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University of Missouri-Columbia
Extension and Engagement
Posted: 11/07/2023
Senior Business and Fiscal Support Specialist

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University of Missouri (MU) Office of Extension and Engagement – Fiscal Administration

Job Description

MU TITLE: Senior Business Support Specialist

LOCATION: Whitten Hall, Columbia MO

The University of Missouri (MU) Office of Extension and Engagement’s distinct land-grant mission is to improve lives, communities, and economies by producing relevant, reliable, and responsive educational strategies throughout Missouri. Our dedicated and knowledgeable faculty and staff collaborate with researchers and community leaders to develop and deliver programs that address the needs of Missourians including: educational attainment; environmental concerns; community, economic, business and workforce development; global food systems; and health systems. For more information about MU Extension and Engagement, please visit https://extension.missouri.edu.

This position is responsible for supporting fiscal team functions for the division, providing a variety of independent, specialized business support duties for assigned units and as needed for the team. This position will focus on assigned unit’s grants and be conversant of assigned unit’s non-grant accounts. Flexible work arrangements with some remote work may be allowed after a period of in-person training.



  • Serve as division financial support, including responsibility for data entry, maintenance, reconciliation, approvals and review of detailed budgets and actuals. Prepare fiscal management reports including monthly managerial review, ad hoc reports, and divisional or departmental reports to analyze current and future business decisions. Review and provide recommendations. As opportunities arise, solves routine and complex problems, and identifies new, less obvious solutions.
  • Support units in PeopleSoft, Hyperion, Extension procedures and related policies for various processes including travel & expense reports, vouchers, requisitions, eProcurement, purchase orders, One Card, and journal entries. This includes providing information and interpretation to departments regarding appropriateness of expenditures, financial coding, extension requirements, and changes in policies and procedures. Provide training as needed, utilizing University training initially when available.
  • Supports fiscal team through planning, organization, coordination, and occasional oversight impacting the quality, timeliness, and effectiveness of the team. Focus on assigned unit’s grants and be conversant of assigned unit’s non-grant accounts. Through team approach, uses discretion to modify work practices and processes to achieve results or improve efficiency.
  • As needed, coordinates with MU Extension Pre-Award in the review and submission of grant proposals.
  • Represent the department at meetings and committees involving areas of responsibilities.
  • Conduct all activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Acts, Title IX, Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act and local, state and region affirmative action plans.
  • As with all positions, involvement with other duties and responsibilities may be expected to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension.



This position reports to the Portfolio Manager and will receive additional support from faculty and staff in the MU Extension. Positions Independently completes assignments of varying degrees of complexity. May serve as an informal resource for less experienced team members.



Exhibit a high personal standard of excellence, be an effective team player, and demonstrate inclusivity, civility, and respect for all.

Engage stakeholders and learners, maintain positive interpersonal relationships, and exhibit effective written and oral communication skills.

Operate with minimal guidance and be a self-directed learner who is flexible and adaptable to changing environments.



The University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou and MU, is the Flagship University of the four-campus University of Missouri system. It is the state’s land-grant university and one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States. MU’s broad undergraduate programs and its’ graduate, professional and research programs attract annual enrollment of more than 30,000 students. MU is centrally located in Columbia, MO, which is consistently ranked as one of America’s most livable cities. MU Extension programs are located on all four campuses and in 114 counties and St. Louis city.


Salary Range: $22.00 – $26.00 hourly

Grade: GGS-008

University Title: Senior Business Support Specialist

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Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Flexible work arrangements with some remote work may be allowed after a period of in-person training depending on the needs of the University.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience in business, finance, accounting, or related area, and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired as necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

Proficient with Microsoft Office software (especially Excel).

Analytical skills and demonstrated organizational skills necessary to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

Professional and friendly demeanor with a demonstrated ability to work well with a variety of individuals while maintaining confidential information/situations.

Highly proficient with PeopleSoft. Preferable experience with Hyperion. Two to three years of experience with University of Missouri clerical and fiscal processes and policies.

Experience with developing, monitoring, and analyzing budgets and financial statements.

Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources.  Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at  http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit  https://www.umsystem.edu/ums/hr/eeo.