Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience, comprehensive benefits package



Start Date



New York
New York
United States


Reporting to the Senior Budget Analyst, the Accountant is a member of the Finance Team at the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. The Accountant is responsible for the monitoring and reconciliation of budgetary activities to actuals within the Zuckerman Institute. The Accountant provides a wide range of financial analysis, administrative and operational duties in support of the Senior Budget Analyst. The Accountant will gain in depth knowledge of Columbia University's Chart of Accounts structure and how it relates to the Zuckerman Institute research programs. Specific duties include, but are not limited to: 

* Works with the Senior Budget Analyst to prepare monthly financial reports such as: Profit & Loss Statement for all Zuckerman Institute departments, Revenue and Expense projections; 

* Provides support with key financial activities such as annual budgeting process and reforecasting through budget tool transactions for sponsored project and unrestricted funds; 

* Performs reconciliation and monitors revenue and expenses to budget plan and accruals; 

* Identify, research and resolve any discrepancies discovered in budget to actual reconciliation process; 

* Serves as an integral part of the monthly, quarterly, and annual closing process to ensure that financial information has been recorded accurately working with the Senior Budget Analyst to prepare monthly, quarterly, fiscal year end transactions and audit requests; 

* Works with the Post Award Team on payroll salary allocations, ensuring compliance to Federal Awards; 

* Prepares and processes journal entries for payroll cost transfers, inter-company transfers and cash deposits for the institute; 

* Assists the Sr Budget Analyst in the development and implementation of finance operations policies and procedures; ensures the Institute is in compliance with the University's finance policies; 

* Assists the Sr Budget Analyst in the preparation of necessary financial reports for the Director of Finance and other members of senior management to support decision making; organizes information for presentation materials, as required; 

* Other responsibilities as assigned by manager.  


* Bachelor degree in Accounting, with 1-2 years related work experience required.

* Advanced skills in Excel, using Pivot Tables, V-LOOK UPS and SUMIF formulas.

* Not for Profit and grants experience a plus.

* Higher Education experience a plus.

* Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.

* Strong sense of urgency and attention to detail.

* Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.        

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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