Finance and Research Coordinator

Location: Amherst, MA
Company: University of Massachusetts
Industry: Finance
Job Type: Full Time
Posted: 4 days ago
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 Under the direction of the Director of Financial Services and the Manager of the Office of Research and Engagement (ORE), the Finance and Research Coordinator will support the social justice mission of the College of Education by providing in-depth financial and data analytical support to promote strategic, data driven decisions and financial well-being. Provide services and supports that collaboratively advance the operation and smooth functioning of the College financial and research activities. Essential Functions.

Utilize a collaborative approach to engage faculty, staff, and students in all aspects of financial and research related matters in the college..

Create, implement, and maintain financial models and forecasts, strategic budget initiatives, and processes to develop a sustainable budget model that supports the College's mission..

Support the Director of Financial Services, by collaboratively building complex financial models to promote growth and stability across all funds and to assess the viability of revenue areas.

Create worksheets, tables and pivot charts to analyze data for salary, budget and revenue projections. Perform a wide variety of administrative financial functions on numerous accounts including, GOF, RTF, Gift, RRB, centers, endowments, journals and graduate revenue. Perform general ledger account reconciliations, budget realignments and transfers, process financial transactions for these funds, and other requests as needed by the Director of Financial Services..



Support the Manager of the college's Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) to advance office efficiencies and effectiveness with respect to pre-award and post-award activities including special projects in the ORE. Work in collaboration with the ORE Manager to identify issues related to externally funded projects and develop proposals for advancing the research mission of the college. Serve as primary support for initiating and managing post-award research activities and expenditures.

Assist with pre-award functions including developing grant and contract budgets and justifications, establishing relationships with funding agencies and organizations, coordinating grant and contract submissions and awards through central systems, collaborating with faculty to facilitate development of externally funded projects, and providing back up support and troubleshooting for all grant related activities..

Work with multiple financial sectors across campus to improve the viability of multiple financial revenue streams (including Continuing and Professional Education, graduate revenue, centers, and externally funded projects) by collaboratively developing robust assessment models to advance future growth..

Approve and create purchase requisitions, contract for services, reimbursements and travel and other college level transactions..



Serve as the Procard manager and will reallocate Procard transactions for the college; liaison with department cardholders and the Controller's Office..

Proactively make recommendations for improving and implementing changes to practices and procedures to enhance the financial integrity of administrative and financial policies and practices within the College. Other Functions. Assist with any financial special projects as needed.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure). Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or closely related field and 2 years' experience in financial management, budgeting and administration, preferably in an academic environment. Thank One (1) year of relevant experience may be substituted for every one (1) year of required academia..



Excellent ability to work both independently and to be part of an effective team with a highly cooperative and collaborative work style. The ability to adapt and work effectively as the situation changes with independence, competent judgment and discretion..

Excellent knowledge of statistical analysis and report creation that adds value to data-informed decision making..



Must be able to understand the current practices and strategic goals of the college and use that knowledge to inform data gathering and use, grant development and management, and development of reports..

Extensive knowledge of best financial practices..

Expert computer usage skills including spreadsheets (including formulas, pivot tables, graphs and charts), word processing, power point, and database tools..



Ability to exercise sound judgment and maintain confidentiality..

Take initiative and show willingness to take on a variety of tasks related to the successful operation and administration of the unit..

Extensive organizational skills and attention to detail with the ability to complete assignments in a timely manner, balancing the demands of concurrent and potentially competing projects; ability to prioritize work..



The ability to investigate a situation, seek out additional information and resolve discrepancies. The ability to think through problems, organize information, identify key factors and underlying causes to generate solutions..

Must be able to understand, apply and explain rules, regulations and policies/procedures related to duties..



Ability to write concisely, express thoughts clearly and develop ideas in a logical sequence. Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure). Experience working with federal rules, regulations, and policies related to administration of grants and contracts in an academic environment.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions Typical office environment. Salary Information Level 25 PSU Salary Schedule Special Instructions to Applicants Review of candidates will begin June 14, 2021 and will continue until a qualified candidate is identified. Please submit a resume, cover letter, diversity statement and contact information for three professional references.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: May 25 2021 Eastern Daylight Time Applications close:.

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