Financial Analyst

Location
California, United States
Posted
12 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
12 Aug 2019
Ref
83465
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is seeking qualified candidates for the full-time position of Financial Analyst. 

About Stanford University's Hoover Institution: The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of economics, politics, history, and political economy—both domestic and foreign as well as international affairs. 

Founded in 1919 by Herbert Hoover before he became the thirty-first president of the United States, the Institution began as a repository of historical material gathered at the end of World War I. The library and archives have grown to be among the largest private repositories of documents on twentieth-century political and economic history. Over time the Institution expanded its mission from collecting archival material to conducting advanced research on contemporary history and economics and applying this scholarship to current public policy challenges. 

With its eminent scholars and world-renowned library and archives, the Hoover Institution seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all humanity.

JOB PURPOSE:

The Financial Analyst will perform moderately complex finance functions and/or activities, including budgeting, forecasting, reporting, and reconciliation. These activities require specific knowledge, skills, and broad application of policies, precedents, and systems within context of internal policies and external regulations. 

CORE DUTIES:

  • Perform structured analysis; conduct data mining; identify, clarify, and investigate discrepancies and exceptions; proactively develop solutions and processes.
  • Maintain, reconcile, review, combine, and validate financial data sets and accounts, utilizing financial reports, financial databases, and key financial information.
  • Contribute to development of budget, forecasting, and analyses to be used for key activities or decision making.
  • Run and analyze financial reports, often from multiple systems; assist in preparation of management information reports.
  • Resolve issues within immediate work unit; perform preliminary analysis, recognize exceptions and recommend solutions that may require policy changes or the development of new processes.
  • Ensure works complies with complex internal policies and external regulations which may require interpretation.
  • Participate as a member of a project team and contribute to change management strategy through communication and collaboration with others.
  • Serve as a first line resource to client groups on matters in the work unit.
  • Understand and participate in cross training on core functions in work area or unit; serve as a back-up to other functions.
  • May supervise the day-to-day activities and provide on the job coaching and training to other staff, as needed.

ADDITIONAL CORE DUTIES*: 

  • Contribute to the creation of program budgets for proposals and donor reporting
  • Approve financial transactions following established guidelines and policies

* Other duties may also be assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Advanced proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel.
  • User knowledge and demonstrated experience of financial systems; internet and computer literacy.
  • Understanding and ability to apply basic accounting skills and concepts.
  • Demonstrated communication skills, including ability to prepare materials for and clearly and effectively communicate information to internal audiences and client groups.
  • Basic project management skills and ability to contribute as part of a project team.

Desired/Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated advanced proficiency in Excel, particularly expertise with pivot tables, V-lookup and H-lookup functions, and macros.
  • Working knowledge of Stanford financial and reporting systems and policies.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines, plan and organize work, manage priorities, and utilize available resources to complete quality work under minimal supervision.
  • Mature judgment and absolute discretion.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Experience using automated financial reporting systems and ability to quickly learn new technologies and financial software applications.

Certifications and Licenses:

None

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.

*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.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Routine extended working hours during peak cycles; travel to school/unit sites across university.

WORK STANDARDS:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients as well as 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.

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University 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.

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4451
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: G
Department URL: http://www.hoover.org
Requisition ID: 83465