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Senior Financial Analyst

Apply now Job no: 497036 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Finance


Join NORC at the University of Chicago as the newest member of our Education and Child Development team as the Senior Financial Analyst. Come to work every day energized and ready to add value through leadership, critical thinking, and quality work products. Leverage your experience to work independently and also assist project directors, the department leadership team, and your team of financial analysts.

Due to current COVID-19 safety measures, employees who can work from home, are required to do so.  Once it is safe to resume standard practices of commuter travel and social interaction per government guidelines, we expect employees to maintain an office presence as required by projects needs and department leadership.


For more than 40 years, NORC has been committed to conducting high quality education research. Our department of Education and Child Development's research covers the full array of education-relevant populations, from pre-school children to the post-graduate doctorate holders. The scope of our education research methodologies has been wide-ranging, as well – including primary data collection, analysis and reporting of existing data, transcript abstraction, classroom observations, qualitative analysis, and experimental and quasi-experimental designs.


The Senior Financial Analyst (FA) II in the Education and Child Development Department is responsible for being the lead for financial analysis, data, and financial staff, playing a leadership role in guiding the work of more junior financial analysts. This person will also provide cost monitoring on complex projects and proposals either directly or through supervision of FAs and Accounting Clerks. Specifically the Senior Financial Analyst will:

  • Prepare and analyzing monthly revenue projections for senior management;
  • Prepare annual department budget in conjunction with department management
  • Work with NORC’s corporate finance department to develop[JT1] /improve, implement, and maintain new budgeting and accounting policies and procedures.
  • Play a key role in business development by: (a) working with department and proposal team leadership to develop cost-competitive budget strategies; (b) analyzing business proposal requirements in solicitations and leading the preparation of fully-complaint budgets, budget narratives, and other supporting documentation; and (c) coordinating with other NORC departments (such as contracts/legal, finance, and information technology) to fulfil administrative requirements for solicitations such as representations and certifications, financial statements and other required financial reporting, and IT security certifications.
  • Support management of project budgets by:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Finance or finance-related topic is required, MBA preferred
  • At least five (5) years of experience in project financial management or a related area
  • Candidates must be able to handle all project financial monitoring tasks including budgeting, cost projections, cost monitoring in accordance with government accounting procedures and revenue projections
  • Ability to analyze budget information to provide early warning of projected cost variances from budget, and to develop and maintain budgeting and cost monitoring standards
  • Strong skills in the use of spreadsheet software
  • Experience with Deltek required, Costpoint software is preferred
  • Understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Federal Acquisition  Regulation (FAR)
  • Understanding of project management
  • Strong leadership skills as well as skills in interpersonal communication, time management, and setting priorities to meet all project and proposal needs in a timely fashion
  • Strong skills in conceptualization, including skills in the development of work breakdown structures
  • Strong detail orientation and ability to work effectively and productively under time pressures
  • Ability to work independently
  • Interest in education is preferred
  • Experience with government contracts and an understanding of the principles of social science research preferred.

NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, our teams have conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.


For over 75 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which we’re known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.


NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. NORC evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally- protected characteristics.


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