(14-121) Budget Analyst (Technical/Support II)

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University seeks to fill a Budget Analyst position for its collaborative research as a Cooperative Institute with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service’s (NWS) Aviation Weather Center (AWC). The office is located in Kansas City, MO (work location will be in Kansas City).
 
Background
The Aviation Weather Center (AWC) in Kansas City, MO has a long history of supporting the nation’s aviation-weather infrastructure, as well as supporting and transitioning research into operations for the National Weather Service (NWS).  The AWC supports the FAA and other aviation interests.  The Aviation Weather Testbed (AWT), located at the AWC, provides the infrastructure and facilities to develop, test, and evaluate new and emerging scientific techniques, products, and services.  The AWC and AWT have an active partnership with CIRA, including a staff of nearly ten CIRA scientists and IT professionals located in Kansas City, MO.  CIRA seeks to hire a Budget Analyst with experience in management and administration, to work in Kansas City, MO and support its engagement with the AWC and the AWT.
 
Responsibilities
The individual in this position will provide a broad range of administrative and support activities for personnel at AWC.  As a key administrative support person to the Senior Staff at AWC, he/she will also be responsible for tasks including, but not limited to, the following activities:
·         Monitoring budget and reconciling expenditures; maintaining accounting records; ensuring legal compliance and proper accounting of federal funds;
·         Maintaining multiple spreadsheets of administrative information with accuracy and in accordance with audit rules and procedures;
·         Initiating procurement requests, tracking and documenting progress and product delivery; identifying and solving problems;
·         Preparing financial summaries, reports and projections; 
·         Examining assigned accounting documents to verify accuracy of computations and uniform application of policies, procedures, and acceptable accounting standards;
·         Processing and supporting travel requests by CIRA researchers, including maintaining all travel support documentation and submitting all travel vouchers;
·         Processing leave requests and coordinating/following up on issues regarding benefits and leave accrual;
·         Synthesizing multiple scientific progress reports for annual reporting requirement to federal sponsors;
·         Assisting in providing editing and coordination for the CIRA Annual Report, CIRA Magazine, and other education and outreach material for CIRA and the AWC;
·         Assisting AWT scientists and researchers in various disciplines and multiple research projects with research proposal preparation including budgets, statements of work, required forms, etc.;
·         Assisting AWT and CIRA scheduling, including interviews and application evaluation for CIRA new-hire search/selection committees;
·         Adhering to all published CIRA, Federal, and AWC policies, directives, and standard operating procedures;
·         Handling sensitive and confidential information with a high degree of discretion.
 
Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis in business or other related field.  Five years of closely-related experience can substitute for the Bachelor’s Degree. Experience with computer-based office software for budget and administrative applications (such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint, etc.) is also required, as is experience and skill in writing reports. 
 
Desired Qualifications
Master’s Degree or Ph.D. preferred.  Highly desired qualifications include the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet project deadlines; ability to take initiative and communicate effectively (written and verbal skills) with researchers and other staff members; and a willingness to learn new skills for professional growth within the position.  The ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment with a positive attitude is also desired.
 
Background Check 
Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community.  To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history. 
 
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
 
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the positon is filled; however, to ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by November 10, 2014 by 11:59 MST. Apply electronically by sending a resume, cover letter, and the names of three references to the attention of Human Resources Manager at the following email address: cira_hr@mail.colostate.edu. Please put your last name and 14-121 in the subject line of the e-mail. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
 
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