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Director Of Finance

Grand Forks, ND, USA | University of North Dakota

  • Industry:
    Education (Higher)
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    Finance (Internal)
    General Management
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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The University of North Dakota Controller’s team has an exciting opportunity for someone who wants the chance to lead an innovative and hard-working team of professionals. As the Chief Opportunity Engine for North Dakota and our students, UND strives to be the Premier Flagship University in the northern plains. Our team enjoys flexible hours during summer months and an extraordinary benefits package.

We are seeking a dynamic, progressive thinking Director of Finance to lead our talented team responsible for the financial transactions involving the flow of money coming in and out of the University. The Director will be a lead administrator of our new eProcurement procure to pay solution, Jaggaer, as well as direct the accounts payable and treasury functions. The Director will provide a clear vision for these departments in keeping with university standards.

The Director of Finance will report to the Controller and work collaboratively with the Controller’s senior team, campus constituents, and executive leadership.

The Director will motivate and build a cohesive team by providing leadership, clear communication, and encouragement to ensure the highest standards of customer service to campus departments. This position will be a subject matter expert in all financial aspects of Jaggaer, accounts payable, and treasury including developing metrics and goals that align with department and campus goals. This individual will directly supervise the Accounts Payable Manager, the Director of Treasury, and the Procurement & Payable Accountant and will indirectly supervise the treasury accountant, cashiers, three technicians and a team of student employees.

The successful candidate will be adaptable, have a positive outlook and attitude, support and respect team members and have a tolerance for risk and uncertainty.

Your contribution to the team includes:

As an administrator and subject matter expert of the Jaggaer eProcurement system, you will assist with all payable financial aspects of Jaggaer including flow of transactions and integration with the UND PeopleSoft finance module, documenting and understanding the accounting transaction flow of data for PO’s, payment requests, payment terms, corrections, cancelations, and how each interface between the two systems

Coordination and oversight of Jaggaer training to campus, including facilitating training as needed

Develop metrics, reporting, and goals for the Jaggaer payable system, accounts payable and treasury that fully align with departmental and university goals and are easily accessible in our reporting tool to campus and administration

Provide oversight of treasury, including internal controls such as fraud prevention, checks and balances, error reduction/prevention and financial audits

Ensure treasury and accounts payable compliance with university, state and federal reporting requirements

Prepare, monitor, analyze & forecast annual Procurement & Payment Services & Treasury budget to ensure all operations are within budget.Identify variances between actual and budgeted results each month; assist senior management with identifying financial or operating risks; provide budget summaries to management as needed

Develop policy and procedures to ensure compliance with North Dakota laws, rules and regulations as well as State Board of Higher Education, NDUS and UND policies and procedures

Stay current on accounts payable and treasury processes and compliance through continuous professional development and networking

Oversee all accounts payable functions including reconciling and documenting processes within and interfacing to the general ledger, manage monthly closing of accounts payable, ensuring timely resolution of issues

Oversight of supplier setup, IRS 1099 reporting and other tax related matters 

Be one of UND’s advocates for the central NDUS technology unit (CTS)

Provide recommendations for process and procedure improvements

Conduct annual performance reviews, provide coaching, guidance and support, set professional development plans/goals to assist employees to reach their full potential; meet quarterly to assess plan/goals

Lead, coach and build the team to recruit and retain high caliber staff and ensure team cohesiveness

Responsible for hiring, training and discipline of employees

Attend training workshops toward present and future career development, participate in general staff meetings, and contribute to the implementation of special projects when assigned

Other duties as assigned 

Required Competencies

Use of PeopleSoft Finance modules

Proficiency with Microsoft Office, in particular the data analysis functions of Excel and ability to generate a management summary of the data, including pivot tables; working knowledge of the other Microsoft Office products

Superior interpersonal/verbal/written communication skills, excellent organizational and prioritization skills required

Ability to multi-task, work independently or as a team member

Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment

Results-focused, attention to detail

Demonstrated strong ability to think creatively, analyze and solve problems, and make sound decisions

Proven interpersonal and customer service skills

Demonstrated strong communication skills – including written, oral and listening: articulate ideas clearly, concisely, and persuasively, showing sensitivity to one’s audience, and moving people to action. strong leadership and teamwork skills with the ability to form, lead and develop high-performing teams

Strong knowledge of internal controls and financial reporting

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across department functions

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. The department will not sponsor applicants for employment authorization for this position.  

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in business or related field with CPA; or MBA in lieu of CPA

7+ years of professional-level accounting experience; must include experience with accounts payable and other financial operations

5+ years of experience supervising staff

5+ years working in an ERP system

Experience with Microsoft Office, in particular the data analysis functions of Excel and ability to generate a management summary of the data, i.e. pivot tables

Successful completion of Criminal History Records Check

?In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 

Preferred Qualifications

5 years of higher education finance experience

5 years working in a PeopleSoft finance module environment

Experience working with an electronic procure to pay system such as Jaggaer P2P

Lean or process improvement experience or certification


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