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University of Colorado Cancer Center Assistant Director of Finance in Aurora, Colorado

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Cancer Center

Assistant Director of Finance

Position #00691845 – Requisition #16135

Applications are accepted electronically ONLY

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The Cancer Center has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Assistant Director of Finance (Business Services Assistant Director) position.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care.Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

The University of Colorado Cancer Center (CU Cancer Center or Center), headquartered at the Anschutz Medical Campus, is Colorado’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, a distinction recognizing its outstanding contributions to research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. CU Cancer Center’s clinical care sites are UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) are ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report.

The CU Cancer Center is a member of the prestigiousNational Comprehensive Cancer Network®, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers working to establish and deliver the gold standard in cancer clinical guidelines. CU Cancer Center also is a member of theOncology Research Information Exchange Network(ORIEN), a unique research partnership among North America’s top cancer centers leveraging multiple data sources and matching patients to targeted treatments. CU Cancer Center is aconsortiumof approximately 300 researchers and physicians at three state universities and three healthcare delivery institutions.

The Assistant Director of Finance is the recognized finance partner of the Director and the Associate Director of Administration and Finance (ADAF) of the CU Cancer Center. The Assistant Director will provide high quality, creative, forward-thinking leadership and solutions-oriented financial advice and counsel at the strategic, policy, and operational levels. This position is responsible for developing and implementing the overall operational budget for the Center and to support the implementation of the overall vision and mission of the Center. In addition, the Assistant Director will collaborate closely with management at the University, School, CU Medicine and hospitals (UCH and CHCO) to ensure business standards and objectives are met. This position is responsible for the oversight of the fiscal management of the Center and is accountable for the appropriate stewardship of those funds. The Assistant Director of Finance is a member of the Center’s executive leadership team and plays a key role in the financial, operational and strategic leadership of the organization. The individual has center fiduciary responsibilities and is accountable for meeting standards for compliance with applicable School, University and Hospital policies, procedures, laws, etc.

This position will serve in place of the ADAF on financial matters as requested, and represents the Center within the School of Medicine, the Anschutz Medical Campus and the University of Colorado and its affiliates, providing essential communication and networking for the effective functioning of these entities. The Assistant Director also collaborates with the other Associate Directors in the Center and with the Administrative Directors to develop annual and long-term plans for funding operations as well as build all-funds cross-divisional financial statements and financial strategic plans.

_Examples of Work Performed_

Specific duties and responsibilities of the Assistant Director may include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Financial Management: The Assistant Director has high level authority for the fiscal management of the Center, which functions within multiple financial systems, the most key of which are the University of Colorado systems and the CU Medicine systems. All financial management activities are under the overall direction of the ADAF who has responsibility for Center funds and who serves as the fund administrator and overall approving official. The Assistant Director has decision-making authority subject to the direction of the Center Director and the ADAF and must exercise independent judgment to optimize the functionality/effectiveness to the center. Within these parameters, the Assistant Director:
  • Oversees and directs all fiscal activity of the Center which include an approximate annual budget of $40M, with additional endowed resources of approximately $65M and committed institutional investments of another $50M.Oversight and direction include, but are not limited to, the following:

o Development and management of operating and capital budgets

o Administration of auxiliary accounts including auxiliary service centers and residual auxiliary funds (fund 26)

o Administration of all state funds, including state fund 10, ICR, funds 11 and 72 residual accounts

o Monitoring and approving purchases

o Management of capital equipment inventories

  • Regularly reviews all financial statements for Center accounts and monitors all Center operational speed types at the line item level to ensure expenses are appropriate and remain in-line with the annual budget

  • Manages and ensures compliance with Center commitments including providing oversight and guidance around Center commitments to salary support for center leaders and recruits to departments across campus

  • Interfaces with relevant financial and human resource systems, as necessary, to monitor the Center’s financial performance and align it with the Center’s operations

  • Facilitates fiscal planning and financial analyses, as needed

  • Ensures overall fiscal accountability of the Center

  • Ensures appropriate Center-wide financial control and fiduciary stewardship, determines areas vulnerable from an audit perspective and develops plans/recommendations to strengthen those areas in conjunction with Internal Audit

  • Directs the analysis and interpretation of financial information and aids in the development of business operations plans; forecasts critical milestones and potential obstacles and evaluates alternate courses of action; balances short- and long-term strategic objectives to maximize the financial performance of the Center

  • Leads the development of Center policies and procedures to govern financial decision-making including budgets, expense management, and capital spending to ensure the achievement of expense management and revenue objectives

  • Develops dashboard-style reporting for the Center to ensure that leadership have access to the necessary financial data to make appropriate decisions. This will include monthly, quarterly and annual reports.

  • Fosters and maintains an effective working relationship with the leadership team of the University and CU Medicine as this position plays a pivotal and highly visible role in implementing the policies and procedures that impact the Center’s financial enterprise

  • Develops and conducts training for the Center’s faculty and staff in all areas of fiscal compliance and contract management

  • Serves as the Center’s representative on a number of campus-wide management initiatives and software implementations. Examples include the iLabs Shared Resource Management System, the OnCore Clinical Trials Management System, and the new UCH-CU Cancer Center Clinical Trial Acuity Tool that has potential for national cancer research exportability

  1. CU Medicine
  • Facilitates the creation and submission of CU Medicine budgets

  • Monitors CU Medicine contract income and develops reporting and systems to ensure all funds are received according to contractual terms

  1. Sponsored Research Financial Oversight
  • Responsible for the overall financial management of sponsored research housed within the Center including compliance with federal, state, university and sponsor fiscal policies

  • Collaborates closely with the Assistant Director of Research Administration on oversight of the life-cycle of all sponsored research awards

  • Provides direction and oversight to the Administration and Finance teams of the Cancer Clinical Trials Office including the Pre-Award, Post-Award and Billing teams to ensure sound management of the industry-sponsored clinical trial portfolio

  • Controls the allocation of ICR

  • Forms a partnership with the Assistant Director of Research Administration to prepare, review, and approve budgets and coordinate Center grants, contracts, proposals and awards

  • In partnership with the Assistant Director of Research Administration, prepares periodic reports that advise the Center’s leadership on the financial status of Center grants and awards

  1. UCH Fund 34 Management
  • Provides oversight and management of all UCH fund 34 accounts within the Center

  • As new awards are granted from these funds, ensures documentation of the award is maintained at the Center level, new speedtype accounts are established and budgets are loaded.

  • Monitors all UCH Award accounts on a monthly basis and if deficits occur, works with responsible entity (often other departments across campus) to ensures resolution as soon as possible, ideally within the next month

  • Collaborates with the SOM Finance Director on quarterly reports to UCH of fund commitments and develops reports to reflect commitments versus cash flow on the commitments

  • Develops and presents the annual all-Center budget to UCH leadership and demonstrates how various funding resources are deployed to meet the budget

  1. Policy Administration
  • Ensures the Center’s fiscal practices are in compliance with all relevant Federal, State, University, and affiliate organization (e.g. UCH, CHCO, Veteran’s Administration, Denver Health and Hospitals, CU Medicine) policies and procedures

  • Provides leadership in the formulation and implementation of Center policies and procedures and ensures these are in place for all financial aspects of the Center and are reviewed on an annual basis and updated as needed

  • Educates Center personnel and other relevant constituencies on all relevant internal and external policies and procedures

  1. Procurement Management
  • Communicates with Center personnel regarding relevant procurement policies and procedures

  • Manages procurement including, but not limited to, the following:

o Oversight and control of the distribution and use of all types of University issued credit cards including A-Cards, P-Cards, etc

o Reviews and maintains up-to-date internal policies governing the use of all University-issued credit cards to insure appropriate oversight balanced with reasonable practices to facilitate timely business processes

o Purchase of supplies and services that support the Administrative Office and oversight of other units purchases

o Acquisition of capital and noncapital equipment

o Coordination of building construction/renovation

  • Facilitation of the Center’s procurement efforts through external organizations (e.g., CU Medicine, Veteran’s Administration)

  • Oversee and coordinate other procurement related activities and policies, including purchase orders, payment vouchers, IN’s and a variety of other instruments in both the UCD and CU Medicine fiscal systems

  1. Risk Management and Compliance
  • Ensures appropriate systems of control relative to financial and accounting matters

  • Educates faculty and staff on relevant financial compliance matters

  • Develops and implements systems for fiscal compliance across all Center operations

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity:

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

_Minimum Qualifications_

  • A bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business/public administration, or a directly related field from an accredited institution

/Substitution: Professional level financial management experience may be substituted for the bachelor's degree on a year-for-year basis/

  • Minimum of five years professional level financial management experience within a complex health care setting or biomedical research setting, preferably in an academic medical center similar to Anschutz Medical Campus

  • Broad and diversified professional management experience preferably in an academic medical center or government environment

  • Minimum three years personnel management with at least 3 direct reports

_Preferred Qualifications_

  • CPA, CMA or master’s degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, finance, or business/public administration

  • Seven years of financial management-level experience in an academic medical center or research environment

  • Experience with financial oversight of sponsored research, particularly industry-funded clinical trials

_Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities_

  • An exceptional, broad-based general management experience with a solid background in finance

  • A high degree of technical skills in fiscal management, knowledge of accounting and business practices, including knowledge and use of accounting software packages

  • Ability to manage funds effectively from a variety of sources and on a variety of fiscal cycles

  • Solid understanding of budget development and management; billing operations, reimbursements, financial contracts and consulting agreements

  • A demonstrated ability to assemble and analyze information for reports and special projects

  • Strong analytical skills

  • An understanding of productivity measures used within academic settings

  • Effective presentation and communication skills, both oral and written

  • A high level of interpersonal skills

  • The ability to develop and maintain strong relations with Center leadership, faculty, management and staff and leadership in other organizational units based on mutual trust and respect

  • A strong commitment to the team approach and be able to mentor direct reports

  • An ability to communicate information effectively, motivate project teams and ensure successful completion of Center goals

  • A proven ability to manage multiple assignments under tight deadlines, manage time lines and achieve milestones

  • Be approachable, well balanced, and act as a team leader and a team builder for Center staff

  • Demonstrate professionalism, a strong work ethic, a commitment to high standards, integrity, stability, a discriminating judgment and accountability

Job: *Business Services

Organization: *H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus

Title: Cancer Center Assistant Director of Finance

Location: Aurora

Requisition ID: 16135

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