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Finance Specialist, New World Reading Initiative

University of Florida
Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)

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Job no: 518169
Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Office/Clerical
Department:18300000 - ED-LASTINGER CENTER

Classification Title:

Administrative Spec II

Job Description:

The Lastinger Center

The Lastinger Center for Learning is an education innovation hub within UF's College of Education focused on creating equitable education systems that improve teaching and learning across early childhood and K-12 education. Specifically, the Center targets kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade reading proficiency, and algebra proficiency as critical milestones in children's educational trajectory that are predictive of success in school and life. The Center works at the nexus of research, practice, and policy to develop sustainable systems that leverage educational technologies and improve the implementation of research-based practices. Housed in one of the nation's elite public research universities, the Center operates as a dynamic, entrepreneurial workplace focused on executing against UF's service mission to strengthen the human condition and improve the quality of life.

New Worlds Reading Initiative

In 2021, the Florida Legislature created the New Worlds Reading Initiative, Florida’s first statewide book distribution program, to provide at-home literacy supports for students reading below grade level. Under the initiative, a high-quality, hardcopy book is delivered monthly to eligible students. Their parents are provided resources to help improve their student’s reading skills and instill a love of reading. The Department of Education has designated the Lastinger Center as the Administrator for the program, responsible for fulfilling all the requirements of the initiative.

The bill establishes responsibilities for the state-level Administrator to include:

    • Developing, in conjunction with the Just Read, Florida! Office, a selection of books from a variety of genres and covering a range of topics, appropriate for each grade level;
    • Facilitating book distribution directly or through an agreement with a book distribution company;
    • Developing and distributing marketing materials to help school districts and local partners raise awareness of the initiative;
    • Helping school districts identify potential nonprofit partners by maintaining a list of national, state and local organizations that have experience supporting efforts to distribute books to children
    • Developing training materials, including video and text resources, to assist families as they engage in reading and improve literacy skills
    • Periodically distributing to participating families helpful tips and hyperlinks to video modules via text messaging and email.

This position is a member of the Business Services team, led by the Assistant Director for Business Services.

Fiscal & Budget Functions – Assists with the creation and monitoring of Project Budgets. Uses critical thinking to identify, evaluate and solve complex issues related to finance and budgets. Serves as a link between management and employees by handling budget questions, interpreting and administering policies/procedures, and resolving work related problems. Provides budget information or training for staff members and liaisons as necessary. Assist with planning and implementing payroll distributions for Faculty, Teams and OPS positions.

Sponsored Projects Budgeting - Functions as a sponsored research contact with the College’s Office of Educational Research and Post-Award Shared Services; providing support for proposal processing and post award management.

Travel and Logistics - Monitors and utilizes a shared account for travel requests, with responsibility for coordinating travel arrangements for New Worlds Reading Initiative Lastinger Associates who do not have UF Pcard with booking airfare, hotels with credit card authorizations and rental vehicles. Must have a good working knowledge of all current travel procedures and rules. Assists with ordering materials and working with vendors to provide support to Center training activities.

Fiscal & Budget Functions – Assists the Department with collecting and submitting all information and paperwork necessary for payment processing; liaison between stipend recipients and business office; tracks and maintains record of stipend disbursements. Assists Lastinger Center budgetary staff in maintaining accurate records of expenditures. Utilizes university and grant policies to approve expenditures.

Vendors - Assists with payments to suppliers including but not limited to authors, reviewers, trainers, facilitators, instructors and other entities and individuals. Assists with the processing of the supplier applications and annual renewals of forms as required by UF Vendor Relations. Works with the Post Award Shared Services Office in establishing and modifying Purchase Orders for suppliers. Will assist with creating invoices for suppliers performing similar services to ensure consistent formatting, proper supporting evidence is present and the allowability and availability of funding from Sponsored Projects and other sources to fund the work performed.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The mission of the Lastinger Center for Learning is to create equitable educational systems where every child and educator, regardless of circumstances, experiences high-quality learning every day to support children’s achievement of critical milestones that are predictive of success in school and life. In order to achieve this mission, the Lastinger Center is committed to attracting, hiring, and retaining a dynamic and diverse team.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in also aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotion, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits and training.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with education and experience.

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • The ideal candidate possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or a related field and four years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced business environment and flexibility in learning new skills to meet changing needs.
  • Advanced working knowledge of MS Excel.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume.

This is a time-limited position.

This position has been reposted. Previous applicants are still under consideration and need not reapply.

Health Assessment Required:No

Advertised: 07 Dec 2021 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 07 Jan 2022 Eastern Standard Time

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