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Senior Financial Analyst


Senior Financial Analyst

  • 524886
  • Medical Center
  • Neurology
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: May 18 2022
  • Grade 104
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager of Finance and Research Administration for the Department of Neurology and the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center, the Senior Financial Analyst will support the financial management and research administration services provided to faculty in the department. The position will work with both faculty and administrative staff to ensure the department operates in a financially sustainable manner.


Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assists PIs in the development, review, submission and renewal of various types of sponsored project proposals from a variety of sponsors including NIH, private foundations and industry
  • Ensures all programmatic reporting requirements (quarterly and/or annual progress and financial reports) are completed according to sponsor and institutional requirements and timeframes
  • For awarded proposals, liaises with Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) office to ensure timely setup of award, pre-award compliance requirements are met and all sub-awards are established
  • Assigns and reconciles expense allocations (payroll and non-payroll) to funding sources with adherence to pertinent regulations, policies and procedures that govern the nature of funds
  • Performs budget vs. actual reconciliation of sponsored and non-sponsored funding sources and salary allocations of faculty and staff on both project year and fiscal year basis
  • Maintains funding overviews/forecasts for faculty in assigned divisions and independently meets with faculty to review on a regular basis
  • Stays abreast of regulations, policies, and guidelines related to conduct of research; Analyzes specific issues, budget requests, and policy changes to provide feedback and recommendations to principal investigators
  • Supports annual budgeting process and quarterly reforecasts through data entry into budget tool
  • Completes routine internal reporting requirements required for sponsored projects (i.e. effort reporting, PI attestations, etc) and participates in regulatory audits and inspections
  • Other projects as assigned

This is a high pressure position as there are many internal and external deadlines. Requires a bright, competent and organized individual that is self-motivated, reliable, conscientious, and able to solve analytical problems, as well as plan independently. Must be able to work with all levels of staff. Position requires establishing and maintaining relationships within and across departments, as well as servicing the grant and accounting needs of Principal Investigators. 

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

2-4 years of experience in non-profit environment with direct experience in grants and financial management.


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