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Duties: The Director of Financial Operations will serve as SP2's Controller, having primary responsibility for the integrity of the financial statements, the propriety and appropriateness of all account/fund balances, and spending in accordance with fiduciary responsibility. The Director will serve as the right hand person to the Associate Dean, Finance & Administration in all financial related matters. This position will have a major impact on the financial health of the School via: 1) setting up sophisticated accounting/management reporting systems that provide departments with analysis of their actual results in a format conducive to strategic decision making, including variance, trend, and activity analysis; 2) identifying spending patterns and recommending solutions as needed; 3) managing restricted funds to ensure appropriate indirect cost recovery rates, spending of restricted before unrestricted funds in all cases possible, and review of and advising on new gift agreements; 4) leading the financial closing process in a manner that ensures all revenue, transfers, and expense items are recorded correctly and in the appropriate period and all balance sheet accounts are accurate; 5) developing, maintaining, documenting, and disseminating best practices, in compliance with university policies and procedures, for all financial operations, such as payroll (incorporating HCM), purchasing, revenue processing, concur, and so on; and 6) contributing to the forecasting/budgeting process by applying in-depth knowledge of the accounting (actual results) to help facilitate thorough and well informed projections for strategic decision making. The Director will be the primary liaison with the University Comptroller's Office, having responsibility for the School's asset and liability reconciliations, tax reporting, and other such accounting and reporting matters. This role will trouble shoot daily problems that arise in financial matters and serve as SP2's representative on University operational committees and working groups as needed. The Director of Financial Operations reports will oversee a business manager, a grants manager, and two and a half financial coordinators.

Qualifications: A Bachelor's Degree and 5 to 7 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required; 7 to 10 years of experience strongly preferred. CPA and/or strong knowledge of GAAP and RCM accounting strongly preferred. Experience managing and motivating staff. Demonstrated decision making and problem solving ability as well as excellent critical thinking, communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills. Capability to independently manage multiple projects from start to finish. Ability to work under demanding timelines and to see the big picture while effectively analyzing details. Familiarity with Penn financial systems preferred.

Reference Number: 35-30493

Salary Grade: 029

Employment Type: Exempt

Org: Social Policy & Practice

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Job Family: D-Financial




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Posted: 11/22/2018
Application Due: 1/10/2019
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