Financial Administrator

Massachusetts, United States
09 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
07 Feb 2021
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 ADMINISTRATOR, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, to be responsible for administering pre- and post-award financial activities and for sponsored program administration for a dynamic neuroscience research center’s sponsored research and gift accounts.  Responsibilities include completing pre-award administration of grants/contracts activities, organizing principle investigator (PI) proposals, and managing renewal and submission applications; serving as subject matter expert on pre- and post-award matters related to the National Institutes of Health; preparing monthly budget forecasts and financial analyses; assisting with managing large-scale gift accounts, preparing philanthropic budget requests, and advising faculty on spending; compiling budget reports; participating in sponsored project closeout process; keeping up-to-date on and advising PIs/other faculty/researchers/staff on research administration and MIT and government policies for sponsored projects; compiling audit documents; tracking/monitoring the financial performance of grants and contracts to ensure compliance with approved budget; authorizing expenditures; completing entire proposal applications for standard proposals; tracking proposals and managing under-recovery, cost sharing, subcontracts, etc.; paying invoices and handling account set-ups/extensions/closeouts, FRCs, and salary adjustments; keep up-to-date on changing technologies; and other duties as assigned. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field; at least three years’ accounting or finance experience; strong communication, customer service, analysis, organizational, project management, and problem-solving skills; knowledge of federal guidelines; high-level proficiency with Excel and other MS Office products; knowledge of SAP or similar accounting package; relational database skills, Brio Query and/or Cognos strongly preferred; meticulous attention to detail; and ability to work independently, prioritize, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet deadlines. 

PREFERRED:  MIT experience and experience with pre- and post-award accounting in an academic research environment with emphasis on sponsored research. 

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