S&P Global
Farmers Branch, USA
Mar 03, 2021
Mar 28, 2021
Job Function
Risk Management
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Description
The Role: Associate, U.S. Public Finance - Charters, Community Colleges, K12 Independent Schools
The Location: (flexible) Chicago, IL / Dallas, TX / Centennial, CO

The Team:
You will join a very collegial and professional team of analysts that are located, and that work on credits across the country. We are a national team looking for someone who can get up to speed quickly. The team is responsible for maintaining the ratings on a portfolio consisting of charter schools, community colleges, and K-12 Independent School credits. This includes meeting regulatory review requirements, engaging with market participants, providing industry thought leadership and maintaining superior customer service as a means of maintaining or improving our market leadership. A lot of the work is completed independently and at a fairly rapid pace, but every rating involves a team of analysts, so teamwork is very important. The group is highly collegial and we value our ability to work closely together as a team to get the job done.

The Impact:
This position is key to maintaining our market relevance and meeting our transaction requirements. As an Associate, you will analyze a portfolio of assigned entities as well as moderately complex situations, data, and information, assesses client's financial projections and resolves difficult deal-specific analytical situations. This position is responsible for meeting with issuers and investors on analytical matters, assisting in resolving client needs, contributing to media requirements in conjunction with senior members of the organization, and taking the lead at external meetings related to credits, as assigned by a more senior manager.

What's in it for you:
  • We prepare our most successful Associates and Associate Directors to become our future senior analysts that act as spokespersons and senior analytical leaders in sector teams.
  • Build a career with a global company. This position is a mid-level position, but with expectations for upward mobility.
  • You will work on a diverse yet complex portfolio of credits that will allow you to learn new skill sets
  • You lead other analysts in more junior positions
  • You will have the chance to become knowledgeable about public policy in the sector and as your career progresses speak about the sector to the media and at conferences or write opinion pieces on the sector.
  • You have the opportunity to work for the market leader in ratings and the sector with the chance to work for a private company evaluating the public sector.
  • Occasional Travel to issuer locations and industry conferences (not mandatory)
  • Act as the primary analyst for a complex entity or complicated transaction and be an active, vocal voting member of the committee who makes recommendations to the rating committee and prepares material for ratings publication.
  • Lead and mentor more junior analyst and provide analytic support to them.
  • Participate as an active, vocal voting member of the committee who makes recommendations to the rating committee and prepares material for ratings publication.
  • Synthesize analysis into well-reasoned and well-supported rating recommendations that demonstrate a strong understanding of financial markets and business environment and the relationship to S&P products.
  • Write deal summaries and analytical reports, contribute to thought leadership pieces.
What We're Looking For:
Basic Qualifications:
  • MBA, MPA, MPP, JD, and/or CFA preferred
  • 2+ years of relevant experience in finance or the public sector
  • Accounting courses, with an understanding of GASB and FASB financial statement analysis and accounting concepts.
  • Ability to prepare financial forecasts based upon reasoned assumptions.
  • Proficiency with figures and the ability to maintain accuracy and be detail oriented while complying with deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills in front of internal and external audiences, as well as the capacity to expand, learn, and make a contribution.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Working knowledge of charter school or university/college finance.
  • Strong understanding of financial markets and business environment including implications for S&P's analytical products and services.
  • A can-do attitude with excellent problem-solving, time management, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to think critically; and the ability to mentor others.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, as well as independently
  • Modelling and R or Python programming language
S&P Global Ratings
S&P Global Ratings is the world's leading provider of independent credit ratings. Our ratings are essential to driving growth, providing transparency and helping educate market participants so they can make decisions with confidence. We have more than 1 million credit ratings outstanding on government, corporate, financial sector and structured finance entities and securities. We offer an independent view of the market built on a unique combination of broad perspective and local insight. We provide our opinions and research about relative credit risk; market participants gain independent information to help support the growth of transparent, liquid debt markets worldwide. S&P Global Ratings is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies and governments to make decisions with confidence. For more information, visit

EEO Statement
North America

S&P Global is an equal opportunity employer committed to making all employment decisions without regard to race/ethnicity, gender, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status (including domestic partnerships and civil unions), sexual orientation, military veteran status, unemployment status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Only electronic job submissions will be considered for employment. If you need an accommodation during the application process due to a disability, please send an email to: and your request will be forwarded to the appropriate person. The EEO is the Law Poster describes discrimination protections under federal law.

202 - Middle Professional (EEO Job Group) (inactive), 20 - Professional (EEO-2 Job Categories-United States of America), RATNGS202.2 - Middle Professional Tier II (EEO Job Group)

Job ID: 259821
Posted On: 2021-03-01
Location: Farmers Branch, Texas, United States

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