The Office of Research and Financial Administration seeks applicants to fill its opening for Director of Research Finance. The Director of Research Finance provides vision, support, and leadership on all matters related to sponsored programs fiscal management and compliance matters including (but not limited to) expense review and reconciliation, invoicing, payments, reporting, close out, and training for the Institute research community. The Director fosters relationships with faculty and research administrators, Institute departments and leaders, peer institutions, sponsors and others. The Director also initiates strategies to improve service excellence, process and quality improvement, and cost effectiveness in research operations throughout the Institute. Prepares and negotiates the Facilities & Administrative and Fringe Benefits rate proposals. Coordinates multiple external audits including the annual Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) Single Audit, the sponsored programs portion of the financial statement audit and various sponsor audits. Serve as the compliance officer for all research financial matters.
Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, finance, or related field
Five (5) years of related accounting experience that is progressively responsible
Experience must include at least two (2) years of supervisory, project leadership, or other similar management experience
Experience with automated financial management systems is needed
Candidates with a related Master's Degree are strongly preferred
Though not required, experience with research finance and/or accounting in a scientific or academic setting is helpful, as is working knowledge of Banner or a similar ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system, and/or experience with automated grants management systems
Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and internal control practices
Familiarity with research-oriented financial management
Knowledge of federal, state, and foundation grant requirements, processes and procedures
Ability to successfully interact with all administrative/academic levels and external groups including governmental agencies and auditors
Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated planning, organizing and effective time management skills
Demonstrated ability to create and lead a collaborative team environment
Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret financial and other data
Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure and meet established goals and objectives
Demonstrated ability to anticipate and solve problems
We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.
About Rensselaer Polytchnic Institute
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