The University of Southern California is home to a dynamic research and organizational improvement center that works with professionals in educational institutions, corporations, and other contexts. The mission of the USC Race and Equity Center is to illuminate, disrupt, and dismantle racism in all its forms. We do this through rigorous interdisciplinary research, high-quality professional learning experiences, the production and wide dissemination of useful tools, trustworthy consultations and strategy advising, and substantive partnerships. While race and ethnicity are at the epicenter of our work, we also value their intersectionality with other, identities, and therefore aim to advance equity for all persons experiencing marginalization. The Center annually serves hundreds of K-12 schools and districts, colleges and universities, and businesses and agencies across a multitude of industries.
The USC Race and Equity Center is searching for an extremely organized, equity-minded professional to manage our robust portfolio of grants, contracts, and gifts. The Finance Manager will collaboratively support the Centerâs four operational portfolios, as well as process payments to nearly 200 consultants who design and deliver work in partnership with our full-time staff.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Contributing to the advancement of the USC Race and Equity Centerâs mission.
Creating and sending invoices, making deposits, and following up on outstanding payments.
Preparing budgets for grant submissions to foundations, federal and state governments, and other entities.
Collaborating with colleagues in the USC Rossier School of Education Business Office on financial transactions, including reporting for grant-funded projects and allocating staff time to projects.
Managing grant and contract submissions, and ensuring timely processing of agreements.
Overseeing cash flow and insuring balance between accounts payable and accounts receivable.
Preparing, monitoring, and managing the Centerâs budget.
Collaborating with teams within the Center to create project budgets, establish payment systems for unique program offerings, and track income by project.
Identifying opportunities for improved efficiencies and business operation.
Constantly aiming to understand the current and evolving needs of the centerâs various portfolios.
Maintaining the highest level of responsiveness to center employees, clients, and consultants.
Preparing financial reports and presentations for internal and external audiences.
Representing the Center on various University of Southern California committees.
Other duties as assigned by the Centerâs directors and executive leadership team.
Education: Bachelorâs degree in accounting, business, or a similar related field.
Work Experience: At least 5 years of professional work experience.
Demonstrated commitment to racial equity. Extraordinary ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects and tasks in finance-related positions and complex organizational settings. Strong oral and written communication skills.
The hourly rate range for this position is $34.92-$39.88. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidateâs work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: In order for your application to be considered, you must attach a cover letter and resume.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 1 yearMinimum Field of Expertise: Business administration, accounting or related degree and budget experience including knowledge of government and fund accounting. Strong computer skills with use of automated spreadsheets.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations.
As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.