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Assistant Director, Finance & Business Operations

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Accounting/Finance, Administrative/Professional, Business Administration/Management, Student Life/Services

Department: Division of Student Life
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $52,000 - $58,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA06-Fiscal Year 2017-2018
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
July 13, 2018; open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit the following with your online application:

• Cover letter explaining how you meet each of the required minimum qualifications, professional competencies, and preferred qualifications.
• Chronological resume including work experience, education, and applicable certifications.
• Names and contact information for three professional references, one of which must be a current supervisor (or most recent supervisor if not currently employed). Candidates will be notified prior to references being contacted.
• Answers to the following supplemental questions. Number your responses to correspond to the questions and describe your experience and training related to each question.

1. The Division of Student Life is committed to creating a multicultural organization that actively respects, includes, and engages everyone. What does this mean to you and how, if you were selected as the Assistant Director of Finance and Business Operations, will you help us meet this goal? Further, how will you encourage and develop a commitment to inclusivity amongst the students with whom you will be working?

Department Summary
Student Government Engagement and Success (“SGES”) coordinates the operations, support and continuity for the Associated Students of the University of Oregon (“ASUO”) Student Government Association. ASUO serves as the dive in point for student leadership and engagement at UO and in the greater community. Our work environment is fast paced with frequent interruptions and occasional bursts of excitement and laughter. We fuel up on diversity of opinion, experience and expression. As an organization, we value leadership as exhibited through collaboration, teamwork, and human willpower.

Position Summary
The Assistant Director, Finance & Business Operations is primarily responsible for leading and directing the operations of the SGES financial and administrative service units. The Assistant Director oversees the accounting systems and compliance activities related to all aspects of the Incidental Fund (“I-Fund”), which currently totals more than $16 million. In addition, this position advises I-Fund budget authorities, coordinates the I-Fund budget process, and manages, reviews and provides recommendations on the SGES budget and operational performance. The Assistant Director takes initiative to conduct regular financial and internal analysis to strengthen services, policies and procedures and to assure integration with SGES mission and vision.

Success in this role is tied to:
• Budgeting skills – including analytical and financial modeling skills with ability to strategize, prioritize and multi-task. Knowledge and experience with budget processes, timelines, formats, and summarizing important budget information. Ability to offer constructive and relevant input to student leaders as they manage a budget process.
• Public administration skills – including public policy, organizational leadership, project management, process improvements, critical thinking and listening.
• Supervision skills - Experience supervising others, including hiring, training and evaluating staff, and managing employee work schedules and timesheets. Ability to work effectively with professional and student employees to guide and support their work and development.

This position reports to the SGES Director and serves as a member of the SGES Management Team. The Assistant Director directly supervises two professional staff; the Accounting Technician and the Office Manager; and a financial support team of 8-15 students.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
• Three years of professional accounting, auditing and/or budget and financial management experience.
• Three years’ supervision experience, including hiring, training and evaluating staff, and managing employee work schedules and timesheets.
• Demonstrated experience with and/or commitment to working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, in support of an inclusive and welcoming environment.
• Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; customer service experience.

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated skill and experience in leadership and management of financial, human resources, information systems, management strategies, or business operations.
• Strong analytical and financial modeling skills with proven ability to strategize, prioritize and multi-task. Familiarity with accounting procedures (accounts payable, accounts receivable, etc.).
• Intermediate level Microsoft Excel skills, including the ability to work with multiple worksheets, filter data, use integrated functions, and manipulate databases.
• Track record of improving organizational performance, preferably in a college/university setting.

Preferred Qualifications
• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with emphasis in accounting, public administration, finance, business administration, or closely related field from an accredited institution.
• Experience working within a board governance model.
• Experience working with an enterprise accounting and reporting system (e.g. Banner).

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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