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Senior Budget Analyst

Vanguard University
Job Location:
Costa Mesa, California
Business and Financial Services
Senior Budget Analyst


The Senior Budget Analyst's primary responsibility is the preparation of the annual budget, including overseeing the University's budgeting processes. This position reports to and assists the Controller in short and long-term analysis and projections of fiscal activity, including cash flow and revenue/expense projections.

  • Provides primary institutional support during budget process deliberations and throughout creation of the annual and multi-year budget models.
  • Reviews and approves departmental budget and expense transfer requests.
  • Prepares monthly and annual budget to actual analysis for the University.
  • Maintains budgetary accounts within the University's general ledger; reconciles budget within the GL to the budget model.
  • Analyzes University budget execution; prepares variance, trend and other analytical reports as necessary.
  • Communicates budget variances within departmental budgets to the Controller and area Vice Presidents. Communicates with departments over budget to discuss ways to finish the year on budget.
  • Assists in the creation and monitoring of departmental operational budgets; providing departments with tools to allocate their annual budgets.
  • Analyzes and summarizes current year budget spending/revenues; identifies areas of concern; makes recommendations regarding the budget (short-term and/or long-term).
  • Partner with Human Resources to validate and track budget funding for all employee positions including the impact on future year budgets.
  • Work with the Provost office to ensure faculty contracts are within budget.
  • Prepares annual sustainability reports.
  • Assists the Controller and Vice President for Finance/CFO in developing the University's multi-year business plan. Prepares correspondence, drafts recommended changes, and communicates with senior level administrators and Board Committees.
  • Implements strategies for improving the budget process.
  • Perform related duties as assigned by the Controller.
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or equivalent with emphasis in Accounting
  • Knowledge of general accounting practices/procedures, especially as it relates to non-profit organizations
  • Five years' accounting experience in budget preparation and analysis
  • Advanced level experience in MS Excel
  • Must be able to maintain a high level of confidentiality of accounting and personnel data
  • Knowledge of tactical and strategic budgeting within University mission, operations and policies
  • Exhibit exceptional organizational skills and the ability to work with minimal supervision; must have the ability to meet deadlines and maintain schedules
  • Knowledge of relevant office procedures, terminology and the understanding of complex mathematical formulas
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; must be positive and highly collaborative
  • Ability to convert and organize data into meaningful information with speed and accuracy
  • Effectively maintain relationships with staff and faculty in a professional demeanor
  • Knowledge and acceptance of mission and principals of Vanguard University
  • Must be extremely detailed and work with high accuracy
  • Experience working in higher education
  • Knowledge of and experience in Ellucian Colleague
  • Knowledge of NACUBO best practices

Full-time position. Salary iscommensurate with education and experience and includes a generous benefits package.


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