KU research at the University of Kansas addresses problems of worldwide significance, delivers solutions that make a difference to Kansas and the region, and promotes an inclusive community of responsible inquiry and innovation for students and scholars. The Office of Research facilitates that mission by advocating for research, scholarship and creative activity, implementing research integrity requirements, and, through the KU Center for Research (KUCR), managing the administration of research grants and contracts. KU Research also has oversight of activities related to technology commercialization and business and industry outreach. KU's 12 largest research centers are recognized as University Research Centers and report to the Office of Research. The Office of Research also provides 10 core research lab services for university investigators. Each lab has experienced professionals and state-of-the-art technology to support researchers throughout their research projects.
KU Center for Research, Inc. (KUCR), a non-profit 501(c)3 research foundation, operates for the benefit of the university under the administrative jurisdiction of the KU Office of Research. The Office of Research is responsible for submitting all proposals for external support of research, instructional and service awards and helps research investigators by negotiating contracts, providing proposal and post-award services, administering compliance oversight, managing and constructing research facilities, and handling financial services, including investment of corporation resources.
The Director of Budgets & Financial Services (DBFS) is a principal advisor to the Executive Director for Fiscal Affairs(ED)/KUCR Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on all budgetary matters. The position has the responsibility to oversee and direct three primary areas: 1) Operational reporting, budgeting, and preparation and review of the organizational budgets for the Office of Research, the university research centers and institutes, and KUCR, including analysis of revenues and expenditures; 2) Service rate calculation for core service labs and research centers in accordance with Federal guidelines and 3) Procurement of goods and services, including drafting and reviewing contracts. This position must work independently with a great deal of autonomy.
The DBFS functions as part of the senior fiscal affairs team lead by the Executive Director/CFO, serves as the primary backup to the ED/CFO, and plays a key role in developing a strategic financial plan for budgeting, forecasting, appointments and compensation management, and process analysis for the Office of Research.
Application review will begin Monday, November 1st, 2021, and will remain open until a qualified pool of candidates has been identified.
Bachelor's degree and seven years’ experience or Master’s degree and five years’ experience in accounting, finance, economics, business administration, or other closely related field.
Five years experience developing and administering large, complex budgets as evidenced by work history.
Five years experience with computer applications for fiscal operations. This includes experience and proficiency in computer applications for financial analysis such as spreadsheets and other data analysis software.
Five years of progressive leadership and responsibility as well as experience working independently and in a team environment as demonstrated by application materials.
Seven years of supervisory experience.
Experience working with diverse groups of people as demonstrated by previous work experience.
Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated by application materials, as well as excellent verbal communication skills (to be confirmed by interview and references).
Founded in 1865, the University of Kansas is an R1-rated public research university with more than 50 graduate programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report. KU enrolls 28,500 students and employs nearly 2,900 faculty members across five campuses (Lawrence, Kansas City, Overland Park, Wichita and Salina). The Office of Research oversees 10 university research centers, two state surveys, and about a dozen core laboratories. Faculty and staff on all KU campuses generated $275.4 million in externally funded research expenditures in FY2020. Collectively, that activity fuels KU’s mission to be an institution “making discoveries that change the world.” It’s also among the reasons KU retains membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities — one of just 34 U.S. public institutions among 64 that are transforming lives through education, research and innovation.