The Financial Administrator supports a university accounting-related area or program. Manages financial operations &/or analysis in support of area/unit's mission & in coordination with central offices such as HR, Budget, Financial Aid, Facilities, Purchasing, IT, Provost, etc. Reviews a portfolio of multiple schools/depts' financial operations comprised of work that involves some complex problems &/or decisions.
Participates in determination of budget including fiscal resource allocation of appropriated, discretionary, endowment &/or gift revenues.
Prepares analysis & reports.
Provides account research.
Assists with budget projects.
Updates budget estimates & provides commitment tracking support for all financial activity.
Approves funds reallocation within budget as necessary & appropriate.
Analysis, Statements & Reporting
Creates daily, monthly, annual, &/or project end analysis & reports regarding area/unit, grants &/or awards, accounts, funds, payroll, expense &/or revenue allocation, customer service activity, etc.
Performs financial account reconciliations, statement analysis, and transaction research.
Maintains, and updates financial models and analysis.
Reviews; ensures approval based on alternatives regarding practice & policy; analyzes and classifies transactions in accordance with established chart or coding of accounts; creates new accounts; prepares, processes, reconciles & provides receipts (as appropriate) for transactions.
Processes transfer &/or appropriation charges & may balance &/or close accounts.
Troubleshoots problems; performs vendor/account research as needed; obtains additional information from or provides instruction & guidance for customers/vendors; corrects or escalates.
Reviews status of related university accounts, transactions and processes; troubleshoots issues as needed.
Grants &/or Awards
Works with Dept &/or Research Administrator regarding financial grants management issues.
Provides data for grant proposals; submits proposals
Interacts with faculty, staff &/or funders to build relationships, transfer knowledge, &/or advise on research policies & procedures.
Monitors commitments and expenditures to ensure compliance with granting agency guidelines.
Verifies accurate set up of sponsored project accounts.
Identifies sources for data & information to be used & completes special financial projects such as (enter in explanation of special projects): This involves analysis of ad hoc reports.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance or related field; OR 2 years financial administration work experience; OR equivalent combination education and experience where similar knowledge, skills, and abilities may be acquired.
2 years financial, budgeting &/or preparing account reconciliations or financial statements along with financial analysis experience.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 35646
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.