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#104945 Assistant Director for Research Finance

Filing Deadline: Mon 7/13/2020

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 07/02/2020 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 07/13/2020. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Moores Cancer Center (MCC) is one of just 50 in the United States to hold a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. This designation is reserved for cancer centers with the highest achievements in cancer research, clinical care, education, and community contributions. As such, it ranks MCC among the top centers in the nation. MCC strives to stay at the forefront of emerging cancer research in a patient centric environment.

MCC's mission is to transform cancer care in our catchment area and beyond by driving exceptional scientific discoveries, innovations in interception, care, and training. MCC will make a global impact on improving health by reducing cancer burden through accelerated discovery and translation, compassionate and interdisciplinary care, education and community engagement, with the foundation of our core values - Excellence, Innovation and Risk-Taking, Collaboration, Diversity and Service.

Under general supervision of the Director of Research Administration and Business Operations (ADBO) and the Executive Director/Deputy Director, Administration (DBO), the Assistant Director for Research Finance is responsible for the daily operations and management of the Moores Cancer Center (MCC) Business Office(BO) and has oversight and reporting responsibility for $20M to $25M in faculty philanthropy fund management, $90M to $95M in post award grants and $250 to $300M in pre-award made per year. Will provide complex fiscal advisement, strategy, consultation, and guidance on complex policies, procedures and funding agencies to Faculty and MCC support staff. The Assistant Director for Research Finance will participate and contribute in short-term operations and in long range goals for MCC, making recommendations to the ADBO and DBO on complex, sensitive and confidential special projects. Will represent MCC on finance related Health Sciences (HS) and Campus wide committees and meetings. The Assistant Director for Research Finance will serve as liaison as necessary with the HS Dean's Office, HR, RSC, ARC, HSPPO, Office of Contract and Grant Administration (OCGA), Office of Post-Award Financial Services (OPAFS) and other central offices. The Assistant Director for Research Finance will be the supervisory lead for crafting the draft yearly HS Budget and SalPro processes, ensuring internal HS deadlines and goals are met. Will provide support and advice for the BO staff regarding fiscal policies, training, and handling resolution of policy interpretation and implementation. Maintains relationships with all administrative staff who support MCC faculty, including in other departments.

Uses advanced professional concepts and organizational objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways. Works on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Contacts are both internal and external to the department at all levels.


  • Advanced degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Economics, Statistics, Educational Administration, Political Science, or a related field.
  • Five or more years of experience in administrative analysis or operations research, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of finance policies, practices, and systems.
  • Ability to identify, collect, and analyze information from multiple sources.
  • Demonstrated ability to collect and summarize data, evaluate and establish options, and recommend and implement solutions.
  • Advanced ability to effectively present complex finance related information both verbally and in writing in a clear and concise manner.
  • In depth ability to use multiple spreadsheet and database software tools to gather information for specialized, complex financial analysis, fiscal management, and financial reports.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills at all levels within the organization; advanced service orientation and critical thinking skills; and attention to detail. In depth ability to use organizational skills to multi-task in a high-volume environment.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Ability to function as a member of a team.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of internal control practices and their impact on protecting University resources.
  • Proven experience in complex fund management, purchasing, disbursements, revenue receipt management and material management.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability working under extreme constraints of constant deadlines, conflicting priorities and frequent interruptions.
  • Proven ability to provide direction to assigned personnel in this regard.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and follow through on tasks without supervision.
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills combined with proven ability to exercise high levels of judgment.
  • Thorough knowledge of University policies and procedures as they relate to the budgetary process, fund accounting, financial control.
  • Demonstrated experience in evaluating workloads and resources, planning and organizing day-to-day activities and short- and long-term projects.
  • Advanced knowledge of accounting principles and procedures, auditing and internal control systems.
  • Ability to assess a broad spectrum of organizational needs and job-related demands, establish priorities, delegate and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and successfully managing budgets, including identifying negative variances and developing and implementing corrections to reverse deficit conditions.


  • Master’s degree in Business Administration or similar relevant field of study.
  • Seven or more years of relevant experience in a university research setting, ideally in health sciences.
  • Experience in UCSD Faculty Compensation.
  • Knowledge of the Health Sciences Compensation Plan, and requirements for good standing.
  • Knowledge of Health Sciences Clinical Compensation Plans and use of MGMA compensation benchmarks.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Must be able to work in a complex matrix environment that requires coordination and collaboration across Health Sciences.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


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