Job Location:
Los Angeles, CA – Downtown

USC, founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and is the largest private employer in the city. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

USC values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. USC University Advancement is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which all advancement staff and our stakeholders have the opportunity to connect, belong, and grow while supporting the USC’s mission, values, and goals.

USC University Advancement division is seeking a Financial Analyst II to join its Business Office team.  Reporting to the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, the incumbent will be responsible for performing complex financial reporting and analyses to assist Executive Director, Finance and Administration in business and financial short- and long-term planning, monthly financial reconciliations at both divisional level and project level, and assist with annual budget planning, development and management.

The ideal candidate must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and can work efficiently and effectively.  He/she should have knowledge in accounting and financial management and reporting, compensation and payroll, budget development and administration, department short- and long-term planning, and can define problems, analyze or investigate issues and causes, research options and make recommendation for solutions.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitors financial operations for University Advancement including its affiliated programs.  Identifies problems or trends and evaluates for solutions.  Seeks resolution or brings to the attention of Executive Director, Finance and Administration for consideration.  Audit internal financial data to ensure accuracy.

  • Produces regular and ad-hoc financial and operating reports using Workday Financial and internal data processing files.  Evaluates and analyzes reports and data.  Develops conclusions and recommendations and communicate orally or in writing to Executive Director, Financial and Administration.

  • Reviews existing internal accounting, reporting and financial data management methods used by the division for adequacy.  Contributes to the development and/or modification of internal financial reporting and applications to enhance reporting and information capabilities.

  • Coordinates, organizes and completes strategic and complex projects of a financial or business nature requiring identification and extraction of data, evaluation, interpretation, analysis and summation of findings.  Presents results formally to Executive Director, Finance and Administration to facilitate decision-making.

  • Provides internal financial consulting services and advises on complex or technical financial issues.

  • Works as a partner to Executive Director in managing divisional-level financial projects, and assists with preparation of the annual budget request including local planning of short- and long-term budgets by compliling and organizing data for use in forecasts.

  • Analyze overall departmental spending versus budget and prepares ad hoc financial reports as requested.

  • Performs various internal audits including monthly labor distribution to ensure compensation payment accuracy and initiate payroll adjustments when needed.

  • Manage divisional-level IT projects financials tracking and IT inventory audit as needed.

  • Performs various business tasks such as initiating requisitions and change orders, expense transfers, authorize invoice payments for programs assigned.

  • Reviews and evaluates vendor proposals and track expenses for projects to assure adherence to university expense policies and procedure. Analyzes proposed projects for feasibility and initiate requisitions as needed.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Job Qualifications:

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.

Preferred Education

Master of Business Administration or Master in Accounting or Finance

Preferred Experience

  • 5 or more years of relevant work experience in finance or accounting

  • 3 or more years of project management

  • Thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and procedures

  • University budget experience and knowledge of university financial systems

  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills

  • Exceptional customer service skills to meet stakeholder needs

  • Ability to work in a cohesive team-oriented environments

  • A self-motivated critical thinker who can solve issues encountered and provide alternative solutions

  • Strong work ethic with the ability to meet deadlines and interact with all levels of management

Preferred Field of Expertise

Directly related experience in a university environment with knowledge of university budget systems and procedures preferred.  Knowledge and experience in using Workday Financials and HCM preferred. 

Skills: Other:



Communication — written and oral skills

Conceptualization and design


Interpretation of policies/analyses/trends/etc.

Knowledge of applicable laws/policies/principles/etc.

Lead/guidance skills



Problem identification and resolution

Project management

Public speaking/presentations


Statistical analysis

Skills: Machine/Equipment:

Adding machine


Computer network (university)

Personal computer

Supervises: Level:

Leads employees performing similar work on a project basis.

Supervises: Nature of Work:



Documentation and Additional Information:

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.

USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff & their family with access to the renowned university medical network; retirement plans when you meet the Program’s eligibility period; tuition benefits for staff & their family; free professional development online courses; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses & free tram pick up services; discounts to football, basketball & other campus events.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

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.


USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at [email protected].  Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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