Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is looking for a Budget
Analyst to join its Academic Affairs Office. This department
supports the work of faculty, departments, and students across all
divisions. This is a great opportunity to support budget
development for strategic partnerships and research project
activities. We seek a culturally competent candidate who will
thrive in a campus environment that is committed to advancing the
principles of social equity and inclusion, environmental and
climate justice, and equal access to resources and
The Budget Analyst projects, analyzes, and summarizes data for
financial planning, budgeting, and reporting purposes. This
position is responsible for maintaining and providing input to and
recommendations for informational databases and tools including
position control, capital, and operating budgets. The Budget
Analyst maintains and improves detailed financial and analytical
models and provides financial reports to various departments
serving as a point of contact to these departments for budget
inquiries and training. This role also supports the budget and
planning process across the Strategic Partnerships portfolio and
fiscal monitoring, reporting, research, analysis, and financial
management of grants and contract activity.
- Proactively engage other Academic Affairs offices to understand
budget needs and requests and collect applicable data. Contribute
to the budget development process by handling requests and
- Support budget development for strategic partnership and
research project activity, including pre-award and post-award
analysis on grants and contracts. Fiscal monitoring, reporting,
research, analysis, and financial management of grants and contract
activity. Ensure that grants, contracts, gifts, and designated
funds are properly accounted for and that resources are managed in
accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and / or restrictions
in collaboration with the Controller’s Office.
- Proactively engage with the Controller’s Office and Academic
Affairs to reconcile and close-out external funding activities in
order to meet Fiscal Year accounting deadlines and external
reporting requirements. Prepare accurate end-of-year / end of
project reports, internal funding distributions, and financial
- Oversee project budgets. Monitor and adjust as necessary
payroll allocations among various unrestricted and designated funds
in order to maintain accurate budgets and ensure compliance with
grant and project budgets.
- Support development of Workday systems for contracted activity,
external funding, and report development. Build ad hoc queries and
generate reports. Maintain and improve financial models to forecast
trends, outline concerns, and highlight opportunities. Create
summaries and presentations. Present these summaries to a variety
of audiences. Evaluate new and existing tools, systems, and
modules, as requested, and make recommendations to align system
solutions with operational needs and requirements.
- Payroll reconciliation against budget. Report, analyze, and
communicate related data with appropriate academic leadership.
- Monitor revenue and expenditure budget performance and provide
reporting and analysis of variances. Identify areas of concern and
recommend appropriate actions. Advise on resource allocation for
Strategic Partnerships initiatives. Provide input on budget model
proposals and/or 5 year budget models for revenue development.
- Ensure compliance with the college’s operating and capital
budget policies. Partner with and educate departments regarding
correct procedures and compliance.
- Serve as the first line of contact with other Academic Affairs
offices to provide budget training and respond to budget inquiries.
Engage and consult with departments regarding available options,
budgetary solutions, and implications.
- Review contracts, leases, and other agreements for budget
impact and payable/receivable scheduling, and assist with the
review and approval process.
- Requires a detailed understanding of budget development and
strong analytical and financial acumen.
- Knowledge of grants or sponsored project management related to
- Ability to interact with all levels of the organization and
work with a diverse group of individuals.
- Ability to liaise and network with various departments in order
to leverage systems, tools, and relationships.
- Demonstrated project management and organizational skills.
- Demonstrated computing and quantitative skills including
experience with MS Excel and Google suite.
- Excellent attention to detail and oral and written
- Experience reporting to external funders or stakeholders and/or
working with corporate partner finance offices.
- Bachelor’s degree in a Business Administration, Finance, or
business-related field, or equivalent combination of education and
- Minimum of three years of professional experience in finance,
and/or budgeting, preferably in a non-profit environment.
- Experience with Workday, grant management, and position control
35 hours/week; 12 months/year
Documents Needed to Apply
Cover Letter (required)
Salary Grade Structure
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload
all required documents.
The successful candidate will be required to meet our
pre-employment background screening requirements.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its
learning community and integral to an art and design education. We
welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute
to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal
Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability,
veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,
genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by
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