Job Opening: Finance Analyst – Atlanta, GA

Job Summary

The Finance Analyst is a critical member of the Institute for Capacity Building team. He/She will hold the primary responsibility of providing financial and supporting statistical data analytics that drive strategy and execution of the financial objectives within ICB as a whole, analyzing financial data and creating reports to support ICBs member institutions in the area of higher education finance with short- and long-term financial planning, providing direct support to SFI in its entirety which includes financial data analysis, trend projection and long-term financial forecast preparation and cash flow analysis for new programs and financial developments, and providing financial analysis for member institutional data.

The successful candidate will be part of a highly respected and high-performing team seeking to partner with HBCUs and PBIs to ensure their sustainability by increasing the institution’s effectiveness, competitiveness, and viability. The position requires a highly motivated and collaborative individual who can communicate effectively and possesses strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Successful candidates will join the Institute for Capacity Building team which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to specific roles and responsibilities, ICB team members have proven to be successful when they:

  • Are driven to serve people and institutions that are often undervalued and overlooked;
  • Embrace collaboration as a critical value to ensure effective teamwork and adoption of best practices;
  • Seek out opportunities to innovate and improve upon conventional practices and procedures;
  • Take personal responsibility for executing key projects and developing relationships; and
  • Operate with a sense of mission and purpose.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Performs a variety of financial activities including, but not limited to, financial planning and budgeting processes, analyzing financial statements, and preparing reports, forecasting and preparing projections, building financial models, assisting with financial planning, and performing research and analysis
  • Utilize financial analysis and other findings to recommend process and/or program improvements for SFI, ICB and/or member institutions
  • Compile, maintain and organize large financial data sets across multiple institutions for internal and external reporting
  • Develop and maintain financial and operational financial models and reporting internal to SFI, ICB and external to member institutions
  • Prepare metrics report compiling data from various sources and review data for accuracy
  • Must be able to pare data and translate into presentation format
  • Create KPIs and use for measuring performance
  • Develop and maintain ad-hoc financial reports using multiple financial ratios, metrics and KPIs
  • Work with UNCF Corporate accounting staff to obtain financial data for a variety of analyses
  • Assist in other areas to support ICB team as needed
  • Remain abreast of and maintain an arsenal of benchmark and best practice data for higher education
  • Must be adept at identifying, developing, and communicating trends to inform outcomes
  • A strong desire to grow professionally, horizontally, and/or vertically

The above is not an all-inclusive list of all duties performed by this job title, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent may be required to perform other additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • An outstanding record of academic and professional achievement
  • Excellent quantitative and financial analysis skills including the ability to orchestrate and execute complex analyses (e.g., multi-variate and regression analysis)
  • Ability to apply financial analysis to address questions of strategy (e.g., tuition strategy)
  • Ability to communicate complex financial analysis effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to break down complex problems, distinguish essential and secondary issues, and deliver creative insights.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and at all levels within the organization
  • Advanced to expert level Excel and PowerPoint required
  • Experience with financial systems and data query tools
  • Data mining experience required
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite and databases
  • Advanced knowledge of financial analysis and financial modeling; working knowledge of accounting principles
  • Track trend data and explain changes in key indicators
  • Strong cognitive and emotional management (CEM) skills
  • Ability and high comfortability operating at the most detailed level
  • Thrives with execution of deadlines
  • Strong multi-tasker, and operates with high degree of flexibility to adapt to changing needs and direction
  • Minimum 2-3 years as a finance analyst
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance is required; MBA strongly preferred
  • Direct experience in a finance analyst role with direct experience researching and analyzing financial data and ability to communicate findings
  • Commitment to education

Additionally, the individual must be a highly motivated self-starter who is able to problem-solve with the ability to prioritize high-volume workload with minimal supervision; collegial and professional manner; excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

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About UNCF

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, has been an engine of minority educational achievement for more than 70 years. UNCF’s mission is to build a robust and nationally recognized pipeline of black students who, because of UNCF support, become highly qualified college graduates. In addition, UNCF ensures that its member institutions remain respected models of best practices in moving students to and through college. Since its inception in 1944, UNCF has raised over $4.5 billion in private support, distributed more scholarships to help minorities attend school than any entity outside of the federal government, and enabled more than 425,000 minority and low-income students to graduate from UNCF’s member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and launch professional careers. UNCF is committed to closing the educational attainment gap between African Americans and other populations by increasing postsecondary access and success for students from underrepresented groups, particularly low-income and first-generation students.

About ICB

Launched in 2006, UNCF’s Institute for Capacity Building (ICB) provides targeted capacity-building resources to help HBCUs improve their resilience. We define resilience as the institution’s ability to improve its operation today and future-proof them for tomorrow. ICB’s engagement equips UNCF member institutions, and other HBCUs and PBIs, to provide high-quality educational experiences to their students and the broader Black community. ICB’s work focuses on three areas critical to HBCU success: institutional effectiveness, academic competitiveness, and financial viability. Beyond our strategic advisory and project management support, ICB serves as an innovation hub for Black colleges, connecting institutions to funders, best practices, resources, and subject matter experts both within and outside of UNCF.