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Budget & Reporting Analyst

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Provost & VC Acad Affairs
Pay Grade: No Pay Grade
Date opened: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary: The Budget and Reporting Analyst reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Administration & Financial Services and supports the planning and resource allocation work of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA) in close collaboration with the Office of Budget & Financial Planning (“OBFP”).  Primary activities will include; supporting the development, implementation, and ongoing operation and maintenance, of a new Activities-Based Budgeting (“ABB”) system for the campus.   Work will include serving in a program manager role to assist academic units, deans, directors, faculty and staff with understanding and implementing an Academic Affairs-wide near- and long-term strategy to facilitate the migration to, and maintenance of, the ABB system. Duties include analyzing and providing data while developing metrics to support the ABB effort, and generally, all types of campus financial decision-making. Tasks include assisting with and preparing concise and effective reports, analysis, presentations and studies of financial, economic and other related information making use of varied analytical tools; researching and reporting peer and best practice information. The successful incumbent must be results-driven, comfortable with ambiguity and working in a fast-paced, fluid, and iterative environment and must be able to effectively communicate to stakeholders at all levels of the organization as directed.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Support the move from an iterative annual budget process to an allocated resource model, or “Activities-Based Budget,” through the completion of assigned analysis and reporting; support the implementation and ongoing operation and maintenance of such a budget model as directed.
  • Assist with developing and implementing plans of action to meet stated milestones and timelines to facilitate the effective shift to, and maintenance of, an Activities Based-Budget (ABB) model.
  • Work with budget area managers and finance staff to understand their business needs and apply that knowledge to the development of the new budget model; raise issues and complete analysis and documentation that clearly explains those issues to others on the team; research, report and advocate for best practices.
  • As directed, act as a contributor on teams, providing financial and administrative policy knowledge; determine the financial consequences of changes in policy, programs, or activities affecting University finances and functional area resources;.
  • Provide support, guidance and training to area academic leaders, financial staff, and business staff as directed; effectively engage people not directly under his/her control to enact solutions; respond timely to all information requests.
  • Regularly synthesize analysis, findings and best practices into actionable recommendations, supported by solid evidence; assist in monitoring the annual operating budget and capital budgets; produce analytical reports such as monthly or quarterly budget to actual variance reports; design and deliver presentations and analysis the educate stakeholders on key financial issues and opportunities as directed;
  • Support values of transparency and accountability, and effective senior management decision-making; Promote a culture of continuous improvement and institutional effectiveness by modeling a strong work ethic and employing best practices wherever possible;
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s Degree in finance, economics, business, accounting or related discipline and a minimum of three (3) years of relevant work experience required; Examples of relevant work experience are: 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of incentive-based budgeting models;
  • Performing and presenting analytical work to stakeholders in a large or complex organization
  • Reviewing and consolidating annual budget requests in support of multiple business areas;
  • Regular monitoring of spending as compared to budget across multiple departments;
  • Providing input in support of multi-year revenue and expense projections;
  • Identifying and consolidating data from external resources and databases;
  • Preparing cost-benefit analysis for changes in policies and business practices.
  • Developing charts, tables, graphs, and narrative to explain complex ideas

Experience in a large organization, public agency, non-profit organization, or higher education institution preferred.  Demonstrated initiative, comfortable working in an environment where flexibility and problem-solving are required. 

  • Demonstrated expertise in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint);
  • Demonstrated ability to explain complex and technical financial concepts to non-financial audience, both in small- and large-group settings;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively utilize charts, tables, graphs and narrative to explain complex financial issues.
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy, but able to meet milestones and deadlines;
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and ability to effectively facilitate communication across diverse constituencies and functional areas;
  • Strong analytical reasoning and quantitative analysis skills;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to develop and bring to completion multiple assignments concurrently;
  • Strong commitment to customer service. 

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 Range: Commensurate with experience

This is a non-union exempt position. 

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

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