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University of Massachusetts Amherst Business Manager in Amherst, Massachusetts

Business Manager

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Work type: Staff Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Stockbridge Sch of Agriculture


Categories: Accounting/Finance/Budget, Administrative/Office Support

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Business Manager oversees and manages the complete financial and administrative operation of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. The position is responsible for the financial and personnel activities that support the instruction, research, and outreach missions of the School. The Business Manager, reporting to the Director of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, must exercise sound judgement in making financial, personnel and operational decisions.

Essential Functions

  • Serves as the chief financial officer of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. Develops, administers, and assesses complex school budgets, projections, and spending plans. Analyzes, forecasts, and negotiates funding, making recommendations for short and long-term planning. Makes spending and resource allocation decisions that support school operations and goals.

  • Manages the complete range of fiscal activity related to sponsored research. Partners with faculty principal investigators to manage federal, state, and private grants; acts as liaison to the Office of Grants and Contracts Administration. Works in collaboration with the CNS Office of Research Support Services (RSS) to establish procedures for grant proposals, budgets, co-principal investigators, and subcontracts. Disseminates information on University policies and procedures as they apply to grants and contracts.

  • Manages multiple department revenue accounts including budget preparation and requests for new fees/accounts. Projects revenues and expenses and advise faculty on updates to fee schedules.

  • In partnership with the Director of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, oversee and manage the spending of department gift and endowment income accounts, ensuring effective use of the said funds while abiding by any existing donor agreements.

  • Manages and executes department financial operations including procurement, OneCard management, travel & expense reimbursements, deposits, and payables; prepare and process appropriate documentation to facilitate timely payment to vendors.

  • Oversees and supervises the department administrative office staff (2); directs, develops and organizes operational policies and protocols for the School to ensure efficient functioning in support of teaching, research and outreach activities.

  • Oversees administration of the employment and personnel activities for the School. Monitors faculty and staff searches, faculty promotion and tenure cases, staff evaluations, and position description updates. Facilitates the processing of ePAFs and gives guidance on employee funding sources.

  • Special projects – Researches and prepares information/reports for department reviews, strategic planning, surveys, and short/long-term department decision making; utilize Flagship Analytics and other University data sources to gather data in support of such efforts.

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness.

  • Maintain good working relationships with the Unified Procurement Services Team, Controller’s Office, Research Offices, CNS Administration and other campus offices.

  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.

  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and the College of Natural Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related business field and over three (3) years' of experience in the accounting or financial planning/management field.

  • or a Master’s degree in accounting, finance, or related business field and over one (1) year of experience in the accounting or financial planning/management field.

  • In depth, working knowledge of spreadsheet software applications and competence in running queries in computerized database.

  • Ability to work effectively, prioritize and be flexible in a high-paced environment.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail with the ability to complete assignments in a timely manner, working while balancing demands of concurrent with potentially competing deadlines in an environment with frequent interruptions.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Previous experience in an academic environment.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Excellent organizational and written communication skills.

  • Knowledge of University finance procedures as well as general purchasing, budgetary, and accounting practices.

  • Experience with Enterprise Resource Planning platforms (like SAP or PeopleSoft) and electronic workflows.

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm

Salary Information

Level 26

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references. Search may remain open until filled.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. (

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Oct 25 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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