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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Include at least three references with contact data that can provide input on your qualifications and experience.

This temporary hourly position is expected to last until February 28, 2018.  There is the possibility of it being extended and/or converted to a permanent position after December 2017, once sponsor funding is finalized.

Hourly pay rate is from $25-$27 dependent upon qualifications.

Job Summary

The successful candidate is expected to provide financial administrative support to the Center for Future Architectures research (C-FAR) under the supervision of the primary financial administrator for the center. The center opened in 2013 and is located in the College of Engineering's Computer Science & Engineering Division. It includes 14 other major research institutions and is charged with designing the computers of 2030. The candidate shall support the center’s director in the operation of the center, including preparing required reports and assisting with center closing requirements. The center is due to close December 31, 2017. Additionally, the center will host an annual review event in September 2017 for which organizational support will be required. Finally, as time permits, the candidate will provide grants and other financial support to the center director and other principal investigators within the division.


Responsible for managing all financial and budgeting needs of the center, including within the University, with the sponsor, and with the center's subcontractors. Tasks to be carried out in this role include but are not limited to: managing subprojects within U-M systems (eResearch, MPathways, etc), monitoring spending and invoicing, tracking center expenditures, reconciling all related accounts including encumbering expenses in a timely manner, investigating and resolving problems, preparing journal entries or other corrective paperwork, using the internal purchasing system to assist with orders, managing cost sharing commitments, reviewing and resolving UG-monitored reports and issues, overseeing closeout reports, preparing budgets and providing budget projections, creating financial reports as required by the center director or other principal investigators, meeting all U-M and sponsor reporting requirements, and completing any other CFAR-related miscellaneous tasks as assigned. The successful candidate may also take on additional financial and budgeting assignments unrelated to the center’s administration if time allows.


Additionally, the person in this role will contribute to the day-to-day operation of the center as appropriate. This entails providing support in organizing the center's final symposium in September 2017: booking space, planning meals, preparing signage, managing registration, and traveling to the workshop locations to provide organizational support during the events. Finally, other tasks include maintaining the center’s student database, and coordinating with the center director, theme leaders, and center webmaster to gather and assemble quarterly reports for online report submissions. 

Required Qualifications*

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent and three to five years of directly related experience are required. Demonstrated ability to communicate and work collaboratively with people at all levels of the organization. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively in a team setting. Must also have excellent judgment in working with internal and external constituents. Must exhibit a high level of energy and excellent communication skills. Demonstrated ability to make independent decisions is necessary. Ability to work under time constraints and to meet deadlines is also a key requirement. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability of working  with others in managing center scale projects, including both co-located and remote collaborators. Candidates selected for interviews may be asked to provide written examples of their communication, accounting, and organizational skills. Prior career experience should exhibit progressively responsible work in an academic setting, strong customer services skills, and a minimum of three to five years of experience in an office and/or administrative setting.

Work Schedule

Hours/Week: 40 hours per week

Shift/Hours/Days: M-F 8-12 and 1-5

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.