A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position. The cover letter should be included in the same document as your resume and should specifically address your interest in this position and outline particular skills and experience directly related to this position.
The Research & Business Manager will be responsible for managing the research and financial activities at the Ford School. As the leader of the business office, this position will serve as the Ford School’s financial operations manager and provide oversight and direct support to faculty and project staff engaged in our growing research activity to advance the practice and impact of public policy at the local, national and global levels. This position reports to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and is a key member of her management team.
The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy is one of the nation’s top policy schools. Our mission is to offer outstanding education for leadership in public policy analysis and public management and to excel in social science research that illuminates public policy issues and promotes better public policy. To learn more about the Ford School’s mission and activities—including our academic programs and research —please visit www.fordschool.umich.edu.
Research Administration: Manage all aspects of federal and non-federal sponsored projects for the School. Coordinate the proposal submission process. Work with PIs and research center staff on contracts/ subcontracts, UFAs, DUAs, MOUs, etc. Serve as liaison with the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP). Provide faculty with monthly financial reports that track salary and other expenditures. Produce budget projection reports. Ensure timely submission of financial and narrative reports. Administer final project close out. Advise principal investigators on budget matters and on policy, process and procedural issues. Proactively review funding notices and forward on to relevant faculty. Assist faculty with funding searches. Act as the liaison with Foundations Relations, developing programs to assist faculty with seeking support from foundations. Collaborate with Ford School Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement to implement strategic faculty research initiatives.
Financial Management & Budgeting: Serve as the School’s financial department manager, financial unit liaison, and purchasing card administrator. Review and authorize all related paperwork. Advise and assist the CAO regarding fiscal issues for the School. Participate in policy creation and revision at the School level. Establish financial controls for compliance and to maintain budget limitations. Announce University-wide policy changes. Serve as a resource for staff on financial policy and management. Provide necessary business-related training. Oversee unit compliance with internal controls standards.
Auditing & Reconciling Financial Transactions: Audit financial transactions, including purchase order vouchers, non-purchase order vouchers, payroll and purchasing card reports for compliance with sponsor, University, and School policies. Review and authorize all invoices >$10,000. Advise faculty and staff regarding policy, process and procedural issues.
Supervision: Provide administrative supervision of the school’s grants & research specialists (2.0 FTE). Provide functional and procedural supervision to staff with financial related duties in various central and research offices across the School.
Special Projects: Participate in special projects and committees as assigned. Produce custom budgets, reports, and financial analyses as needed.
Liaison: Represent the Business Office on School committees. Represent the School on University-wide committees, such as the Small School and College Research Administrator Group and Research Administrators Network (RAN).
Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, finance or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
A minimum of five years professional experience in accounting and financial management, preferably in an academic setting including externally-sponsored contracts/grants.
Extensive knowledge and experience managing financial data within large enterprise financial and administrative systems, including the ability to write ad-hoc queries.
Experience managing collaborative projects between university or business units.
Demonstrated ability to lead teams, integrate activities and manage change.
Exceptional organizational, problem solving and communication skills (written, oral and interpersonal).
Master’s degree in Business Administration or a related field will be strongly preferred.
MPathways financial and administrative systems, including Business Objects ad-hoc queries
Knowledge of University of Michigan financial policies and procedures
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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