The Director of Finance and Human Resources is responsible for directing and leading the Office of Research business office team, which is broadly responsible for the operations and administrative systems supporting research business processes. The Director provides leadership and oversight to all units within the Office of Research, as well as to others across campus, with respect to research-related business functions, including but not limited to: financial reporting and processes, budgeting and financial management, payroll, accounting, procurement, accounts payable, travel, and asset management. The Director is responsible for the UGA Research Foundation accounting function, which includes the distribution of intellectual property royalties from technology transfer activities, financial reporting, audit management, and expense processing. Office of Research personnel and human resource responsibilities are also managed by the Director and the Director’s team. In addition, the Director manages a group of research service professionals in the University’s instrument shops and assists research core facilities reporting to the Vice President with cost accounting, rate-setting, budgeting, invoicing, and other financial matters related to their research service activities.
To fill this important position in the Office of Research, the University seeks candidates who are forward-thinking professionals and innovative and accomplished leaders in their field, with a demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity in all forms and a history of providing the highest levels of customer service. The Director serves as a key member of the senior staff in the Office of Research and represents the Vice President on various university committees and in other collaborative efforts.
Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in a related field such as finance, public administration, business administration, or accounting.
5-10 years of progressive higher education experience in financial management or human resources.
Please contact The University of Georgia's Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.
- Master’s degree in a related field such as finance, public administration, business administration, accounting, or human resources. - 10+ years of progressive higher education experience in finance, budget management, or human resources.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:
- Working knowledge of PeopleSoft or equivalent ERP system(s), and experience utilizing data available in these financial software systems to generate accurate reporting and make informed decisions. - Strong interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communication skills. - Demonstrated management ability and leadership skills with ability to engage and motivate team members. - Effective customer service and problem-solving and decision-making skills. - Advanced spreadsheet skills, including manipulation of large data sets, with ability to analyze, summarize, and present financial and narrative information clearly. - Demonstrated ability to work independently and meet strict deadlines; interpret policies, analyze facts, make sensible recommendations and decisions; and maintain the utmost confidentiality involving matters of a sensitive nature. - Considerable experience forecasting and projecting budget scenarios within a variety of budget models.
- Experience aligning strategic initiatives with financial plans, and developing and maintaining financial planning tools and forecasting models capable of providing both short-term and long-range financial data and goals. - Record of supporting and driving initiatives to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. - Ability to communicate effectively with University administrators, faculty, and staff, as well as government representatives and industry partners.
About The University of Georgia, Office of Research
The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.
The Office of Research encourages and supports innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative activities that contribute to the physical, emotional and economic well-being o...f the people of Georgia, the nation and the world. Through partnerships and collaborations, we seek to share knowledge, increase innovation and deliver the products of our research to the marketplace.