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Senior Financial Analyst

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Closing date
Nov 7, 2023

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Full Time
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)

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Senior Financial AnalystOffice of the DeanThe George Mason University Office of the Dean, within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), seeks a proactive, organized, and self-reliant Senior Financial Analyst. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Department:The purpose of the Dean's Office is to oversee all educational, research, development, and administrative activities within the College of Engineering and Computing. The Dean's Office provides direction and structure and works with the Associate and Assistant Deans, Department Chairs, and Center Directors. The office also works closely with other University departments and offices to include the Offices of the President and Provost.The Chief Business Officer team within the CEC Office of the Dean, facilitates the planning and implementation of the unit's financial and operational vision as it relates to the full range of business functions and activities for the college to include finance, research administration, human resources, operations, and information technology. The CBO is accountable for and provides overall leadership, supervision, management, and coordination of these functions, as well as provides oversight for the development of implementation of policies and procedures to achieve desired outcomes. The CBO team maintains relationships with central administration and other University departments, as well as other units' CBO teams, to facilitate these outcomes. The College of Engineering and Computing has experienced rapid growth over the past five years with students increasing from 7,800 to over 10,800 and full time faculty and staff growing from 250 to 400. The College of Engineering and Computing presents a fantastic opportunity for applicants to provide budget development, forecasting and financial analysis in a growth environment.George Mason University provides outstanding benefits to employees including, but not limited to, a generous number of holidays and tuition remission. More information is available at About the Position:The role of the Senior Financial Analyst is to assist the Chief Business Officer in the management of financial resources to the highest and best use for the College and to ensure compliance with all State and University policies and procedures. This position is responsible for annual budget development, quarterly forecasts, monthly financial reporting, and a variety of financial analysis. These duties are performed through partnership with College Senior Leaders, Department Chairs, and other members of the CBO Finance team.Responsibilities:Budget Development:Sr. Financial Analyst is responsible for development of annual budgets for departments and administrative teams assigned to them.Partners with department chairs and administrative team leads on their budgetary requirements for faculty, staff, adjuncts, GTAs, wage positions, and direct expenditures;Develops staffing plan and associated metrics to support decision making on requested full time positions (faculty and staff);Submits complete budgetary request for consolidation and presentation to CBO;Enters approved budgets into budget systems or spreadsheet for submission to Office of Strategic Budget and Planning;Presents approved budget to department chairs and administrative team leads after submission; andAssists CBO in development of multi-year budgets for the College;Financial Reporting, Analysis, and Modeling:Sr. Financial Analyst provides financial reporting that communicates the financial results of departments and administrative teams along with necessary analysis to identify issues or concerns, as well as assist to ensure financial targets are met.Assists financial analysts in generation of monthly financial reports;Conducts performance analysis to determine drivers of variances to budget and other financial targets;Communicates results of the analysis with department chairs and administrative team leaders;Identifies any financial transactions required to correct monthly financial results and communicates those transactions to financial analyst for processing quarterly report startup activity and balances to faculty; andGenerates year-end financial reports and analysis of how the department or administration team ended the fiscal year.Forecasting:Sr. Financial Analyst is responsible for development of quarterly and semester forecasts of expense and revenues for departments and administrative teams assigned to them.Forecasts total fiscal year credit hours and direct revenues each semester;Forecasts annual personnel and direct expenses on quarterly basis;Completes forecast report and identifies any budgetary gaps that need to be addressed;Meets with department chairs and administrative team leaders to review forecasted financial results and partner with them to develop plan to address any overruns; andForecasts anticipated startup spending for faculty to assist with overall forecast for reserve spending.CEC Financial Report SME:Sr. Financial Analyst is responsible for development of standard financial reports, serves as Microstrategy Librarian, and creates a report repository for historical reports that are accessible to CEC senior leaders. Also takes lead on creation of new reports needed to support financial analyses.Required Qualifications:Knowledge of fiscal policies and procedures;Effective written and verbal communication skills;Demonstrated organizational and financial skills;Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population;Ability to manage multiple projects within a fast-paced environment;Experience with development of annual budgets and quarterly forecasts for complex organizations;Experience with producing monthly financial reports and providing analysis of the financial results they contain;Extensive experience conducting ad hoc financial analysis and working with large amounts of data; andExperience working with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) with ability to learn new software and systems as needed.Preferred Qualifications:Bachelor's degree; or a combination of education and experience;Knowledge of University fiscal policies and procedures; andExperience with Banner and MicroStrategy.Please note this is not a 100% remote/virtual position, but it is telework friendly. Depending upon your department/office, you may have the ability to telework 1-2 days per week.A Force for Innovation in the Heart of Northern Virginia's Technology Corridor:The College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University is comprised of the Volgenau School of Engineering and a new School of Computing. The College is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. Ranked nationally in the top 100 in both undergraduate and graduate education, the College boasts more than 10,800 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 305 full-time faculty who comprise the College, 97 are tenured, 66 are tenure-track, 90 are instructional faculty, and 52 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended $65 million in sponsored research awards in the past year and has projects with over $120 million in current and anticipated awards. The College stands out for its leading research in areas such as artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, community-based healthcare, autonomous systems, 5G/Next G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The College encourages multidisciplinary research and provides ample opportunity for faculty to work with other disciplines.George Mason University is the largest and most diverse public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 40,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason has campuses in Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William. Its proximity to Washington, D.C. provides unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. The region is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country, and has an outstanding local public school system.In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing. George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to grow its capacity in computing and high-tech fields. Among the exciting initiatives being undertaken by the university are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a planned 400,000 square foot building that will house the new Institute for Digital InnovAtion. These initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate the university's already leading national position in computing and related areas.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 02806Z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references including one previous or current supervisor with contact information. Full consideration will apply to applicants who submit their completed application by October 6, 2023; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.


George Mason University is a university with three campuses, each with a distinctive academic focus that plays a critical role in the economy of its region. At each campus, students, faculty, and staff have full access to all the university's resources, while duplication of programs and support services is minimized through the use of technology. In addition to the main campus in Fairfax, the university has campuses in Arlington and Prince William Counties.

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