Financial Analyst 1

Location
Chicago
Posted
Apr 14, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Budget Office is responsible for the development and monitoring of the portion of this budget ($1.7 billion) not associated with the Hospital, the Biological Sciences Division, or the Marine Biological Laboratory. The University Budget Office is also responsible for oversight of the $325 million annual capital budget and annual updates to the rolling 10-year financial model. In addition to these core duties, the unit provides financial analysis on a wide range of subject matters including total student charges, research performance, and enrollment trends. Staff members sit on several decision making bodies including the Financial Strategy Group, the Capital Planning Committee, and the Data Stewardship Committee. The University Budget Director reports directly to the Provost with a dotted line reporting relationship to the Chief Financial Officer.

Unit Job Summary: Support rigorous strategic financial planning for the University. Specific activities to include: - Build the financial analytic capacity across campus through development of improved processes and tools which track budget progress, capture updates based on actual performance, and inform ongoing decision making. - Assist in the modeling of long range financial performance and ensure integration of the model with broader budgeting and planning functions. - Work with the Budget Director to proactively identify critical areas for attention, effectively communicate the implications to senior leadership, and provide supporting analyses to guide decision making on these items. - Work with critical units to develop rigorous strategic financial reporting and analysis. Provide analytical support on special projects as assigned. Examples of recent projects include: - Working with leaders in the CFO Office and Provost Office to collect and analyze data related to a major administrative process review. - Conducting an analysis of the financial performance and operations of a University affiliate to identify potential improvement opportunities. - Working with the Registrar Office and Provost Office to better understand classroom use and availability, identify pain points, and devise solutions to address these issues. - Creating a pro forma for a potential new program and advising on financial considerations.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or equivalent preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of three years of accounting, finance, or equivalent experience required. Experience in a University setting or other not-for-profit organization preferred. Financial modeling experience preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: - Strong interpersonal, verbal and communication skills - Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills - Excellent computer skills including strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint, along with knowledge of financial computing and database software applications - Ability to work closely and well with senior University officials and colleagues in the Budget Office and Financial Services - Ability to independently complete projects on time and accurately with minimal supervision required Practical knowledge of financial analysis methodologies required. Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required. Financial modeling skills required. Strong analytical and organizational skills required. Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with the ability to establish and maintain relationships at all organizational levels required. Ability to think strategically required. Ability to develop and analyze alternative solutions and assist in making recommendations required. Ability to work closely with senior University officials required. Flexibility and ability to work effectively and gracefully under considerable time pressure on high visibility, high stakes projects required. Intellectual versatility and creativity required. Ability to work non-traditional hours when necessary required.