Budget Analyst

Location
Lakeland, Florida
Posted
Mar 09, 2018
Ref
R503;p1420
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Florida Polytechnic University, started as a university of engineering and technology, is designed to be different so that graduates possess the talent and job-ready skills to stand out from the crowd. While other top engineering schools in Florida have centers of innovation, Florida Poly was established on April 20, 2012, as a wholly innovative university dedicated to the principle that innovation occurs when research and creativity are applied to real-world challenges. Florida’s only public university for engineering and technology dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) was created to be both a rigorous academic institution and a powerful resource for high-tech industries.

Located along Florida’s I-4 High Tech Corridor, Florida Poly opened its doors in August 2014 as the state’s 12th university and the only one dedicated to core subjects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM education). The non-traditional academic environment focuses on applied learning, specifically in technology and engineering. Small class sizes give faculty the opportunity to work closely with high-caliber students, and the most advanced technology, including a Supercomputer, 3D printing lab, media lab and nanotechnology lab, sets Florida Poly apart from other state universities. Florida Poly’s innovative approach to higher education allows students to learn strong fundamentals within a traditional university department structure, while giving them opportunities to apply their learning through research and projects in emerging high-tech concentrations like Cyber Security, Big Data Analytics, Machine Intelligence and more. The University partners closely with industry leading firms, and faculty members are rewarded for more than just publishing. Industry involvement, problem solving, and the commercialization of technology and research through start-ups and small businesses are encouraged.

Florida Polytechnic University is an equal opportunity/equal access institution. It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to provide equal opportunity for employment and educational opportunities to all (including applicants for employment, employees, applicants for admission, students, and others affiliated with the University) without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or genetic information.

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for complex budget analysis and reporting functions for the University. This includes, but is not limited to conducting research and cost-benefits analysis; identifying efficiencies; creating weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual budget reports for internal and external distribution. In addition, this position will also assist with budgeting and forecasting for the University. This includes, but is not limited to assisting in the planning, development and monitoring of the university’s operating and capital budgets while providing limited consultative budget services to departments.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Uses advanced report writing techniques to provide timely financial reporting including budget forecasting and analysis as well as compliant interim and annual financial statements.
  • Assist with planning, developing, maintaining the annual operating, and capital budgets.
  • Researches and analyzes fluctuations between current financial results compared to prior year(s), prior month(s) and budgeted amounts at the university and department levels.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining university performance metrics.
  • Responsible for maintaining historical data.
  • Develops and proposes new approaches and best practices to address complex budget related problems and issues.
  • Identifies opportunities for efficiencies and cost savings.
  • Coordinates with the department chairs to develop pro-forma budgets for proposals of new academic programs.
  • Assist departments with issues related to fund availability and budget compliance.
  • Assists in the preparation and presentation of analysis and reports at monthly or quarterly Board of Trustee and committee meetings.
  • Builds weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual delivered reports for internal and external use.
  • Assist in the timely completion of all annual external reporting requirements.
  • Develops and maintains procedure and process documentation for all areas of responsibility.
  • Supports University leadership with ad-hoc complex budget analyses and other special projects as assigned.
  • Promotes policies and best practices for meeting university budget compliance objectives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Current knowledge of computerized accounting systems, Governmental Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GASB) and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards.
  • Knowledge, skills and ability to develop various types of budget documents.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies.
  • Ability to identify key policy issues and make recommendations to senior management officials.
  • Ability to be proactive in analysis of problems, causes and development of solutions.
  • Ability to establish effective and cooperative internal and external working relationships.
  • Ability to analyze and resolve technical budget problems.
  • Ability to prepare and analyze budget and statistical data.
  • Ability to prioritize work efficiently.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and six years of appropriate experience; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate are of specialization and eight years of appropriate experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least ten years of progressively more responsible professional budget and analytical experience. Highly developed and comprehensive budget reporting skills gained in a large, multifaceted entity or institution [preferably within the State University System of Florida (“SUS”) or other institution of higher education, to include hands on working knowledge of reporting writing].
  • Workday and/or PeopleSoft experience is preferred but not required.
  • Current knowledge of computerized accounting systems, Governmental Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GASB) and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards.

REQUIRED LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, AND/OR OTHER SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS OF LAW:

  • This position requires a criminal background check.
  • This position is subject to federal and state privacy regulations.

NORMAL WORK SCHEDULE: This position is salary exempt.  The normal work schedule is Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., however, occasional overtime (weekends and evenings) may be required.

TARGET HIRING SALARY:  Commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE:  The position is open until filled.

Special Instructions Regarding Attachments:

Required attachments are listed on each posting.   Please be sure to attach all required documents in the Resume/CV field before continuing through the application. Once your application has been submitted, no changes may be made and additional attachments will not be considered. 

An unofficial copy of the degree/transcript is acceptable during the application process. For positions requiring a degree, the official transcripts are required upon hire. 

Foreign Transcript: Transcripts issued outside of the United States require a equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the application deadline.

All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date of the job announcements.

This position requires a background check, which may include a level II screening as required by the Florida Statute §435.04.