American Institutes for Research

Financial Analyst, International

Job Location US-VA-Arlington
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Established in 1946, the American Institutes for Research® (AIR®) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of education, health, and the workforce. AIR’s work is driven by its mission to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world. With headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR has offices across the U.S. and abroad. For more information, visit



The Financial Analyst position is responsible for assisting the Program Finance Director with financial management aspects in support of Division operations, including tracking and analyzing a significant project portfolio and indirect expenditures, and for serving as liaison between multiple departments of the Contracts & Finance Office and the supported Division.  The Financial Analyst ensures the financial data reporting and analysis needs are met from the perspectives of both Division management (client project, indirect and equity initiative finances) and the Contracts and Finance Office (corporate annual budget and indirect expense management). The Financial Analyst is expected to serve as the source of expertise to Division operations staff throughout the entire project life cycle, including but not limited to project pricing, project planning, execution, and closeout. The Financial Analyst also plays a major role in ensuring compliance with governing acquisition regulations (state and federal) and company policies and procedures.



  • Provide financial expertise/insights at monthly project review meetings for projects in assigned portfolio.
  • Support negotiations with major vendors and subcontractors, including insights into proposed price/cost and finance-related agreement terms & conditions; subsequently track and manage post-award financial performance.
  • Monitor, forecast and report financial performance of project and Division direct and indirect initiatives, budgets/targets, including but not limited to those for revenue, components of revenue, profit/fee, labor utilization, indirect costs, equity initiative costs, backlog, receivables and unbilled receivables.
  • Ensure Division compliance with governing procurement regulations as well as corporate financial policies and procedures.
  • Ensure timely preparation of all client billings, review and approve the same prior to submission to the client and address collections on invoices not paid promptly.
  • Provide financial basics training, and promote financial knowledge among the Division operations staff in support of project budgets and increase financial understanding via outreach and communication especially in high-risk areas such as compliance, fixed price contracts, etc.
  • Assist in identifying cost variations or other project and Division risk areas; assist in developing mitigation plans and document all for later use in audit support.
  • Play a role in supporting pricing for proposals.


  • B,S. in Finance, Business Administration, or Accounting required.
  • MBA or equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 – 8 years of relevant work experience in an organization offering services to a wide range of federal, state, and commercial clients including at least 3 years of experience with projects funded by USAID or other international funders.
  • Flexibility and ability to consistently meet deadlines is required.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, responsiveness, and confidentiality; experience with large, complicated budgets required.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communication required.
  • High level proficiency with Microsoft Excel required.
  • Knowledge of Deltek CostPoint, Cognos Reporting, and QuickBooks a plus.
  • International field office financial management experience a plus including U.S. dollar to local currency exchange rate conversions.
  • Multi-lingual capabilities a plus.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.



AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.




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