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Institutional Support, PBB, (Fiscal Specialist) (#79879) Position Description

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UH Hilo, Student Affairs, Office of the Vice Chancellor, general funds, permanent, full-time appointment, to begin approximately August 2013, pending position clearance and availability of funding.


ADMINISTRATION: Reporting directly to the VC for Student Affairs, this position will function as the senior budget & fiscal administrator for the Division of Student Affairs. Serve as divisional consultant for a broad range of operational, policy & procedural matters, including but are not limited to: HR, data governance & data security, facilities use/maintenance, repair/renovations, procurement, grants & contracts, etc. Collaborates with the Budget and Financial Directors of UH Hilo to effectively execute fiscal, procurement and other policies & procedures. Specific duties include: Ensures compliance with Division of Student Affairs fiscal matters in accordance with federal/state grants & contracts, the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation, as well as to state rules and regulations. Maintains and monitors internal account and fiscal records for general funds, special funds, extramural funds, and RCUH/RAPD and UH Foundation accounts. Prepares and issues purchase orders, requisitions, invitations to bid, bid specifications, technical specifications, and/or requests for quotations; contacts vendors and obtain bids. Reconciles monthly program expenditures with university-generated reports - i.e. compares internal records with university-generated reports. Monitors expenditures and maintains control of spending in accordance with budget plans or grant expenditure plans. Reviews all requests for out-of-state travel using the division's funds and advises the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee on disposition. Serves as an administrative officer for the Division of Student Affairs and provides the full range of administrative support in areas that have resource constraints or require fiscal resolution of administrative problems or similar problems. Maintains current and high-level knowledge of UH System, Board of Regents, and other applicable policies and procedures as they relate to procurement, budget planning, personnel, construction/maintenance, and other operational functions. Recommends changes to program policies and standard operating procedures to improve operations to achieve the most efficient and effective service. Advises the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs of the progress of projects assigned, anticipated problems, major policy changes expected affecting assigned responsibilities, and completion of projects assigned. Resolves operational and administrative matters in accordance with current policies, procedures, and directives as requested and uses independent authority to do so. Investigates and prepares justifications for administrative, fiscal, and/or personnel actions in compliance with regulations. Provides all administrative staff support for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, including disbursing and purchasing, formulating budgets, monitoring contracts, and maintaining facilities. Collaborates with and works in conjunction with appropriate UH Hilo and UH System offices to carry out financial and operational coordinator duties. Provides policy/procedural guidance and support services on complex or difficult issues to division units, in particular issues/problems which involve two or more unit/functional areas in the Division of Student Affairs. Oversees, coordinates or implements special projects on behalf of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to support Divisional vision, mission and strategic priorities. Support and coordinate strategic and long-range planning efforts. Monitors all UH Foundation Accounts assigned to the Division of Student Affairs. Develops and administers purchasing policies and regulations within established budget limitations. Provides spreadsheet software training, Kuali system training, and other forms of technical assistance and training to student affairs faculty and staff. Develops and maintains financial management of all Divisional budgets, including general funds, revenue, special funds, and Foundation accounts. Anticipates spending trends and assists the Vice Chancellor with budget forecasting, creative resource management, and strategic budget planning to ensure that the Division can effectively meet its goals and priorities. Monitors expenditures and encumbrances regularly; corrects and reports irregularities to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee. Engages in grant writing, preparing reports and contracts, and other administrative responsibilities to support the strategic priorities of the Division. Submits financial and fiscal reports to the UH Hilo Budget Office and to the UH Research Corporation of the University of Hawaiʻi (RCUH) and/or UH Hilo RAPD as needed. Maintains open communication and liaison relationships with UH Hilo's Budget Director, HR Director, VC for Administrative Affairs, and other UH Administrative Affairs staff for guidance as needed regarding complex fiscal, personnel, and related matters. HUMAN RESOURCES: Functions as human resources coordinator for the Office of the Vice Chancellor as needed. Overall responsibility for the full range of professional human resources lies with the UH Hilo Human Resources Dept. Specific duties include: Reviews, analyzes, evaluates & develops short & long-range staffing requests/requirements, program justifications and evaluations in the context of legislative decisions, State & University policies, guidelines, or instructions & program needs. Coordinates professional development programs and offerings, in collaboration with Division-wide colleagues, for all faculty/staff in the Division. Plans, writes, and edits position descriptions to create or re-describe positions; works with the UH Hilo Human Resources Office in establishing, classifying, or re-describing positions. Prepares, reviews, and/or audits personnel transactions, including review of SF-1 form to determine if sufficient funds are available for new faculty and staff hires. Analyzes staffing patterns. Updates PNF files as needed. Coordinates appropriate, relevant, and timely professional development opportunities for divisional staff, including new staff orientation. BUDGET: Serves as the budget manager/fiscal administrator for the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. The overall responsibility for the full range of fiscal & budget management lies with the UH Hilo Budget Office. Specific duties include: Maintains and analyzes fiscal transaction information, chart of accounts, records and financial reports, fiscal data relating to materials, labor, overhead costs, object codes and control ledgers, registers, journals and other related fiscal records. Prepares written policies, reports, analyses, administrative procedures, instructions, guidelines, interpretations, financial statements, cost and valuation reports, and statements of condition. Allocates indirect costs by a variety of allocation bases. Designs and conducts (or supervises the conduct of) routine and special confidential financial and compliance audits of programs with funds from various sources and/or with highly complex accounting features. Accounts for a variety of financial transactions that may include the conduct of end-of-year period cash, funds flow analysis, income statements, balance sheets, and other financial reports. Reviews, analyzes, evaluates, and develops short and long-range budget (operating and/or capital improvements) proposals, budget (operating and/or capital improvements) requests, and proposed expenditure plans. Interprets and advises on matters to include the development of options/alternatives and recommendations on budget policies, procedures (for example, fund transfers), and instructions. Maintains budget (operating and/or capital improvements) account information in accordance with established instructions and guidelines and operating instructions. Conducts program analyses, evaluations, and studies of long-range goals, objectives, budget (operating and/or capital improvements) instructions, program objectives, costs, measures of effectiveness and fund use. Prepares short- and long-term financial plans relating to unit-level and divisional needs based on evaluation of unit-level and divisional budget and fiscal operations. Directs and manages project financial operations with respect to budget preparation, generation and accounting of revenues, expenditure control and investment strategy, and organizes refinancing options and evaluation. Assists the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and other central administration staff in submitting grant proposals for continued funding from various sponsoring agencies. Coordinates with funding agencies on reports, audits and other Divisional management matters; works with RCUH and/or RAPD on the Division's accounting, fiscal/financial and procurement matters as needed for grant projects. Issues purchase orders and encumbers accounts. Processes requests for proprietary or sole-source purchases in compliance with applicable laws, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations. Conducts and participates in needs assessments, market analysis, and studies related to student satisfaction, operational effectiveness, and revenue generation in income-producing areas relying on understanding customers (e.g. food service and athletics). Completes, reviews, maintains, reconciles and audits fiscal transaction reports, forms, requests, fiscal journals and records in accordance with Federal, State and University requirements. Evaluates and recommends internal accounting controls, procedures and adherence to generally accepted accounting principles and management practices; administers, directs and coordinates a financial and compliance audit program. Monitors orders from onset to completion; coordinates and initiates expending actions. Prepares, analyzes and interprets the Division's financial condition; monitors financial reports and records; and reports significant changes to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Accounts for funds generated from all sources (sales, fees, etc.); oversees the collection, reconciliation, recording, safeguard and deposit of income as directed by pertinent policies and procedures. Prepares year-end adjusting and closing entries, trial balances, draws on income and expense accounts into income statements and enterprise funds and procurement and payments documents. Acts as working supervisor for the cash handling units of the Division of Student Affairs. Documents and assures fiscal integrity of procurement/acquisition, receipt, and issue records. Advises on procurement policies, procedures and requirements and assists customers and vendors to refine procurement requests or responses while ensuring compliance with administrative and contractual requirements. Ensures that policies and procedures for the control and accounting of cash and other negotiable items are strictly adhered to. Performs financial services such as ensuring compliance with University policies and procedures and State and Federal rules and regulations. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a baccalaureate degree in Business, Human Resources, Public Administration or related field and 3 year(s) of progressively responsible professional experience with responsibilities for management support with familiarity in financial and fiscal reporting, procurement, negotiating and administering contracts, audit process, internal controls, and/or related government regulations; or equivalent education/training or experience. Considerable working knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in the management support with familiarity in financial and fiscal reporting, procurement, negotiating and administering contracts, audit process, internal controls, and/or related government regulations as demonstrated by the broad knowledge of the full range of pertinent standard and evolving concepts, principles and methodologies. Considerable working knowledge and understanding of applicable federal and state laws, rules, regulations and theories and systems associated with management support with familiarity in financial and fiscal reporting, procurement, negotiating and administering contracts, audit process, internal controls, and/or related government regulations. Demonstrated ability to resolve wide ranging complex problems through the use of creative reasoning and logic to accurately determine the cause of the problems and the resolution of the problems in an effective, innovative and timely manner. Demonstrated ability to interpret and present information and ideas clearly and accurately in writing, verbally and by preparation of reports and other materials. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team leaders and members, and individuals. Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and apply word processing software. For supervisory work, demonstrated ability to lead subordinates, manage work priorities and projects, and manage employee relations. Strong knowledge of financial, fiscal and accounting principles, especially with federal programs administration. Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft (MS) Office, financial systems, spreadsheets and MS Project. Understand and be proficient with Federal Acquisitions Registration Service (FARS) and Office Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-21, A-133 standards, or have the ability to understand and become proficient in these areas in a short period of time. Any equivalent combination of education and/or professional work experience which provides the required education, knowledge, skills and abilities as indicated.

Desirable Qualifications

Master's degree in Business Administration, Accounting, or related field. Ability to work effectively with multiple financial structures, i.e. University of Hawaiʻi, Research Corporation of the University of Hawaiʻi, University of Hawaiʻi Foundation, and assorted non-profit organizations. Experience in pre- and post-secondary educational environments. Experience in higher education student affairs and/or enrollment services. Ability to work responsibly with a variety of funding sources (e.g., general funds, state and federal grants, auxiliary entities, etc.) Work experience in a multicultural environment. Knowledge of and experience with UH fiscal, HR and other administrative policies and procedures. Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with other entities within UH and RCUH. Accounting or fiscal experience in a public, comprehensive institution of higher education. Demonstrated ability to manage federal grants. Demonstrated ability to recognize fiscal and financial problems, identify possible causes, and resolve the full range of problems that may commonly occur in business administration. Strong knowledge of non-profit organizations.

Pay Range

PBB, minimum $3727/month minimum.

Applications (How to Apply)

A complete application must include: (1) cover letter explaining how each minimum and desirable qualification is met; (2) APT application UH Form 64; (3) resume; (4) the names and addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three [3] professional references; (5) transcript(s) showing degrees and course work appropriate to the position (copies are acceptable at the time of application, however original official transcripts will be required prior to employment). All requested documents/information must be postmarked by the closing date and become the property of the University. All minimum qualifications must be met by the closing date. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Failure to submit all required documents and reference information shall deem an application to be incomplete. Send to: VCSA Fiscal Specialist Search Committee, c/o Andrea Adrian, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 200 W. Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720-4091 or via email to

Inquiries (General)

James Mellon, Search Committee Chair; 808-974-7313;

Please refer to position #79879 when making inquiries.

Application Deadline

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Important Information

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