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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 include salary requirements, address your specific interest in the position, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Note: This is a 5 year term limited position with the possibility of renewal depending on funding.

Job Summary

The Center for Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan is seeking a qualified Financial Specialist Intermediate to provide financial support to the Center for Academic Innovation (CAI), the James and Anne Duderstadt Center (DMC) as well as the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Innovation (VPAI). The Financial Specialist Intermediate is an integral member of the team responsible for providing financial support on a wide range of financial transactions and related topics of all three centers. This position will report to the Budget and Finance Lead at the Center for Academic Innovation.

Who We Are

The Center for Academic Innovation is a strategic priority for the University of Michigan. Through curricular innovation, tools for learning, and educational data and research, the center aims to shape the future of learning and redefine the role of the public research university by extending academic excellence, expanding public purpose, and ending educational privilege.

Our preferred future includes:

  • An open model for pre-college learning and preparation that broadens access and enhances participation
  • A personalized, rigorous, and inclusive model for residential learning grounded in learning analytics and experimentation
  • A flexible and networked model for global and lifelong learning that embraces the evolution of a more permeable university
  • A participatory and inclusive model for public engagement that accelerates bilateral knowledge construction and sharing

As we reimagine the global public research university and create a culture of innovation in learning, we value:

  • boldness and humility
  • creativity and process
  • risk taking and tradition
  • personalization and scale
  • openness

 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Learning and working in environments designed for equity and inclusivity are necessary for the U-M community to make progress on solving the problems that matter most to society. In addition to collaborating with faculty and staff on projects that explicitly focus on DEI, the Center for Academic Innovation uses inclusive design processes in all of our work. All interested applicants, including those from groups historically underrepresented in higher education, are encouraged to apply.

 For more information, please visit our website: Academic Innovation.


  • Provide thoughtful guidance regarding financial practices to CAI and DMC staff.
  • Manage transactional activity in partnership with the University Shared Services Center, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, statement of activities/gross pay register reconciliation, travel and expense, service unit billings, and journal entries.
  • Track and record revenues and expenses for departmental projects.
  • Confirm commitments of funds with the Office of Budget and Planning.
  • Initiate purchases of supplies and equipment using a variety of methods including purchase requisitions, purchase orders, and payment requests.
  • Assist faculty and staff with requests for quotations and proposals for purchases by collaborating closely with University Procurement Services.
  • Provide pre-award and post-award research administration support for assigned divisions.
  • Help prepare quarterly royalty statements and payments.
  • Create monthly, quarterly, annual, and ad hoc reports supporting budgetary oversight and financial analysis of funds for divisional activity.
  • Assist with Chatfield maintenance by opening and closing project grants and shortcodes, and maintaining the VPAI’s database of funding sources.
  • Recommend processes to improve overall effectiveness, and assist the department with the implementation of new processes.
  • Provide backup to other team members as needed including Concur expense reimbursements, reconciliations, gift processing, internal controls, and other accounting functions.
  • Assist with special projects and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree with two or more years of related financial/accounting experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of and experience with federal and corporate sponsors and their requirements as it relates to the sponsored projects.
  • Experience working with the University’s financial, student, and HR systems.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and evidence of working collaboratively and diplomatically with others.
  • Experience applying fundamental financial concepts and practices to business needs.
  • Eagerness to take on new tasks, and ability to adapt to changing needs and priorities.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, self-starter, and ability to effectively manage assigned tasks.
  • Experience using advanced spreadsheet functions and reporting software.
  • Understand and value diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.
  • Create and propose new ways to streamline processes and implement those processes.
  • A high degree of initiative and resourcefulness.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working with Nelnet or other payment platforms.
  • Experience with creating financial data visualization.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Additional Information

This is not a remote position and any adjustments to a standard in-person schedule will be discussed during the hiring process.

The candidate must have legal authorization to work in the United States.

The salary for this position will be based upon the selected candidate’s education and experience.

Excellent benefits are available, for details, see

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.

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.

Decision Making Process

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.