Cost Analyst

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Classification:Fiscal Professional 3
Grade:Grade 80
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Statewide
School/Business unit:Vice President of Finance
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Business/Accounting/Finance

Position Summary:

Statewide Cost Analysis is seeking a Cost Analyst to join our team. The Office of Cost Analysis is responsible for fringe benefit cost rates and the facilities and administrative (F&A) cost rates for the UA system. The department is also charged with federal fiscal compliance in the areas of F&A cost, fringe benefits and other costing areas. The department manages UA’s Functional Use Space Survey. The department develops and maintains select UA cost accounting policies and procedures and the related Cost Accounting Disclosure Statement (DS-2) to ensure compliance with Federal rules and regulations.


10Collaborate with research administrators, finance and others as necessary to develop and update University policies and Disclosure Statement as needed. Serve on cross-campus committees as required related to costing areas of responsibility. Serve as a resource for questions relating to transactions and compliance with sponsored awards, Federal Uniform Guidance and University policy. Monitor compliance to sponsored award agency terms and conditions, Federal Uniform Guidance and University policy.Essential
25Duties will include interactions with departments throughout the University and interactions with Federal auditors and the Office of Naval Research. Will initiate data mining related to federal audits, procedures, reviews; coordinate with Director regarding the interactions with Defense Contract Audit Agency and the Office of Naval Research for federal audits and other non-audit federal procedures and reviews, such as facilities and administrative cost rate proposals, fringe benefit cost rate proposals, internal control system reviews, and other costing and compliance issues.Essential
25The Cost Analyst will develop in-depth knowledge of, keep abreast of changes in, and interpret Federal rules and regulations relating to cost accounting and grant and contract issues. Create and present training programs to faculty and/or staff on financial compliance with university policies and Federal regulations. Provide formal and informal periodic training across university system in areas of responsibility. Recommend processes, procedures and risk assessments needed to ensure that cost accounting practices adhere to Federal regulations, Cost Accounting Standards and University Policy.Essential
40The Cost Analyst will be responsible for development, implementation and management of multiple assigned projects including but not limited to preparing fringe benefit rate proposals, F&A cost rate proposals and conducting space surveys and analyses. Ensure that studies are conducted in accordance with applicable federal regulations and university policies. Maintain databases, upload data files, extract data and format reports used in rate study preparations using specialized software such as CRIS and WebSpace.Essential

This is an exciting opportunity to make an impact at the University of Alaska. This position interacts with the Defense Contract Audit Agency and the Office of Naval Research. You will also collaborate with research administrators, finance and other offices within the University of Alaska system, even serving on cross-campus committees. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to make recommendations to improve processes, procedures, and risk assessments to ensure cost accounting practices adhere to Federal regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, and University Policy. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR 200) and federal agency policies (e.g. NIH, NSF) is preferred. Knowledge and experience in the finance area and accounting practices with higher education, fund accounting, research administration and cost accounting. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement policies and procedures, ability to perform complex financial analysis and create complex reports with a high degree of accuracy. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Independent thinker and analytical problem solver with the ability to spot trends and data errors. Effective analytical, interpersonal and teambuilding skills. Ability to work effectively and communicate well with a variety of constituencies from campus departments, management, Federal and State agencies, and consultants. Comfortable with public speaking and teaching others. Manage confidential data and information with discretion. Able to manipulate data effectively utilizing data querying tools. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel. Knowledge and experience with accounting software, databases & data extraction.  Experience implementing new business processes. Work experience with Ellucian's Banner application in accounting, preferred.

Typical Experience: 

Minimum of three years of progressively responsible professional fiscal experience which includes experience with large automated financial accounting systems. Experience in sponsored research financial administration preferred.

Required Education or Training: 

Bachelor degree in accounting, business, or related field.

Salary Information:

This position is a full-time, Grade 80, ($58,698/yr) DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. UA employees receive excellent benefits including participation in State of Alaska PERS retirement, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references.  This position is open until filled; however, to ensure consideration, please apply by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 10th 2021. The first application review will occur on January 11th 2021.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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