Utah State University

Business Manager II - Ecology Center

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(3/23/2024 7:02 PM)
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
Business Services
Bus Svs-Natural Resources
Advertised Salary
Salary starting at $65,000- Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


Join our team at the Ecology Center, where you'll play a crucial role in our financial operations and support network! As a Business Manager II, you will provide essential leadership in financial management, pursuit of research funding, and support services for three colleges across campus. Your responsibilities will include helping faculty prepare budgets for grant proposals, managing cash/revenue, salary planning, data management, purchasing, and much more.
At the Ecology Center, we value teamwork, innovation, and inclusivity. Your role will be pivotal in ensuring the smooth functioning of our financial processes, enabling faculty members to focus on their research pursuits and fostering collaboration. We're dedicated to creating a welcoming and collaborative environment for research and graduate education in ecology at USU and in the broader communities.

USU offers an excellent and competitive benefit package. Exempt positions like this one come with excellent benefits, including 13 paid holidays, earning 22 days of paid leave and 12 days of sick leave per year, 50% tuition reduction for employees and dependents, competitive health benefits packages, and a generous contribution into your retirement. For more information, check out our Summary of Benefits for 2023-2024.


This position is eligible for hybrid telework within the state of Utah.


  • Performs or oversees functions such as budget preparation, budget reconciliation, data management (department and financial), and fiscal information support.
  • Maintains annual 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.
  • Knowledge and experience with compliance regulations of federal, state, and university policies.
  • Supervises staff.
  • Oversees graduate student awards, scholarships, graduate insurance, and financial document retention.
  • Manages payroll.
  • Reconciles and reviews monthly financial reports.
  • 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.
  • Performs duties in accordance with professional standards and University policies and procedures.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in a business field plus three years of experience or an equivalent combination of education plus experience. 
  • 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. 
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills
  • Experience with Kuali and Banner
  • Advanced Excel skills. 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • 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 confidential and sensitive information showing good judgement and decision-making skills.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV” 

2. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application 

3. The names and contact information for 3 professional references to be entered into Candidate Profile


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

Advertised Salary

Salary starting at $65,000- Commensurate with 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

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant, public service university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion, empowering people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. Utah State provides high-quality education to 27,500-plus students locations throughout the state, including at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online educates students from all 50 states and 55 countries. For over 25 years, USU Extension has served and engaged Utahns in all of Utah’s counties. As an R1 research institution, Utah State is dedicated to advancing knowledge through research and scholarly activities, providing a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price.


Utah State is committed to cultivating a community of inclusive excellence where all perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Forbes recognized our commitment to employees when they named Utah State the best employer in Utah in 2023. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 04/2024

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 Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

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

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

*updated 09/2023


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