Senior Financial Analyst

May 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Senior Financial Analyst

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The Senior Financial Analyst is responsible for supporting data analysis and financial reporting for the museum under the supervision of the Associate Director for Finance & Operations. This position will oversee monthly and annual financial reporting and analysis and support to unit managers and senior managers, budgeting and year-end close, gift and endowment fund report management; preparation of reports, presentations and projections in support of the museum's strategic initiatives, expense approvals, creation of policy and procedures, and oversight of the museum's chart of accounts, as well as supporting project management initiatives in human resources, security, technology, facilities, cafe and retail operation, and visitor services as well as other museum or university-wide projects as directed.

This position also assists in the implementation and management of administrative duties such as server document management, development of office tools to improve efficiency and cost containment; and other office management functions as required. The individual filling this position must be self-motivated and proactive individual who can identify issues, successfully problem solve and communicate effectively and persuasively with team members, and who is capable of both advising on the big picture and being very hands on in creating reports.


  • Perform and design ad hoc analyses of large complex data sets: reconcile complex accounts. Identify and resolve complex issues that may span multiple areas.

  • Construct and assemble data for budgeting and decision making; develop conclusions, and present high level summary of recommendations. May develop annual budget for individual department/unit.

  • Conduct analysis and resolution, and recognize exceptions. Participate in developing solutions that may require policy changes or the development of new processes; maintain broader organizational perspective in decision making.

  • Execute internal control programs established by management, research new regulations, and recommend and implement approved changes. May manage compliance program for area of responsibility, and create complex compliance reports.

  • Develop reports and presentations of complex financial data and metrics for management and third parties.

  • Participate as a member of a project team; support new initiatives. Make decisions determining approach to managing and completing processes.

  • Contribute to unit and organization strategy; assist in the development of change management plans and materials as needed.

  • Develop and maintain desktop procedures and process documentation for area of responsibility.

  • Define requirements, develop and implement complex test cases, perform system testing and analyze results.

  • Participate in critical analysis of existing systems and processes, and identify opportunities for process improvement.

    * - Other duties may also be assigned


    Education & Experience:

    Bachelor's degree and four years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel. Database experience a huge plus, as is experience working with Stanford's enterprise systems

  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial systems; internet and computer literacy

  • Strong ability to perform key analyses, and create and update reports with minimal supervision

  • Demonstrated ability to collate data, information and support preparation of executive level reports and presentations

  • Background in the arts or demonstrated interest and support of the arts is essential.

  • Strong communication skills, including ability to prepare materials for and clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences and client groups

  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and resolve issues

  • Highly professional behavior, excellent judgment, a customer focused perspective and ability to be detail oriented, responsive, organized, and cool under pressure

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and accomplish goals within tight deadlines

  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

    Certifications and Licenses:



  • Constantly sitting.

  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork.

  • Occasionally stand/walk, lift/carry objects weighing 11-20 pounds.

  • Rarely reach/work above shoulder.

    * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Routine extended working hours during peak cycles; travel to school/unit sites across university.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

    Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    About the Cantor Arts Center:

    The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is a vital and dynamic institution with a venerable history. Founded in 1891 with the university, the historic museum was expanded and renamed in 1999 for lead donors Iris and B. Gerald Cantor. The Cantor's encyclopedic collection spans 5,000 years, includes 35,000 artworks and beckons visitors to travel around the world and through time: from Africa to the Americas to Asia, from classical to contemporary. With 24 galleries presenting selections from the collection and more than 20 special exhibitions each year, the Cantor serves Stanford's academic community, draws art lovers from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and attracts campus visitors from around the world. Free admission, free tours, lectures, family activities, plus changing exhibitions make the Cantor one of the most well-attended university art museums in the country and an invaluable resource for teaching and research on campus.

    Job: Finance

    Location: School of Humanities and Sciences
    Schedule: Full-time
    Classification Level:

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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