Research Financial Manager

Boulder, CO
Mar 13, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary:

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics LASP develops, designs, and builds instruments and spacecraft for space-based observations of the Sun, Earth, and planets. LASP has built instruments and participated in missions to every planet in the solar system.

We are seeking a dynamic Research Financial Manager to further LASP's science mission by providing fiscal coordination, analytical support, and management of projects funded by federal and commercial sponsored research agreements, as well as to assist LASP faculty working on contract funded projects.

Job Summary:

Direct department of financial analysts and travel arranger to ensure fiscal compliance with federal, state, commercial, and international sponsored research agreements and contracts. Retain cognizance of and manage a wide range of financial accounting and reporting requirements that facilitate the execution and completion of projects and programs from $5M - $150M. Through due diligence, direct oversight, and analytical rigor assess the unique requirements and technical environment of each project/program to ensure sponsor, University, and project/program personnel are adequately supported in a way that optimizes efficiency and cost effectiveness. Work directly with project managers and principal investigators to determine program status, develop detailed budgets and forecasts; provide Earned Value reports; meet funding agency requests for program information; understand and mitigate variances; oversee and create estimates and projections to keep projects and programs on schedule and within budget; and ensure expenditure compliance. In addition, manage the travel coordination services for LASP.

Job Responsibilities:

• Manage programs in compliance with the wide range of sponsor requirements while being supportive of the research programs and personnel at LASP. Where needed, propose and/or implement internal processes to provide the appropriate consistency and flexibility in managing the projects and programs. Develop applicable training programs for financial and other personnel in support of the same.

• Coordinate research-related issues with CU's Sponsored Programs Accounting Office, Office of Contracts and Grants, Procurement Service Center, University Management Systems, and outside funding agencies to ensure LASP project and program requirements are receiving the appropriate priority and attention to ensure fiscal viability.

• Develop and implement improvements to existing financial management processes and coordinate administrative processes and procedures that have a fiscal element and/or reliance.

• Maintain awareness of the changing fiscal and budgeting environments in the international, federal, state, and commercial sectors.

• Advise leadership, managers, and key personnel on the fiscal aspects of research projects including University policies/procedures, agency policies/procedures, research proposal guidelines, appropriate timing and point of contact, etc. Consult with PI's and other personnel as required on project and program charges, develop resourcing solutions, and adjudicating compliance issues.

• Work closely with LASP management to assist in achieving sustainable growth. Retain awareness and provide financial information that is pertinent and supportive of senior level and project/program management decisions.

• In cooperation with the LASP Contract and Compliance Manager, review program contract terms and conditions, identifying items for negotiation. Notify appropriate internal personnel of requirements and assure compliance with the terms and conditions.

• Earned Value Management cognizant expertise with an ability to tailor and refine EVM processes and reports as required by external sponsors and internally managed projects.

• Lead the planning and implementation of the transition to Earned Value Management Certification at LASP.

• Mentor, train, and lead the Business Analyst team in process standardization, improvements, and analytical techniques.

• Create a team oriented Financial Department that is service focused, process standardized, proactively analytical, comprehensively compliant, and adaptable and responsive in a multi-customer environment.

• Create a team oriented Financial Department that is service focused, process standardized, proactively analytical, comprehensively compliant, and adaptable and responsive in a multi-customer environment.

• Represent LASP in research financial management matters with Principal Investigators, Program Managers, sponsors, University stakeholders, and internal business affairs.


Required Qualifications:

• Minimum of Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or related field.

• Ten or more year's professional financial analysis or accounting experience and a minimum of 5 years of management experience.

• Extensive experience with Microsoft Excel using advanced functions.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills. Must be collaborative, self-directed, able to handle multiple tasks and priorities, and meet deadlines.

• Experience with Earned Value reporting, A-21, or NASA flight programs.

• A propensity for quality, willingness to learn, and desire to be a part of a team are required in order to be successful.

• Requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work independently.

• Must be able to work in a dynamic and challenging environment and take appropriate actions.

• Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task while under pressure.

• Ability to meet multiple, strict deadlines while performing normal daily duties.

• Ability to effectively and cordially communicate with all levels of personnel and advise senior personnel.

• Proficient in Microsoft Excel.

• Positive outlook and self-starter.

Due to Export Control Restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.

Desired Qualifications:

A combination of one or more of the following areas of experience would be very useful in this position but are not required: experience as controller of a small to medium high tech or research firm, aerospace industry knowledge, Government contracting or procurement knowledge, understanding of program management, experience with University of Colorado or other state university financial processes and procedures, MS Access knowledge, experience in selecting and implementing other financial reporting and support tools.

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter. The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act require that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment admissions, and educational programs. Inquires may be directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by calling 303-492-2127. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting Human Resources at

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Cover Letter 2 - Curriculum Vitae This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10060 - Lab Atmos/Space Physics

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jan 10, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Freya Olson

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00742499


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