dcsimg

Career Story: Manager Of Financial Activities At A University

Manager Of Financial Activities At A University

Job Title: Manager Of Facilities Services

Type of Company: I work for a university in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Education: BA in Accounting, Stonehill College, MM in Business, Brandeis University

Previous Experience: I started as a staff accountant in a small college environment upon graduation from college. I then moved to a larger college as a senior accountant. From that position I moved over to the facilities services department as the manager of finance and technology.

Job Tasks: I am directly responsible for the management of financial activities in trade shops. I assist the Director and Associate Director in managing budgets, staffing, events scheduling, and construction projects.

For day to day activities, I approve payments for invoices related to day to day operations of the facilities department, I create budget to actual reports for senior management, and I oversee and review the union payroll process for 125 union employees.

I supervise three employees who all answer the phones and receive information related to emergency and routine maintenance needs around campus. I am responsible for implementing policies and procedures to insure efficient functioning of the work order system.

My activities bring me into contact with all levels of people inside and outside the university. This includes students, faculty, and staff. I work closely with technology services and vendors in order to select computer, phone, and radio equipment.

It is a job that requires issues are handled professionally and as quickly as possible. Often there are emergency situations that must be handled confidentially. It is a job that requires multi-tasking and an ability to often change priorities based on what is most important at that moment. This is why I like the job because it is never boring and ever changing.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is that it is ever changing. Each day has routine responsiblities but something could arise that needs to be handled which is when the multi-tasking comes in.

The worst part of the job is dealing with supervisors and union personnel who do not take their job seriously and it is a hard environment to discipline individuals who do not follow thru on their responsiblities.

Job Tips: In order to pursue this type of career, I think the best background someone could have would be a financial degree or background. And an interest in computers and technology. Being well rounded like that allows you to learn the specific business processes over time and then apply financial knowledge to them. In the world of technology understanding how processes can be streamlined with technology is important. Be open to change and willing to take on responsibilities or tasks that might not be "yours" but in doing so you will continue to learn and grow.

Popular Schools offering Finance Programs

 
Results:  10
Matching School Ads

Why earn your degree at Grand Canyon University? GCU is a regionally accredited university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more. Apply today!

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

What They’re Known For

Founded in 1946 and located in the heart of central New York, Utica College is a regionally accredited, independent, private institution that features many of the advantages of a large university — such as undergraduate and graduate degree options, excellent academics, and outstanding faculty — with the intimacy and high degree of personal attention more closely associated with smaller private institutions.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

100% Online & No Standardized Testing

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) offers career relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and nontraditional learners.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Georgetown University is a private, not-for-profit, accredited university located in Washington, DC. Founded in 1789 by John Carroll, Georgetown is America’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit University.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online
You are visiting:

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Financial Managers, including:

Back to Top