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Financial Analyst

  • Requisition no: 518715
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Medical Center
  • School/Department: Sponsored Projects Admin
  • Grade: Grade 105
  • Categories: Research (Lab and Non-Lab)
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular

Position Summary

The Financial Analyst (FA) reports to the Associate Director of Financial Operations of Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) and works closely with other staff members on the SPA Team. The FA is assigned a full caseload of departments and will assume primary responsibilities for the portfolio of accounts under these departments.


Award Review and Account Set up

  • Review and analyze a diverse portfolio of private and public grants, contracts and cooperative agreements in order to prepare, process and approve all sponsored projects accounts and budget authorizations.  Primary actions will include new awards, continuations, transfer-funds, supplements, modifications, no cost extensions, re-budgeting and carryovers;
  • Review award documents for accuracy and consistency with proposal applications as well as ensure compliance with institutional policies and sponsor regulations/guidelines’;
  • Review documentation provided by department administrators/Principal Investigators to ensure compliance with award regulatory terms and University policies, such as  conflicts of interest disclosures, internal protocols- human subjects (IRB) and animal protocols (IACUC);
  • Process awarded information into SPA’s  grants management system for project creation and/or modifications;
  • Review and reconcile the data fed from the grants management system (InfoEd) to the University’s financial system (ARC) to ensure accuracy;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus four years of related experience.


Other Requirements

  • Demonstrated knowledge of research administration/grants management and accounting processes required
  • Experience with financial reporting of sponsored projects
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) required
  • Ability to communicate positively and effectively with sponsoring and regulatory agencies, as well as faculty, administrators and other members of the University is important
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking abilities, organizational, time management, and proactive problem solving skills
  • Proven ability to operate independently in a fast paced and high volume environment with frequently changing priorities
  • Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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