This is a grant funded position and is not eligible for severance pay.
The mission of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (HNRCA) is to promote healthy aging through nutrition science to empower people seeking to enjoy long, active, and independent lives. HNRCA investigators conduct the world' most advanced studies on nutrition and aging. The research focuses on determining the nutrient and physical activity requirements necessary to promote well-being for older adults. HNRCA scientists examine how nutrition and physical activity play a major role in the prevention of the major chronic degenerative conditions and diseases associated with aging.
The HNRCA is collaboratively managed by Tufts University and the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (USDA/ARS) through multiple cooperative agreements. Located adjacent to the Tufts University Health Sciences campus in Boston, Massachusetts, the HNRCA is one of six human nutrition research centers in the United States supported by the USDA/ARS and the only one focused on aging.
What You'll Do
Reporting to the HNRCA's associate director of research administration planning with dotted-line reporting to the HNRCA's senior director for administration and operations and the university's vice president for finance and treasurer, the senior planning analyst (SPA) is responsible for the development and management of the operating and capital budgets of the HNRCA and ensuring that all HNRCA departments comply with the business policies of Tufts University, the USDA/ARS, and other sponsoring agencies to mitigate potential liabilities. The SPA is the primary advisor and technical resource on accounting and financial management matters to the HNRCA community. S/he is also responsible for identifying and participating in the resolution of short- and long-term fiscal opportunities and problems, providing financial projections, developing financial forecasting models, developing pricing models and conducting regular pricing model reviews for the center's scientific core units, and developing business plans for new initiatives. In carrying out these responsibilities, this position will coordinate closely with the center's local research administrators and scientific core unit managers on pre-award issues, re-budgeting requests, renewals/continuation of agreements, subcontracts, program grants, compliance with successfully closing out grants, and other components of research administration, as well as the center's scientific and administrative core staff and the university's central post-award office in the management of all grant and contract activity. The senior planning analyst manages one finance- and operations- focused staff member.
What We're Looking For
- Minimum 5 -7 years' related experience required. Bachelor's degree in business, accounting, or finance (or equivalent combination of education and experience).
- Minimum 3 years' direct, hands-on experience in financial management of grant-funded research excellent analytical, computer, and interpersonal skills.
- Exceptional judgement, discretion, and attention to detail.
- Master' degree in business administration, accounting, or finance.
- 5 years' experience in a university research setting, in a central university sponsored programs department, or other specialized research facility at a similar level of responsibility.
- Advanced ability in Microsoft Excel and Word.
- Prior experience working with PeopleSoft financials or similar systems.
- Demonstrated ability to work both as a member of a team and independently.
- Demonstrated ability to work under the pressure of hard deadlines and competing priorities.
- Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
- Superior written and oral communication skills.
Special Work Schedule Requirements:
This position may occasionally require work on nights and/or weekends as determined by need.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.