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Assistant Director, Finance and Administration

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 120300
Title: Assistant Director
Functional Title: Assistant Director, Finance and Administration
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 100
Unit: CMNS-Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center is a joint center between the University of Maryland Departments of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science, Geology, and Geography. ESSIC administers a cooperative agreement with the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center as well as the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS), sponsored by the NOAA National Satellite, Data, and Information Services (NESDIS) and the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). There are about 200 researchers (Faculty, post-docs, visiting scientists) and about 20 students associated with ESSIC.

The incumbent will plan and manage significant aspects of the business and financial activities of ESSIC. The incumbent reports to the Director, Finance and Administration (DFA) at ESSIC and will represent the ESSIC Business Office as necessary.

The Assistant Director will have both internal and external facing responsibilities in support of the DFA, ranging from sponsors and contracts and grants management (processes and procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal laws, as well as university requirements; help coordinate all accounting records totaling $40 million in sponsored awards, state accounts, DRIF, and Foundation accounts) to administration (reporting, supervision and management of the day-to-day operations in the business office), and human capital (HR/hiring, mentoring, payroll). The Assistant Director will partner closely with the DFA to chart ESSIC’s future growth and strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for the organization’s services.

The Assistant Director will assist the DFA with overseeing the budget for, and implications of cooperative agreements between ESSIC and government agencies, such as NASA and NOAA, NSF. Is expected to establish business practices, processes and procedures for ESSIC, and also represent the financial transactions of ESSIC to auditors.

Minimum Qualifications:

•Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting/finance, or related field.

•7-9 years of experience in a combination of administrative, financial and managerial work within a large research program.

•At least 2 years of staff supervision experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•Excellent planning and organizational skills.
•Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
•Working knowledge of accounting, budget planning and financial forecasting.
•Working knowledge of grants and contract administration.
•Solid analytical and problem solving skills.
•Attention to detail and accuracy.
•Ability to multi-task and manage deadlines.


•Master’s degree in accounting/finance is strongly preferred.
•At least 3 years of supervisory experience.
•Extensive working knowledge of contract and grant administration.
•Ability to analyze situations, develop strategic plans and ensure successful and efficient implementation of such plans
•Ability to select, train and motivate staff
•Ability to effectively interact with campus, system, state and federal officials
•Must possess outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
•Familiarity with COEUS, BA3/4, PHR, and KFS is required.
•Related University Experience preferred.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

$78,948 – $98,685 (Salary range published)

Posting Date: 09/01/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 09/22/2017
Physical Demands

Sedentary work.
Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.

The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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