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Financial Assistant – Applications Closed

Deadline: 11:59pm, April 30, 2022

CIERA is looking for a new Financial Assistant!

The Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) at Northwestern is a leader in astrophysics theory, observation, data science research, as well as in training and empowering the next generation of scientists, sponsoring programs in K-12 STEM education, and cultivating the public’s enthusiasm for astronomy with its outreach initiatives.  Join an exciting collaborative community of faculty, postdocs, students, and staff to carry out CIERA’s mission!

This position provides important financial administrative support for CIERA. Responsibilities include: day-to-day financial transactions; research appointments, hiring, payroll; proposals and recruitment support; and financial support for special programs.  Hybrid work options are welcome.

Minimum Qualifications and Skills:

  • High School diploma or the equivalent
  • 3 years accounting &/or bookkeeping or other relevant experience
  • Excellent computer skills including proficiency in Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office, especially in Excel
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work independently; strong personal initiative and resourcefulness.
  • Knowledge and experience processing basic financial transactions and payroll procedures

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance or related field; OR one-year financial administration work experience; OR equivalent combination education and experience where similar knowledge, skills, and abilities may be acquired
  • Familiarity and experience with NU financials and Payroll procedures.
  • Advanced computer skills such as macros and basic programing.

Benefits Offered:

If you would like to explore this opportunity further or have any questions, please contact Kari Frank, CIERA’s Director of Operations, at  Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Please submit applications electronically through Northwestern’s eRecruit portal (Job Opening ID 44072).  Applications should include a cover letter (stating your interest in and relevant experience/skills for the position) and a resume.

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