Department: College of Science (COS)
Senior Grants and Finance Analyst
The George Mason University College of Science (COS) invites well-qualified candidates to apply for our Senior Grants and Finance Analyst position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The College of Science has approximately 400 employees and has the second largest student enrollment at the university. With a wide variety of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, COS is also the largest research unit in the university—constituting approximately one third of the total research portfolio and having generated approximately one third of the university's research proposals in FY16. Our mission is to produce science that enhances society, and COS undertakes pioneering research endeavors that are integrated with academic programs to offer insight and solutions to the complex issues that challenge today's world.
We depend on our Grants and Finance team to provide financial management of college-level research centers and programs, review department and center expenditures, review sponsored project proposals, and contribute to the ongoing evolution and management of our financial processes. To this end, this position serves a critical role of mitigating risk and ensuring compliance with university, state and federal laws and regulations; budget availability; and accurate financial reporting and forecasting of data and expenditures related to department/centers, faculty and students within the assigned COS units and programs. Working collaboratively with the Director of Finance and other members of the Grants and Finance team, the incumbent manages complex financial activities on large sponsored projects within the COS Dean's Office, and participates in efforts to improve finance-related processes. The incumbent guides COS units and reviews expenditures and revenue activities (i.e., sponsored projects funds, indirect accounts, educational and general funds, and GMU Foundation accounts) for the assigned COS units. Additionally, the incumbent manages complex financial activities, including but not limited to: planning, forecasting, budgeting, accounting, reconciling and reporting for research centers, and education programs reporting to the Dean.
- Experience with sponsored project management and knowledge of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance and best practices;
- Knowledge of fiscal and budgetary processes and general accounting principles;
- Strong collaboration and team building skills to facilitate relationships for the college with internal and external customers;
- Prior experience working with relational databases; and
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially intermediate Excel.
- A bachelor's degree in a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
- Experience in handling confidential data (highly preferred);
- Familiarity with federal grant processes;
- Experience with budget planning and monitoring expenditures;
- Experience with a large public institution;
- Ability to research, investigate, analyze, reconcile and evaluate data;
- Ability to calculate labor effort proportionally per project;
- Ability to work independently with strong organizational, interpersonal communication and multitasking skills;
- Ability to work collaboratively and meet deadlines; and
- Strong customer service mentality.
Salary: Anticipated starting salary is in the low- to mid-$50,000s.
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 02325z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.