Financial Analyst Specialist
American Institutes for Research - Washington, DC

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The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a leading professional services firm which prides itself in conducting high-impact, high-stakes projects for significant Federal, state, and private organizations. The Corporate Finance Office (CFO) is a dynamic workplace within AIR with a clear agenda to develop a service oriented organization in line with the business. It is composed of a strong team of co-workers and challenging varied roles that aim to stretch and expand the value CFO delivers within AIR.

The Financial Analyst position resides in the Program Finance Department of AIR’s Contracts & Finance Office, reporting to the Finance Director for the Educational Assessment Program area. Under minimal supervision, the Financial Analyst provides financial and administrative support for moderately complex to complex projects and is involved with pricing, direct and indirect project cost control, and budgeting and forecasting. A fully capable candidate will be proficient in the performance of all activities related to the life cycle of a long-term educational assessment project, from initial pricing and budget preparation through project execution to project completion.

Supports the Finance Director and project management staff in the financial analysis and management of project direct and Program indirect costs.
• Serves as a liaison between the Finance Director, project management staff, and other infrastructure units including Accounting and the Contracts and Grants Office, on financial and contractual project activities and issues.
• Develops and maintains budgets and efficient financial tracking systems for assigned client projects and Program indirect costs and ensures proper set-up in AIR’s financial systems.
• Prepares project and Program financial reports.
• Reviews project direct and Program indirect actual costs for accuracy and consistency with respective purposes as well as applicable state procurement regulations and internal policies.
• Assists project management with the financial management of subcontractors, consultants, and other vendors.
• Works with billing staff to insure invoices are completed and issued accurately and in a timely manner and ensures payment is received within AIR’s contractual payment terms.
• Works with project management staff to ensure project costs are forecasted accurately and completely and tracks the latest estimate-at-complete against the project budget baseline and corporate annual budget, recommending corrective action as necessary.
• Provides bidding support to proposal teams including preparation of bid costs and basis of estimates; reviews bid costs for competitiveness and completeness, and ensures AIR compliance with cost and business requirements of solicitations.
Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or a related field is required.
• Master’s degree in Finance, Business Administration or a related field is a plus.
• A minimum of 5-7 years of relevant work experience in an organization offering services to a wide range of federal, state and commercial clients; experience with assessment services (including test development, test processing and logistics, and reporting and analysis of assessment data) is a plus.
• Fine attention to detail, responsiveness, and the ability to deal with confidential information, experience with large complicated budgets, and high level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel is required.
• Flexibility and ability to consistently meet deadlines is required.
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team is required.
• Excellent written and oral communication, organizational, and strong analytical skills are required.
• Knowledge of Deltek Costpoint is a plus.

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The American Institutes for Research (AIR) lives and breathes to enhance human performance. The not-for-profit organization conducts...