Financial Analyst

Chicago, IL 60601
+ 6 other locations

More than 4w ago


5 - 7 years of experience

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Job Description

Work for a first-class institution that is innovative, multi-dimensional, and dynamic by joining AIR as a Financial Analyst.

We hire talented and forward-thinking professionals to build our cross-functional teams and support our clients in solving complex problems. Our people—problem-solvers, changemakers, and creative thinkers—are experts in their craft who rise to meet today’s challenges.

The International Financial Analyst will play an integral role in delivering on some of the most meaningful projects in communities across the United States and the world. You’ll collaborate with our teams of motivated and passionate visionaries, where your input will be valued and your contributions vital to our success.

We value the experiences of every member of our institution, from entry level to executive. As part of our collaborative, learning-oriented team, you’ll be encouraged to grow in your career, develop additional skills, and progress professionally.

AIR’s Program Finance team is seeking a Financial Analyst to join its innovative group. This position reports to the Director of Finance.

In this position, you will be responsible for assisting the Finance Manager with financial management aspects in support of Program operations, including tracking and analyzing a significant project portfolio and indirect expenditures, and for serving as the liaison between multiple departments of the Contracts & Finance Office and operations programs. You will be expected to serve as the source of expertise to program operations staff throughout the entire project life cycle, including but not limited to project pricing, project planning, execution, and closeout. You will work with a dynamic team and have opportunities to pursue mutual, long-term career development goals. If you are excited to be part of a dynamic team and want to roll up your sleeves, this role is for you.

About AIR:

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world.

AIR’s commitment to diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations, and work environment. At AIR, we define diversity broadly, considering everyone’s unique life and community experiences. We believe that embracing diverse perspectives, abilities/disabilities, racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, styles, ages, genders, gender identities and expressions, education backgrounds, and life stories drives innovation and employee engagement.


The responsibilities for the position include:

Support the Director of Finance to lead monthly project scope/budget reporting and review meetings, Functional Team scope/budget reporting and review meetings, and scope/budget reports and review meetings.

Support negotiations with major vendors and subcontractors and subsequently track and manage their post-award financial performance.

Monitor, forecast, and report the financial performance of projects and Program direct and indirect initiatives, budgets/targets, including but not limited to those for revenue, components of revenue, profit/fee, labor utilization, indirect costs, investment costs, backlog, receivables, and unbilled receivables.

Ensure Program compliance with governing procurement regulations (state and federal) as well as corporate financial policies and procedures.

Ensure that the financial data reporting and analysis needs are met from the perspectives of both Program management (client project, indirect and investment finances) and the Contracts and Finance Office (corporate annual budget and indirect expense management).

Ensure timely preparation of all client billings, review and approve the same prior to submission to the client and address collections on invoices not paid promptly.

Provide financial basics training, promote financial knowledge among the Program operations staff in support of project budgets and increase financial understanding via outreach and communication, especially in high-risk areas such as compliance, fixed price contracts, etc.

Assist in identifying cost variations or other project and Program risk areas; assist in developing mitigation plans and document all for later use in audit support.

Play a role in supporting pricing for proposals.

Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time based on business needs.


Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Accounting, or any related field or MBA or equivalent.

At least 5 years of relevant work experience in an organization offering services to a wide range of federal, state, and commercial clients.

Experience working with complex budgets.

Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required.


Effective communicator with the ability to work with individuals at all levels and from diverse backgrounds in a virtual work environment.

Demonstrated ability to work well independently, and collaboratively as needed.

Ability to prioritize multiple objectives and projects to consistently meet established timelines.

Strong analytical, organizational, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

Demonstrated ability to work with others in connecting disparate ideas into cohesive solutions with strong attention to detail.

Comprehensive experience with developing reports from large data sets, including advanced Excel skills (VLOOKUP, Pivot Tables).

Proficient in using standard Microsoft 365, including OneDrive, SharePoint, Excel (advanced), Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Knowledge of Deltek CostPoint, Cognos Reporting, and QuickBooks is a plus but not required.


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

is designed to reward our staff competitively and motivate them to achieve our critical mission. This position offers an anticipated annual salary of $92,000 to $100,000. Salary offers are made based on internal equity within the institution and external equity with competitive markets. Please note this is the annual salary range for candidates that are based in the United States.

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Please note, each section of the application is required in order for you to be considered for this opportunity. If you do not complete the required screening questions, or if you close your browser before completing each section of the application, your application will not be submitted for this position.American Institutes for Research is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.American Institutes for Research’s commitment to Diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations and work environment. Diversity is valued and Inclusion is reflected in all efforts to recruit, develop, and engage the diverse staff needed to accomplish our mission.

About American Institutes for Research (AIR)

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The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan behavioral and social science research, evaluation, assessment, and technical assistance organization based in Washington, D.C. AIR was established in 1946 as a behavioral and social science research organization. AIR's mission is to conduct and apply the best behavioral and social science research and evaluation towards improving people's lives, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged. AIR has more than 2,000 employees and offices across the United States and abroad.
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