Financial Analyst II - Artificial Intelligence Division

University of Southern California (USC)

Viterbi School of Engineering

Los Angeles, CA


Financial Analyst II - Artificial Intelligence Division


This position may be hybrid or fully remote, if desired. The AI division has researchers in Marina del Rey, CA; Arlington, VA; and Waltham, MA; if not fully remote, this position may be based in any of these locations.


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Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced information processing, computing, and communications technologies.


ISI is seeking a team player with solid analytical and interpersonal skills to join ISI’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Division. The Financial Analyst will interface with AI Principal Investigators, the AI Financial Reporting Project Manager, and Business Office staff to facilitate the exchange of information and provide services associated with post-award research administration of sponsored projects. This position will perform complex financial budgeting, reporting and analyses to ensure sponsored projects stay on target and comply with the applicable contract requirements. The ideal candidate will be proactive, detail-oriented and able to work in a fast-paced environment.


Job Accountabilities

• Provides a range of post-award administrative support including budgeting, expenditure approvals and reporting requirement information. Prepares and submits interim reports, assists with subcontract and/or consultant arrangements and with preparation of closeout documents.

• Prepares regular monthly financial forecasts and labor planning reports. Evaluates and analyzes reports and data. Develops conclusions and recommendations. Arranges monthly financial meetings with Principal Investigators and/or management to review financial summaries and address action items.

• Coordinates, organizes, and completes strategic and complex projects of a financial nature requiring identification and extraction of data, evaluation, interpretation, analysis, and summation of findings.

• Assists with monitoring the financial operations for a large operating area of the university or for a significant financial activity. Identifies problems or trends and evaluates for solutions.

• Advises on specific agency requirements and university guidelines to assist Principal Investigators with the administration and allowability of project expenditure.

• Assists with the resolution of post-award administrative issues related to sponsored projects. Works closely with the ISI Business Office on any issues that may arise on existing, continuing and/or expiring awards.


Preferred Qualifications


Education: Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting, Business or closely related field.


Experience and Skills: 3 to 5 years of related work experience.


• Directly related experience in a university environment with knowledge of university systems and procedures preferred.

• Advance proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat

• Must have excellent written and oral communication skills

• Demonstrated analytical capability in financial analysis & reporting with knowledge of computer simulation & forecasting techniques

• Strong problem-solving skills, including ability to research, organize and analyze information.

• Must be able to anticipate potential issues and be proactive in formulating solutions.

• Ability to interpret university policies and applicable federal regulations

• Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

• Must exercise a high level of confidentiality and discretion

• A results-oriented focus with demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage time sensitive issues and meet strict deadlines


Required Application Documents: CV/Resume and Cover Letter


Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree

Minimum Experience: 3 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Business education or closely related field. Experience in financial analysis and reporting with knowledge of computer simulation and forecasting techniques.


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Contact Information

University of Southern California (USC)



Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA 90007

(213) 740-2311

Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • College/University
  • Finance, Operations

U.S. Citizen


Target Job Information

  • Full Time