The Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery are seeking applicants for the position of Finance/Grants Management Specialist (Accountant 2) to join our research finance team. Neurology has been a center of excellence for more than four decades and includes over 140 faculty members with primary academic appointments in the department at our four outstanding teaching hospitals and health care systems. Neurosurgery is comprised of 60 neurosurgeons and research faculty and is consistently ranked among the best centers in the nation for neurosurgery.
We are actively seeking a highly motivated Finance/Grants Management Specialist (Accountant 2) to perform a variety of professional accounting functions involving fiscal interpretation and analysis, reconciliations, and reviews of multiple research funding accounts and transactions for our post-award finance team. Our departments have seen dramatic growth in federal and nonprofit grant awards in the past few years, so we are seeking a candidate with the ability to multi-task and be extremely detail oriented, self-motivated and a team player. The candidate must also have excellent communication skills that allow high level interactions with a diverse academic and medical community.
Analyze accounting transactions and information to summarize current financial position at the unit or organization-wide level. Construct and assemble data for decision making; develop conclusions, and present high level summary of recommendations.
Capture, track, and report revenue and expenses; determine appropriate procedures for accounting record preparation, research of transactions and reporting. Oversee, reconcile, and resolve problems relative to complicated accounts.
Collect data and perform research on details of transactions. Generate, review, analyze and communicate financial data that reflects actual financial performance against approved budgets. Prepare and present quantitative and qualitative analyses focusing on variances from budget and prior data.
Maintain and review accounting process controls; recommend and implement any approved modifications; perform preliminary analysis and recommend solutions. Develop and maintain desktop procedures and process documentation for area of responsibility.
Run and analyze financial reports, often from multiple systems; prepare management information reports.
Execute internal control programs established by management, research new regulations, and recommend and implement approved changes. May manage compliance program for area of responsibility, and create complex compliance reports.
Contribute to unit and organization strategy; assist in the development of change management plans and materials as needed. Participate as a member of a project team; support new initiatives. Make decisions determining approach to managing and completing processes.
Participate in critical analysis of existing systems and processes, and identify opportunities for process improvement. Define requirements, develop and implement complex test cases, perform system testing and analyze results.
Serve as a resource to local units and other departments to resolve accounting-related issues.
May act as a lead, train, coach, and review the work of other staff, as needed. Contribute primarily through applying individual expertise.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate policies and procedures.
Extreme attention to detail.
Excellent time management and organizational skills.
Ability to manage a sponsored project with an understanding of its overall scope and goal.
Basic knowledge of governmental regulations.
Expert knowledge and fluency of governmental regulations (Uniform Guidance, FAR, etc.).
Knowledge of procurement needs, including sole-sourcing, cost analyses, vendor requirements, and small business reporting.
Ability to complete Cardinal Curriculum I and II within first year in role.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED):
Bachelor's degree plus four years of applicable experience, or combination of education and relevant work experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED):
Intermediate proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office; intermediate Excel skills.
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with accounting systems and the internet; computer literacy.
Understanding of and ability to apply accounting skills and concepts.
Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
Demonstrated communication skills, including the ability to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal audiences and client groups.
Demonstrated project management skills and ability to contribute as part of a project team.
Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
Frequently sit, sort, file paperwork or parts, grasp lightly, and use fine manipulation, lift, carry, push and pull objects that weigh 10 pounds or less.
Occasionally write by hand, twist, bend, stoop and squat.
Rarely stand, walk, reach or work above shoulders and use a telephone.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
May work extended hours during peak business cycles.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
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