MUS Budget Analyst

State Of Montana Helena , MT 59624

Posted 2 months ago

Position Title: Montana University System Budget Analyst

Location: Helena, Montana

Salary Range: $75,000 to $80,000

The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) in the Montana University System (MUS) invites applications for the position of MUS Budget Analyst.

The MUS is the state-supported system of higher education in Montana governed by the Board of Regents and administered by the Commissioner of Higher Education. The MUS enrolls more than 40,000 students at 16 public universities and colleges in one of the most beautiful and geographically diverse states in the nation.

This position is a full-time, term-contract position renewable annually in accordance with Board of Regents personnel policies. The position is eligible for employee benefits (health insurance, sick leave and vacation leave, state holidays, retirement program, staff & dependent tuition waivers in accordance with state law and Board of Regents policy). Helena, the state's capital city, is located along the Rocky Mountains continental divide near the scenic Missouri River about half-way between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.

Position Overview

Assists in the development, analysis, and oversight of the Montana University System (MUS) operating budget from the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE).

Works as part of a team at OCHE to prepare and review system-wide budgets, provide information and analyses, as well as improve the current process of budget review and approval.

Biennially, facilitates and assists with the preparation of the MUS budget proposal to the Board of Regents and Governor's Office.

Analyzes, reviews, and monitors MUS budget requests as they move through the Legislative session and ensures all appropriations are accounted for and disseminated appropriately.

The MUS Budget Analyst reports to the Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Administration, and Planning.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assists in the process of analyzing, consolidating, and presenting the annual MUS operating budget

  • Prepares and reconciles fiscal year budgets and integrates biennial budgets into the financial management system

  • Updates and monitors expenditures and revised budgets

  • Utilizes the MUS Finance Data Warehouse to extract information and create reports

  • Populates, monitors, and analyzes data in SABHRS and IBARS

  • Provides information to campuses involved in preparing and reconciling budgets

  • Prepares required and ad hoc budget reports for external entities

  • Coordinates the process for the biennial approval of campus tuition and fees

  • Assists in the development and analysis of new and existing budget models/formulas, including the community college funding formula and the performance funding model

  • Analyzes variances, forecast revenue and expenditures, and develops custom reports

  • Measures, analyzes, and continually improves key operating budget metrics


The successful candidate will have established:

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, in addition to well-developed analytical and problem-solving abilities

  • Knowledge and familiarity with both governmental and higher education fund accounting.

  • Proficient at using software applications to conduct data analysis, data extraction, and reports development

  • Proficient in use of software packages designed to display data visually

  • Proficient in statistical and/or financial analysis, with the ability to analyze detailed information and provide a concise summarization of results

  • Effective written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on a team.

  • Able to build and maintain good interpersonal relationships with work associates and internal and external constituencies.

  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills, flexibility, good judgment, high energy, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Master's degree in Finance, Accounting or Business

  • Minimum of three years of demonstrated progressively responsible accounting and/or budget experience

  • Minimum of 5 years working in higher education

  • Experience working with the Statewide Accounting, Budget, and Human Resource System (SABHRS) and IBARS in Montana.

Application Requirements:

Please submit (1.) a cover letter that addresses the candidate's qualifications and abilities to perform the listed duties and responsibilities (2.) a comprehensive resume including relevant education and experience, and (3.) a list of three professional references. Applications may be submitted by mail or email to: Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, Attention: Human Resources, PO Box 203201, Helena, MT 59620-3201, email address:

The position is open until filled. Candidates should submit applications by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2019, to receive early consideration in an initial screening of applications. This position is eligible for veterans' preference in accordance with state law. Approval will be obtained before contacting the candidates' current employer.

Reasonable Accommodations: Under state and federal law qualified applicants with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Modifications or adjustments may be provided to assist applicants to compete in the recruitment and selection process. An applicant must request an accommodation when needed. If you need any such accommodation, contact the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education at 406-449-9155. TDD users may use the relay service by dialing 711.

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