Budget Analyst

Budget Analyst

Posted: January 9, 2023
Position Code: 1001

Position Overview & Responsibilities

The Budget Analyst is responsible for the day-to-day processing of financial and personnel information in the College’s budget system. The Analyst also assists with financial analysis, budget creation and financial projections as well as the provision of general customer service for the Budget Office.


  • Process approved Employee Action Forms in the budgeting system.

  • Process approved Budget Transfer Forms in the budgeting system.

  • Assist with data input into the budgeting system to facilitate budget creation and/or operating projections.

  • Provide assistance with ad hoc analyses and create customized reports in excel with data extracted from Jenzabar One and Questica systems.

  • Periodically, audit the employee roster in the budgeting system against the payroll system, and resolve any discrepancies.

  • Produce budget and operating reports from the budgeting system, as requested. Analyze and summarize budget variances for discussion with the Sr. Budget Analyst and the Vice President of Financial Planning.

  • Assist the Sr. Budget Analyst in setting up training sessions and drafting training materials for budgeting module users.

  • Review grant proposal budgets with Sr. Analyst to ensure funds adequately budgeted for course releases, chargebacks and F&A cost allowance.

  • Assist Sr. Analyst and VPFP in preparing for meetings with unit-based managers and budget officers for the annual budgeting and periodic projection process cycle.

  • Assist Sr. Analyst in reviewing correct classification of expenses in J1g to ensure that actual results are properly recorded where budgeted.

  • Monitor the Budget Office email account, responding to inquiries and requests.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business or another quantitative field.

  • Preference for an advanced degree in a relevant field.

  • Must understand basic accounting and budgeting principles.

  • Must be able to comfortably navigate a budget database and ERP system.

  • Must have advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills.

  • Must have a customer service mind-set.

  • Must have strong attention to detail.

  • Must thrive in a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment.

  • Strong preference for someone with experience in a budgeting office.

  • Preference for experience in a complex higher education environment.

Application Materials Should Include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.

  • Resume

This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Required Vaccinations:

Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

About Merrimack College

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260-acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.