Job Location:
Playa Vista, CA

The University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) is seeking a Financial Manager to join our Business Office team. 

Reporting to the Senior Business Officer within the Institute for Creative Technologies, the Financial Manager will oversee the accounting and financial activities across a complex portfolio of federal contracts and grants, subawards and service agreements, along with gifts and institutional funding. 

This position supervises the accounting staff and operations for the ICT, including expenditures in payroll, purchasing, check requests, expense transfers, financial reporting, and contract and grant administration and closeout. Includes monthly analysis and reporting of account activity, budget, and future projections; interprets and explains University and extramural funding agency accounting procedures and requirements to PIs and Project Managers; and solves any unusual or challenging problems. Acts as departmental liaison to other key university administrative units to coordinate these actions (Sponsored Projects Accounting, Business Services, Office of Financial Analysis, etc.).

This position is located in Playa Vista, CA. A remote or flexible hybrid work schedule is available. Candidates local to the Los Angeles area are preferred. 

Responsibilities And Duties

  • Manages the accounting/financial staff and operations in the department.
  • Directly or indirectly supervises all assigned subordinate staff.
  • Plans and administers the departmental budget. Provides historical data and projections for budget development and planning.
  • Monitors, reviews, and verifies accounting records and transactions for accuracy, timeliness, and adequacy of supporting documentation.
  • Oversees account reconciliations and production of regularly scheduled summary reports, income and financial statements.
  • Coordinates the development and maintenance of electronic systems and procedures. Provides direction and input for the development of accounting applications, reports, forms, records and documented procedures.

Preferred Qualifications And Experience

  • Experience managing post-award financial activities with federally sponsored research funds.
  • Ability to review and approve high-value expenditures, provide data to generate interim and final financial reports and manage financial closeout of awards
  • Advanced skills in Excel, experience with business intelligence tools and financial systems; Tableau a plus.
  • Experience with Workday Financial a plus.
  • Working knowledge of service unit accounting, including rate calculations, applications, income and recharges, and special restrictions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in addition to critical-thinking abilities.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, handle multiple priorities, tasks, demands and time sensitive pressurized situation

Required Documents

  • Please submit resume and cover letter with application

We are world leaders in virtual human research, computer graphics, computer training simulations, and immersive experiences for decision-making, cultural awareness, leadership and health, located in Playa Vista, CA. ICT Employees are encouraged to develop themselves both professionally and personally, through workshops, invited guest talks, movie nights, social events, various sports teams, a private gym. The atmosphere at ICT is relaxed, informal and flexible, while encouraging initiative, personal responsibility, and a high work ethic.

Job Qualifications:

Minimum Education:
Bachelor’s degree

Minimum Experience:
5 years

Minimum Field of Expertise:

Senior or lead bookkeeping/accounting experience with directly related college study. Thorough knowledge of established accounting principles, methods, practices and terminology used in financial/accounting and statistical record keeping work. Ability to train, evaluate and supervise the work of employees. Demonstrated analytical, problem solving and effective communications skills.”


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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