The Finance and Compliance Analyst is responsible for supporting the Sponsored Projects Finance team with the various financial administration duties of a diverse portfolio of private and public grants and contracts of varied complexity, ensuring that they are administered in a fiscally responsible manner, complying with all applicable rules and regulations established by both the sponsor agency and the University.
Ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of financial data, assisting in the preparation of financial reports and billings to sponsors, reconciliation of receipt of funding and receivables for the collection of accounts receivable, and participating in account close-out;
Supporting the processes which provide institutional oversight of allowable and appropriate recording of expenses to sponsored projects and the general ledger in order to ensure compliance with generally acceptable accounting principles (GAAP) and sponsor reporting requirements;
Assisting in the preparation of required close-out documents for grants and/or contracts, including contractors' releases and assignments;
Reviewing sponsoring agency policies, regulatory documents and other literature related to sponsored project financial administration to maintain familiarity with granting and contracting agency policies and revisions.
Providing customer service, a core mission of the department, to team as well as internal and external customers and providing them with the appropriate support regarding sponsored project financial administration and general ledger accounting.
Maintaining records in accordance with internal procedures, demonstrating compliance with sponsor regulations concerning equipment, project expenditures and other fiscal concerns.
Performing other related duties and working on special projects as assigned.
Bachelor???s degree preferably in Accounting and/or equivalent combination of education and experience required;
Minimum of two years' accounting-related experience required;
Experience with grant and/or fund accounting preferred;
Demonstrated knowledge of accounting business processes, ideally in the area of research administration/grants management preferred;
Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) required.
Must be comfortable working with databases and computerized financial systems.
Must be able to identify priorities within multiple assignments in a high-pressured, short-deadline environment, and be able to work with diplomacy and efficiency in such an environment.
Must be able to demonstrate excellent organizational, analytical, critical thinking, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
In addition, the successful candidate must be able to work well with all levels of employees, be flexible in nature, have sound judgment with an open and collaborative style that encourages teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization.
Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
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