Financial Officer

Massachusetts, United States
27 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

FINANCIAL OFFICERComputer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), to perform comprehensive pre- (20%) and post-award (80%) financial research management. Will coordinate the preparation, review, and submission of government/industrial/foundation proposals; advise principal investigators (PIs) and project leaders on all aspects of research administration; monitor the daily financial performance of grants/contracts to ensure compliance and meet with PIs to review resource plans/budgets; prepare and submit reports, forms, financial analyses, forecasting, etc.; monitor/manage internal charge-backs, payroll distribution, and certification; analyze and track cost sharing and encumbrances; ensure timely grant close outs; and perform other tasks/projects as assigned.  

CSAIL has a diverse sponsor base and operating volume of over $70 million annually. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED bachelor's degree; five years' accounting/finance experience with decision-making responsibility or nonprofit research administration experience; experience with federal contract terms and conditions, administrative rules, cost principals, and regulations under OMB guidelines; experience with pre- and post-award research administration; knowledge of budgeting theory/practices, budget preparation/administration, financial recordkeeping, and reporting; knowledge of grants, contracts, and applications; familiarity with electronic research administration; proficiency analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating contractual terminology; financial management/forecasting skills; discretion with confidential information/issues; strong interpersonal, customer service, organizational, problem-solving, and verbal and written communication skills; proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and the internet; knowledge of enterprise financial systems, grants management tools, and databases; and attention to detail.  Must be able to multitask, prioritize, and meet deadlines; operate effectively in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment; create, improve, and streamline work processes; and function both independently and on teams.  Financial experience in a university/hospital/nonprofit a plus.  Experience working with federal sponsors (NSF, DoD, NIH) and using Cognos and BrioQuery strongly preferred.  Job #16787

Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends when necessary (up to 20% time).  


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.