Senior Budget and Policy Analyst – open position at UMass Boston


Job Description:

The Senior Budget and Policy Analyst will support the financial management of the University and planning and resource allocations discussions and decisions of senior University administrators.  The incumbent will be responsible for preparing comprehensive analysis, presentations and studies of key revenue and expense variables, along with integrating peer and best practice information for comparative purposes. S/he will independently conduct research and analysis, supporting best practices in identifying appropriate resource allocations; and will effectively communicate recommendations to stakeholders at all levels of the organization.

The Senior Budget and Policy Analyst will lead the development of the multi-year (5 year) revenue and expense forecasts; analyze financial data, investments and related outcome metrics for the organization, peer institutions, and national higher education trends; lead and contribute to special project analysis on key revenue and expense components of the financial plan; and prepare concise and effective reporting for senior management.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and present complex analysis, building on analytical and statistical expertise and working collaboratively with colleagues, stakeholders and senior leadership;
  • Design and deliver presentations and analysis to educate stakeholders on key financial issues and opportunities, facilitating informal or formal dialogue toward strengthening financial management, reporting and planning;
  • Synthesize analysis, findings and best practices into actionable recommendations, supported by solid evidence;
  • Support the work of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget and Financial Planning, including conducting strategic and quantitative analysis on revenue and expense performance, and preparing presentations and briefing material by consolidating and integrating material from a variety of sources;
  • Develop and produce regular reports on the financial performance of the Boston campus, including analysis of the key drivers of those results, for senior campus leadership;
  • Assist in the development of a set of analytical resources, meaningful reporting capabilities, and methodologies to enhance decision-making support at UMass Boston;
  • Provide data to support the modeling of the impacts of proposed new programs, policies and processes, or proposed changes to existing programs, policies and processes;
  • Perform other analytical, ad hoc projects to support the policies and decision making of the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance, and other senior University leadership;
  • Determine the financial consequences of changes in policy, programs, or activities affecting University finances and functional area resources;
  • Recommend opportunities and strategies and develop proposals for solutions of difficult financial problems;
  • Plan, facilitate, and execute projects and initiatives within a highly collaborative, shared-governance environment; serve as a key contributor in teams and work groups across the campus, providing financial and administrative policy expertise and occasionally be called upon to lead special project initiatives;
  • Provide leadership and project management expertise on a wide range of financial initiatives and complex financial analysis, such as financial benchmarking, outcomes assessment, and new program costing and pricing;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Economics, Statistics, Business Administration or a closely-related field, Master’s Degree in Finance, Economics,  Statistics, Business Administration or a closely related field preferred, and a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant work experience required.

Examples of relevant work experience include:  providing financial expertise in support of multiple business areas within a large organization; creating and maintaining prospective forecasts of staffing compensation expense, revenue from fees, building operating costs, and operating costs of a diverse collection of business areas; preparing comprehensive revenue and expense projections for new business initiatives; developing model(s) integrating data from various sources; preparing and delivering complex financial information going to governing boards.

Strong quantitative, analytical and reporting skills required.  Demonstrated supervisory and/or project management leadership experience preferred.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, with advanced knowledge of advanced reporting queries;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide clarity and conceptualization around complex financial and policy issues;
  • Ability to effectively manage complex situations;
  • Ability to develop and bring to completion multiple assignments concurrently;
  • Ability to facilitate communication across diverse constituencies and functional areas;
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a strong team environment;
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality;
  • Ability to effectively manage complex information and maintain data integrity;
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with diverse constituencies;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills;
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Strong  analytical reasoning  and quantitative analysis skills.

Additional Information:

UMass Boston provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment. Among the procedures which may be used to select personnel to fill vacant positions are review of work experience, reference checks, and interviews. All appointments and promotions will be effective on a Sunday.

Application Instructions:

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter, and list of three professional work references.

  • Professional Non-Union.
  • Full time. Benefited.
  • Hiring salary range: $72,500-$85,000.
  • Unrestricted funding.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

Closing date for applications: July 10, 2015* Search Extended.

25 entry level positions with the Boston EPA open

Over the next month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Boston anticipates filling approximately 25 entry level vacancies.

These entry level jobs are primarily for persons with backgrounds in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.  They anticipate that two financial and two legal positions will be posted as open as well.  This is a rare hiring window, so those interested should plan to attend the career session.

Boston EPA will host one career session next Monday, July 13 from 11 – 1 at 5 Post office Sq. in Leighton Conference Room, Boston, MA.
Draft Career Session Agenda
July 13, 2015, 11 – 1
5 Post Office Sq. Leighton Hall
Boston, MA 02109

You can find more information by checking the EPA website.


Masters Thesis Defense: Bjoern P Stengel

Title: Corporate responses to Rana Plaza: a comparative case study

Members of the defense committee

Professor Alessia Contu (Adviser/Chair, Dept. of Management and Marketing),

Professor  Atreya Chakraborty (Reader/MTO program director)

Friday, July 17, 2015 at 2 PM

McCormack Building – 5th floor – Room 614 Deans Conference Room

Abstract: The thesis deals with corporate responses to the Rana Plaza building collapse and compares the efforts that have been made within the two major frameworks that emerged after the event: the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. It is designed as a comparative case study, which aims to provide a deeper understanding regarding what has been done by Western companies, local manufacturers, labor unions, and the Bangladeshi government until today and what still needs to be done in order to create sustainable change in working conditions in the clothing industry in this area.