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Financial Analyst - Utilities

Finance and Administration

Financial Analyst - Utilities

  • 529491
  • Morningside
  • Finance and Administration
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Sep 15 2022
  • Grade 12

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director for Financial Services, the Financial Analyst monitors, analyzes and reports on the financial activity related to the utility budget and financial activity related to the Academic Operations budget.


  • Utilizing a wide array of University and departmental systems, the Financial Analyst collects data, prepares reports and performs proactive audits to identify discrepancies and variances.
  • He / She will communicate with senior staff in Facilities and in other University departments to resolve inconsistencies pass on updates and rectify processing issues.
  • The Financial Analyst maintains the accuracy of various financial analyses and reports used to forecast building staff payroll, service contract expenses, and other financial activity.
  • He / She will process standard and other recurrent financial transactions in accordance with University and departmental accounting standards and procedures, develop and review incremental operating and maintenance; and utility expenses based on proposed capital projects using benchmarking data.
  • The Financial Analyst works independently on research projects and is responsible for completing reconciliations and reports to meet departmental and University finance deadlines, including those associated with monthly, quarterly and fiscal year-end close.
  • He / She will develop and provide reports as required and assist in the implementation and administration of internal financial policies, programs, and practices.
  • Prepare carbon emissions reports and analysis to comply with University commitments i.e. NYC Mayor’s Carbon Challenge & The Climate Registry. 
  • Utilize web-based tracking software “Energy CAP” for benchmarking and reporting of energy data as necessary or required for compliance to Federal, State and Local Laws.
  • The Financial Analyst will complete special projects as assigned by the Director and perform additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or the equivalent and a minimum of 3-5 years of accounting/reporting/budgeting experience required.
  • Strong technical skills required, including familiarity with SQL queries and other data mining methods, extensive reporting and data analysis experience, and advanced Excel proficiency. 
  • Ability to work independently and to manage multiple tasks while meeting tight deadlines necessary.  
  • Excellent analytical, communication, and organizational skills are essential.

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