Temporary Financial Analyst - University of Chicago

The Temporary Financial Analyst reports to the Associate Dean of Administration and Operations and will work closely with and support the Library Financial Manager to provide budget, financial, and analytical support, and will assist with special projects as needed. The Financial Analyst will use knowledge of finance to help coordinate quarterly and year-end reporting for the Library’s operating budget.


  • Works with Library management to analyze and prepare budgets, and work with the financial accounting system to allocate, authorize, monitor, and control expenses. Utilizes moderate knowledge of finance to help coordinate year-end reporting for the operating budget.
  • Works with University Research Administration (URA) though AURA to assist Principal Investigators (PIs) in setting up new grant funding, as well as occasional outgoing subcontracts through this funding.
  • Prepares monthly financial forecast reports for Central Budget office, conducts and correct errors in accounts using existing procedures that are in place, and provides advice on the financial impact of human resources and academic affairs decisions.
  • Works with other Library admin to approve purchase of goods and services in conformance with University policies and procedures and consistent with the Library’s service needs and budget requirements. Provide appropriate charge accounts as needed.
  • Manages incoming invoices to ensure prompt payment and assist outside vendors as needed.
  • Reviews and approves or rejects staff GEMS reports in accordance with University guidelines. Offer staff guidance and support when needed.
  • Works with incoming fellows, staff, HR, and International Office to pay fellowship stipends and assist with visa paperwork, other needs, as required.
  • Performs Journal Entries or Expense Transfers in the Accounts Create and Cost Transfer System (ACCTS) when needed.
  • Works with central office to set up new gift accounts when needed.
  • Utilize the University’s Shared Services as needed to assist staff in issues or inquires outside of general scope of knowledge.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


  • Strong financial and analytic skills with understanding of financial processes and controls including the reconciliation process.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail and exemplary organization skills.
  • Maintains collaborative, team relationships with peers and colleagues in order to effectively contribute to the working groups achievement of goals, and to help foster a positive work environment.
  • Customer service is a high priority.
  • Exercise sound judgment and absolute discretion regarding confidential matters with tact.
  • Handle multiple, concurrent tasks.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Additional Requirements​​

Education, Experience, or Certifications:


  • A college or university degree in related field (preferably in Accounting or Finance) is required.


  • Minimum two years of finance, accounting, or financial auditing required.
  • Proficiency with computers, including electronic spreadsheets, databases, financial systems, and word processing applications required.
  • Experience with University research, financial and HR/payroll systems including FAS, AURA, GEMS and Workday preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:

  • Aptitude for math and/or prior experience for working with figures (i.e. completing calculations for unit/department budget development) required.
  • Excellent organizational skills with considerable skill in solving bookkeeping problems independently with attention to detail. Strong mathematical, analytical and problem-solving skills essential required.
  • Knowledge of general accounting standards, budgets, invoice, payment tracking, and fiscal reporting required.

Required Documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • References (3)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

To Apply

To apply for this position, external candidates must submit their profile and any other required materials through https://uchicago.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/External/job/Chicago-IL/Temporary-Financial-Analyst_JR20248. Internal candidates must apply by logging into Workday using their CNet ID and password; for more information, please see How to Apply for a UChicago Job (Current Employee) QRG: https://workday.uchicago.edu/sites/workday.uchicago.edu/files/uploads/EQRG_Apply*20for*20UChicago*20Job*20in*20Workday*20final*20v2.pdf. Resumes sent via mail, fax, or email will not be considered. For more information, please see https://www.uchicago.edu/jobs/.

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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