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Director of Finance

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration, the Director of Finance leads the daily financial management, planning, and related data analysis activities for the Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS). The Director is responsible for the financial management of the College's $25 million operating budget and overall budget of $50 million spanning multiple fund types, including the annual operating budget, fiscal policies and procedures, efficiency and effectiveness of systems, long term forecasting, and fiscal compliance and control. The position also gathers, analyzes and interprets financial data necessary for the assessment and continuous process improvement for all academic and operational areas within the College. The Director of Finance acts as an advisor on all matters related to strategic and long-range financial planning for the College.


Essential Functions

  • Sets and executes the overall financial management for the Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences. Leads financial planning, performance, control, and reporting for the College. Works with a broad constituency of faculty, administrators, and staff to support a diverse operation in a professional and time-sensitive environment.
  • Serves as a strategic business partner to the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration and senior College leadership members. Plays a critical role in shaping and impacting the operational efficiencies, processes and strategies in the continued growth and success of CICS.
  • Collects, analyzes and manipulates data to extract meaning and insight to support the mission of CICS and its needs. Crafts and shapes reports to support or develop strategies that significantly improve CICS needs or financial outcomes.
  • Works collaboratively with University offices including the Provost's, Research and Engagement, and Administration & Finance (Budget Office, Controller's Office, Internal Audit, etc.) to ensure that the College is operating in the best manner possible and is compliant with all appropriate practices, policies and laws governing the University.
  • Researches and applies new tools and practices to improve data collection, reporting and data generation for College-wide initiatives and overall financial operations.


Other Functions

  • Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet College, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to Uniform Guidance for Federal Awards, Title IX, Clery and other compliance requirements.
  • Work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. In the performance of work, take initiative, be creative, and operate with self-direction. Work in partnership with colleagues within the CICS community and across the campus to support the Dean's strategic priorities.
  • Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.
  • Understands and contributes to implementation of College and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.
  • Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor's degree and five (5) years of proven financial and data analysis leadership, with a demonstrated ability to lead change initiatives in a complex and dynamic organization.
  • Strong collaborative and communication skills; must have the ability to work effectively as part of a diverse and dynamic team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must possess solid analytical skills and the ability to think strategically; while respecting the ability to appreciate "the details."
  • Highly self-motivated and self-managed individual with the ability to manage multiple projects/priorities simultaneously.  Ability to organize and work under strict time and production deadlines, while producing quality deliverables.  Willingness to take on a variety of projects related to the successful operation and administration of the College. The ability to adapt and work effectively as the College or programs grow and change. Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • The ability to think through problems, organize and seek out information, identify key factors and underlying causes, and generate solutions or resolve discrepancies.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in establishing and maintaining harmonious working relationships with a diverse population of staff and students.
  • Ability to read, understand, apply and explain rules, regulations, and policies/procedures.
  • A proven track record of commitment to customer service.
  • Strong computer skills including at least intermediate expertise with:
    • Spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets.
    • Databases such as FileMaker or Microsoft Access.
    • Email.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master of Business Administration, MS Finance or MS Business Analytics.
  • CPA/CMA.
  • Experience in assessing, developing, and re-engineering processes.
  • Demonstrable and successful management and fiscal oversight experience, planning, budgeting, reporting, and development of financial and operational metrics to align organizational strategy to business operations.
  • Working knowledge of technologies/tools surrounding operational management including budgeting, forecasting and reporting tools and analytical software.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Typical office environment.


Work Schedule

  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
  • Some night and weekend work required.
  • This position has the opportunity for a hybrid work schedule, which is defined by the University as an arrangement where an employee's work is regularly performed at a location other than the campus workspace for a portion of the week. As this position falls within the Professional Staff Union, it is subject to the terms and conditions of the Professional Staff Union collective bargaining agreement.


Salary Information

Level 27

PSU Salary Ranges


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. 

To apply please follow this link: https://careers.umass.edu/amherst/en-us/job/515076/director-of-finance-cics-hybrid


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