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Columbia University Sr. Finance and Compliance Manager in New York, New York

  • Requisition no: 515127

  • Work Type: Full Time

  • Location: Campus|Manhattanville

  • School/Department: null

  • Categories: Finance/Accounting

  • Job Type: Officer of Administration

  • Bargaining Unit:

  • Regular/Temporary: Regular

  • End Date if Temporary:

  • Hours Per Week: 35

  • Salary Range:

Position Summary

Reporting to the Associate Director, the Senior Finance & Compliance Manager, is responsible for managing a complex departmental portfolio and managing a small team of Finance & Compliance Managers. Together with Assistant, Associate, and Executive Directors, the Senior Finance & Compliance Manager, is part of a management team responsible for the financial administration of a diverse portfolio of private and public grants and contracts, ensuring that they are administered in a fiscally responsible manner, and in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations established by both the sponsor agency and the University.


In addition to managing all post-award requirements of their own complex portfolio of research departments, the Senior Finance & Compliance Manager, will have oversight for a small team of Finance & Compliance Managers to whom they will provide guidance on matters of portfolio management, customer service, and professional development. Team members will escalate matters to the Senior Finance & Compliance Manager, who will guide them through to resolution and facilitate escalation to the senior leadership and contact with the department customer or sponsor when necessary. The Senior Finance & Compliance Manager will review deliverables prepared by their team members for compliance, financial exactness, and accuracy, and will monitor the productivity of team members ensuring that deadlines set within and outside of the operation are met.

The Senior Finance & Compliance Manager, will provide feedback to and engage in regular coaching for their direct reports, culminating in the annual Performance Appraisal. In addition, the Senior Finance & Compliance Manager, will have specialized agency expertise allowing them to troubleshoot and assist Finance & Compliance Managers with related agency issues. The Senior Finance & Compliance Manager, is responsible for ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of financial data that they and their team prepare; the preparation of financial reports and billings to sponsors; completion of other deliverables, tracking receipt of funding; management and collection of accounts receivable for projects; resolution of overruns; project close-out; providing institutional oversight by monitoring the allowable and appropriate recording of expenses to sponsored projects and the general ledger in order to ensure compliance with generally acceptable accounting principles (GAAP) and sponsor reporting requirements; preparing required close-out documents for grants and/or contracts, including contractors' releases and assignments; reviewing sponsoring agency policies, regulatory documents and other literature related to sponsored project financial administration to maintain familiarity with granting and contracting agency policies and revisions.

The Senior Finance & Compliance Manager, improves customer service, a core mission of the department, by identifying needs of internal and external customers and providing them with the appropriate support regarding sponsored project financial administration and general ledger accounting. The Senior Finance & Compliance Manager assists senior management in implementing processes, systems, and projects that advance the objectives of the organization and works towards the development and implementation of automated processes for post-award activities. The Senior Finance & Compliance Manager, stays abreast of regulatory changes and works to ensure that the organization is aware of and adaptive to institutional and external policies and procedures. The Senior Finance & Compliance Managers central aim is the organization’s compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations related to the financial administration of grants and contracts, and may project manage strategic projects and prepare and lead trainings which mitigate organizational risk. The Senior Finance & Compliance Manager, maintains records in accordance with internal procedures, demonstrating compliance with sponsor regulations concerning equipment, project expenditures and other fiscal concerns, and interacts with auditors during their reviews. Performs special projects and other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of four years' related grant accounting and/or fund accounting experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

CPA preferred. Some managerial experience preferred.

Other Requirements

Demonstrated knowledge of research administration/grants management and accounting business processes required. Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) required. Must be comfortable working with databases and computerized financial systems. Must be able to identify priorities within multiple assignments in a high-pressured, short-deadline environment, and be able to work with diplomacy and efficiency in such an environment. Must be able to demonstrate excellent organizational, analytical, critical thinking, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. In addition, the successful candidate must be able to work well with all levels of employees, demonstrate positive leadership qualities; be flexible in nature, have sound judgment with an open and collaborative style that encourages teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization. Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.

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