This position serves as a financial reporting analyst and technical liaison for Business Services technology needs and assists the institution with ensuring data integrity, testing of business impact resulting from system changes and maintenance, report writing, documenting and analyzing workflows for process improvement opportunities, overall data security and best practices.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Financial Reporting Analyst
Extract financial data for internal and external reporting, trend analysis, surveys, bench-marking, modeling and forecasting
Develop standard and ad-hoc reports, dashboards, and key performance indicators (KPIs) per senior management and key stakeholder needs
Develop automated reporting and forecasting tools for more efficient use of data
Assist Business Services staff with report-writing and integration of data across varying solutions and platforms
Train and assist stakeholders in running standard management reports
Financial Systems Technical Liaison
Provides a strategic approach to respond to process and system needs of all Business Office services. Using technology tools, recommends and implements solutions or alternate methods to meet accounting and financial reporting requirements
Develops and maintains documentation of all Business Services systems and processes including security level assignments and training system users
Recommends process improvements to stakeholders and configures applicable modules of Student Information Systems (SIS) and financial software per business requirements such as automated work flows, training compliance reporting and internal communications.
Assist in the cross-training of all systems and duties
Collaborate with team members and other departments to strategize, develop, deploy and manage programs, policies, procedures by providing detailed consultation and analysis
Oversee and provide work direction of related systems tasks performed by Accounting Associates
Provide orientation and support to managers on standard, procedural use
Accounting Systems Support and Maintenance
Maintain a high level of system knowledge and process expertise in understanding of core Business Services systems and architecture
Maintain data integrity in systems by running queries and analyzing data, performing regular system data, records, and transaction audits; identify root causes, and correct records as needed
Maintain awareness of current software and industry trends with a focus on product and service development, delivery and support, and applying key technologies. Continuously increase both accounting knowledge and systems application/tools proficiency
Assist with and manage key system events through configurations, test, implementation, communications and user training (examples: audits, budgeting, external survey reporting and compliance reporting)
Participate in routine information systems vendor meetings and prioritize projects according to business needs
Initiate and manage any support tickets, documenting issues and results
Proactively prepare for and partner with Information Technology to manage internal/external data transformation services, solution enhancements, upgrades and or software updates related to services and systems
Collaborate with functional and technical staff to coordinate upgrades and fixes and communicate impact and process changes to appropriate user audiences
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or equivalent work experience in IT/Finance/Accounting strongly preferred.
3+ years of related, increasingly complex, experience in financial analysis and report- writing (with Jenzabar, Transact, Financial Edge NXT), preferably in a higher education setting .
Competence with advanced Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, data tables, etc.)
Demonstrated experience and knowledge in GL/ERP systems management (configuration, integrations, security) and general industry regulations.
Demonstrated technical interest and proven ability to interpret and organize data and information.
Proven ability to facilitate communication and collaboration between business and technical teams.
Proven ability to problem solve and proactively seek resolutions with a high level of initiative, delivering timely and quality work while demonstrating effective work prioritization.
This position has been identified as security sensitive, and as such will require a background check. At the discretion of the college, various background checks may be done during the course of employment.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)
Founded in 1886, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit teaching institution located in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. MCAD is an independent, accredited institution with 14 BFA degree programs in Design, Fine Arts, and Media Arts. It also has a BS degree in Entrepreneurial Studies, an MFA program, and online degrees. Dedicated to the creative and professional success of its students, MCAD is an important participant in the Twin Cities’ thriving cultural community. Minnesota enjoys a long history of cultural community, furthered by the generous support of numerous private foundations. Notable cultural institutions include Walker Art Center, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Weisman Art Museum. The Twin Cities host abundant live theater, music venues, galleries, art film festivals, and are home to many celebrated international advertising and design companies. Major sports teams in football, men and women’s basketball, baseball and hockey complement the arts. Bicycling Magazine recently named Minneapolis the most bike friendly city in America. The Twin Cities frequently rates as one of the best places to live in the United States. In June 201...4, CBRE rated Minneapolis as the greenest city in the nation. Ranked as the 14th largest metropolitan area in the nation, the area hosts 19 Fortune 500 Companies and seven of the largest private companies in the country.