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Job ID: 114216

Financial Analyst
St. Lawrence University

Date Posted Oct. 18, 2018
Title Financial Analyst
University St. Lawrence University More About This Institution...
Canton, NY, United States
Department Finance
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Other Administrative Categories
  • Financial Planning/Budget Management

Function & Scope:
Under the direction of the Executive Director for Finance, and in conjunction with the Director of Budget & Planning, the financial analyst supports the University’s risk management, financial planning and budgeting operations. The analyst works with external brokers to coordinate insurance coverage and process claims. As a member of the Planning, Analysis and Decision Support (PADS) team, this person also assists with financial decision-making through the collection, analysis, investigation and reporting of financial data. The analyst fosters effective working partnerships across the University to carry out job responsibilities in the best interests of the University with impeccable integrity.

Primary Duties:

  • Support the preparation of annual operating and capital budgets
  • Prepare budget reports and analyses including on an ad hoc basis
  • Make recommendations on budget requests and options in terms of university policies, programs and objectives
  • Support the preparation of monthly and annual financial reports
  • Provide decision support through utilization and improvement of planning tools
  • Monitor actual operating and capital performance relative to the budget
  • Analyze and evaluate budget variances and identify areas for further investigation
  • Assist with position approvals and the maintenance of the position budgeting system
  • Assist in the production of mandated reporting to external agencies
  • Work as an integral member of the PADS team to provide guidance, training and support to the campus community to enhance their financial management of the University’s resources


  • Process, track and monitor insurance claims in conjunction with the broker
  • Support the management of the self-insured Workers’ Compensation program
  • Obtain certificates of insurance for the University’s operations, and ensure that vendors have provided the required certificates of insurance to the University
  • Analyze insurance premium and claims activity through the annual renewal process
  • Provide ad hoc reporting as necessary

A bachelor’s degree is required as well as at least 3-5 years of experience in finance, budget and accounting, preferably in a higher education or non-profit environment. Proven experience with financial systems and computer applications is required.

A high level of proficiency with Excel is required. Experience with Microsoft Access and Ellucian’s Colleague Finance system is preferred. Insurance claims experience is a plus.

Must possess excellent analytical skills, critical thinking skills, and the ability to develop new problem solving strategies when necessary. Requires strong written and oral communications skills with proven ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the University. Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, a high level of accuracy, and the ability to manage multiple deadlines are required.

Equivalent combination of education and documented experience and training in the areas identified will be considered. A graduate degree in a related field may also be considered in place of experience.

Interested applicants must apply online at uploading all required materials, which are defined in the "special instructions to applicant" section. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

Located in Canton, NY, St. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For additional information about St. Lawrence, please visit

  • St. Lawrence University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

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Contact Information

  • St. Lawrence University
    Vilas Hall
    23 Romoda Drive
    Canton, NY 13617


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