Reporting to the Senior Associate Director, the Business Manager serves a critical role in supporting the leadership and staff of the Pace Center for Civic Engagement to achieve its strategic and fiscal organizational goals and objectives in support of it mission to make service central to the Princeton student experience. The Business Manager has primary responsibility for managing the Center's finances, including budget management and development and financial transactions and accounting. Administrative responsibilities to support human resources and donor stewardship systems, processes, and practices are also components of this role. The Business Manager represents the Pace Center in budget meetings and requires significant interactions among varying levels of leadership and administrative staff, including the offices of the Vice President for Campus Life, the Dean of the College, Finance and Treasury, and University Advancement. The Business Manager also has external interactions with vendors and community organizations. The Business Manager supports student leaders in the financial responsibilities of their service work.
Manage Center-wide budget to meet strategic and fiscal goals: Ensures integrity and accountability in compliance with University practices, policies, and regulations. Works closely with Center staff to solicit personnel and operational information to forecast, model, track, allocate and align departmental budget with Center and Campus Life needs and priorities. Prepares regular financial reports and presentations, reflecting budget analysis, projections and recommendations, alerting leadership to emerging budgetary issues. Ensures the appropriate and strategic use of financial resources according to fund balances, donor restrictions and financial commitments to maximize impact. Tailors communication and information on budget structure, plan and findings to specific audience/constituents.
Manage and implement day-to-day financial operations: Establishes, maintains and monitors department accounting and recording procedures to ensure accuracy and compliance with accounting best principles, practices and University policies. Monitors and approves all expenditures, including vendor invoices and travel and business expense reimbursements for staff and students. Processes journals, requisitions, purchase orders, voucher payments, and honorariums. Acts as primary departmental user in managing centralized systems, including among others, Labor Accounting, SAFE, Concur, and Prime Financials. Manages University issued credit cards and mobile telephone accounts. Provides financial trainings on best financial practices and systems to staff and students.
Support human resource practices and systems: Working closely with the senior associate director, tracks and maintains personnel information and budget, including review of staff position data, tracking vacancy savings and assigning funding sources. Serves as internal resource for personnel policy and compliance, including new staff searches, orientation, training; tracking of annual review of job descriptions, compliance and confidentiality paperwork; and providing recommendations to improve practices and processes. Acts as departmental CALM administrator and Time Collection approver. Assists staff in hiring of student associates, working directly with undergraduate and graduate student employment.
Coordinate donor stewardship: Tracks funds. Ensures implementation of regularized reporting for staff with programs supported by specific affiliated gifts. Generates regular mid-year and end-of-year spending reports for internal reference and review, and for external reporting to the donor. Oversees maintenance of donor database. Processes gifts from University Advancement. Ensures internal transfer and reporting of funds from gifts earmarked for the Pace Center.
- Bachelors degree
- 4+ years of related experience
- Strong financial acumen in managing and analyzing budgets, as well as an ability to find creative solutions to budgetary challenges
- Knowledge of generally accepted financial accounting principles and mechanisms, and an ability to develop reports for
- Proficiency with financial management and software systems as well as Microsoft Office products
- Excellent analytical, organizational, and interpersonal communication skills
- Ability to take initiative, identify solutions, make recommendations, implement sound decisions
- Relevant financial experience with Princeton University business systems (e.g. Prime Financials, Concur, Information Warehouse, CALM, SAFE)
- Prior experience working in a mission-driven organization and/or higher education environment
- Experience with Google products and services
- Interest in civic engagement, social justice, service
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