Working Title: Financial Analyst
Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff
Department: Office of Sponsored Programs
Posting Date: 10-08-2018
The Office of Sponsored Programs is recruiting for a Financial Analyst This position is responsible for developing, interpreting and implementing complex financial and accounting concepts to comply with sponsor requirements. The financial analyst will be responsible for coordinating with other functional areas within Office of Sponsored Programs, Finance and external entities when required. This position will need to understand the accepted industry standards in research administration, ensuring that the sponsored research programs are in compliance with University, sponsor and federal regulations. The incumbent will offer guidance to and work closely with departmental research administrators and OSP Info Team to understand data sources and be able to run queries to monitor financial compliance related to sponsored projects. The Financial Analyst ensures sponsor and University policies and procedures are followed consistently, utilizing data and reporting tools where appropriate. This position will have a strong focus on financial compliance to minimize the University's risks related to sponsored awards. The Financial Analyst will assist the OSP leadership in designing, implementing and retaining service delivery models to provide excellent support to the research community.
The Financial Analyst will work closely with the Director, Associate Director and Assistant Directors of Post Award and other management in the Office of Sponsored Programs to identify organizational risks related to financial compliance and recommend solutions to achieve organizational success. The Financial Analyst will provide accurate and timely information related to financial compliance to the Assistant Director, Director and other leaders. The Financial Analyst will work with the Assistant Director to partner with colleagues across Grounds in research administration to balance administrative burden and appropriate controls to ensure compliance in the financial management of sponsored projects.
The Financial Analyst will work with the OSP Assistant Director of Financial Compliance on system upgrades or strategic realignment of the workforce necessary to increase quality and/or efficiency in achieving financial compliance objectives. Provide guidance to departments on financial management of sponsored programs and ensure sponsor and University policies and procedures are followed consistently to minimize the University's risk related to non-compliance with federal requirements.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent is required experience as a compliance analyst in a university, not for profit organization or agency dealing with federal compliance requirements is required. Combined experience/education may substitute for minimum education.
The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
-Understanding of national standards and best practices related to research administration.
-Strong leadership skills to train and mentor. Ability to adapt and remain flexible in a fast-paced, changing environment
-Strong accounting skills and knowledge of GAAP, and University, state, and federal policies. Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate policies and procedures, conduct activities and make decisions according to audit and ethical standards.
-Demonstrate excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Proven ability to clearly articulate specific information in area of subject matter expertise.
-Excellent analytical skills; demonstrated proficiency in Excel and web-based tools.
-Advanced ability to navigate University databases and systems. Ability to access and present information to University employees, faculty, and senior leaders.
-Ability to work independently or as a part of a team. Work with senior leaders to accomplish goals. Ability to lead, train, and functionally supervise.
-Excellent time management and organizational skills. Ability to identify opportunities for process improvements and provides compelling reasons to senior leadership in support of ideas.
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