The Director of Finance and Administration is the chief fiscal officer of the College of Communication and Information at UT Knoxville, and reports directly to the Dean as a member of the college leadership team. Responsibilities include strategic long-range planning, budget building and management, financial reporting and analysis, research support and compliance, oversight of daily business and fiscal transactions, oversight of Human Resources within the College, and oversight of fiscal and HR activity at the School level, as well as policy and legal compliance. The Director must understand the strategic plans and operational needs of all facets of the College, and must work with all of the members of the leadership team, associate deans, and school directors. Success in managing such a portfolio of responsibilities requires a high level of communication skills, and the ability to advocate for sometimes unpopular decisions or to handle strong differences of opinion. The position acts in a leadership capacity on behalf of the College with Vice Chancellors, Directors in Budget & Finance central administration, Provost, Human Resources, enrollment management and other units across campus. The position is accountable for the College's overall fiscal and operational health. This position has direct supervisory oversight of at least one staff position, while working directly with school directors, associate deans, and others in various College units.
Develops, implements, and manages the College's state allocated budget.
Offers Dean, Associate Deans, and School Directors guidance in planning budget strategies.
Forecasts budget projections; develops tools to monitor and track revenues and expenditures.
Prepares all budget transfers, analyzes budget trends, surpluses and deficits to ensure year-end balanced budgets.
Prepares, implements and manages centrally funded budgets as well as Distance Education Program budget, General Education Program budget, Summer School Salary budget, and Chair of Excellence in Journalism budget.
Processes budget expenditures for compliance with UT fiscal policy and procedures.
Provides assistance in developing sponsored research project budgets and post award oversight.
For college accounts, both restricted and unrestricted, approve all financial transactions.
Provides oversight of expenditures and obligations of financial resources within college and verifies and reconciles college accounts to ensure compliance with UT fiscal procedures and policies.
Creates, modifies and closes college Funds Centers, Cost Centers and WBS accounts as appropriate.
Provides UT fiscal policy guidance to Dean, Associate Deans, School Directors, and College support staff.
Respond to information from auditors and administrators on fiscal matters.
Serves on the Campus Fiscal Officer's Committee representing the College in fiscal matters.
Human Resources Duties
Oversee all HR functions within the College and is the central point of contact for HR related inquiries.
Reviews and approves all HR actions including personnel hiring, including new faculty appointments, promotions, personnel or position changes, organization unit changes or creations; time approval, effort certification approval, percent time and pay changes, terminations, transfers, leave of absences, and additional pay.
Provide UT policy guidance and support assistance related to personnel actions to Dean and Academic and Administrative Directors and directs staff on administrative implementation of personnel policies and procedures.
Serves on the Human Resource Workgroup representing the College on HR matters.
Internal Number: 221388
About University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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