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Business Manager

Job Description

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


Come work with us! Stamps is one of 19 academic units on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan. Our work supports the artists and designers of tomorrow. The Stamps School of Art & Design prepares students to think in new ways, to become attentive world citizens, and become a part of the next generation of creative thinkers. Our structure starts with how our curriculum is structured at Stamps--by encouraging exploration, experimentation, risk-taking, and analysis. Basing our practice on an individualized developmental model, we support our students as they navigate our curriculum and grow as creative practitioners. Being part of something greater, of serving a larger mission of discovery and care — that's the heart of what drives people to work at Michigan. In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. It's adding a purpose to your profession. Work at Michigan and become a victor for the greater good.

The Business Manager manages the research and financial activities at the Stamps School of Art & Design. This position would guide the daily operations of the Stamps School of Art & Design Finance Office, including management of 2.0 FTE accounting and administrative staff; develop budgetary controls, prepare financial reports, oversee account reconciliation and trouble-shooting; interpretation and communication of University and School policies; perform data analysis and reporting; and collaborate with the Chief Financial Officer, the Dean, and other senior leadership in the annual budget processes.

You will report to the Stamps Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses


  • Advise and assist the CFO regarding fiscal issues for the School
  • Participate in policy creation and revision at the School level; Implement University-wide policy changes
  • Establish financial controls for compliance and to maintain budget limitations.
  • Be a resource for staff on financial policy and management.
  • Oversee unit compliance with internal controls standards.
  • Oversee set up, updating, and reconciliation of all fund accounts using databases, and another enterprise financial software
  • Prepare (or oversee) and distribute monthly budget to actual reports, variance analysis, quarterly scholarship and awards reports, and other financial ad-hoc reports.
  • Act as liaison with the UM Office of Financial Aid and the Stamps School.
  •  Coordinate the proposal submission process.
  • Be a liaison with the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP)
  • Provide faculty with financial reports tracking salary, miscellaneous expenditures and produce budget projection reports.
  • Administer final project close out.
  • Advise principal investigators on budget matters and on policy, process, and procedural issues.
  • Participate in special projects and committees as assigned.
  •  Assist the Chief Financial Officer in preparing the School's annual budget proposal
  •  Represent the Stamps School Finance Office on School committees.
  •  Represent the School on University-wide committees, such as the Small School and College Research Administrator Group (SSCRAG) and Research Administrators Network (RAN).
  • Assist area managers with their budget status and with other faculty and staff of the Stamps School of Art & Design and other operations procedures and policies

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, accounting, finance or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5+ years professional experience in accounting and financial management including externally-sponsored contracts/grants.
  • Experience managing collaborative projects 
  • Experience managing financial data within large enterprise financial and administrative systems
  • Experience with Excel (can perform complex functions and maintain complex spreadsheets) and Business Objects

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Authorization to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment and applicants for this position will not be sponsored for work visas.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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