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Accountant/Financial Analyst

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Research/Interdisc. Prog. - Admin
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia, Hybrid
Categories: Business / Accounting / Finance

Job Description

The Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) is seeking a full-time Accountant/Financial Analyst to provide financial and accounting support of a complex nature for the central administrative functions of the office. Reporting to the Sr. Director of Finance, the Accountant/Financial Analyst is responsible for fiscal and accounting duties to include: preparing journal entries, budget transfers, indirect cost and fund code management, assisting with budget related matters, reconciling and reporting of Banner funds, labor redistributions, and cost recovery invoicing and related accounts receivable management. Responsibilities also include working closely with units reporting under ORI and University Scholarships and Financial Aid (USFA) staff on developing annual spend plans and complying with utilization, quarterly reporting and other requirements. At the direction of the Sr. Director of Finance, the Accountant/Financial Analyst will also analyze program expenditures and metrics, and provide ad hoc reporting for various initiatives and special projects within ORI. The position will also serve as a backup to the Sr. Finance and Travel Specialist for travel reimbursements and procurements.

This position is located on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg, VA campus. The position is eligible for a hybrid work agreement and commutable distance to Blacksburg to provide a weekly on-campus presence, as agreed upon with the hiring manager.

Required Qualifications

• B.S. or certificate in accounting, finance, business administration, or related field, or equivalent experience.
• Knowledge of GAAP accounting and practices and internal controls related to payment monitoring, acceptance, and compliance.
• Excellent computer skills including use of spreadsheets and word processing software (e.g., MS Excel and Word).
• Demonstrated ability to meet established deadlines.
• Demonstrated experience performing financial analysis, reconciliations, and dispute resolution.
• Demonstrated experience creating financial reports by gathering, analyzing, summarizing, and interpreting data.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to provide customer service in a courteous manner and work effectively with others in a team environment.
• Ability to work independently, handle diverse tasks, and work cooperatively in a diverse and high-volume environment

Preferred Qualifications

• Knowledge of working rules and procedures in the public sector (e.g. government agency or higher education) for reconciliations, purchasing, general accounting, payroll, personnel, and travel.
• Experience working with large financial enterprise-wide systems involving procurement, travel, and reporting.
• Experience with using Excel pivot tables to aggregate and analyze data.

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Salary Information

Starting at $60,000; commensurate with experience

Review Date

March 25, 2024

Additional Information

This position is located on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg, VA campus. The position is eligible for a hybrid work agreement and commutable distance to Blacksburg to provide a weekly on-campus presence, as agreed upon with the hiring manager.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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