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Pricing & Financial Analyst (Office of Finance)

Urban Institute

Urban Institute

IT, Accounting & Finance
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Friday, November 10, 2023

About Urban Institute:

At the Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. As a nonprofit focusing on social and economic policy, our researchers and policy entrepreneurs open minds, shape decisions, and identify transformative solutions to the most pressing issues of our time.

Our Mission

To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.

Our Values

Collaboration, Equity, Inclusivity, Independence, and Integrity

For more information on the Urban Institute, please visit https://www.urban.org.

The Opportunity:

Central to Urban’s mission is fostering a truly inclusive community that ensures ongoing relevance to a changing world. The Urban Institute seeks a Pricing & Financial Analyst that will work with project teams to advise them on building proposal budgets, including the usage of appropriate estimating tools and monitoring the inclusion of minimum cost coverage standards. This is a terrific opportunity to join a growing organization as a key member of its Finance team; you will also have ample opportunities to expand your finance, technical, contracting, and business acumen with internal and external professional development.

What You’ll Do:

  • Work with project teams to advise them on building proposal budgets and ensuring accurate financial reporting and funder invoicing for some of Urban’s most complex foundation and government-funded projects.

  • Work with research centers and the Grants and Contracts Office to ensure agreements include terms & conditions that align with Urban’s best interest for pricing, billing, and fee policies.

  • Assist and advise on pricing efforts for complex project proposals across the organization by reviewing RFPs/RFAs, gathering technical requirements, and working with principle investigators and researchers to ensure accurate pricing models.

  • Implement procedures and best practices that support continuous improvements of the proposal budgeting process.

  • Provide recommendations to business enterprise systems teams in ways to enhance reports and dashboards to better suit the needs of project managers.

  • Evaluate and prepare financial data related to various requests for pricing.

Who You Are:

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, finance, or a related field, with 1-3 years of demonstrated experience across the following functional competencies:

  • Applied understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Federal Acquisition Regulations, and/or general finance and budgeting concepts.

  • Developed problem-solving skills that expand beyond the identification of potential issues and into the recommendation(s) of specific courses of action.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial analysis & reporting functions and experience with refining their development across a spectrum of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Familiarity with applying project management techniques to the proposal life cycle, including adjustments to the approach in response to varying timelines imposed by funders.

  • Discerns appropriate application of policies and procedures when performing moderately complex, non-routine tasks.

What You’ll Experience:

No matter your role with Urban, you will contribute to meaningful work that makes a difference for people and communities across the country. And whether you call the Washington, DC area or elsewhere home, you can expect to be part of a welcoming and hybrid workplace. We are committed to cultivating a community and working in a manner defined by collaboration, equity, inclusivity, independence, and integrity.

Urban’s greatest asset is our people.

The Urban Institute has formally recognized the Urban Institute Employees’ Union, which is part of the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). Urban management and the Union work together in good faith and are motivated by a shared commitment to this institution. This position is included in the Union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific employment terms and conditions are subject to collective bargaining negotiations.

The salary range for this position is Min $52,950 – Mid $61,650 – Max $70,450. Salary offered is commensurate with experience and considers internal equity. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Salaries are just one component of Urban Institute’s total compensation package. Urban is committed to supporting our staff’s physical, emotional, and financial well-being through a robust benefits package for yourself, eligible dependents, and domestic partners. It includes generous paid time off, including nine federal holidays, medical (including prescription), dental and vision insurance, and transit benefits. Urban is unique in that we offer 403(b) retirement plan participation immediately after you’re hired and a generous employer contribution after six months of service and 500 hours, with immediate vesting. You’ll also have access to a health advocate, personal finance coaching, an Employee Assistance Program, and educational assistance for undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

With the conclusion of the government-issued COVID-19 national public health emergency, Urban has updated our COVID-19 safety guidelines. All Urban Institute employees working from our onsite location must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and comply with any masking requirements. Fully vaccinated is defined as receiving the primary series of US approved COVID-19 vaccinations (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen) with the addition of at least 1 COVID-19 booster. Employees who are working onsite may request exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement based on a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated. Where such an exemption is approved, Urban will discuss potential accommodation with the employee. These guidelines do not apply to employees who are teleworking or other offsite staff.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned. This posting is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Urban management reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

The Urban Institute is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, veteran status, pregnancy or family responsibilities, matriculation, disability, political affiliation, or any other protected status under applicable law. The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.