Human Resources Employment Opportunities

Senior Budget and Policy Analyst

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Budget & Financial Planning
Date opened: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary: 

The Senior Budget and Policy Analyst will support the financial management of the University and planning and resource allocations discussions and decisions of senior University administrators.  The incumbent will be responsible for preparing comprehensive analysis, presentations and studies of key revenue, capital investment, and expense variables, along with integrating peer and best practice information for comparative purposes. The incumbent will independently conduct research and analysis, supporting best practices in identifying appropriate resource allocations; and will effectively communicate recommendations to stakeholders at all levels of the organization.

The Senior Budget and Policy Analyst will lead the development of the multi-year (5 year) revenue, capital investment, and expense forecasts; analyze financial data, investments and related outcome metrics for the organization, peer institutions and national higher education trends; lead and contribute to special project analysis on key revenue and expense components of the financial plan; and prepare concise and effective reporting for senior management.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Develop and present complex analysis, building on analytical and statistical expertise and working collaboratively with colleagues, stakeholders, and senior leadership;
  • Design and deliver presentations and analysis to educate stakeholders on key financial issues and opportunities, facilitating informal or formal dialogue toward strengthening financial management, reporting, and planning;
  • Synthesize analysis, findings and best practices into actionable recommendations, supported by solid evidence;
  • Provide strategic and quantitative analysis on revenue, capital investment, and expense performance; prepare presentations and briefing material by consolidating and integrating material from a variety of sources;
  • Develop and produce regular reports on the financial performance of the Boston campus, including analysis of the key drivers of those results, for senior campus leadership;
  • Assist in the development of a set of analytical resources, meaningful reporting capabilities, and methodologies to enhance decision-making support;
  • Provide data to support the modeling of the impacts of proposed new programs, policies, and processes, or proposed changes to existing programs, policies and processes;
  • Perform other analytical, ad hoc projects to support the policies and decision making of the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance, and other senior University leadership;
  • Determine the financial consequences of changes in policy, programs, or activities affecting University finances and functional area resources;
  • Recommend opportunities and strategies and develop proposals for solutions to difficult financial problems;
  • Plan, facilitate, and execute projects and initiatives within a highly collaborative, shared-governance environment; serve as a key contributor in teams and work groups across the campus, providing financial and administrative policy expertise and occasionally be called upon to lead special project initiatives;
  • Provide leadership and project management expertise on a wide range of financial initiatives and complex financial analysis, such as financial benchmarking, outcomes assessment, and new program costing and pricing;
  • Monitor capital investment process; manage capital requests, analyze and forecast capital spending and communicate with project owners and university leadership on project status;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Economics, Statistics, Business Administration or a closely-related field and a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant work experience.  Examples of relevant work experience include:  providing financial expertise in support of multiple business areas within a large organization; creating and maintaining prospective forecasts of staffing compensation expense, revenue from fees, capital investments, building operating costs, and operating costs of a diverse collection of business areas; preparing comprehensive revenue and expense projections for new business initiatives; developing model(s) integrating data from various sources; preparing and delivering complex financial information going to governing boards. 

Strong quantitative, analytical and reporting skills required.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Finance, Economics, Statistics, Business Administration or a closely related field preferred;
  • Demonstrated supervisory and/or project management leadership experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, with advanced knowledge of advanced reporting queries;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide clarity and conceptualization around complex financial and policy issues;
  • Ability to effectively manage complex situations;
  • Ability to develop and bring to completion multiple assignments concurrently;
  • Ability to facilitate communication across diverse constituencies and functional areas;
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a strong team environment;
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality;
  • Ability to effectively manage complex information and maintain data integrity;
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with diverse constituencies;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills;
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Strong analytical reasoning and quantitative analysis skills.

Application Instructions:

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter, and list of three references. 

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

Salary commensurate with skills and experience. 

This is a non-union position. 

Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

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