Senior Financial Analyst

Full-Time, Exempt

Reports to: Director, Finance and Planning


Under supervision of the Director, Finance and Planning this position will help lead the financial planning and analysis efforts of WETA and NewsHour Productions (NHP). Assist in coordination and preparation of the annual operating and capital budgets for WETA and NHP. Develop tools, reports and analysis that enable departments to manage their budgets effectively.

The primary responsibilities of the Senior Financial Analyst are to assist with monthly financial reporting and analysis, quarterly forecasting, and the annual budget process. The Senior Financial Analyst provides financial and analytical support for management decision making.


Ongoing F&P Activity

  • Assist with monthly analysis of financials, entity and business unit performance, and drivers of variances vs. budget and forecast, providing detailed explanations behind variances of actuals versus budget and forecast.
  • Prepare monthly financial reporting package for management.
  • Work with non-finance departments to review financial results and develop forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year in Adaptive Planning and prepare the accompanying analyses.
  • Drive financial performance improvements by highlighting trends and issues, disseminating useful management information, and providing thoughtful analysis and recommendations on financial matters.
  • Serve as System Administrator for Adaptive Insights, updating and maintaining the system and providing training for end-users.
  • Develop internal reports in Adaptive Insights for Finance Department and end-users throughout the organization to help departments manage their budget effectively.

External Reporting

  • Prepare and/or review financial proposals to donors.
  • Prepare financial reports to funders, including PBS and CPB, and oversee timely submission of complete and accurate interim and final reports.
  • Assist in any re-forecasting, re-budgeting as needed.

Annual Budget Process

  • Attend budget meetings and assist with data gathering.
  • Enter budget data into Adaptive Insights.
  • Perform analysis to review year-over-year trends and changes.
  • Assist with budget book and presentations for the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees.
  • Perform related special projects or other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of financial and accounting principles and procedures, including reporting, analysis, forecasting, and budgeting is required.
  • Proficiency with accounting, reporting and budgeting software: strongly preferred – Adaptive Planning (reports, budget, forecast) and Great Plains (accounting).
  • Adept with technology and software. Advanced analytical skills and proficiency with Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team environment, in an atmosphere of multiple projects, shifting priorities, and deadline pressures. An enthusiastic team member.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and handle volume with close attention to detail, outstanding numerical accuracy and meticulous follow-through. Commitment to continuous process improvement.
  • Excellent analytical, interpretative and problem-solving skills.
  • Must exhibit sound judgment and handle confidential matters.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and enthusiasm to be part of the finance team.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field (MBA or CPA preferred).
  • Minimum of five years of experience with complex budgeting, non-profit accounting, project costing, indirect cost rates, and federal grant reporting and compliance.
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience.


WETA and NewsHour Productions are Washington, DC established media and news organizations. We are a largely local workforce based out of the Campbell Place office in Arlington, VA. WETA and NewsHour Productions value employee flexibility when possible. Most positions based in our Arlington, VA office will be onsite or hybrid, depending upon the role.


WETA and its subsidiary NewsHour Productions LLC serve local and national public media audiences by producing and distributing content of intellectual integrity and cultural merit. Through broadcast, digital and community services, the organization offers compelling, diverse programming on five television channels, including primary channel WETA PBS, and on WETA Classical, the exclusive home for classical music in the nation’s capital; produces a portfolio of national television productions, including PBS NewsHour, recognized globally for bringing balanced, in-depth news coverage to all Americans; creates impactful documentaries with longtime production partners Ken Burns and Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; features a variety of content offerings on, WETA Passport, the PBS Video App and the WETA Classical App; and serves communities near and far with education and engagement initiatives that contribute to the company’s mission of public service.


WETA and NewsHour Productions prioritizes the safety and security of our community. In accordance with our focus on providing and maintaining a safe workplace, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees working in a WETA and/or NewsHour Productions office and employees who may reasonably or occasionally be called to work onsite, subject to business needs.

In accordance with this policy, all applicants for employment in a WETA and/or NewsHour Productions office are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencing employment. Requests for exemption from this policy based on a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief will be considered upon a conditional offer of employment. Reasonable accommodations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

WETA and NewsHour Productions is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to qualified candidates and employees pursuant to applicable law. This policy complies with all applicable laws and is informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities, as applicable.


WETA and NewsHour Productions are equal opportunity employers committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and internships. WETA and NewsHour Productions make hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.