Business Analyst

Work Location: Washington, DC - US
Requisition Number: 1315
# of Openings: 1

Description

Position Title: Business Analyst          

 

ABOUT FREEDOM HOUSE 

Established more than 80 years ago on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people, Freedom House is a nonpartisan non-profit organization that works to defend and expand freedom globally to help secure a world where all are free. Around the world, repressive regimes are preventing billions of people from exercising their fundamental rights. We identify and analyze threats to freedom, mobilize decision makers to respond to those threats and seize opportunities for progress, and support activists and organizations working to defend and expand freedom. We are dedicated to ensuring that the United States serves as a positive model of democratic practice at home and a consistent champion of freedom globally. By gathering authoritative data and leveraging our global networks, Freedom House is an unwavering beacon in protecting human rights and promoting democratic governance.

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

As part of the Financial Planning and Analysis team, the Business Analyst will work closely with the Director of Finance, a centralized Grants Administration and Compliance team, other finance staff, and program teams to assist in monitoring Freedom House’s departmental budgets, including international programs, research, policy and advocacy, fundraising and business development, and other overhead departments. The position is responsible for performing analyses of budgeted versus actual spending from funding sources such as the US federal government, corporations, foundations, and other international public agencies.

The Business Analyst will also assist in the preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual budget reports for internal management and the Board of Trustees. Responsibilities will also include cash management reports, federal and non-federal drawdown operations, enhancing and developing databases, analyzing and improving business workflow processes, ongoing analyses of the institution’s financial position, and research related to various regulatory and compliance requirements. 

 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND EXPECTATIONS:

  • Treasury Operations – Support the execution and management of USG and non-USG funding requests. Prepare periodic drawdown requests based on actual and anticipated spending using data from internal financial systems and US government funding portals. Assist in the realignment of drawdowns to conform with changes in US government accounting regarding funding appropriations, data elements, and government subaccounts. Collaborate closely with Fundraising staff to reconcile and produce a weekly fundraising report.
  • Annual Resource Planning – Support the preparation and management of the organization’s annual budget. Working closely with all departments and budget managers, project spending on existing and prospective commitments and new initiatives in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan. Assist management with revisions to annual budget based on changes in revenue on a periodic basis (e.g., mid-year review).
  • Financial Reporting, Board of Trustees – Consolidate all departmental spending against budget (i.e., budget vs. actuals) including updates to full year forecast, in a detailed report and presentation to the Finance Committee, Executive Board, and the full Board of Trustees approximately three times a year. Work closely with the Chief Operating Officer, Director of Finance, and other heads of departments to ensure accuracy.
  • Financial Analysis – Working closely with the Director of Finance, another Business Analyst, the Controller team, and various Grants and Business Operations Managers, provide monthly updates and perform regression analyses on project and grant spending through use of enterprise accounting software and other budget management tools and prepare monthly financial reports for senior staff. Assist with annual analyses of the organization’s benefits (e.g., US-based and international health insurance, dental insurance, etc.), fringe rate, and indirect rate. Create interim and final financial reports for private grants based on individual donor requirements. Prepare other unique reports for various audiences as requested.
  • Financial Audits – Assist with management of financial audits such as the annual Single Audit, NICRA review, Form 990, and program or Federal agency specific audits.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:      

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Coursework in business, finance, international relations, and/or USG policies and procedures is desirable.

Experience:    

  • At least two years of direct financial planning and analysis, resource and budget management, or five years managing program budgets.Experience with financial management of USG funded programs preferred, particularly at a non-profit organization.

Technical Skills:

  • Experience with budgeting, financial management, and analysis.
  • High level of proficiency with Adobe and MS Office applications, and expert knowledge of PowerPoint, Word, and higher-level Excel functions (macros, multi-table/multi-workbook indexing, conditional formatting, complex formulas).
  • Experience using enterprise accounting software required, Jamis Prime preferred.
  • Understanding of OMB compliance regulations, including 2 CFR 200, USAID ADS, and other USG rules and regulations related to assistance awards.
  • Understanding of shared and/or allocated costs, such as overhead and fringe benefit rates.

Personal Attributes and Characteristics:

  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong ability to plan, organize, prioritize work, and multitask to meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality and exhibits unquestionable integrity, honesty, and forthrightness.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a client-service focus, and ability to respond promptly to inquiries in a courteous and diplomatic manner.
  • Must be able to successfully work collaboratively with all levels of employees, management, external partners and funders, and be able to translate complex financial issues into easily understood concepts.
  • Strong work ethic and desire for personal and professional development. Demonstrates strong desire for personal excellence and can inspire others to achieve as well. Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills.
  • Committed to nonpartisanship, exhibiting a strong and sustained commitment to the mission of Freedom House.
  • Committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace where all feel that they belong.
  • Works as an effective team member, successfully balancing individual and team responsibilities.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Diversity makes our work stronger. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds—particularly Black, Indigenous, and people of color, individuals from the LGBTI+ community, and people living with disabilities—to apply.   

  • Freedom House provides a competitive benefits package, including a 403(b) retirement account with generous matching, commuter benefits, flexible hours, floating holidays, high employer contributions to medical, dental, and vision programs, basic and voluntary life and AD&D insurance, short- and long-term disability, flexible spending account, and more. 
  • Salaries are commensurate with experience and based on pay grades that prioritize equity across the organization. Salary range starts at $64,000/year, depending on experience.  
  • Candidates must possess authorization to work in the United States.  
  • As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check. 

Freedom House is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.  

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:  

General Working Conditions:  

  • General working office environment or telecommuting. 
  • May require some long hours including evenings and weekends to complete tasks. 
  • Potential travel to field offices less than 5% of the time 

Work Environment and Physical Demands:  
Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting or telecommuting. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

DIRECTIONS TO APPLY 

Applicants are required to complete our online application form and to submit a 1 to 2-page resume and a 1-page cover letter that outlines interests and qualifications for this position. 

Cover letters should be responsive to the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the job description. Cover letters that highlight a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging will be well received.

Accommodations 

If you require assistance in the application or recruitment process due to a disability, please call 202-227-4308 or email hr@freedomhouse.org. 





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