Financial Program Analyst

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Finance and Accounting
Functional Areas: Research Institutes and Labs
Department: Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
Requisition Number: 12986
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time

Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) develops, designs, and builds instruments and spacecraft for space-based observations of the Sun, Earth, and planets. LASP has built instruments and participated in missions to every planet in the solar system. LASP manages the financial aspects for over 170 active grants and contracts, from proposal through award. We are seeking a dynamic financial professional to further LASP’s science mission by providing coordination and support to individual programs as well as to aid LASP faculty in managing sponsored research programs. Duties include research, selection, and compilation of financial data from multiple sources, such as production, accounting, vendors, and travel to produce analysis of business information used to support decisions. Identifies questionable data and may then direct others in verifying the accuracy of data. Work assignments are complex and have significant financial impact on the lab. Provides leadership and direction to other professional and clerical staff with respect to fiscal approach and project management. Decisions may impact the effectiveness and efficiency of administrative and business processes.

  • Perform work of varied and considerable difficulty requiring advanced data collection, analysis, forecasting, compiling and writing reports.
  • Apply knowledge of financial management principles and analytical techniques.
  • Function as the financial program analyst for multi-year projects from proposal/pre-award management through project execution and project close-out. This includes partnering with Engineering Management, Principle Investigators and other project stakeholders to provide financial data analysis, track costs and advise on financial matters.
  • Prepare management financial reports, including NASA 533’s and Earned Value reports when required; respond to other special reporting requirements; approve transactions for compliance with funding agency, CU and LASP requirements.
  • Review research grants and/or contracts to ensure project compliance with reporting requirements and identify issues requiring action and/or mitigation
  • Partner frequently with program management, agency customers, and lab executives requiring a high level of communication skills to plan, negotiate, and coordinate financial position, investments, and similar issues.
  • Partner with program managers and contracts organization to create quality proposals.
  • Develop, interpret, and or evaluate compliance with policies and procedures.
  • Provide peer assistance and/or serve as a leader for a team or small work unit.
  • Other duties as assigned to facilitate continuity within research programs at LASP.


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What We Require


  • Complete proficiency in Microsoft Excel and working knowledge in other MS Office products.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business or equivalent with 5+ years of experience, or master’s in business and 3+ years of experience.
  • Able to resolve routine issues and make independent/logical decisions and/or recommendations.
  • Has a basic understanding of federal, state, and university principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to research, investigate, analyze, reconcile, and evaluate data.
  • Able to generate financial reporting for internal and external customers.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task while under pressure.
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks in accordance with changing deadlines and priorities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with employees, customers, and vendors.

What We Would Like You To Have

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in accounting or finance.
  • Prior experience working as a financial analyst.
  • Understanding of Deltek/Cobra or other project management tools.
  • Understanding of Earned value management.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Cover Letter.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 10/13/2018
Application Due: 10/14/2018
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