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Rice360 NEST Financial Monitor and Analyst

Rice University
Texas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 22, 2024

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Position Summary

The Rice360 Institute for Global Health Technologies offers innovative programs to engage undergraduate students in the design and implementation of new technologies to solve global health challenges. Through a Global Health Technologies minor, international summer internships, and post-baccalaureate fellowships, these early stage technologies are prototyped, evaluated, refined, deployed and scaled across the world. Rice 360 has become a leader in global health education, research and implementation, focused on experiential and problem-based learning, and recognized as a model of excellence by Science magazine and the US National Academy of Engineering. Rice360 works closely with research and program partners in the developing world, collaborators within Rice, the Texas Medical Center and other educational and medical institutions in the U.S. and across the globe. Rice 360 has staff permanently located in Blantyre, Malawi, Nairobi, Kenya, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Lagos, Nigeria, to support in-country education and research partnerships.

The NEST Financial Monitor & Analyst is part of the Rice360: Institute for Global Health NEST360 project team and will work closely with the Rice360 faculty Directors and the Executive Director on NEST360 project budget oversight and reporting. The NEST Financial Monitor & Analyst serves as a key liaison with NEST360 partner institutions, both domestic and international, on the tracking, analysis and reporting of finances related to the multi-year, multi-institution, multi-million dollar NEST360 research project.

This is a Houston-based full-time position (M-F 8am-5pm, with occasional evenings and weekends).

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years of related experience
    • In lieu of the experience requirement, additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis may be substituted
  • Skills Required
    • Advanced knowledge of contract and grant procedures and ability to apply the accounting practices
    • Advanced knowledge of accounting principles, concepts, and analysis of accounting transactions
    • Advanced knowledge of Uniform Guidance, Cost Accounting Standards
    • Advanced working knowledge of Excel
    • Ability to independently diagnose and solve problems using sound judgment and decision-making abilities
    • Strong customer service skills
    • Ability to work collaboratively with different process partners
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
Essential Functions
  • Reviews and interprets legal documents for financial terms and conditions
  • Reviews account set up in financial systems to ensure financial terms are recorded with appropriate key attributes
  • Clarifies financial terms and ensures correct account setup to ensure compliance
  • Prepares financial reports
  • Co-ordinates and works with Sponsored Projects and Research Compliance senior management, institutional representatives, and administrators to set up account structure for complex program / center
  • Monitors sponsored project activity, including cost overruns, cost sharing and unallowable / administrative expenses, throughout project lifecycle to ensure compliance
  • Performs reconciliation and overall analysis of expenditures, final award closeouts for assigned departments or sponsor award range
  • Interprets complex University and government policy
  • Serves as liaison between University, sponsors and department staff
  • Completes other duties as assigned
Additional Functions
  • Performs highly analytical, complex finance and control functions; multi-dimensional and complex reconciliations and related analysis; prepares, reviews, and approves complex transactions and higher level dollar value transactions
  • Develops complex budget and forecasting scenarios, long-range planning and analyses for financial reporting and presentations; designs and runs ad hoc reports
  • Recommends and develops solutions that may require policy changes or the development of new processes; maintains broader organizational and university perspective in decision making
  • Manages compliance program for area of responsibility
  • Leads and executes unit or cross functional projects and teams, makes decisions regarding projects and programs affecting operational effectiveness, policies, or processes
  • Engages in continuous critical analysis of existing systems and processes; makes recommendations to achieve greater efficiencies and improve internal controls
  • Defines requirements, develops and implements complex test cases, performs testing and analyzes results
  • Leads and supports unit and organization strategy and changes management initiatives
  • Represents organization to client groups and external partners; serves as subject matter expert on matters that involve complex technical, financial, or subject matter expertise
  • Assesses client and business needs, and formulates recommendations to determine approach to managing and completing processes
  • Prior experience working with Rice University financial systems (e.g. Banner, IO), Office of Sponsored Research and/or Research Compliance and Office of Research and Cost Accounting
  • Related experience in complex research budget oversight, with expenditure tracking and analysis, including assessment of multiple international sub-awards
  • Related experience working with research faculty and staff to communicate financial status of and to prepare financial reports on a multi-year, multi-institution international research project
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Advanced knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning and financial systems
  • Advanced professional communication skills, including ability to prepare materials for and clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and management
  • Strong project management skills and ability to contribute to or lead part of a multi-functional team
Rice University HR | Benefits:

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Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

Faculty and staff are expected (but not required) to have completed a full vaccination series for COVID-19 (currently defined as full course COVID-19 Vaccine (typically two shots of a WHO-approved COVID-19 Vaccine or one J&J) and a COVID-19 booster. Rice does not require documentation for COVID 19 vaccination at this time for faculty and staff. More information can be found here:

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