Provides day-to-day financial & accounting support using an advanced knowledge of applicable skills, methods & practices & some innovation, analysis, & reasoning to choose appropriate alternatives from among pre-defined policies & procedures to complete work that includes successive steps & involves some non-routine problems &/or decisions.
Applies industry and professional standards, university policy and procedure, federal and state laws and other regulations.
Provides administrative &/or clerical support.
Please highlight areas of responsibility below:
Grants &/or awards
Journal &/or ledger
Procurement card program
Maintains & tracks individual budget accounts.
Coordinates annual budget process including tasks associated with the open/close processes.
Updates calendar, spreadsheets, templates & forms; monitors submissions.
Completes reconciliation procedures.
Creates summary reports.
Coordinates &/or provides information for annual salary review process.
Completes & maintains transactions in enterprise systems.
Provides review and oversight of all types of financial transactions some of which may be complex in regard to size or duration of account.
Reviews; ensures approval based on alternatives regarding practice & policy.
Performs vendor/account research as needed.
Obtains additional information from or provides instruction & guidance for customers/vendors; corrects or escalates.
Accesses multiple banking systems to process transactions, retrieve information, &/or initiate wire transfers.
Provides financial policy interpretation to determine the validity of customer requests & ensure compliance.
Contacts outside agencies, banks &/or banking systems to obtain clarification of rules &/or regulations.
Enters information into database.
Grants &/or Awards:
Provides assistance regarding grant financial administration such as preparing financial information for grant submission.
Completes post award accounting.
Sets-up sub-contracts &/or start-up research accounts.
Modifies grant budgets.
Approves expenditures on travel, consulting &/or equipment, along with various forms, such as Intra Institutional Vouchers, Requests for Accounting Corrections, the Research Assistant and Scholarship Appointments, &/or payroll adjustments, in accordance with granting agency guidelines & University policies & procedures.
Processes subcontract payments according to rules & regulations of granting agencies.
Reconciles subcontract payments.
Completes other administrative &/or clerical activities such as organizing meetings; reserving AV equipment.
Coordinates office, lab &/or building repairs & maintenance.
Performs other duties as assigned.
High school diploma or the equivalent.
3 years accounting &/or bookkeeping or other relevant experience.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Excellent computer skills including proficiency in the use of spreadsheet, database and word processing software.
Familiarity with financial reporting.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Action oriented - Willing or likely to take practical action to deal with a problem or situation.
Coachability - Receptive to feedback, willing to learn, embracing continuous improvement.
Collaboration - Facilitates open and effective communication, cooperation and teamwork within and outside of one's own team.
Collegiality - Helpful, respectful, approachable; builds strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
Initiative - Exhibits energy and desire to achieve; sets ambitious goals and acts decisively; takes action that no one has requested to improve or enhance job results and avoid problems.
Meets deadlines - Displays consistency and success in adhering to deadlines.
Multi-tasking - Demonstrates ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
Organization - Plans, organizes and schedules in an efficient, productive manner; anticipates contingencies and pays attention to detail.
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: 38940
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.