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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.

Job Summary

Since 1841, the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) has been the heart of The Michigan Difference, educating young leaders through a rich liberal arts curriculum and creating new knowledge through world-class research and scholarship.

We offer more than 100 degree programs in over 75 academic departments and programs.  Every LSA program is among the best in the U.S. with more than 40 programs in the top 10 and 5 programs are the best in their fields. Our alumni network is over 200,000 living LSA graduates and 90% of our seniors go on to enter the workforce or attend graduate school.  Learn more about LSA at

As part of the largest college at the University of Michigan, LSA Finance employs more than 70 employees who provide financial and research administration support to over 100 units. LSA Finance is seeking a finance professional to provide financial and research administration support services to LSA business offices.  The Financial Specialist Associate is a key member of the business office serving multiple units.  This role requires excellent interpersonal skills to partner with colleagues at all levels and within multiple University offices.


This position is responsible for:

Working with LSA chief administrators and faculty, these positions will assist with research proposal submissions by collecting and reviewing proposal documents, data entry of required information into the eRPM system, and assisting with budget development and preparation.
Process transactions (Payment Request Forms, PeoplePay requests and purchase orders), utilizing M-Pathways and interfacing with the SSC as needed. Receive information from department faculty, staff, and administrators, prepare paperwork or on-line submission, ensure compliance with LSA and UM policies, track transactions within system to ensure proper payment, and timely processing.  Ensure that statement entries are accurate, correctly coded and in compliance with regulations and requirements. Manage recharge accounts, including the billing.  Assist with preparation of financial reports and some financial analysis

Assist other members of the LSA Finance team as needed. Participate in continuous process improvement efforts.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in a financially related field, required.  Excellent, demonstrated customer service skills are essential as customer service is core to the mission of LSA Finance. In addition, candidates must have the ability to develop and implement procedures, prepare reports, and handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately. Some financial analysis will be required. Well-developed interpersonal skills, the ability to work with diverse group of customers, and demonstrated competence in verbal and written communication are all required. Mastery of Excel and comfort with changing technology essential. Must have the ability to work in a team environment and collaborate effectively with co-workers. Candidates will need to attend to detail, exhibit sound judgment, follow work through to completion, and meet high work standards.

Desired Qualifications*

Knowledge of UM financial practices and processes strongly preferred.  Familiarity and experience with University administrative and business tools such as Business Objects, MReports and other MPathways systems, and Concur.  

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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