Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting jointly to the Deputy Controller, Financial Operations and the Associate Treasurer, Global Treasury Operations, the Director, International Financial Operations plays a significant role in the implementation and oversight of various international financial operations, and controls requiring complex and cross-functional coordination. The Director maintains working relationships with colleagues across the University engaged in international work, ensuring appropriate processes are in place to accurately and compliantly support their operations. This position is part of the university's Global Support team which provides administrative support to the Finance Division and to the International Administrative Working Group (IAWG) which supports faculty, staff and students who travel and/or work outside the United States. The Director will have responsibility for the supervision and direction of the Assistant Director, International Financial Operations.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
-Collaborate extensively across all central administrative functions and Schools and Departments (both in NY and overseas) on interdisciplinary projects such as: oEvaluating options for various systems supporting the country offices' financial operations, including general ledger, payroll, and banking oManaging the University's accounting for foreign currency transactions by ensuring polices are effective and in compliance with GAAP oEstablishing policies and procedures, job aids and training on new and current processes that support global activity oDeveloping and help implement a post-implementation review and compliance process for new international entities or operations
-Accountability for foreign bank account management and, in close partnership with the Finance Division, Office of General Counsel, and Schools and Departments, is responsible to: oEvaluate and ensure appropriate global banking relationships/services/payment functions and related controls and procedures are in place to support the needs of the local entity oCoordinate international banking needs including opening and closing accounts; maintaining authorized signatories and online banking access oEnsure bank KYC and compliance requirements are up to date oEnsure related regulatory reporting is completed
-Work with peers in roles that support global operations to review current processes for enhancements which may be in response to special requests resulting from internal reviews, Internal Audit findings, or significant changes in a business model
-Lead and/or participate in special projects as prioritized by the Associate Treasurer, the Deputy Controller or the IAWG leadership team
-Serve as a business partner to NY based Schools' and Departments' administrative staff (and, when appropriate, to international country managers)
-Assist with ad-hoc queries, accounting processes, and business analyses related to geographic expansion and the establishment of new entities
-Identify appropriate content for Global Support website to support international operations
-Be available for global travel, if needed, which could be up to two to four (2 -4) weeks per year
-Perform other duties as assigned
General Minimum Qualifications: BA/BS with a minimum of seven (7) years related experience in a financial environment such as accounting, audit, or treasury required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Understanding of accounting concepts and practices required. Proficiency in Microsoft Office required. Excellent organizational, facilitation, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including active listening skills, plus the ability to work closely and effectively with a diverse group of University administrators, including senior financial staff, characterized by strong consensus building and relationship building skills, essential. Must be able to negotiate issues, resolve problems and have strong influencing skills. In addition, the successful candidate must have a good understanding of the effect change will have on the organization, 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 desirable. International experience with a high level understanding of components of US and foreign transaction processing, cash management and banking products, with specific regional expertise and/or industry knowledge desired. Prior line responsibility in an international setting or international support organization desired. CPA or audit experience, CTP certification, along with experience in an institution of higher education or other large, complex organization 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.
Internal Number: 126_174722
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