Palo Alto, CA United States
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Financial Analyst

Stanford University, Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education

Job Title: Financial Analyst
Reference Code: 76828
Job Location: Palo Alto , CA
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Business/financial affairs, financial aid
Date Posted: 2017-10-25
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Financial Analyst
Stanford University, Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education

Perform complex central finance functions (including budgeting, reconciliation, analysis, accounting, and reporting) for the Vice Provost’s Office (VPO), the central management unit that oversees VPUE’s approximately $65M consolidated budget.

Reporting to the VPUE Director of Finance, the Financial Analyst will work as part of the VPO finance team to disseminate, synthesize, analyze, and consolidate financial results from VPUE’s operational units and central programs, identify and research variances, and review submissions from program managers for accuracy and appropriateness. The Financial Analyst will also support the central accounting and reporting needs of VPUE, including processing of fund transfers, approval of financial transactions, oversight of expenses for compliance with university and VPUE financial policies, and tracking of financial agreements. The Financial Analyst will develop and maintain an understanding of VPUE’s restricted fund balances and authorized uses, assist with year-end close activities, and perform ad hoc analyses, as needed.

Core Duties

• Perform and design ad hoc analyses, reconciliations, and reports of large, complex data sets and financial metrics for management and third parties

• Construct and assemble data for budgeting and decision making; interpolate results from large amounts of data; identify trends; research variances; present quantitative and qualitative summary of conclusions and recommendations

• Execute and maintain internal control programs; research new regulations; recommend and implement approved changes

• Identify and resolve unique issues which may span multiple areas; apply ingenuity and creativity to problem analysis and resolution; recognize exceptions; participate in developing solutions that may require policy changes or the development of new processes; maintain broader organizational and university perspective in decision making

• Engage in continuous critical analysis of existing systems and processes; make recommendations to achieve greater efficiencies and improve internal controls

• Participate as a member of the VPO finance team; provide cross-coverage support, as needed

• May supervise, train, coach, and review the work of other staff, as needed

• May perform other duties, as assigned

Job Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree and four years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience

• Advanced proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel

• Demonstrated knowledge of financial systems; ability to quickly learn new technologies and financial software applications; internet and computer literacy

• Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

• Excellent analytical, conceptual, and organizational skills and ability to manage and manipulate large data sets; thorough knowledge of financial modeling, variance analysis, and common practices used for financial forecasting, ideally in an academic setting

• Strong professional communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to maturely and diplomatically interact with, prepare materials for, and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and management

• Ability to plan and organize work independently, manage priorities, and utilize available resources to complete quality work within time constraints and under minimal supervision

• Strong project management skills and ability to contribute to or lead part of a multi-functional team

About the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE)

The mission of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) is to partner with Stanford faculty, staff, and students to produce and educate knowledgeable, engaged citizens and creative, confident leaders for our future world.

The Vice Provost’s Office (VPO) is the central, administrative office for VPUE, overseeing VPUE’s five operational units: Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP), Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR), Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS), Programs in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR), and Residential Programs. In addition, VPO runs several of its own initiatives, including the development and launch of new, undergraduate pilot programs (such as Stanford in New York and Frosh 101), as well as the facilitation of continuous, campus-wide innovations in undergraduate curriculum and course development through a variety of grant programs.

About Stanford University

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, is one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000, which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. An award winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.

Physical Requirements

• Constantly sitting

• Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork

• Occasionally stand/walk, lift/carry objects weighing 11-20 pounds

• Rarely reach/work above shoulder

Information and Application Process Instructions

How to Apply

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Affirmative Action Statement

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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