Director, Student Financial and Accounting Services
December 28, 2017
New York, New York
Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the Executive Director, Accounting and Business Management for Student Financial Services (SFS), the Director, Student Financial and Accounting Services, is responsible for managing critical student focused financial functions. The Director will oversee and supervise the teams responsible for accounting and reconciliation functions and payments and deposits. The Director ensures work is completed timely and effectively and performs ongoing assessments to enhance and improve operations. The Director will collaborate with internal and external constituents such as the Office of the Controller, internal and external auditors, financial aid directors and business officers and University departments for issues related to compliance, management and reporting, and will manage fiscal monthly and year-end closing processes for SFS. The Director will coordinate, review, reconcile and complete annual, quarterly, monthly, and other periodic reports including FISAP and AOR.
The Director will support the development of a strategic plan for SFS for the purpose of enhancing operational effectiveness, strengthened controls, and improved service delivery.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Accounting, Reconciliation and Control Monitoring Ensure the completion of monthly and quarterly reconciliations and variance analysis for SFS related balance sheet and income statement items; ensure accounting accuracy and compliance with GAAP; oversee the maintenance and development of WEBI Business Objects reports to support efficient reconciliations; liaise with other units in the Controller's Office to successfully complete external audits; oversee the reconciliation of Title IV funds with other SFS units; coordinate the monitoring, review and analysis of SFS related financial internal controls
Payment and Deposits Responsible for the overall management of the Payments and Deposits team across the Morningside and CUMC campuses; oversee control structure; perform monthly data analysis in collaboration with the Associate Director, Payments and Deposits; provide backup support to the Associate Director for Smart Safe processes, operation and relationship management; and act as key liaison with internal security and vendors.
Refunds Ensure that student account refunds are processed in a timely manner according to applicable cash management and federal rules and regulations; collaborate with CUIT to ensure that all refund payments are properly calculated and classified; ensure that the automated refund reporting properly calculates and classifies the various types of refunds.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 7 years' related experience required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Prior demonstrated experience developing a team and managing 2 or more staff required. At least 6 years of experience in finance, accounting or business management required. Demonstrated strategic understanding of the integral role of student financial services required. The ability to convey technical information and policy issues in a concise, persuasive manner at all levels of the University is required. Effective verbal and written communication skills are required. Strong customer service skills and results orientation are essential. The ability to manage multiple projects and business relationships simultaneously and work independently while managing multiple and sequential deadlines is required. Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint required. In addition, the successful candidate must be able to work well with all levels of management, both internally and externally, be flexible in nature, have sound judgment with an open and collaborative style of leadership that encourages teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization, and a strong role model, manager and coach. Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree and/or CPA desirable. Knowledge of financial aid, student accounting, or billing processes is a plus. Experience with PeopleSoft Financials or comparable ERP system strongly preferred. Experience designing financial processes is a plus.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It... seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.