Sr Financial Analyst

Rochester, NY



This position supports a large academic/research department with 110-120 accounts (operating, new faculty start-ups, grants, gifts, and other special accounts). Key responsibilities include designing, developing and enhancing the current financial management systems. Reports to the Department Manager of Academic & Financial Operations.


  • Responsible for the data integrity of accounting systems to ensure timely and accurate financial reporting. Oversees and audits accounting functions; monitors expenditures and other related activities to ensure compliance with internal and sponsor regulations. Develops and maintains detailed analysis of statistical and financial information to be used for financial reporting. Works extensively with the Staff Accountant and collaborates with other members of the administrative team. Meets regularly with the department Administrator and Chair to provide the analysis and information they need to make timely operational, financial, and strategic decisions.

  • Works with the Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA) to set up and maintain funded projects. Projects expenditures required for annual reports to funding agencies. Works with the Office of Research Accounting and Costing Standards (ORACS) on annual and end-of-project financial reports used to close out grants. Assists with grant budget proposals as needed.

  • Manages grant budgets and acts as a liaison between principal investigators, ORPA, and ORACS for all grant related activities and requirements. Oversees grant closeout and extension request process. Responsible for account reconciliation, variance analysis, financial forecasts. Make recommendations based on data analytics of financial position of the department research portfolio and provide decision support to Department Manager, Chair and principal investigators.

  • Prepares special reports tailored to the needs of the department including forecasting expenditures to start-up accounts, and operating budgets, and academic year salary recovery reports.

  • Collaborates with the Manager of Academic & Financial Operations and the Grants and Contracts Administrator to complete the University Space and Equipment surveys. Works with the Department Manager of Academic & Financial Operations on summer salary.

  • Consults with university auditors on policy and procedural questions. Administers department policy for the use of incentive funds.

Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or accounting required.

  • Master’s degree preferred.

  • 5-6 years’ experience in academic department/university accounting or equivalent of education and experience required.


  • Must possess strong knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook), and be comfortable working within web-based systems.

  • Must also be familiar with accounting software such as Workday and IORA.

  • Ideal candidate will have excellent accounting skills.

  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, and analytical skills are essential.

  • Position calls for professionalism, confidentiality, tact, diplomacy, and organization.

  • CLASP certification preferred or must be completed within one year of hiring.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $70,197 - $105,295 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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