Associate Director of Finance

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Hyde Park Campus

71687 Vice President Office - Comm

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Job Summary:

The Associate Director of Finance provides strategic business leadership, and financial insight and analysis to University Communications and UChicago Creative. The Associate Director is responsible for the overall direction and oversight of financial operations, which may include payroll, accounting, accounts payable/receivable, procurement, capital projects, budgeting, financial planning and reporting, purchasing, and revenue-generating operations.

In this role, the Associate Director will also partner closely with UChicago Creative (in-house creative team) and the UChicago Creative Executive Director and Operations Director, to support the financial model of this unit, including forecasting, proposal development, billing, staff utilization, annual profit plan, process, analyzing risks and opportunities and challenging assumptions as appropriate.

Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the Associate Director of Finance provides professional, timely and accurate financial services to University Communications' senior leadership.


  • Works closely with senior leaders to provide budget guidance, spending analysis, and revenue projections.
  • Leads the coordination of financial planning and reporting and develop financial models in support of effective financial decision-making, analyzing a consolidated annual and intermediate (typically three year) budget plan.
  • Develops guidelines and procedures for departmental reporting ensuring compliance and streamlining processes to monitor actual performance against budget.
  • Prepares or directs the preparation of financial statements, activity reports, and financial position forecasts, providing direction regarding unit budgeting and accounting responsibilities, including problem solving, planning, and strategy.
  • Stays abreast of University procedures, and system updates and implementations to ensure compliance.
  • Works on behalf of University Communications to review all accounts to identify and correct inconsistencies and recommend creative strategies and alternatives to solve financial issues.
  • Represents the department's financial interests through direct interaction with the Budget Office, University Financial Services Office and other internal and external organizations as appropriate.

  • Ability to translate financial data into financial insight, and someone who uses financial acumen to anticipate trends
  • Knowledge of various financial principles, practices, and applications including budgeting, financial planning, and financial reporting
  • Direct financial experience working for a for-profit professional services firm, i.e. creative agency, consulting or similar
  • Strong financial modeling skills
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills required
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills required
  • Collaborative work style with excellent consultative skills and ability to build strong work relationships at all levels
  • Ability to work closely with senior University officials required
  • Ability to independently complete projects on time and accurately with minimal supervision required
  • Ability to think strategically and translate into operational objectives
  • Ability to independently develop and analyze alternative solutions and make recommendations
  • Flexibility and ability to work effectively under considerable time pressure required
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills), financial computing, and database software applications required

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in finance, business administration, accounting, statistics, economics, or related field required
  • MBA or advanced degree in finance, public policy, no-for-profit administration, or a related field preferred

  • A minimum of 7 years of financial analysis experience is required.
  • Experience in an agency or corporate setting is strongly preferred

Required Documents:

All required documents must be submitted to be considered for this position
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference list

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 7/6/2018
Application Due: 8/21/2018
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