Utah State University

Business Manager Senior

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(8/4/2020 1:00 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Business Services
Bus Svs-Natural Resources
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits


Business Manager SR serves in a financial leadership role with the Ecology Center Business Services unit supporting multiple colleges and departments across campus. This position supports and co-reports to both the business services unit and director of the Ecology Center. Provides and oversees all business and financial functions such as: cash/revenue receipting/management, budget preparation, budget reconciliation, data management, financial document retention, purchasing, personnel, fiscal management, transaction review and control, financial reporting, and research administration.


Responsible for the identification, development, implementation and maintenance of Ecology Center’s financial policies and procedures:

  • Performs or oversees functions such as budget preparation, budget reconciliation, data management (department and financial), and fiscal information support.
  • Maintains annual budget using proper accounting/budgeting methods and retains records of financial figures for comparison with estimated budget.
  • Manages grant and contract administration to include pre-award, active award, and post-award management. Assures through approvals all transactions comply with federal, state, agency specific, and university policies.
  • Maintains knowledge and experience with compliance regulations of federal, state, and university policies.
  • Oversees business support staff responsible for epaf processes such as epafs, I-9s, leave, hiring/terminations, to assure these processes are properly recorded and processed.
  • Oversees business support staff responsible for travel, purchasing, and p-card management.
  • Oversees graduate student awards, scholarships, graduate insurance, and financial document retention.
  • Manages payroll and ensures it’s properly recorded and processed in adherence with university policies.
  • Reconciles and reviews monthly financial statements to ensure accuracy in a timely manner.
  • Develops and maintains monthly and ad hoc reporting including financial projections as needed. Maintains an accurate understanding of multiple fund types held in department including E&G, overhead, contracts/grants, start-up, unrestricted, service centers, etc.
  • Communicates and coordinates with other colleges and departments within and outside USU regarding financial matters. Accurately responds to questions and concerns from multiple constituents including faculty, staff, students, coworkers, clients, subcontractors, and others using tact and discretion.
  • Maintains and supports appropriate privacy and confidentiality forms and processes, assuring information is securely maintained. Attends regular trainings and meets confidentiality requirements including training for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Commits to integrity; performs duties with diligence in accordance with professional standards and enforces University policies and procedures; uses relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with rules, regulations, or standard operating parameters.
  • Serves in the interest of Utah State University in a lawful manner, while maintaining high standards of conduct and character.

Responsible for the accurate and timely review and processing of departmental financial transactions.

  • Oversees and manages daily activities and transactions, including purchasing/p-card, financial reporting/processing systems (Banner, Argos, ServiceNow) travel, cash handling, and personnel functions.
  • Reviews and tracks department contracts.


Responsible for development and leadership of direct reports.

  • Manages hiring, supervising, evaluating, and disciplining of direct reports. Develops and provides training and mentoring to staff.
  • Develops and maintains current process and procedure documentation, tools, training, and support mechanisms for financial/business operations within the department.
  • Instructs and assigns work to others both within a direct reporting structure and an indirect reporting structure. Communicates financial/business information, procedures, and expectations to personnel within the department, reviews related work, and provides feedback on service expectations.

Actively and positively engages in procedural improvements, new systems/policy implementation, and other tasks as assigned:

  • Positively engages in department, college or university teams as requested to improve processes, implementation of new policies or systems, or researching issues/opportunities.
  • Suggests and develops new concepts and approaches to issues. As approved, works to positively implement the changes.
  • Handles confidential information and other financial/accounting responsibilities designated by the Director and/or Financial Officer. Manages assigned projects effectively and demonstrates reliability and strong work ethic.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or business field plus four years of experience or an equivalent combination of education plus experience is required.
  • Experience with grant and contract funding practices (fund accounting) and compliance regulations.
  • Experience in supervision and able to foster an inclusive and team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to use and develop Excel formulas correctly and independently.
  • Ability to develop professional materials with proper grammar and punctuation.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment while providing high quality customer service to a diverse population.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision, as well as collaboratively and dynamically in team-based settings.
  • Ability to deal discretely with highly confidential and sensitive information showing good judgement and decision-making skills.
  • Job offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of USU’s Banner, ServiceNow, Argos, AggieTime, Aggie Handshake, iCIMs, and Kuali.
  • Working knowledge of USU’s purchasing and/or human resources policies and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of USU operational policies.
  • Experience working in a higher education academic department.
  • Experience with audit preparation and participation.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of finance enterprise systems and software.
  • Computer skills, including Excel and Microsoft Windows.
  • Knowledge of management reporting systems.
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control procedures.
  • Ability to train and lead staff.
  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Knowledge of contracting process and associated local, state, federal, and other regulations.
  • Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.
  • Skilled in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and/or projections.
  • Knowledge of software to quantify and illustrate complex financial reports, comparisons, impacts, and/or projections.
  • Expert knowledge of financial principles, practices, concepts, and analysis of reports of financial data.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the candidate profile under “Resume/CV”.
2. Names and contact information for at least three professional references to be provided at the beginning of your application in the candidate profile.
3. Cover Letter should be typed/pasted at the end of the application process. The system will provide a text box titled, "Cover Letter" in which the applicant will be directed to paste or type the document.

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visithttps://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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