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Research Account Analyst

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Aug 17, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Financial Affairs
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Research Account Analyst

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
NOTE: Northeastern is a global university and NU-RES supports its team working remotely. Remote locations and work schedules are determined based on operational needs and in consultation with Team members, consistent with University policies and guidance. This position may be expected to return to an in-person work schedule.

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a private global, experiential research university. Grounded in its signature co-op program, Northeastern today provides unprecedented experiential learning opportunities around the world. Northeastern has roughly 16,000 full-time undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students that hail from all 50 states and 125 countries around the world. The University's rapidly growing research enterprise is strategically aligned with three national imperatives: health, security, and sustainability. In the period FY2005 to FY2015, Northeastern has increased annual research revenues over 115%. This position is critical to support its current and future research growth.

NU-RES Finance supports the research and scholarly activities of Northeastern' s faculty in collaboration with colleges and administrative staff by providing financial and administrative services. NU-RES Finance provides financial and regulatory oversight of sponsored program accounts and monitors trends and develops strategies to address the impacts.

Position Summary:
This position will support the functions of the Research Finance office under the NU-Research Enterprise Services for sponsored activities by making sure that the university is in compliance with applicable federal regulations, sponsor requirements and university policies with a focus on fiscal compliance. The Research Account Analyst is responsible for the fiscal management of externally funded sponsored projects, from federal, state, foreign and private sources and manages their portfolio from award acceptance to closeout and reconciliation.

The position is expected to foster consultative relationships as well as support a professional internal environment, providing award support and training especially in the area of compliance. The individual is expected to exercise independent judgement and discretion and take initiative in the management of grants and contracts through working collaboratively with Research Enterprise Services and other University personnel. The candidate must have proven experience with cross functional activity in complex decentralized organization with strong emphasis on building consensus in a collaborative manner. This individual must have strong Excel skills and be able to perform complex analysis on large data sets to assess financial risk and provide accurate and timely reporting on a monthly basis. This position also deals with several different agency portals, such as Payment Management System, Wide Area Work Flow and ACM$. Other key skills include: Interpersonal, organizational, time management, problem solving, decision making, collaboration and customer service.

A Culture of Service:
The RAA works with the Associate Directors and Director with regard to fiscal compliance of sponsored awards, AR monitoring and reporting at Northeastern. A key success factor for this role is being current with respect to federal regulations as well as the ability to train others on the application of these regulations. The ability to create and maintain a culture of service, accountability and timeliness is essential.

Compliance and Stewardship:
This role must treat effective compliance as an equal priority, stay abreast of sponsor rules, regulations and policy changes, as well as institutional best practices in research administration and finance. Participate in sponsored research initiatives and projects as assigned, as well as leading the adoption of best practices to promote continuous improvement making sure that the highest quality standards are met.

- BS/BA or related field is required
- CRA or CPA certification preferred
- Extensive experience working with federal agencies is required
- Excellent analytical, problem solving skills with a high attention to detail
- High proficiency with Excel and other analytical tool skills
- Proven customer service skills
-Must be able to work effectively in a team oriented environment
-Ability to work, lead and thrive in a fast paced operations group & manage multiple priorities for cross functional initiatives
- 2-5 years' work experience required
- Excellent written and client facing communications skills

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Additional Information:
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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