Senior Financial Assistant - Space Studies Board

Washington D.C.
Jul 27, 2017
Oct 16, 2017
Full Time

The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine work together as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine.


The Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) is broadly concerned with expanding basic knowledge in the physical sciences and engineering and applying science and engineering disciplines in the service of humankind. DEPS works to ensure the effective application and progress of its science and engineering disciplines to provide timely scientific and technological advice to the government, the corporate sector, the professions, and the public in an effort to address problems of national and international significance.


The Space Studies Board (SSB) was established in 1958 to serve as the focus of the interests and responsibilities in space research for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The SSB provides an independent, authoritative forum for information and advice on all aspects of space science and applications, and it serves as the focal point within the National Academies for activities on space research. It oversees advisory studies and program assessments, facilitates international research coordination, and promotes communications on space science and science policy between the research community, the federal government, and the interested public. The SSB also serves as the U.S. National Committee for the International Council for Science Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).


The Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) was established in 1967 “to focus talents and energies of the engineering community on significant aerospace policies and programs." In undertaking its responsibility, the ASEB oversees ad hoc committees that recommend priorities and procedures for achieving aerospace engineering objectives, and offers a way to bring engineering and other related expertise to bear on aerospace issues of national importance. Among these issues are: research and development aspects of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen); NASA’s aeronautics research program; national aeronautics R&D policy and its implementation; space policy and programs, with a focus on human spaceflight and space operations; commercial space activities; and other aerospace engineering topics.




Provides financial support for the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. Works closely with the financial and administrative staff to support active projects; updates financial projections, requisitions, consultant forms, purchase orders, and cost/labor/travel transfers. 


Prepares budgets and proposals for new projects. Tracks expenses related to internal funds, including staff development, program development, and representation funds.  Assists with preparation of sponsor reports.  Reviews travel expense reports for accuracy.  Manage reconciliation of monthly credit card bill, providing backup material to appropriate office. 


Performs a variety of clerical, accounting and financial functions in accordance with standard procedures for accounts payable, contract and grant accounting, cash and travel accounting, or related financial areas. Inputs data, and may compile basic reports in support of financial management procedures and processes. Maintains related databases, records, and files.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Basic accounting and financial analysis courses (college-level) or the desire to pursue these courses.  Proven experience in Microsoft Excel, spreadsheet design, graphs, pivot table creation and use, and attention to detail. Ability to solve problems with minimal supervision or by following procedures. Ability to prioritize work and the flexibility to change directions as the job dictates.  Ability to work successfully in a team environment.  Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies’ departments through effective communication.  Good written, verbal, and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.

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