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Director, Financial Administration Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships at University of Oklahoma

Posted in Management 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Norman, Oklahoma

Job Description:

The Director of Financial Administration manages all things financial for the Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships (VPRP). We are seeking an experienced and analytical finance director with strong numerical skills to drive our organization's financial operations and improve financial performance.

The spectrum of responsibilities includes planning, implementing, and supervising all VPRP financial strategies and including analysis and projections based on charts and analytics. Manage the VPRP's financial accounts, payrolls, budget, cash receipts, and financial assets. Oversee standard operating budgets for all VPRP departments, strategic research centers, and University core facilities to fiscal project management of faculty startups, retentions, and renovations. The successful candidate will be a hands-on and collaborative manager with proven experience in accounting, budgeting, contracts, compliance, and office administration. This position reports to the Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships for Operations

Typical Functions May Include:

1.    Oversee and manage day-to-day financial management of the VPRP organization. Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all donor segments; and oversee all financial, project/program, and grants accounting.

2.    Develop budgets for OVPRP departments in conjunction with the Assoc. Vice President for Operations, including a rolling 5-year budget forecasting and commitment schedules. Including but not limited to 60+ departmental budgets, foundation accounts, and various other types of funds.

3.    Manage various types of agreements (cooperative agreements, personal services agreements, memos of understanding, etc.) and solicit legal/administration advice when needed to ensure compliance with applicable rules and regulations.

4.    Provide financial support, guidance, information, training, and technical assistance for OVPRP. Update and implement all necessary accounting practices as needed in compliance with University procedures.

5.    Analyzing and reporting on financial performance using statistical techniques in various formats to ensure the quality and accuracy of the data and to be presented in a way to help executive leadership make organizational decisions.

6.    Generate timely monthly, quarterly, yearly, and project-specific financial reports in compliance with University procedures.

7.    Various other duties as assigned.

Required Education: Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Management, or related field, AND: 

  • 48 months experience as a manager in an Accounting, Finance or Business office.

Equivalency/Substitution: Will accept 48 months related experience in lieu of the Bachelor's degree for a total of 96 months of related experience.


  • Should possess strong analytical skills, good strategic thinking, excellent communication skills, exceptional numerical proficiency, and strong leadership skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement best practices in financial or accounting management

  • Proven experience managing the quality and content of all financial and accounting data, reporting, and coordinating audits for an organization or significant department/program.

  • Detail-oriented with experience annotating or organizing data sets, editing reports, and performing quality assurance.

  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects and deadlines.

  • Able to build rapport quickly with faculty and staff.

  • Able to produce reports and complete work within deadlines

  • Strong initiative to solve problems

  • Ability to work independently and good organizational skills

  • Ability to work both independently and with interdepartmental teams on various initiatives.

  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with Excel

  • Experience supporting multiple financial accounts.


  • None

Advertised Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to engage in repetitive motions and communicate effectively.

Department Preferences:

  • Previous OU or higher education experience, particularly in budget and accounting

  • Master's or CPA preferred

  • 8 - 10 years of financial and operations management experience in a managerial role.

Supervision: ~ up to 5 Personnel

Special Instructions:

Diversity Statement

  • The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

  • The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, and health care services that the University operates or provides.

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