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Financial Analyst Intermediate

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The University of Kansas
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Lawrence, KS

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Position OverviewThe University of Kansas Office of Research (KUOR) administers externally sponsored research projects on the KU-Lawrence campus and oversees designated research centers and institutes as well as state surveys and several smaller research centers and core research service laboratories. Within the Office of Research, the KU Center for Research, Inc. (KUCR), a non-profit 501(c) 3 research foundation affiliated with the University of Kansas, is the entity responsible for submitting all proposals for external support of research, instructional and service projects. In addition, KUCR helps research investigators by negotiating contracts, providing proposal and post-award services, administering compliance oversight, managing and constructing research facilities, and handling financial services, including investment of corporation resources.

This position shares responsibility for the general ledger as it relates to the quarterly and year-end reporting. This entails a variety of duties related to financial reconciliation, analysis and reporting. Responsibilities include monitoring general ledger accounts, oversees the asset module reconciliation, analysis of intercompany accounts and creates ad-hoc reports to support the variances in financial reporting. This position will work closely with the KU Office of Research staff, Associate Directors, Assistant Directors, Directors and Chief Financial Officer. Job Description40% General Ledger Integrity
  • Ownership of most account reconciliations to ensure the integrity of the general ledger. Most reconciliations are prepared monthly.
  • Monitor and run reports to verify the ending account balances. If the supporting/tracking documentation does not match general ledger balances, then analysis of the variances is completed to identify discrepancies and determine resolutions.
  • Develop reports to communicate issues to appropriate University staff. This includes queries and various system reports to audit transaction accuracy, verify correct coding into the general ledger and troubleshoot any discrepancies or un-matched entries within the account codes.
  • Oversee identification of discrepancies and analyze for corrective actions and timing. The primary focus of reconciliations is on financial system submodule balances, various general ledger validations and specific chart of accounts as designated by management.
20% Month End Closing
  • Lead the management of cost accounting periods to ensure that the necessary period-end closing procedures happen seamlessly.
  • Frequently monitor the financial system and submit period-end validations as needed during the accounting period to proactively identify and address issues.
20% Financial Reporting and Ad Hoc Reporting
  • Support and drive continuous improvement in Finance processes and capabilities and ensure compliance with financial governance and control frameworks as appropriate.
  • Performs ad-hoc reporting requirements and financial analysis for Fiscal Affairs team
15% Intercompany Analysis
  • Interpret and analyze intercompany activity for accuracy.
  • Ensure intercompany transactions in the current period are complete and transferred to General Ledger, Receivables, Payables and Grants modules for each accounting period.
  • Create and post journals to offset/clear intercompany balances and record cash correctly to the general ledger.
5% Other Duties as Assigned
  • Assist in other Financial Services special accounting projects and analyses as assigned by management personnel.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
  • Ensure accounting procedures conform to generally accepted accounting principles and comply with Center’s accounting policies and practices.
Required Qualifications
  1. Bachelor’s degree in a related field and three (3) years of recent related accounting and or finance experience
  2. Three or more year’s budget, finance, and/or accounting experience.
  3. Fund accounting experience as outlined in application materials.
  4. Experience in financial analysis, modeling and forecasting experience as outlined in application materials.
  5. Excellent written communication skills as evidenced by application materials and work history.
  6. Two or more years of computer experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and accounting software.
  7. Previous work experience that required the ability to work independently as evidenced by work history.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Five to seven years of progressively responsible budget, finance, and/or accounting experience
  2. Two (2) years of experience as proficient/high level user of MS Excel and database management including creating/development, use of formulas, pivot tables, data manipulation and charts.
  3. Strong technical U.S. GAAP accounting knowledge
  4. Knowledge of university research, State of Kansas and sponsored agreement regulations
  5. Familiarity with Oracle Financials in the Cloud and Oracle Analytics in the Cloud
  6. Familiarity with Filemaker Pro
  7. Must be willing to learn new software applications.
  8. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  9. Demonstrated problem solving experience.
  10. Ability to work successfully in a culturally diverse setting with all levels of personnel. Excellent oral communication skills.
Additional Candidate InstructionsIn addition to the online application, the following documents are required to be considered for this position:
  1. A cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.
  2. Resume or curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for three professional references.
Application deadline is Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Contact Information to ApplicantsSusan Rider
[email protected] Advertised Salary Range$53,546- $65,000 Application Review Begins26-Oct-2021 Anticipated Start Date01-Dec-2021

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Working at the University of Kansas 

Join the University of Kansas, and you’ll become part of a Jayhawk family that spans the globe. Wear your KU shirt in London, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Nairobi or anywhere else, and you will likely hear a resounding “Rock Chalk!” from a stranger. Of course, the appropriate response is an enthusiastic “Jayhawk!” Because, after all, they’re not really strangers, they’re family.

The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

We recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by historical and persistent intersecting differences by race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality. And we hold ourselves accountable for policies, processes and programs that appreciate these and other differences and create more fair, safe and just learning, working and living environments for KU students, faculty and staff.

Instruction 

KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.

Research 

The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.

Service 

The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

International Dimension 

KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.

Values 

The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

Our City and State 

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

Making KU Your Home 

Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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