Director of Finance

Job description

Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

Is this an internal only recruitment?:


Position Title:

Business Officer - Journey

Working Title:

Director of Finance

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$60,603 - $70,000

Pay Band Information:

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Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited:

Full-Time Time-Limited

If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment:

One year initial appointment

Hours per week:


Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday; 8am-5pm.
Overtime occasionally

Department Name and Number:

School of Education-340100

Date First Posted:


Closing Date:


Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

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Department Description:

The School of Education is an academic unit reporting to the Provost. The School is a major center of research, teaching, and public service within the State of North Carolina, the nation, and the world. The School offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs. The mission of the School of Education is to conduct research, and generate basic and applied knowledge about human development, educational technology and entrepreneurship, teaching and learning, school counseling, school psychology, administration, as well as educational policy and leadership; prepare leaders in the profession of education by conducting outstanding research, teaching, and service; and assist in the development of strong and effective public schools in North Carolina. In order to fulfill its mission, the School is organized into three academic divisions: (1) Culture, Curriculum, & Teacher Education (CCATE), (2) Learning, Development & Psychological Sciences (LDPS), and (3) Educational Policy, Organization, & Leadership (EPOL).

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description:

The Director of Finance administers and coordinates all accounting, budgeting, and post-award grant management activities for the School of Education, which includes multiple funding sources: state appropriations, state appropriated receipts, contracts and grants, F&A, E&T fees, foundation and other trust funds. Additionally, this position is responsible for facilities management and assisting as a backup for contract and grant proposal development and submission during peak volume submission times. The position provides leadership and direction to the finance staff responsible for the day-to-day operations with emphasis on providing a high level of customer service, implementing optimal processes, and cultivating a culture of continuous improvement. The individual in this position functions independently and is responsible for his/her daily routine and schedule. He/she meets with administrators, faculty, staff, students, auditors and donors as needed to assist with financial issues for the entire School of Education.

The position supervises four full-time positions — two Accounting Technicians and a two Contracts and Grants Research Administrators. The Director of Finance’s team is responsible for processing transactions, reconciliations, managerial reporting, contracts and grants administration and closeouts, as well as managing facilities management. The person in this position will work directly with his/her team as well as the Assistant Dean for Finance and Operations to insure the School’s compliance with University, State, and Federal (where applicable) accounting and procurement policies and procedures and works closely with the Dean, Associate/Assistant Deans, Area Chairs and Directors. The position will be expected to develop positive working relationships within the School and across campus, particularly with University central offices.

The position is fundamental in developing regular financial reporting for all funding sources and ensuring the School’s operations continue to provide strong research administration services to support the growing research portfolios.

Job duties include, but are not limited to:
•Assures compliance with School, University, State and Federal regulations with regards to transactions.
•Ensures that all financial activities are handled in an accurate and timely manner and reviews paperwork to determine appropriateness of expenditures and ensures adequate audit trail and consults with Assistant Dean for Finance and Operations regarding questionable charges.
•Ensures contracts and grants that are run through OSR are spent appropriately, no cost extensions are submitted when needed, and closeouts are processed timely and accurately.
•Prepares budgets for each function/department in the School with input from Assistant Dean for Finance and Operations.
•Establishes new trust accounts by developing fund authorities that accurately reflect the stipulations of the donors or other source of funding to comply with UNC-Chapel Hill regulations.
•Designs and oversees the development of financial systems for planning, maintaining, tracking, monitoring and providing internal controls for state appropriations, state appropriated receipts, contracts and grants, F&A, E&T, foundation and other trust funds.
•Analyzes impact of increased salary and fringe benefit expenditures to non-state funded accounts.
•Reviews personnel forms for the availability of funds.
•Collaborates with Human Resources Director for clarification when projecting for pending personnel actions.
•Plans, directs, and monitors the activities of Accounting Technicians and Contracts and Grants Research Administrators.
•Serves as a financial advisor to the Dean and Assistant Dean for Finance and Operations.

This position reports to the Assistant Dean for Finance and Operations.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, or related business area; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

•Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively both orally and in written documentation.
•Ability to understand, interpret, and disseminate policy statements and information to constituents both in the School, across campus, and funding organizations.
•Ability to develop and monitor budgets and interpret federal and state regulatory guidelines.
•Strong problem solving skills and ability to work with deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
•Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
•Experience with contract or grant administration.
•Knowledge of UNC and State of North Carolina policies and guidelines.
•Experience supervising personnel.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Advanced skills in Excel.
•Experience drafting requests for proposals.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Overtime occasionally

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Job No:
Posted: 1/6/2021
Application Due: 1/22/2021
Work Type: Full Time