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Senior Financial Analyst, Post-Award

Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

Senior Financial Analyst, Post-Award

  • 531380
  • Medical Center
  • Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Nov 29 2022
  • Grade 105
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Uni:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $75,000-$98,000

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.



Position Summary

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Finance and Reporting and Grants Manager, the Senior Financial Analyst (SFA) will be responsible for all aspects of sponsored research administration (post-award, award management, and award closeout functions) for a specific portfolio of research projects within the Department. The SFA will serve as a subject matter expert and central resource for the financial team to ensure compliance with grant-related financial management policies. The SFP will work closely with PIs, SPA, SPF, and foreign departments to ensure compliance with sponsor and institutional regulations and policies.

Subject to business needs, we may support flexible and hybrid work arrangements. Options will be discussed during the interview process.


 Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage the post-award activities of sponsored projects. Meet regularly with each research group/PI to review grant status and future projects and plans. Advise PIs regarding budgetary issues and trends affecting research project accounts. Work with PIs to forecast future spending to prevent overdrafts or unspent balances.
  • Review and process salary charges under the advisement of PIs to ensure they are consistent with available funding, actual, or anticipated effort, and award requirements.
  • Review all new awards and communicate essential terms of the award to the PIs and faculty. Ensure the proposed budget is updated if necessary to match NOA.
  • Monitor awards in an assigned portfolio to ensure expenses are following university and agency requirements.
  • Interface regularly with SPA and SPF offices. Prepare and submit all changes to the budget and work with SPA to set up subcontracts.
  • Prepare and submit financial reconciliations for project year-end and final financial reporting to SPF as required by terms of the award.
  • Create and maintain comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date files, records, and systems of the terms of incoming and existing awards.
  • Assist with annual effort reporting and attestation process by working closely with faculty and research staff to review their effort reports; ensure compliance with conflict-of-interest requirements and other compliance reporting mechanisms.
  • Collaborate with counterparts in other departments, as well as others across the University to manage the grants.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education and experience plus 4 years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2-3 years of experience in a non-profit environment with direct experience in grants and financial management.
  • Grant writing/editing is also strongly preferred, as well as familiarity with Federal and Non-Federal sponsored research guidelines, policies, practices, funding sources, and organizations.

Other Requirements

  • A minimum of two years of related experience in sponsored research administration.
  • Superior communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Exceptional time-management and organization skills, excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, as well a proactive and able to work independently to meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work with confidential data and demonstrate discretion in all interactions.
  • Knowledge of PeopleSoft and/or other ERP systems is a plus.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-starter with the ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.

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