Manager, Finance

Wayne State University

Wayne State University is searching for an experienced Manager, Finance at its Detroit campus location.

Wayne State is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities which prepare students for success in a global society.

Essential functions (job duties):

Assists with managing the financial
affairs of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences.  Monitors accounts, programs and projects and
provides recommendations for improved processes and services. Approves
expenditures for all units and evaluates current operations in order to
identify and implement improved procedures, policy and strategies. Coordinates
sponsored program administration functions for the Department, Including fiscal
and administrative review of sponsored grant and contract proposals; review and
processing of agreements; and the management and processing of financial
transactions.  Duties require knowledge
of and experience with University accounting and budgeting and sponsored program
administration. Reports to Director, Family Medicine and Public Health

Oversees fiscal management and
administration of department funds related to grants, contracts, indirect
cost, research & development and commercial activity with assistance to
department general funds and endowments. Monitors expenditures to ensure compliance
with Department, School, University, sponsor and other applicable policies,
procedures, rules and regulations. Regularly meets with faculty to monitor
and review all fiscal activity and provide financial projections to show
anticipated year end outcomes, including but not limited to requests for
budget transfers, project period extensions, personnel and non-personnel
Provides day-to-day direction and
guidance to clerical and accounting staff, including assignment of duties and
training in policies and procedures. Coach, counsel, mentor and
monitor/evaluate performance. Participate in and make recommendation is
talent acquisition.
Provide direct fiscal and
administrative input towards the annual budget and management of all active
funds within the unit. Perform financial analysis and prepare reports for
department on all fiscal activity.
Works with University offices to
coordinate the fund management process for department ensuring compliance
with University, sponsor and other applicable policies, procedures, rules and
regulations. This includes activity of sponsored, internal, general
donations, other awards and endowed funds.

Conducts and provides analyses,
studies, and reports and makes presentations and recommendations required to
improve efficiencies and optimize the use of resources. Enhances financial
reporting and monitoring systems; identifies needs of internal and external
customers; interprets, explains and revises findings as required to ensure
pertinent issues and concerns are addressed.
Serves as a resource to faculty and
other staff within the unit by providing information and guidance on
appropriate use of department funds. Serves as a primary liaison between
faculty and University offices to identify and resolve problems to ensure
compliance with institutional policies and procedures.
committee meetings; provides information and responds to inquiries concerning
day-to-day operations; remains current with trends and developments in
Accounting, Finance and related fields.
financial and business operations of consortia and professional
organizations; serves on internal and external ad hoc committees.
other related duties as assigned.

Unique duties:


Bachelor’s degree
Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or
Business from an accredited college or university.    Candidates with an equivalent combination
of education and experience may be considered.
Experience  (Intermediate:  three to five years related experience)
Three to five years experience in financial
administration at an academic institution. Work activities require knowledge of
accounting, finance and budget and the interpretation and application of
University, School and Department administrative policies & procedures.
Supervisory experience preferred.

Skills and Abilities
Extensive knowledge of pre and post award administration of sponsored grants and contracts. Extensive knowledge of accounting or finance practices and principals.
Extensive knowledge of and experience with University organizations, practices, programs and computing systems. Extensive knowledge of business operations and polices of external agencies and university affiliates.
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with others. Ability to present technical information and data so others understand.
Strong analytical and problem resolution abilities. Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner. Gathers and analyzes information skillfully.
Ability to coach, mentor, motivate and inspire others. Ability to effectively delegate to others.

Preferred qualifications:

H06 – School of Medicine

Primary department:

H0625 – Family Medicine

Employment type:

  • Regular Employee
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Job category: Staff/Administrative

Funding/salary information:

  • Compensation type: Annual Salary
  • Hourly rate:
  • Salary minimum: 70,000
  • Salary hire maximum: 85,000

Working conditions:

Normal office environment.

Job openings:

  • Number of openings: 1
  • Reposted position: No
  • Reposted reason: None (New Requisition)
  • Prior posting/requisition number:

Background check requirements:

University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting work. If you are offered employment, the university will inform you if a background check is required.

Equal employment opportunity statement:

Wayne State University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. The university encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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