University of Utah Financial Analyst in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 04/05/2018

Requisition Number PRN16799B

Job Title Financial Analyst

Working Title Financial Analyst

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40 hours/week

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00070 - College of Fine Arts-Dean

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $39,300 to $72,700

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Dean’s Office in the College of Fine Arts is seeking an experienced professional who can serve as Financial Analyst and Grants & Contracts Coordinator for the College. The Financial Analyst prepares financial reports, conducts special projects, and provides financial analysis to all levels of management. This position also assists Principal Investigators with technical functions associated with externally funded grants, contracts, and other agreements in the College of Fine Arts’ developing sponsored projects efforts.


Essential Functions

•Prepares and interprets management information and other financial reports.

•Analyzes financial documents, statistical data, and historical data. Presents these analyses and interpretations to management.

•Participates in the establishment and maintenance of cost accounting systems.

•Audits accounting systems, reconciles reports and data, and resolves technical problems or recommends solutions when appropriate.

•Analyzes trends and possible consequences.

•Recommends and implements improvements that affect accounting systems and departmental operations.

•Helps prepare and monitor College and departmental budgets.

•Reviews procurement documents for accuracy and compliance.

•May provide training on financial issues or procedures or provide guidance to more junior staff.

•Instrumental in assisting with development of the College’s annual budget proposal.

•Identifies and communicates potential funding opportunities to faculty principal investigators (P.I.), departmental administrators and other support staff.

•Coordinates budget preparation with faculty for contracts, grants and subcontract applications, as well as post-award compliance and reporting.

•Reviews grant proposals for completeness and assists with the adherence to required institutional documentation and deadlines.

•Maintains a current knowledge of changing institutional policies and federal requirements governing externally funded grants and contracts.

•Monitors project spending to ensure funds received are expended according to federal, state and University regulations.

Problem Solving

The Financial Analyst has the authority to independently determine the type and nature of analysis to be used to obtain the desired information or results, including data to be collected, analysis methods, presentation, format and report structure.

Representative challenges of this position include organizing and prioritizing multiple projects, determining the best course of action or appropriate resources needed to complete a project or address a problem, obtaining valid data and creating clear and understandable reports that reflect the data being sought.

The Financial Analyst must correctly interpret regulations to ensure the University is in compliance with Federal, State and other requirements.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Healthcare Administration, or a related field or equivalency; plus two years of related experience. Also required are a thorough knowledge of established accounting principles and practices; spreadsheet and database skills; knowledge of statistics and demonstrated analytical,problem solving, human relation and effective communication skills required.

An advanced degree, such as a Master’s of Business Administration, is preferred. Certain positions may require familiarity with hospital billing systems, Medicare and insurance reimbursement regulations, etc.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.



•Advanced degree or professional certification, such as a Master of Business Administration, Master of Accounting, and/orCPA

•Familiarity with the fine and performing arts

•Experience working with federal or private funding agencies on grants, contracts or other agreements, or equivalency

Desired Skills

Demonstrated oral and written communication skills required. Familiarity with University of Utah policies and procedures, as well as U of U business systems preferred. A successful candidate will have:

•Strong organizational and managerial accounting skills that include the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks

•Attention to detail

•Demonstrated advanced computer proficiency, particularly in MS Excel, with the ability to learn new software programs quickly

•Ability to work independently and effectively, at times under pressure and with demands from various staff members

•Excellent interpersonal skills, emotional maturity, and discretion

This individual will coordinate work processes with other departments and understand the objectives and policies governing the activities of the College and be able to effectively communicate this information to interested parties.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.