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The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.
We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.
With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.
The Office of Financial Service (OFS) is dedicated to supporting the mission of Brookings by ensuring and enhancing its financial health and promoting financial efficiency and innovation. We accomplish this by safeguarding the institution’s assets, stewarding donor contributions and providing quality and client-driven service characterized by professionalism, integrity, reliability, transparency, accountability, expertise, and above all else – respectfulness and fairness. OFS is comprised of Accounting, Financial Planning and Management, Financial Operations and Investments.
The Accounting Office manages the functions of General Accounting, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Tax Reporting, Accounts Receivable and Financial Systems.
The Office of Financial Planning and Management (OFPM) is responsible for preparing and executing against the annual institutional operating and capital budgets as well as long-range financial modeling for the Brookings Institution. This includes financial management of Institutional Initiatives and all Business Units. OFPM also oversee grants financial management for the Institution, which consists of a diversified funding portfolio, including U.S. and foreign governments, private foundations, individuals and Universities.
Financial Operations is responsible for Procurement and the general operations of OFS which includes policies, project management, administration, staffing and internal communications.
The Investment Office manages Brookings’ financial assets, particularly the long-term endowment funds originally established by Robert and Isabella Brookings and augmented since by other donors. Approximately 45 legally separate funds support both restricted and unrestricted operations. The funds are pooled into a single investment portfolio that is broadly diversified.
Position Location: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. The person hired for this position must be willing to move to or currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia by their date of hire.
Operating status: Brookings eligible employees are currently authorized to work remotely but will be moving towards a hybrid plan later this year, which will require working both in the office and remotely. All vaccinated Brookings employees who wish to work from the office can do so. Brookings policies on masks and other pandemic mitigation measures will continue to be informed by DC and CDC guidelines.
Vaccine Policy: Brookings has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, Brookings recently announced that staff on Brookings campus this fall are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Brookings will require all staff and visitors to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 to be in Brookings buildings.
As a visitor and/or a new employee at Brookings, you will be required to comply with the vaccination policy. Individuals invited for an in-person job interview or hired as an employee that (i) have a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination, or (ii) who object to being vaccinated based on a sincerely held religious belief, may request a reasonable accommodation.
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The Brookings Institution will be undergoing a full Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform implementation with a target completion date of early 2023. The platform, Workday, will include both Financials and Human Resource (HR) modules and will replace a legacy PeopleSoft (PS) system. A major goal of this implementation is to modernize and transform critical financial operations and transactions by replacing manual processes and ineffective workflows with technology-driven solutions. The Technical Lead and Functional Analyst, Financial Systems will be a critical member of the Office of Financial Services (OFS) ERP Team and will report to the Controller. In this role, they will work closely with a senior PeopleSoft Techno-Functional Lead to re-envision and deliver a future-state ERP ecosystem (with Workday as the core) that better meets the technical and functional requirements needed to achieve an exceptional experience for Brookings finance staff.
Starting from the Readiness phase of the Workday Implementation Project and running through to the stable launch of the new ERP, the Technical Lead and Functional Analyst, Financial Systems will have a unique opportunity to establish a new financial ERP landscape at Brookings. After the launch, they will be a leading member of the post-GO LIVE Workday Finance team and will have the opportunity to shape the support model as well as the future direction of the Workday Finance platform. This role is highly visible within the Finance, HR, and Technology business units and will have day-to-day interaction with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and power users, particularly from each finance department (e.g. Grants Administration, Procurement, GL, Payroll, and Budgeting and Planning).
The Technical Lead and Functional Analyst, Financial Systems will drive the techno-functional aspects of the Workday Implementation Project, with a focus on the design, configuration, testing, and deployment of the financial modules (e.g. Financial Accounting, Financial Reporting, Grants, Assets, Projects, Banking, Revenue, Supplier Accounts, Gifts and Endowment Accounting, Procurement, Payroll, Planning with Adaptive Insights). In addition, they will be responsible for related third-party systems/integrations (e.g. Concur).
As a key member of the overall ERP Team, they will work closely with the ERP Implementation Partner, ERP Project Management (PM) Team, ERP Finance SMEs and Functional Leads, Brookings Technology (BTech) staff, and other ERP stakeholders to ensure that (1) key Finance-related business requirements are captured and reflected in proposed solutions; that (2) solutions pass quality control tests and meet stakeholder expectations; that (3) all Finance-related technical tasks are in alignment with the overall Workday implementation project plan; that (4) project risks and issues are addressed, escalating as needed; that (5) decisions are made in a timely manner; and that (6) ERP Finance deadlines are being met.
In summary, the Technical Lead and Functional Analyst, Financial Systems will play an integral role in the implementation and continual evolution of our financial systems. This position ensures a high level of service with a strong commitment to quality and customer service. They have an opportunity, on a daily basis, to positively impact our environment and to be a pivotal leader who drives change and innovation.
Implementation Projects/Enhancements and Analysis (60%)
Post Go-Live Enhancements and Analysis:
Financial Systems Oversight, Administration, and Coordination (30%)
Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, computer science, or related field. Minimum of five years’ experience in project management, system administration, and implementation of medium to large scale enterprise-level HCM, Payroll, or Financial ERP cloud platforms. Training and supervisory experience.
Master’s degree and or CPA. Professional project management certification (PMP or similar). Non-profit experience. Experience with Microsoft tools, particularly SharePoint, Teams, Visio, and Project. Experience supporting Workday (e.g. Financials, Payroll, Adaptive Insights), Concur, or SharePoint. Experience with Workday deployment methodology (for initial implementations). Workday Functional Certifications.
Must be authorized to work for any employer in teh U.S.
Excellent written and oral communication skills. Solid working knowledge of accounting and finance principles. Strong project management skills. Strong people skills to effectively build relationships and communicate with stakeholders at all levels, particularly to bridge gap between technical and functional staff. Well-developed root-cause analytical skills with ability to configure and troubleshoot issues and defects. Ability to implement needed solutions and see projects through to completion in face of rapid priority shifts and at times potentially ambiguous needs. Sound judgment, creativity, resourcefulness, agility, and a growth mindset. Ability to understand business priorities and align technology opportunities. Advanced Excel skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Access, Word, PowerPoint). Ability to work in multicultural and multigenerational environments and provide excellent customer service.
Ability to assess risks and provide recommendations. Ability to influence and negotiate without formal direct authority. Focused on quality and customer service. Strong attention to detail.
What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.
Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Please note: if you have applied to more than one Brookings job opening you should add a position-specific cover letter as a separate attachment.
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Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms. We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.