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Senior Director, Finance and Administration

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Business and Financial Services

Posting Number: req8305

Department: RII Business Services

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

Research, Innovation and Impact (RII) Business Center at the University of Arizona is in search of a Senior Director, Finance & Administration. The Senior Director, Finance & Administration will report to the Vice President for Operations in the office of Research, Innovation & Impact. This position serves as the chief financial and business officer for the college which includes reporting units consisting of museums, university-wide research centers and institutes, and research administration service units with an annual expenditure volume in excess of $80M. The Senior Director leads the Research, Innovation and Impact (RII) Business Center consisting of a team of business professionals that provide budget/account management and financial analysis support to RII Leadership, RII Centers, Institutes, Museums, Core Facilities, and administrative service units.

In collaboration with RII Executive Leadership the role will be responsible for analyzing and preparing recommendations for financial plans, including annual resource allocation, forecasting, and short and long-term financial planning. In addition to conducting ad hoc financial and/or budget analysis for RII decision-making purposes, the selected candidate will develop, interpret, and implement financial and resource planning systems. The Senior Director will work collaboratively with senior leadership and unit directors and will be entrusted with responsibilities that require a considerable degree of skilled leadership, negotiation, and reporting requirements. The incumbent is expected to manage competing demands and demonstrate an exceptional level of facilitation, coordination, and communication.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Create, implement, and maintain planning, budget, accounting and reporting systems that are relevant, accurate and flexible, and inclusive of University, Foundation and other funding sources.
  • Provide financial and management planning and guidance for RII leadership.
  • Lead the comprehensive all-funds planning annual process and other budget modifications for RII and reporting units.
  • Advise RII leadership, unit directors, and senior management on complex financial and accounting matters, as well as University, Foundation, and sponsor policy and procedures.
  • Prepare, analyze, interpret, and present budget and financial information as needed to support decision making and financial planning by the SVPR.
  • Provide direction and oversight for financial and business processes and operations within the SVPRI office and reporting units to ensure compliance with University, state, federal and sponsor requirements.
  • Ensure sound system of internal and business controls for financial and business processes.
  • Lead, supervise, and mentor staff to achieve performance expectations and contributions to the divisions and units success.
  • Responsible for making hiring decisions, manages staff and performance, and recommends staffing changes for the Business Center.
  • Manage TRIF funding and reporting to ABOR on behalf of the SVPR.
  • Manage RII Research Development Fund and institutional commitments including required cost-share/match, internal funding programs, etc.
  • Lead and direct other unit-wide activities such as annual fiscal rollover, budget modifications, salary increase programs.
  • Implement appropriate internal controls and effective business practices and perform quality reviews to ensure compliance.
  • Represent RII division on university committees.
  • Perform special duties and projects as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of research administration.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in accounting practices and reporting.
  • Experience leading a high-performing team.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to accommodate and respond to shifting priorities and multiple, demanding projects, in a manner that is effective and efficient.
  • Ability to work on matters of high sensitivity and confidentiality, which requires both diplomacy and discretion.
  • Ability to work under deadlines and adapt to changes with minimum notice.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to establish rapport and gain trust of others and to establish cooperative working relationships with a diverse staff, faculty, administrators, students, and the public.
  • Ability to be creative, supportive, and thoughtful in problem-solving, considering the diverse and occasionally conflicting needs and perspectives of the faculty, staff, and institution.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with research, professional, and administrative personnel at all levels, including outside organizations and the public.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment; prioritizing tasks and responsibilities and responding positively to unanticipated changes and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment to maintain confidentiality of documents and information in an "open-door" environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of University of Arizona business, human resources, financial, and research policies, practices and enterprise systems.
  • Demonstrated proficiency is Microsoft applications and other financial reporting tools.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Minimum of 9 years of related work experience, including 5 years of managerial experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience. Experience leading a team, project, program, or function is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in relevant field preferred

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Finance

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



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Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Joanne Canalli

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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