Who we are:
At the Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to influence policy, open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates debate, wherever it takes place.
The Finance Department works primarily to manage the organization’s budget, finances, and business intelligence as well as support the executive management of the Institute. Major responsibilities of the department include the preparation of the yearly Institute budget as well as performance reporting and analysis as it relates to the Research Centers and Administrative offices. The most important responsibility is to support Urban senior management in making informed decisions by providing reporting and analysis to help evaluate the performance of the Institute.
How you’ll contribute:
The successful candidate will support the finance team by assisting in the analysis of a wide variety of financial and accounting issues.
- Assist in monitoring department budgets and research center financial indicators.
- Assist in preparing Urban Institute’s annual budget, re-budget, and monthly forecasts.
- Act as liaison between Finance Department and back-offices/research centers
- Prepare monthly reports regarding endowments, budget variances, allocations, labor, utilization, project and investment tracking, and other reports as necessary.
- Support the finance team with entering project budgets into JAMIS Prime ERP.
- Build ad-hoc financial models and analytics.
- Help prepare materials for semi-annual board meetings.
- Provide additional support to the finance team as needed.
What you’ll bring:
The successful applicant will have:
- A bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or a closely related business field and zero to two years relevant experience OR a combination of equivalent academic and work experience
- Advanced proficiency in Excel and strong analytic skills
- Attention to detail, results-oriented, and excellent organizational/time-management skills
- Strong work ethic
- Strong oral/written communication skills and the ability to successfully interact with staff in other departments
- Ability to adapt to shifting priorities and changes in the work environment, and an openness to try new approaches
- Ability to consistently follow instructions, complete assignments with accuracy, take project ownership and seek opportunities to improve processes and/or procedures
- Experience with Microsoft Access, Hyperion Essbase, JAMIS Prime, and/or other data querying tools is a plus
- Understanding of government contracting, contract vehicles, FAR cost principles, and indirect rates is a plus
- Experience with non-profit accounting is a plus
What you’ll experience:
Working in the Nation’s Capital- the epicenter of public policy- among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative. You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters and, enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.
In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan plus elect a pretax benefit for commuting expenses.
The Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.
The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.