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Finance Manager

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

University Staff



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Job Summary

We are excited to accept applications for a new position on our team as a Finance Manager position. As the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) team continues to grow, we have found a need for this new addition to our team. Our objective is to facilitate research by providing high-quality pre-award and post-award administrative support to CIRES faculty and research employees. We collaborate with CU’s central offices to coordinate our research administration services which encompass all financial aspects of sponsored and non-sponsored funding for the institute. As our Finance Manager, you will provide professional post-award support services to CIRES Principal Investigators and research personnel. You will interact with CIRES staff and be a liaison to CU’s Procurement Service Center, Office of Contracts and Grants, the Campus Controller’s Office, the Research & Innovation Office, various departments on campus, and numerous external funding agencies. We will cross-train you in a variety of functions, including travel and purchasing services, and sponsored project post-award management.

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research In Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Performs post-award duties including monthly account reconciliation, payroll assignments for project personnel, approving expense reports and purchase orders, purchasing goods and services, requesting award extensions and supplemental funding requests. 
  • Aids in the submission of progress reports and final reports, and in the award closeout process.
  • Reviews award terms and conditions, advises Principal Investigators and project personnel to ensure compliance with funding agency, federal, state, university and CIRES rules and regulations. 
  • Monitors expenditures for reasonableness, allowability and allocability.
  • Reviews and approves travel expense reports.
  • Provides staff support for purchasing logistics, questions and issues. Provide back-up support to the CIRES Procurement card approving official in preparing, reviewing and submitting PCARD reports.
  • Provides excellent customer service to CIRES employees and associates, CIRES administration, business partners at the university and to external agencies.

What We Can Offer

The anticipated starting salary range for this position is $58,000.00-$60,000.00, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor's degree.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with a dedication to customer service and supporting a positive team culture within CIRES Administration.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and be solution-orientated.
  • Knowledge of University of Colorado policies and procedures.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience in finance, sponsored research administration, post-award management, or related experience.
  • Proficient experience in Microsoft Excel. 
  • Experience with University of Colorado systems (i.e. Peoplesoft, Concur, Marketplace, HCM). 
  • Experience and familiarity with federal agency electronic systems: ( (NSF), Fastlane (NSF), NSPIRES (NASA), (DOE, Commerce, Ag, etc.), NIH Assist, Grants Online (NOAA)).

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
1.A current resume. 
2.A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by 9/25/2019 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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