Responsible for the management of financial activity, accounting and compliance, payroll, billing, contract and general management for the Interdisciplinary Research Institutes. The Business Manager manages and coordinates the financial operations of the Interdisciplinary Research Institutes and their core research facilities. The Lehigh community takes seriously our commitment to antiracism and The Principles of our Equitable Community.
1. Directs and performs financial activities for the Interdisciplinary Research Institutes *Develops and supervises administrative and financial systems for the interdisciplinary programs *Approves and establishes new accounts and budgets for the Institutes and their core research facilities *Authorizes expenditures, budget adjustments and transfers of funds *Directs preparation of budgets *Processes payroll forms and reviews PACs (Payroll turn around copies) *Manages business and accounting operations and makes recommendations *Compiles and maintains supporting documentation records such as invoices and receipts *Prepares and submits final reports for grants that have concluded *Reconciles vacation, sick and holiday accounts and enter payroll information into the payroll interface for soft-dollar employees
2. Provides budget administration, management and oversight *Performs financial reporting, analysis and auditing in addition to various month-end and year-end closings responsibilities *Tracks and maintains budgets for the Institutes and programs *Monitors, reviews and reconciles budget accounts for the Institutes and their core facilities *Performs financial reporting, analysis and auditing *Compiles and analyzes financial information to determine present and future financial performance, identify developing trends and recommend improvements *Works collaboratively with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Grant Specialists to ensure compliance with University and Federal guidelines *Ensures that University accounting policies and procedures are compliant with applicable regulations *Ensures that accounting and reporting practices for sponsored programs and grants are compliant with sponsor guidelines and applicable laws *Communicates changes in University policies and procedures and changes in financial regulations to staff and those affected by the changes *Prepare budgets for faculty research proposals *Work with the Principal Investigator (PI) to develop budget justification *Is knowledgeable about funding agencies allowable costs to be included in proposals *Liaise with ORSP to communicate sponsor requirements for proposal submissions *Gather and integrate subcontract information for proposals *Complete College and University cost-sharing documentation *Prepare research-related data and survey information required in proposals
3. Performs financial activities of the all of the institutes *Administers or coordinates aspects of University-wide or Institute specific programs and or services *Supports activities of the Program Manager, such as proposal preparation in addition to building and maintaining relationships with companies *Assesses office procedures to promote continuous improvement and incorporate changes where needed *Is responsible for regularly disseminating pertinent information to Institute constituents regarding new policies and procedures *Manages and renews contracts for the core research facilities in addition to academic departments *Enter monthly equipment usage *Assist the RCEAS facilities manager with space surveys
Position Number: S98070
This position is funded by soft dollars; there is no severance associated with this position
This position has fiscal or financial responsibilities other than employee expense activity, such as processing or approving transactions; monitoring or preparing budgets; or generating income for University
The duties of the position do not allow for a remote work option; the employee in this position will be required to work on campus where they can be fully accessible to the Lehigh community
Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Finance or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
Three to five years related work experience
Excellent communication, interpersonal skills and a high level of customer service required
Solid writing ability, attention to detail and organizational skills
Excellent computer skills with experience using word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software
Ability to build, foster and maintain positive professional relationships
Good analytical and decision-making skills
Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, national criminal background checks, motor vehicle checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance and credit history based upon the requirements of the position
Only complete applications will be considered therefore please complete the application in its entirety. Once the posting is removed from the website applications may no longer be allowed to be completed.
Internal Number: 499649
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