience in a professional financial role required; 5 or more years preferred.
  • Previous experience in higher education preferred.

Required Documents:

(NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.)
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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About Us
The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job No:
Posted: 2/22/2018
Application Due: 4/23/2018
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