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University of Colorado Senior Budget Analyst in Boulder, Colorado

Senior Budget Analyst

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Office of Budget and Fiscal Planning (BFP) encourages applications for a Senior Budget Analyst. This position supports budget-related financial management, reporting, and analysis for CU Boulder. This position also serves as part of the Budget & Fiscal Planning team and works with fellow team members to improve the quality of budget management and reporting, serving individuals, departments, and leadership within the larger campus community.

Who We Are

BFP partners with academic and administrative leaders, coordinates campus-wide budget and fiscal planning and identifies and facilitates the allocation of resources necessary for the Boulder campus to excel as a major educational and research university. Through collaboration, we connect ideas, resources, and decisions that drive the university’s success.

BFP is a part of the Budget and Finance team within the Finance and Business Strategy (FBS) division. Our office collaborates with campus partners to ensure the University has a strategic, detailed, and comprehensive approach to all areas of business and financial management.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Budget Management & Reporting

  • Provide relevant, timely, and accurate financial information on issues related to campus resources to BFP management and other campus constituents.

  • Serve as a subject matter expert for campus personnel, including those internal to Budget & Fiscal Planning, on budgetary matters, providing information and training as necessary.

  • Prepare financial and narrative reports on a variety of issues, adapting the reports to meet the needs of the intended audience.

  • Work independently and in coordination with various department and campus personnel to optimize the quality and flow of relevant resource data and information.

  • Assess budget performance from monthly reporting and identify problem trends and solutions. Work with appropriate Budget Management partners to understand drivers of budgetary variances and recommend actions to adjust budget expectations.

  • Assist in the implementation of the annual budget, including management of allocations inherent to the campus budget model, communication of allocations, and fiscal year-end tasks.

Financial Modeling & Analysis

  • Conduct financial analysis, including modeling and forecasting, on a variety of Boulder campus programs and services, including determination of the methodology, identification of data sources, and collection, analysis, and presentation of data to appropriate audiences.

  • Evaluate existing funding models for strategy-resource alignment and funding stability.

  • Deploy and support standard or custom financial tools to enable and optimize data-focused decisions.

  • In partnership with colleagues, evaluate and improve existing campus-wide fiscal processes and mechanisms.

Budgetary Support for Campus Initiatives

  • Lead financially oriented projects in collaboration campus units, providing data analysis, presentations, and training as needed.

  • Work closely with campus units to support a strong sense of collaboration and identify areas for potential improvement.

  • Assist in the development and internal review of funding requests and other narratives for leadership.

  • Design and, upon approval, implement new funding models to enable central initiatives and transitions, serving as a primary BFP contact for partner questions.

  • Conduct modeling, research, and analysis underpinning policy changes and emerging opportunities.

  • Develop efficiencies and improvements for all modeling and engage team members and department peers for help in solving issues that may arise.

What We Can Offer

Salary range starts at $80,000, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, business, or a related field.

  • At least 2 years of progressively responsible experience in higher education and/or public/nonprofit finance OR a Bachelor's Degree in an unrelated field and at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in higher education and/or public/nonprofit finance.

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.

What You Will Need

  • Effectiveness in written and oral communications, collaboration, and problem-solving.

  • Proficiency and confidence in discourse with senior and executive leadership and other key constituents.

  • Exceptional Excel skills, including academic and/or work experience in creating financial models and analyses.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master’s degree from an accredited university in business, finance, public/higher education, administration, or a comparable field.

  • Experience in higher education administration with a strong focus on budget and financial analysis.

  • Previous experience applying financial modeling skills in resource planning at an enterprise level, preferably within or pertaining to an institution (or institutions) of higher education. Progress toward or achievement of relevant financial certifications, including CPA, CFA, etc.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • A current resume.

  • A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by April 15, 2020, for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.