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SENIOR STAFF ACCOUNTANT, Office of the Vice President for Finance (VPF), to support the sponsored accounting team by overseeing the financial review of specific sponsor awards and contributing to the overall closeout process of those awards.  Will perform audits of expired sponsored research awards, prepare and reviews financial reports and documents, and oversee community and team training sessions; provide exemplary customer service and support to the MIT community on complex sponsored research inquiries; and work under minimal supervision and with strict deadlines.


REQUIRED:  bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related business area; three years’ experience in financial operations–including accounting and/or research administration–and delivering excellent customer service; advanced-level knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint); ability to swiftly identify issues and resolve them with minimal guidance, escalating as necessary; strong analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and written and verbal communication skills; ability to ensure the timely delivery of all responsibilities and assignments and manage multiple tasks while paying attention to detail and accuracy; discretion, tact, and good judgment with highly sensitive/confidential information; collaborative approach to responsibilities and the ability to foster interpersonal relationships within the team and the broader community; flexibility and willingness to pitch in with the team to accomplish all tasks and to modify approach as required by the situation; and willingness to learn new tasks, take on new assignments, and support team initiatives.  PREFERRED: sponsored research administration experience, including financial auditing of sponsored research awards and reviewing and recording journal entries; experience with SAP or similar enterprise accounting systems, Brio Query, and Cognos; and MIT experience.  Job #23710-7

Salary range: $75,000 – 85,000