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Job Summary

Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) has an opening for a Financial Specialist Senior. This individual will work closely with and assist the Unit Administrator to manage financial matters associated with the CSE Division. 

Mission Statement

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus, and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do.  Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at:

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair, and inclusive environment—can be found at:

Who We Are

The Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Division of the EECS Department at Michigan’s College of Engineering is home to one of the oldest and most respected programs in computation in the world.

We provide a progressive curriculum, internationally-recognized faculty, and an intellectual community that values diversity, interdisciplinary teamwork, entrepreneurial thinking, and inventiveness.

We strive to be a force for positive change in a world with many challenges. Through education, research, entrepreneurship, and collaboration, our ultimate goal is to produce and nurture the bright minds who will thoughtfully guide us to tomorrow, addressing societal imperatives and transforming our world through the power of computational approaches.

CSE is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes people from all identities into this exciting discipline. CSE has a strong staff development program and encourages staff growth and career development. CSE strives to provide the best work/life balance for all staff.  

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity.  The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off, including vacation time, sick time, holiday and season days
  • Retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending account for healthcare and dependent care expenses


  • Serve faculty, staff, and students as the financial specialist in Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering.
  • Maintain CSE financial records and provide accurate and timely forecasting to facilitate decision-making for Division leadership.  Perform financial analyses and prepare standard and ad hoc reports. 
  • Extract data using Business Objects, Tableau and other tools. Interpret financial, HR, student and donor data, analyze results using best practices. 
  • Determine data sources, research methodologies, manage project datasets and what-if scenarios, analyze and interpret results, and write or assist in the drafting of ad hoc and annual reports. Build financial models within the various databases and/or tools.
  • Create Best Practice documents related to the position. Serve as a financial knowledge resource for the CSE community. 
  • Create and propose new ways to streamline processes. Implement those processes. 
  • Provide detailed reporting and analyses of general, designated, endowment, fellowship, start-up, and equipment funds including assisting with the implementation and oversight of fiscal policies and procedures. 
  • Provide projections of the unit operating budget, assist Unit Administrator with establishing and maintaining internal controls documents, as well as offset contributions, to maintain budget limitations.
  • Track and provide financial summaries for management decisions on specific budget items. Encumber and track faculty, lecturer, and staff salaries; understand offset policy and track appointments accordingly.
  • Oversee departmental donor gift process. Direct staff member as it relates to this work.
  • Oversee processing of CSE departmental awards, gifts, and payments to internal and external entities, creation and maintenance of FAITs, reconciliation of fund accounts, and other routine transactions as needed. 
  • Manage departmental fellowship financials; supervise financial aid staff doing this work.
  • Partner with the Unit Administrator to prepare budgets for projects, including financial analysis and financial modeling for a wide variety of initiatives.
  • Provide detailed problem solving support as it relates to all financial matters.
  • Manage Division procurement cards process.
  • Provide back up to other team members as needed including Concur expense reimbursements, reconciliations, timekeeping, gift processing, internal controls and other accounting functions.
  • Participate in College and University focus/task groups and/or committees as applicable. 
  • Assist with special projects and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Knowledge of and experience with federal and corporate sponsors and their requirements as it relates to research proposal submission.
  • Minimum of four years of high level financial experience at the University of Michigan in a financial support role. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and evidence of working collaboratively and diplomatically with others.
  • Experience with the University’s financial, student and HR systems. 
  • Working knowledge of University policies and procedures, including those regarding payroll and timekeeping especially as it related to T&TT appointments, financial management, internal controls, procurement, and student services. 
  • Evidence of excellent attendance record. 
  • Excellent problem solving skills, self-starter and ability to effectively manage assigned personnel.

Work Schedule

Generally, this position will be a mix of on-site and remote work.  

8-5 and M-F is the standard business day.

Consultation with the Department Manager will determine the final work schedule and location.

Additional Information

The College of Engineering 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 the College of Engineering.

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit:

To learn more about the College of Engineering strategic vision 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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.