This position is focused on financial management of research-based awards. It will be responsible for the expenditure review, analysis of financial transactions, sponsor financial reporting, and award closeout for a complex and robust portfolio of both federal and non-federal awards. The Senior Research Financial Analyst works within a sub-team to provide focused support to their assigned departments throughout the lifecycle of their awards. The Senior Research Financial Analyst will also have opportunities to mentor and train other more junior Research Financial Analyst staff.
Provides focused support to departments and Principle Investigators throughout the award life cycle; the Senior Research Financial Analyst will be assigned the most complex portfolios
Reviews expenditures, analyzes financial transactions, prepares sponsor financial reports, and performs award closeouts for a portfolio of awards
Analyzes, resolves, and responds to problems involving expenditure management, award closeout, and sponsor financial reporting
Performs financial reconciliation of awards
Research sponsor agreements and makes determinations about reporting and compliance related requirements
Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of university and sponsor policies and procedures regarding expenditures, award closeouts, and sponsor financial reporting
Identifies opportunities for process improvements and changes to policies and procedures to facilitate automation and fully utilize system capabilities
Task management in the Microsoft based task tracking environment, including being a proficient user, adapting to software changes, and keeping pace with training and expectations
Education and Certifications:
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred.
A Bachelor's degree with an emphasis in accounting or finance is preferred .
CPA or MACC/MBA is preferred .
Time management skills and the ability to work well in a team environment is necessary .
Demonstrated performance in establishing and maintaining productive and collaborative relationships with a full range of internal and external constituencies is necessary .
Proven detail-oriented work style in collaboration with effective written and verbal communication skills is necessary .
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders is necessary .
3+ years of direct post-award grants administration is preferred .
Skill in intermediate to advance Excel is preferred, as well as competency with Microsoft Office .
Ability to present financial information to a non-financial audience is preferred.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.