CCTO Assistant Director of Finance

Job description

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

University of Colorado Cancer Center

Cancer Clinical Trials Office

Assistant Director of Finance

Position # 00743110 - Requisition 12531

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

The University of Colorado Cancer Center has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Cancer Clinical Trials Office (CCTO) Assistant Director of Finance position.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.

The University of Colorado Cancer Center, located at the Anschutz Medical Campus, is Colorado's only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, a distinction recognizing its outstanding contributions to research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. CU Cancer Center's clinical partner for adult care, University of Colorado Hospital is ranked in the top 15 hospitals nationwide by U.S. News and World Report and Children's Hospital Colorado is ranked 8th by the same organization in Pediatric Cancer Care. The CU Cancer Center is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network®, an alliance of the nation's leading cancer centers working to establish and deliver the gold standard in cancer clinical guidelines. CU Cancer Center also is a member of the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN), a unique research partnership among North America's top cancer centers leveraging multiple data sources and matching patients to targeted treatments. CU Cancer Center is a consortium of approximately 261 researchers and physicians at three state universities and three clinical institutions, all working toward its vision to prevent and cure cancer while being a global model for patient care delivery, interdisciplinary research, and training.

Nature of Work

The CU Cancer Center Cancer Clinical Trials Office (CCTO) is hiring an Assistant Director of Finance (Research Services Program Director) to oversee all aspects of the unit's financial operations. With over 130 employees, the CCTO is the largest clinical trials unit on the Anschutz Medical Campus with over 500 active clinical trials and thousands of patient participants. The Assistant Director of Finance will lead the finance and budget office of the CCTO, which is comprised of 24 FTEs and is responsible for managing ~ $20.8M (FY17) in annual revenue. The finance and budget office is divided into 3 groups; Pre-award, Post-award and Billing, each with its own manager. The Pre-award team (12 FTEs) handles contract and budget negotiations, amendments and OnCore data integrity. The Post-award team (8 FTEs) handles project reconciliation, sponsor invoicing and collections. The Billing team (4 FTEs) audits and pays UCHealth and CU Medicine invoices ensuring all charges are appropriate. Working with Cancer Center leadership and the CCTO Medical Director, this position is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic departmental goals, standards and objectives that contribute to the clinical research mission of the University of Colorado Cancer Center. This position will be accountable for the financial status of the CCTO and will be expected to implement processes to facilitate the development of fiscally reasonable research budgets, establish processes to analyze and report the financial performance of the CCTO on an interim/annual basis, and use business intelligence practices to ensure long-term financial success. The position will be required to conduct needs assessment and planning to meet strategic and business objectives, and implement and oversee the execution of financial policies and procedures to ensure compliance with University, CU Medicine and UC Health and executing business, operational, and clinical projects.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Provides ongoing leadership and oversight of the financial operations of the CCTO and in conjunction with Medical Director and Cancer Center leadership, develops and executes strategies and processes that will drive the strategic plan and vision of the organization and ensure the departmental goals, standards and objectives are in alignment with the strategic plan.
  • Analyzes the organizations financial performance and communicates the performance to key stakeholders in the Cancer Center, the School of Medicine and in UCHealth to support short- and long-term strategic planning and decision-making processes.
  • Responsible for the development of the overall CCTO budget on an annual basis to align with the Cancer Center's budget process.
  • Ensures practices and processes within the CCTO's budget and finance teams adhere to regulatory compliance requirements, and support contractual requirements and sponsor relations.
  • Conducts needs assessment and planning to meet business objectives. Develops and implements improvements to maximize benefits. Develops financial metrics that reflect outcomes of improvement work. Researches, analyzes and explains financial variances and complex accounting transactions.
  • Responsible for the unit's compliance with all financial policies and procedures related to all facets of the University, CU Medicine and UC Health financial enterprise systems (PeopleSoft, Concur, CU Marketplace, OnCore, Epic, etc.) including electronic and paper approval and submission (i.e., POs, SPOs, University Payment Vouchers, Travel Reconciliation, Employee/Patient Reimbursements, etc.).
  • Plans and executes business, operational, and clinical projects. Develops communication plans to engage key constituents, including university departments, physicians, consortium partners and pharmaceutical companies. Engages stakeholders in project design and implementation.
  • Presents financial and relevant administrative reports to Cancer Center and institutional leadership, as requested.
  • Oversees a team of 24 employees including managers, supervisors, and finance, budget and billing staff. Manages an annual operating budget of over $20M.
  • Optimizes the management of staff relations including performance management, staff satisfaction, and conflict management. Mentors and develops front line managers and supervisors.

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Salary and Benefits

The hiring salary for this position is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or related field.
  • Seven (7) years' experience in professional finance management
  • Three (3) years' experience in personnel management
  • Three (3) years' experience with industry-sponsored clinical trial research financial management or clinical practice finance management.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance or related field.
  • Finance/accounting experience in an academic medical center.

Competencies/Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, accepted theories, practices and principles of general management and administration.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, diversified financial management principles, tools, and techniques
  • Knowledge and experience with complex accounting systems and processes.
  • Ability to evaluate, analyze, and interpret vast amounts of data, recommends solutions, and implement the preferred course of action.
  • Ability to communicate with various constituencies, both internal and external to the campus community to engender credibility based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement and coordinate financial and administrative activities.
  • Ability to communicate information effectively and ensure successful completion of goals.
  • Experience administering clinical trials.
  • Demonstrated professionalism, a strong work ethic, a commitment to high standards, integrity, stability, a discriminating judgment and accountability.
  • Demonstrated skills in personnel management with the ability to direct and lead a team.

Special Instructions to Applicants:*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at * REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A cover letter/letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2) A current resume/CV. 3) List of 3-5 professional references. Questions should be directed to Mark Kochevar at [email protected]

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by February 21, 2018. Those who do not apply by February 21, 2018 may or may not be considered.

Job Category: Research Services

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20066 - SOM-U of Colo Cancer Center

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jan 31, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Mark Kochevar

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00743110





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Posted: 2/28/2018
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