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Financial Management Program to Help Develop Skills

January 22, 2014

Organizational changes in the Business Services 

A number of organizational changes in the Business Services unit of BFS were announced earlier this month. A summary of those changes are included in this round up

2014 Financial Management Certification Program Nomination Opens Jan. 30

Campus business or administrative officers looking for more training or professional development opportunities may want to consider applying for the 2014 UC Merced Financial Management Certification Program (FMCP).

The FMCP is a comprehensive training program developed in partnership with the Campus Training Committee and campus subject-matter experts. The program is built on financial, compliance and administrative concepts and responsibilities introduced in the Business Officer Institute (BOI). The program consists of mandatory and elective classes of comprehensive instruction in topic areas critical to successful financial management including: ethics, fraud, compliance, controls, risk assessment, and resource and personnel management. 

The 2014 cohort will attend the first two modules on March 13 and can expect to complete the program by early December. The complete schedule of courses is on the FMCP webpage under “Module Schedule.” Applications for the 2014 cohort will be accepted Jan. 30 through Feb. 14. Admission to the program requires a completed application form that includes the following:

  • A description of current job duties;
  • Supervisory approval;
  • A personal statement of career goals, how you will benefit from the program and a commitment to completing the certification program.

At the program’s completion, participants will have a deeper understanding of their administrative responsibilities and why they are important and more diverse skill set that will help them tackle complex university problems, and an opportunity to develop relationships and improve collaborations and processes across university functions. 

For detailed information about the program, including application requirements, due dates and a course schedule, please visit the Financial Management Certification Program page on the Controls website.

Other Campus Meetings, Training, and one-on-one Assistance

  • Anyone handling cash for a university job is required to take cash-handling training to learn about the corresponding policies and procedures. Sign up now to attend the classes offered Jan. 27 and 28.
  • Check training.ucmerced.edu for other upcoming opportunities to receive instruction on systems and protocols you use on the job.
  • The January AO/MSO meeting was cancelled. This group next meets on  Feb. 18 from 10:45 a.m. to noon in KL 232. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month and are open to anyone who wants to hear more about important campus updates, developments and requirements.
  • Procurement Services will meet on Feb. 5 from 1:30-3 p.m. in KL 232. The group meets on the first Wenesday of every month. Learn purchasing procedure updates and advice offer feedback to the university’s buyers. 
  • Tax Tuesdays: UC Merced Tax Services is available on campus by appointment between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. in KL 201 on the third Tuesday of every month. If you need assistance with campus tax-related questions and matters, make arrangements via tax@ucmerced.edu or by contacting Tax Services Manager Kiran Samran at ext. 4075. For helpful information, visit tax.ucmerced.edu. 
  • Payroll Fridays: Until 5 p.m. every Friday, a payroll expert is stationed in KL 201 to meet and discuss your concerns without making a formal appointment. If you have payroll-related questions anytime during the week, you can contact the Payroll Department at ext. 2729 or payroll@ucmerced.edu.

UCPath Updates and Info Available Anytime

Stay informed on progression of the UCPath project by visiting UC Merced’s UCPath website, which hosts a collection of background materials and updates surrounding the new system for payroll, academic personnel, timekeeping and human resources information. For further inquiries related to UC Merced’s UCPath implementation, the UC Merced project team is reachable via ucpath@ucmerced.edu. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response.