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Budget Analyst II, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

University of Montana
Montana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Aug 18, 2022

Job Details

Application instructions are located at the bottom of the page. Please apply directly through the University of Montana's career portal UM Jobs at for positions at the University of Montana – Missoula, University of Montana Western (Dillon), and Helena College. Do not apply through or use easy apply through * .

W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation (WAFCFC) invites applications for the Budget Analyst II to process the financial records for the WAFCFC and the Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station (MFCES). This position is responsible for: data entry, payroll processing, invoice and form processing, the creation of detailed financial reports, and analysis and reconciliation of State, designated, auxiliary and grant budgets. Financial guidance and support are provided to the WAFCFC, MFCES, faculty, staff, and others, including assistance with budget annual preparation of the WAFCFC budget. This position provides accounting and grant preparation and administration for WAFCFC.

The position is also responsible for the timely processing of grant proposals including the development of grant budgets, reconciliation of grants, providing timely budget reports to Principal Investigators and general grant maintenance while performing these tasks with a great attention to detail. Other grant related duties include cost match and time and effort reporting. This position responsible for entry and update to the database for the Research, Education and extension project online reporting system (REEport) used for annual McIntire Stennis reporting. WAFCFC Budget Analysts oversee data compilation, analysis, and preparation of the annual McIntire Stennis report.

This position will work both as a team member and independently and must take initiative as a self-starter with the tasks listed above to be a liaison between the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation Accounting Office and the Office of Research and Sponsored Program pre-award office and post-award office to ensure compliance with UM and external policies in grants management and administration.

This position requires incumbent to develop working knowledge and application of University and W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation policies and procedures; develop working knowledge and proficiency in the use of UMDW, Banner, and GrizMart and other University computer programs; and develop working knowledge and ability to work proficiently in REEport database and reporting system.

This position is not eligible for remote work outside the state of Montana.

Required Skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of accounting & budget management practices and procedures.
  • Demonstrated organizational, time management, and multi-tasking skills and ability to meet deadlines in a busy, high volume transactional environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to monitor account and grant activity and reconcile accounts.
  • Demonstrated high degree of proficiency in the operation of personal computers and related word processing, spreadsheet and database software (Excel, Word, Microsoft Office, Outlook).
  • Acute attention to detail is essential.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in processing grant proposals, including development of grant budgets, reconciliation of grants, time and effort reporting, cost match reporting, timely budget reports to Principle Investigators and general grant maintenance.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in contract management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in payroll management and processing.
  • Demonstrated consistency, clarity, excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to explain detailed financial information and concepts on a level “non-accounting” people will understand.
  • Ability to consult with faculty and administrators and act as a resource to help them achieve their department / project goals, while meeting sponsor requirements as applicable.
  • Ability to understand university, state, federal and accounting practices and budget processes.
  • Knowledge of federal forms required to submit budgets and ability to review a completed proposal prior to submission to OSP.
Minimum Required Experience
  • Experience to perform at this level is typically acquired with a High School diploma and four (4) years experience working in an accounting, budget and grants management capacity; or an Associate’s Degree in a related field, and two (2) years of experience working in an accounting capacity; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Associate's degree in Accounting (or equivalent education and work experience), including accounting coursework, and three to four (3-4) years of job-related experience in accounting with experience in performing accounting functions and grant functions.
About the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation and UM

The W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation pursues excellence and fosters understanding of biophysical and social processes among its graduates, faculty, and constituents to positively affect forest and wildland ecosystems, natural resource management, and associated human communities. The mission of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation is to advance research and education that fosters sustainability and empowers a holistic understanding of social-ecological systems.

The W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation Staff provides services to faculty, staff, students, the University campus and the general community through accounting, administrative, information technology, academic and field properties support. We provide this in an environment that fosters trust, integrity, teamwork, positive communication and a sense of belonging in an expedient, professional, courteous, competent, and respectful manner. We do this because we believe in the larger College of Forestry and Conservation mission and vision.

The University of Montana is flagship, research institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details

Position Title: Budget Analyst II

Position Number: NEW

Department: W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

Work Schedule: Full-time, 1.0 FTE (40 Hours a week), Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 12 months/year.

Salary: $18.876/hrCurrent employee’s rate of pay for this position will be determined by the staff compensation plan and may be different from the posted salary. For questions and details regarding the staff compensation plan, email the Compensation Department .

Union Affiliation: Montana Federation of Public Employees (MFPE)

Probationary Period: Six months minimum

Benefits Include : Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Open Until Filled. Application review has begun, but applications are still being accepted.

Candidates are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related the stated required skills for the position.
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience.
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Application instructions are located at the bottom of the page. Please apply directly through the University of Montana's career portal UM Jobs at for positions at the University of Montana – Missoula, University of Montana Western (Dillon), and Helena College. Do not apply through or use easy apply through * .

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular


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