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Project Manager, Finance

Arizona State University
Washington D.C.
$55,510 - $80,000 per year, DOE
Start date
Nov 30, 2023

Project Manager, Finance

Arizona State University

ASU International Development

Off-Campus: Washington, D. C.



Job Description

The ASU International Development Initiative, part of ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise, enables a whole-of-university approach to international development across multiple fields, including K- 12 and higher education, sustainability, public health, economic growth, gender equality, and promoting democracy and the rule of law. This work builds on many years of systematic efforts to grow ASU’s capacity for global development, including implementation of over $200 million in international development awards.


The ASU International Development Initiative (IDI) uses a hub and spoke model to work across ASU colleges, schools, academic units, and administrative support units to identify and implement international development projects, primarily those funded by the Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID). Under administrative direction of the Senior Director of Global Implementation and Impact (GI&I), the Project Manager, Finance is a key member of the IDI Global Implementation & Impact (GI&I) Team that provides leadership support and direction to project initiatives and operations for ASU’s international, multimillion dollar funded projects including strategic planning, coordinating complex projects and implementation, overseeing operations/administration and overall delivery of ASU’s international projects.


The Project Manager of Finance will be responsible for overseeing pre- and post-award financials, procurement, and account management, ensuring compliance with USAID and Arizona State University (ASU) regulations, and optimizing financial operations, efficiencies, and coordination across the University ecosystem. The Financial Manager will play a crucial role in ensuring the effective financial management of large-tier USAID awards, including ASU’s newly awarded 5-year, $80 million Young African Leadership Initiative Legacy and Localization (YALI L&L) Project. By leveraging their expertise in financial management, procurement, and account management, the Financial Manager will support project teams in meeting compliance requirements, optimizing financial performance, and contributing to the success of ASU's international development initiatives.


The Project Manager of Finance will collaborate closely with project teams, stakeholders, and external partners to ensure effective financial management and reporting.


Position Logistics

  • 100% FTE
  • This position is based in Scottsdale, Arizona; or Washington, D.C. and will require travel between them.


Salary Range

$55,510 - $80,000 per year, DOE


Close Date



Essential Duties

Post-Award Financial Management:


  • Oversee all aspects of post-award financial management for large-tier USAID awards.
  • Monitor and review project budgets, financial reports, and expenses to ensure compliance with USAID regulations and internal policies.
  • Collaborate with project teams to develop and maintain financial controls, processes, and systems.
  • Provide guidance and support to project teams on financial management best practices and procedures.
  • Conduct financial analysis and forecasting to identify potential risks and opportunities for improved financial performance.
  • Manage the International Development Initiative’s Enterprise Research Administration System (ERA) site.

Procurement and Contract Management:

  • Coordinate and oversee procurement activities related to USAID awards, ensuring compliance with USAID regulations and ASU procurement policies.
  • Work closely with project teams to develop procurement plans, evaluate vendor proposals, and negotiate contracts.
  • Manage vendor relationships, monitor contract deliverables, and ensure timely and accurate payments.
  • Collaborate with legal and compliance teams to review and approve contract modifications and amendments.

Account Management and Reporting:

  • Maintain financial accounts related to USAID awards, including monitoring and reconciling account balances.
  • Prepare accurate and timely financial reports for internal and external stakeholders, including USAID reporting requirements.
  • Assist in the preparation of financial statements, budget modifications, and audit support documentation.
  • Ensure compliance with financial reporting deadlines and submission requirements.

Compliance and Risk Management:

  • Stay current on USAID regulations, policies, and procedures, and ensure compliance with all applicable requirements.
  • Identify and mitigate financial risks associated with USAID awards, proactively addressing issues as they arise.
  • Collaborate with internal audit, if needed, and compliance teams to conduct periodic reviews and audits of financial processes and controls.


Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Collaborate effectively with project teams, principal investigators, and other stakeholders to provide financial guidance and support.
  • Participate in project meetings, provide financial updates, and offer insights on financial performance and implications.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with external partners, vendors, and USAID representatives.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and 5 years related experience; 1 of which are in project management, or any equivalent combination of experience and /or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a bachelor’s degree in finance, Accounting, or a related field.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in financial management, procurement, and account management, preferably with large-tier USAID awards or similar government-funded projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID regulations, policies, and procedures related to financial management and procurement.
  • Proficiency in financial analysis, budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting.
  • Experience with financial systems and software (e.g., Workday, Peoplesoft, QuickBooks, project management tools, Excel).
  • Experience in using analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to think strategically and provide innovative financial solutions.
  • Experience in using attention to detail and accuracy in financial management and reporting.
  • Experience in using communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders.


Working Environment

Flexible work options: 

  • Alternative work schedules can include four, 10-hour workdays in a workweek; a nine-day, 80-hour schedule over two workweeks for exempt employees only; and staggered start and stop times. 
  • Hybrid work is an arrangement where the employee spends less than 60% of their regular workweek at a regularly assigned ASU work location. Executive vice president-level approval is required. 


Standard Working Environment: 

  • Climate-controlled office setting subject to extended periods of being in a stationary position. 
  • Constantly detects and operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine and computer printer.  
  • Ability to clearly communicate and exchange accurate information to perform essential duties. 
  • Expected to be responsive to customers, engaged in work production, resourceful, flexible, and respectful of others. 


Department Statement

The International Development Initiative at ASU is dedicated to driving global change through a collaborative, accountable and impact-driven approach to addressing the world’s development needs. We work in partnership with universities, governments, the private sector and non-governmental entities to solve development problems and act as an engine of transformational change around the world.


Embedded within and supported by the most innovative university in the United States, the ASU International Development Initiative develops powerful, enduring collaborations that leverage ASU’s global presence and reflect its commitment to taking responsibility for the communities it serves. We draw upon a vast network of local partners and international development implementers to develop principled, innovative and impactful approaches to tackling some of the world’s most pressing development challenges, led by ASU faculty experts working across multiple sectors, in alignment with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and donor priorities.


ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


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Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.


Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.


Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.


Resume and cover letter should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.


ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.


Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.


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