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Research Finance Analyst

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 5, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance
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Research Finance 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:
This position will support the functions of the Research Finance office under the NU-Research Enterprise Services (NU-RES) for sponsored activities by ensuring that the university complies with applicable federal regulations, sponsor requirements, and university policies focusing on fiscal compliance. The Research Finance Analyst (RFA) is the key sponsored program financial contact for the departmental administrators, principal investigators, and NU central research administration for monitoring, controlling, and reporting on grants and contracts. The position will manage a portfolio of approximately $50-60M dollars of complex research accounts, performing daily analyses of funds, and communicating with the research community, sponsors, and central administration personnel.

Core expectations for this position include fostering consultative relationships, supporting a professional internal environment, and providing award support and training focusing on research finance compliance. The RFA will ensure compliance with Federal, State, and University policies through applying specialized knowledge and interpreting rules, regulations, procedures, and policies from funding agencies. The individual must exercise independent judgment and discretion and take the initiative in managing grants and contracts through working collaboratively with PIs, Research Administration staff, and other university personnel. Specific responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
  • conducting compliance training for new awards
  • setting up new or modifying existing award records in the Banner financial system
  • monitoring budgets, and managing the fiscal responsibility of their assigned grant portfolio
  • creating ad hoc reports and resolving issues
  • interpreting policies and financial information in award documents
  • reviewing and approving expenditure request documents to ensure that expenditures are reasonable, allowable, and allocable, and charged to the correct accounts dependent upon grant restrictions
  • timely financial reporting and closeout of the grant or contract.

Essential skills for the RFA position include interpersonal, communication, organizational, time management, problem-solving, decision making, collaboration, and customer service. This position requires an ability to be flexible and nimble, often pivoting between multiple projects and tasks rapidly to meet deadlines. Additionally, the RFA must be resourceful and learn various systems and applications with a willingness to support organizational and operational changes as a part of ongoing process improvement initiatives.

A Culture of Service:

The RFA works with the Associate Directors and Director concerning fiscal compliance of sponsored award expenditures, AR monitoring, and financial reporting at Northeastern. RFAs must keep abreast of federal regulations and be willing and able to train others on applying 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. The RFA will participate in sponsored research initiatives and projects as assigned and lead the adoption of best practices to promote continuous improvement, ensuring the highest quality standards in performance individually and as part of a team.


  • BS/BA or is required
  • Extensive experience working with the Federal agencies/departments in particular NSF, HHS, ONR, NASA, DOE, DHS, and the Commonwealth of MA highly desired
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent Excel skills and other analytical tool skills
  • Proven customer service skills
  • 2-5 years work experience required
  • Must be able to work effectively in a team-oriented environment
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to interact with both senior and management and subordinates

This position requires the candidate to have high-speed internet and other utilities to facilitate connectivity as a fully remote position. Additionally, as this position supports personnel and processes for the Boston campus and within the eastern time zone (EDT/EST), this position may require flexibility in scheduling accordingly to meet deadlines, provide service, or attend meetings or training.

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Additional Information:
This position is Eligible for Alternative Work Location
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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