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Classification Description

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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Business Manager

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 3832

UW Job Family: 32

SOC Code: 43-1011

Pay Grade: 22

Date: July 01, 2008

Job Purpose:

Manages, directs and supervises the business operations of a designated independent unit or college including personnel, financial and office activities and services; interprets, administers, and applies university policy and procedures; conducts special projects as set forth by the Dean or Director; assists with development of policy and procedures for area of influence; works under very limited supervision. 

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, or a related field


2 years work-related experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Accounting theory, principles and practices.
  • Business practices, financial reporting, and cost projections.
  • Finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control procedures.
  • Auditing policies, standards, and procedures.
  • Budget management and planning.
  • Cash handling policies and procedures.
  • University, federal and state policies, regulations and procedures.
  • University accounting procedures involving procurement, travel, and/or employment.
  • University rules and procedures for forms processing.
  • Basic, routine, and advanced laws, regulations, methods, and techniques in the area of specialty.
  • Computerized information systems used in financial and/or accounting applications.
  • Current and emerging trends in technologies, techniques, issues, and approaches.
  • Records and time management principles and practices.
  • Organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Project management principles, practices, techniques, and tools.
  • Human Resources concepts, practices, policies, and procedures.
  • Employee development and performance management processes and procedures.
  • Faculty and/or staff hiring procedures.
  • Basic, routine, and advanced computer programs and software in use in the department or area.
  • Basic, routine, and advanced office management principles and practices.
  • Expert mathematical calculations and theory.
  • Supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control. 

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Provide expert level professional accounting consulting and advice.
  • Analyze budgets and expenditures ensuring compliance with fiscal policies, accountability, reporting and funding requirements.
  • Analyze and interpret financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and/or projections.
  • Balance and reconcile accounts following accounting policies and procedures.
  • To monitor and maintain institutional revenue levels and liability accounts.
  • Meet multiple, demanding deadlines.
  • Manage projects to meet multiple and potentially conflicting timelines.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Make decisions regarding authorization or rejection of expenditure/disbursement according to statutes, policies and budgetary limitations.
  • Use computer applications including spreadsheets, databases, graphs, charts, and a computerized accounting system.
  • Prepare computerized financial reports and make projections.
  • Prepare indirect cost reports.
  • Maintain and manage accurate accounting records.
  • Resolve accounting problems within accounting policies, rules and regulations.
  • Provide project supervision and train others on accounting practices and procedures.
  • Work effectively with auditors.
  • Maintain effective supervisory relationships.
  • Supervise and train staff, including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Maintain detailed and accurate records.
  • Organize resources and establish priorities.
  • Make effective decisions impacting projects.
  • Develop policies and procedures.
  • Work as a team member and foster a cooperative work environment. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Manage, direct and supervise business operations of a designated independent unit or college including record administration and reporting systems, development of work flow and analysis, process administration and maintenance of forms and filing systems.

Review business practices, policies and procedures; analyze data flow and perform computer reporting and file research for special projects; monitor business activity; monitor workforce distribution and planning; monitor and make recommendations regarding account expenditures; has direct budget responsibility and control over budget accounts.

Prepare financial reports and associated budget analyses and cost projections.

Interview, hire, train, supervise and evaluate support staff; supervise accounting and related personnel functions.

Review business/accounting work for accuracy and coordination of flow; research and report on budgeting and personnel activity.

Counsel staff and clients regarding policy, procedure and guidelines; provide policy interpretations and application procedures. 

Supplemental Functions:

Conduct special projects, as directed.

Responsible for computerized documentation; may perform routine programming.

May monitor and update fee schedules as directed.

May act as liaison to departments and campus administration. 

Working Conditions:

No major sources of discomfort, standard office environment. 

Distinguishing Features:

Business Manager works under limited supervision with financial responsibility for amounts of $5 million up to $10 million. Provides management and supervision of the business operations of a designated independent unit or college including, personnel, financial and office activities and services. Conducts special projects. Assists with the development of policies and procedures and interpretation of policy for the area of influence. Prepares financial reports, analyzes data flow and make recommendations regarding account expenditures. 

Business Manager, Executive performs all of the duties and responsibilities of the Business Manager working with independent authority, making authoritative decisions that do not require further routine review and approval. Financial responsibility for amounts of $10 million and above. Manages and directs the business operations of a designated area. Provides financial planning, forecasting and contract negotiations. Develops policy and procedures and manages special projects. Works with specialized rules and regulations and multiple funding sources.

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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