Senior Officer, Administrative Support
City : Ottawa
Category : Regular Full Time
Industry : Education
Employer : University of Ottawa
The University of Ottawa—A crossroads of cultures and ideas
The University of Ottawa is home to a dynamic community of over 50,000 students, faculty and staff, who live, work and study in both French and English. Our campus is a crossroad of cultures and ideas, where bold minds come together to inspire game-changing ideas. We believe in the power of representation, and that increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff supports this objective. Our goal is to provide students with the best possible learning experience, in an environment that reflects the diversity of its people, their ideas, and their identities.
We are one of Canada’s top 10 research universities—our professors and researchers explore new approaches to today’s challenges. One of a handful of Canadian universities ranked among the top 200 in the world, we attract exceptional thinkers and welcome diverse perspectives from across the globe. Our employees come together around the shared purpose of constant improvement, personal development, service excellence, teamwork and a passion for learning with a desire to make uOttawa and the world a better place. Everyone's contributions are valued, we all play a part in making uOttawa a world-class institution. Most importantly, we make it possible for you to achieve your full potential. Because at uOttawa, you belong!
About the Library
In alignment with the ambitious vision and core aspirations of Transformation 2030, the University of Ottawa Library advances cutting edge research and supports transformative learning by connecting the uOttawa community to expertise, services, collections and technology in a welcoming and supportive environment.
The University of Ottawa Library is composed of 3 main libraries - the Morisset Library (Arts and Science), the Brian Dickson Law Library and the Health Sciences Library - in addition to a number of specialized research collections. It has approximately 150 employees, including 55 librarians, serving the students, faculty and employees of the University.
Plan and coordinate the activities related to the financial operations of the sector, including payroll verification and financial transactions in order to provide support and advice to managers and to ensure that the policies and procedures are well understood and properly implemented.
In this role, your responsibilities will include
- Budget: Administer internally and/or externally-funded budgets to ensure compliance with established policies. Analyze financial statements against budgets for various types of funds to identify and address any inconsistencies. Perform all research and analysis necessary to provide recommendations to managers and/or researchers on the effective preparation of budgets, budget projections and shortfalls to maximize revenue and contain expenditure.
- Financial: Administer the ongoing financial transaction processes for the sector, to maintain financial integrity and transparency and to ensure compliance with established policies. Act as approval agent for invoices, travel advances, requests for reimbursement and credit card statements to verify that documentation and taxation are correct.
- Payroll: Prepare requests for remuneration, and required documentation for the generation of contracts, and administer remuneration for casual and term employees to ensure compliance with established policies and to minimize the possibility of a negative impact on the affected employee, such as an interruption in pay. Verify payroll reports for accuracy and liaise with Payroll Services to reconcile any inconsistencies.
- Purchasing: Purchase goods and services for the sector, on purchase order or on credit card, in compliance with all relevant policies. Request estimates from suppliers on behalf of internal clients and provide recommendations.
- Records management: Maintain an effective filing and records management system to preserve confidentiality of the records and ensure that complete and accurate documentation is available for future reference or audit purposes.
What you will bring
- Advanced knowledge of accounting principles normally acquired through postsecondary studies in a related discipline or an equivalent combination of education and work experience
- Minimum 3 years of demonstrated experience in a similar role
- Knowledge of computer systems and software including financial systems, spreadsheets, databases, Internet and e-mail
- Experience in interpreting, explaining and applying policies and regulations
- Experience in preparing reports
- Ability to produce high quality work under pressure while meeting strict deadlines
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Strong organizational skills
- High level of discretion
- Bilingualism – French and English (spoken and written)
Key Competencies at uOttawa
Here are the required competencies for all or our employees at uOttawa:
Planning: Organize in time a series of actions or events in order to realise an objective or a project. Plan and organize own work and priorities in regular daily activities.
Initiative: Demonstrate creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results. Is proactive and self-starting. Show availability and willingness to go above and beyond whenever it is possible.
Client Service Orientation: Help or serve others to meet their needs. This implies anticipating and identifying the needs of internal and external clients and finding solutions on how to meet them.
Teamwork and Cooperation: Cooperate and work well with other members of the team to reach common goal(s). Accept and give constructive feedback. Able to adjust own behaviour to reach the goals of the team.