Financial Assistant 3

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – E – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
College of Education
Policy Studies
Full/Part Time:


The College of Education is seeking a self-motivated, detail-oriented, and dedicated individual with a commitment to teamwork to join the Center for the Study of Higher Education and Department of Education Policy Studies team as a Finance Assistant 3. This position supports the Department Head, the Director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and the Administrative Support Coordinator in the Department of Education Policy Studies in the day-to-day management of general and restricted accounts, including grants and contracts. The Finance Assistant is responsible for the purchasing and processing of expenses, and is the delegate for department employees for the completion of travel reports. This position also involves providing appropriate reports for budgetary tracking and forecasting, and serving as backup for staff members responsible for human resource appointments. The position requires monitoring and resolving of expenditures, resolving discrepancies, handling cash receipts, and reconciling direct bill expenses. The position also collaborates with the College Research Office staff to ensure expenditures on research budgets are reasonable, allowable, applicable and allocable, and communicates this information with the department faculty and/or principle investigators. As a Financial Assistant, this role is responsible for ensuring compliance with federal, state, university, college and department policies and procedures for all budgetary transactions, and reviewing transactions and forms for accuracy. In addition to financial duties, this position provides support for the Director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education by managing calendars, supporting events, and acting as liaison for Center faculty, graduate assistants and visitors. Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. The successful candidate will display a strong commitment to inclusion practices which support diversity throughout the University. This position dually reports to the College Finance Officer and Department. Typically requires a High School diploma or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088