Position Classification Title: Finance Officer
Position Classification Code: C1072
Job Family: Business, Accounting and Finance
Pay Level: 11
Exempt Status: Exempt
This description is intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed. It is not intended to be a complete list of specific duties of any particular position. Duties, responsibilities and bargaining unit eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.
Purpose of Classification:
Under limited supervision, provides strategic direction and leadership in the planning, development, management, control, and reporting of the integrated financial operations and activities of a major, multi-faceted operating entity impacting all or most campuses of the University. Direct responsibility for the organization's budget and financial management. Coordinates the preparation of financial statements and reports, special analyses, and information reports; presents recommendations for programmatic and fiscal changes.
Standard Duties:
Plans and develops comprehensive capital and operating budgets for a wide ranging portfolio of accounts relating to multiple components; reviews, analyzes, and verifies budgets, ensuring balance of revenues, expenses, and transfers, and prepares integrated budget documents for submission. Oversees the design, documentation, and implementation of various integrated systems and applications for periodic and ad hoc financial reporting, utilizing electronic financial information from NMSU systems and databases. Coordinates and analyzes fiscal and budget systems for controls, policies, procedures and accounting practices. Manages and oversees the establishment and administration of contractual arrangements and leased properties with external vendors, concession operators, and/or suppliers. Makes recommendations for or implements changes in accordance with institutional policy. Advises units on improvement and implementation of current and new fiscal procedures, Advises on training of accounting and administrative personnel. Ensures records systems are maintained in accordance with generally accepted auditing record retention requirements. Provides leadership, administrative management, and operational coordination to various technical, professional, and/or administrative personnel engaged in specified project activities. Recommends and participates in the development of University policies and procedures; may serve on University planning and policy-making committees. Performs core financial modeling. Reviews the financial model and documents prepared by financial advisor, and liaising with modeler to feedback any issues identified. This involves understanding the model at a detailed level and possibly running it as well. Support bid team with financial analysis as required during commercial negotiations. Provide Group with ad hoc analysis of the various bids/closed projects. Provide general financial modeling support for projects. Represents the organization at various community and/or business meetings, committees, and task forces; promotes existing and new programs and/or policies. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Advanced knowledge of public sector financial, accounting, and budgeting principles and procedures. Knowledge of customer service principles, techniques, systems, and standards. Knowledge and understanding of commercial operating principles, practices, and procedures. Knowledge of software to quantify and illustrate complex financial reports, comparisons, impacts, and/or projections. Knowledge of project management principles, practices, techniques, and tools. Knowledge of faculty and/or staff hiring procedures.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management. Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications. Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures. Accounting experience in an academic setting. Employee development and performance management skills.
Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to analyze and interpret financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and/or projections. Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals. Ability to plan, implement, and administer financial information and control systems. Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments. Ability to develop and implement creative revenue-generation plans, programs, and initiatives. Ability to foster a cooperative work environment. Ability to negotiate and manage contractual arrangements. Ability to develop financial plans and manage resources. Ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to professional personnel in area of expertise. Ability to optimize a financial model to achieve certain targets subject to financial constraints. Ability to run sensitivities on the financial model.
Minimum Qualifications:
   Education- Bachelor's degree in Accounting/Finance or in a related field including at least 15 credit hours of Accounting.
   Experience- Five (5) years of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
   Equivalency- None
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