The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is looking for a finance specialist I. This position will provide full support for analytical, administrative, and financial pre- and post-award research activities and services for the department. The ideal candidate for this position has a basic understanding of research administration and accounting practices in higher education. The position requires judgment, responsiveness, initiative, and able to manage multiple tasks while demonstrating excellent interpersonal and communication skills within and outside the department. Ideally, this will be a full-time position, but part-time job-seekers are encouraged to apply.
This position will be in-person and hiring at a starting salary between $45,370 and $52,720 per year.
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Advises the Principal Investigator (PI) on administrative requirements in proposal preparation, and ensures guidelines are followed for proposal formatting and submission requirements
Develops and finalizes budgets and budget justifications with the PI
Performs structured analysis; conducts data mining; identifies, clarifies, and investigates discrepancies and exceptions; proactively develops solutions and processes
Maintains, reconciles, reviews, combines, and validates financial data sets and accounts
Contributes to development of budget, forecasting, and analyses
Runs and analyzes financial reports; assists in preparation of management information reports
Performs preliminary analysis, recognizes exceptions and recommends solutions that may require policy changes or the development of new processes
Ensures work complies with complex internal policies and external regulations which may require interpretation
Performs other duties as assigned
In lieu of the education requirement, additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis may be substituted
One year of related experience in budget preparation and account management
Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel
User knowledge and demonstrated experience of financial systems
Understanding and ability to apply basic accounting skills and concepts
Advanced communication skills, including ability to prepare materials for and clearly and effectively communicate information to internal audiences and client groups
Basic project management skills and ability to contribute as part of a project team
Experience in higher education
Experience in research proposal preparation/submission
Experience in research award administration
Knowledge of government research funding
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.
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