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Senior Budget Analyst - Finance & Accounting
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description


At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of over two hundred employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across 
the globe.

The Senior Budget Analyst is an integral part of the financial planning function within the Finance & Accounting Team. The position works with a portfolio of CSIS policy programs and administrative departments, including program coordinator, managers, and senior staff in budget planning, analysis, and reporting. The candidate must be a initiative-taker who is motivated, team player, proactive, and detailed oriented. 

The Senior Budget Analyst must have deep understanding of GAAR accounting practice, including but not limited to cost accounting methodologies, grant and contractual revenue recognition, proven experience of non-profits budgeting concepts, practices, and procedures, and hands-on experience with accounting and budget CRMs. The candidate must have excellent communication, judgement, and organization skills. The position will report to the Deputy CFO. 

The annual salary for this position is $115,000.


Budget Development and Forecast 

• Develop an understanding of his/her portfolio of departments and programs, and its funding streams and/or cost structure.
• Assist programs/departments with developing operating budget in the budget system,
including personnel budget, labor allocation, billing rate, direct expenses, funding transfers,
and overhead applications.
• Develop, review, and advise programs on proposal budgets to ensure appropriate cost
coverage, based on funding opportunities and solicitation requirements.
• Timely updates of projects budgets and forecasts, working with program staff, to reflect
changing assumptions in revenue, personnel, and other direct project costs. 


Revenue Recognition & Allocation

• Prepare invoices, review disbursement requests, and expense reports to ensure proper
allocation of expenses, release of revenues, and compliance to funding requirements.
• Review signed MOUs to understand the teams and conditions of the funding, setup proper 
codes and allocation rules in the accounting project module to ensure accurate allocation and 
revenue forecast. 
• Work with development and program staff to identify and monitor progress of funding 
• Other duties as assigned.

Financial Reporting and Analysis

• Prepare monthly financial reports with analysis for dissemination and discussion with program 
directors and budget staff. 
• Prepare and/or submit interim and final financial reporting to fulfill funders’ reporting 
• If Federal funding, prepare, submit and record monthly and/or quarterly federal and
private contract billings via accounting system (MS Dynamics SL) and CRM (Salesforce).
• Perform budget to actual variance analysis to identify inaccuracies, trends, and irregularities.
• Perform reclassification to address potential budget shortfalls or cost overruns, and
opportunities for surpluses.
• Assist with Deputy CFO with analysis of programs budget and performance, for
decision-making and recommendations to management and programs.


• Proven experience working in the Nonprofits institutions on budget, grants, contracts, and analysis
is essential. 
• Experience with industry standard accounting and/or budget systems is required. 
• Experience with MS Dynamics SL, Workday Adaptive Planning, Salesforce is highly desirable. 
• Seven years of progressive and relevant analytical budgeting, grant accounting experience in
nonprofits (Master of relevant fields can constitute two years’ experience). 
• Bachelor’s degree in business administration, Accounting, or Finance required; MA, MS or MBA are 
• Understanding of GAAP and OMB Circulars and Uniform Guidance is essential.
• Excellent written and verbal communication and people skills
• Strong organization and time management skills
• Demonstrably strong judgement and decision-making skills
• Strong Ability to multi-task and prioritize. 

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Performances of duties require the use of hands to finger, handle, or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. 
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Interested applicants should submit an application and resume at
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