Virginia Tech

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Asst Director, Financial Mgt

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA Full-time
Posted on October 21, 2019

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Business Analysis, the Assistant Director of Financial Management will be an integral member of the Department of Capital Assets and Financial Management (CAFM) team and serve in a highly visible role within the institution.  The Assistant Director will serve the university community in the advancement and leadership of departmental objectives and university strategic initiatives in the following areas:

(1) Manage fiscal improvement projects at the request of and in collaboration with senior management.  Assistant Director will lead project teams to explore, develop, and recommend financial best practices.  This may include redesign or introduction of new business processes and practices, fiscal policy evaluations and adjustments, and tools to promote effective and compliant execution of processes, procedures, and policies. Additionally, the Assistant Director will be responsible for the coordination of the annual Business Practices Seminar and leading the business practices stakeholder group.

(2) Manage the rollout and ongoing operations of the fiscal training initiative, aimed at providing multiple levels of fiscal and operational training to university staff.  Assistant Director will lead a team through the development and implementation of the program, including the establishment of curriculum and delivery methods, program administration, oversight and recordkeeping, and ongoing evaluation of program content.

(3) Manage reviews of university related business and commercial activities.  Assistant Director will oversee and lend assistance as needed to an internal team to support the development of business plans and policy 3005 reviews. Assistant Director will ensure university related business and commercial activities are compliant with university policies and are monitored on a routine basis.  

(4) Work collaboratively with the Office of Audit, Risk, and Compliance to monitor completion or implementation of audit recommendations and prepare progress reports for delivery to the Board of Visitors at their quarterly meetings.  Additionally, Assistant Director may aid audit clients in the development and implementation of audit recommendations where appropriate.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Business, Public Administration, or related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of five years’ work experience in a financial role in higher education, with exposure to fund accounting, budgeting, payroll, and routine financial operations.
  • Experience in financial analysis, financial reporting, and process analysis.
  • Excellent communication, management, public speaking, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Intermediate level skills with current Microsoft Office software.
  • Demonstrated ability to work professionally and effectively as a productive team and/or a committee member.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities concurrently, adhere to project timelines, and exercise confidentiality when working with sensitive issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, or provide an assessment of internal controls for a broad scope of functional areas.
  • A demonstrated understanding of and commitment to proper financial ethics and internal controls.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 2 years’ experience at a large research university developing solutions to financial challenges at the departmental level.
  • Advanced understanding of public higher education financing and budgeting practices.
  • General knowledge of accounting and auditing standards and of Federal rules, regulations, and circulars.
  • In-depth understanding of Virginia Tech’s financial systems and operating procedures.
  • Advanced skills with the Microsoft Office suite, business intelligence tools, Banner, and project management software.
  • Demonstrated ability to deploy logical and creative thinking in a problem-solving environment.

Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

October 23, 2019 

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

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