Assistant Director, Library Finance
Company: Princeton University
Posted on: September 22, 2022
The Library seeks an Assistant Director, Library Finance, who will
steward all operational financial and budget matters for the
Library organization. This includes leading a Library department
that provides services to all other Library departments and the
broader University. They serve as the escalation point for Library
buyers, managers, suppliers, and internal Finance and Treasury
stakeholders. The Assistant Director manages budgets, forecasts,
and year-end close activities. Working closely with each
department, the Library Finance Assistant Director is responsible
for helping each area make data-driven decisions. The Assistant
Director is responsible for ensuring all financial information is
recorded accurately and in compliance with University best
practices while developing and delivering first-class analysis and
reporting. Managing a staff of 20, three direct reports supporting
9 branch Libraries, the Assistant Director provides both tactical
support (to drive the day-to-day operations of the department) and
strategic direction to propel change. The Assistant Director
identifies opportunities to make process improvements, increase
efficiency, eliminate redundancies, and identify procedural
Establishes strong partnerships with department heads while
developing a strong understanding of their needs.
Develops and delivers financial analysis/models and reporting.
Provides consultation/advice to department heads on financial
topics and helps them to understand and meet their goals.
Works with staff to ensure the operations of the office are at peak
Maintain documentation on all LFO policies and procedures.
Manage the resolution of supplier, procurement, and fulfillment
issues as necessary in support of Library departments.
Provides a critical step in the purchasing process to ensure
purchases initiated by the Library are compliant but also uses
appropriate levels of judgment, wisdom, and initiative to enhance
value and the overall process.
Advises Director on Library Finance Office strategic issues.
Exercises appropriate levels of judgment when negotiating contracts
to ensure the appropriate balance between end users' objectives and
legal protections for the University in partnership with outside
Leads projects to explore and implement new technologies and new
workflow process designs to ensure Library functions and processes
are at optimal levels.
Works with F&T on long-term strategic goals, including process
improvements and financial accounting system changes.
Strong financial acumen - as a financial leader in the Library,
needs to provide clear guidance to clients while working closely
with Finance & Treasury in recording and reporting of all financial
Given the financial leadership role, a bachelors in Accounting or
Finance is required; relevant work experience will be considered
with a business degree
Strong customer-service orientation - as the leader of a
shared-service operation, must be highly focused on customer
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal - ability to
clearly communicate with many different customers/stakeholders on a
broad range of issues.
Strong people-management skills - must have proven ability to
manage staff, change-management skills, and experience a plus
Strong problem-solving skills- ability to understand large and
complex businesses and processes, identify areas for improvement,
and find solutions for this improvement. Naturally curious.
7+ years minimum work experience
MBA; CPA; Experience in higher education
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration
for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin,
disability status, protected veteran status, or any other
characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW PI192094018
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