Sr. Budget Manager (4331)

Finance Socorro, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) has an exciting career opportunity for a Sr. Budget ManagerThe Budget Manager will manage a site and or several major divisional budgets and reporting processes including collection, population, and analysis of organization and business data.  The Budget Manager will be responsible for local compliance with 2 Part CFR200 regulations governing expenditures; will support the operation of the facility which requires knowledge of accounting practices, analytical, managerial, personnel and report writing skills and knowledge of proper use of commitment authority and audit practices; will work closely with one or more Assistant Directors to meet fiscal and organizational reporting needs; may coordinate activities with other sites or divisions.


Additionally, the Budget Manager will regularly review operating budgets to analyze trends affecting budget needs, works with stakeholders to develop multi-year operating budgets, and make budget allocation recommendations; will work with stakeholders and functional managers to ensure the Work Breakdown and Chart of Accounts structures support functional and reporting needs; will prepares detailed budget charts, tables, and spreadsheets, as needed, in support of a variety of budgetary analyses and special projects; will compile and displays data using table and graph spreadsheet applications. This position is an extension of the budget office serving a division in situ.  The incumbent must be able to initiate, propose, and implement processes and procedures that serve the division at the same time that they comply with Observatory practice and requirements.


The position is based at the Science Operations Center in Socorro, NM on the campus of New Mexico Tech ( Socorro is a small, historical town in the Rio Grande Valley, 75 miles south of Albuquerque. In addition to competitive pay, the NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment. Our retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.


Job Duties Summary

Routine responsibilities of the Budget Manager will include:

  • Developing, monitoring, and reviewing budgets and forecasts to annual schedule;
  • Interfacing with budget holders on division budgets, project budgets, ad hoc reports, and budget explanations;
  • Evaluating budgets in terms of organizational priorities and financial resources;
  • Assisting in preparation and justification of budget requests;
  • Automating financial reporting processes;
  • Preparing various month end and special analysis reports;
  • Prepare electronic time keeping (ETK) labor corrections, personnel action notices (PANs) and general ledger adjusting entries;
  • Preparing journal entries, payroll corrections, PANs for budget/expense adjustments;
  • Working with Fiscal and AD of Observatory Budgets to assure audit-ready documentation of transactions;
  • Developing and maintain accounting procedures to assure allowable & accurate expenditure of external funds including providing information for invoicing;
  • Will maintain the accounting structure for the division following the work breakdown structure and commitment authority;
  • Will manage program and other external income from auxiliary and other activities;
  • Will prepare pricing calculations (e.g. telescope time);
  • Monitor utilities usage;
  • Will train staff and oversee accounting requirements for PMD, auxiliaries and other activities;
  • May carry out other related finance/administrative functions, as required.


Work Environment

Works in office environment, must be able to work at a computer with detailed and complex alpha and numerical information.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, finance or related field and/or certifications (CMA, CFM, CPA), or equivalent work experience required.


Preferred Education

Advanced degree (MBA) is highly desirable.


Minimum Experience

Must have a minimum of seven years of experience in a financial analysis and administrative role.


Preferred Experienced

Eight or more years of experience in a financial analysis and administrative role.


Competency Summary

Must be familiar with accounting standards, including 2 Part CFR 200, concepts, practices and procedures within the Observatory or a similar environment including chart of accounts and report generation processes.  Must be highly organized and detail oriented.  Must demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills in complex environments. Excellent computer skills and experience using spreadsheet, charting, and other software tools, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with individuals at all levels in the organization.  Individual must be self-directed.


Application Instructions:


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The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)


The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.