About Mills College: Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.
Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit https://www.mills.edu/
Reports to: Associate Vice President of Finance and Assistant Treasurer
Mills College is seeking a Budget Analyst. With an annual budget of $66 Million, the Budget Analyst will work with all aspects of Mills budget. The Budget Analyst will report directly to the AVP Finance and Assistant Treasurer to provide detailed analysis and reports that inform and facilitate executive-level decision making on issues of financial importance.
As a key member of the finance team, this position plays a central role in key strategic budgetary projects, the development of annual and quarterly forecasting, trend analysis, and more, while maintaining the highest level of integrity. The ability to synthesize financial information and provide sound advice to researchers, administrators, faculty, and core leaders of Mills College will also be essential to be successful in this opportunity.
Essential Job Functions
Provides assistance to the AVP Finance and Assistant Treasurer in interpreting and ensuring compliance with internal and external policies, procedures and guidelines (such as IRS, federal and other sponsored agencies, etc.) which may require keeping current on related regulations or compliance standards
Reports on budget vs. actual results and investigates variances
Provides analytical support for budget projects.
Preparation of budget and financial reports, as requested.
Work closely with other members of the Finance team to prepare annual budget, monthly/quarterly financial review and reports, quarterly forecasting, multi-year budgets, and year-end close.
Analyzes past, present, and future trends in order to predict future financial performance.
Consistent evaluations of current processes and systems, while recommending appropriate changes to best practices.
Works on budget issues, which may include reviewing, researching, and recommending alternative budget strategies.
Assistance with analysis, projections, financial reporting necessary for annual budget and plan submission or other requests by Mills College Administration
Analysis of accounts for explanation of variances from budget for leadership, faculty and staff
Bachelors degree in finance, accounting or other related field required
A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience such as budget, strategic planning, data analysis.
Strong analytical skills with the ability to analyze financial data, conduct appropriate research and communicate effectively with internal and external users
In-depth knowledge of budgetary procedures and best practices. Ability to synthesize information and provide advice to researchers, administrators, faculty, and business managers.
Excellent oral and written communication in daily interactions. Proven ability to clearly articulate specific information in area of subject matter expertise.
Three years of related business experience working in an analytical or accounting support function
3-5 years of experience with a financial ERP and reporting, understanding summary and detailed reports, reading various financial statements and researching issues using the detail, Ellucian Banner preferred.
Ability to query, run reports, and enter data into database systems. Knowledge of reporting and budget systems within a higher education environment is preferred.
Some grant experience with building budgets, periodic monitoring and producing final financial reports
This is a full-time, exempt position with an FTE of 1.0. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with college-matching after 6 month qualifying period, 10 days of vacation for year one, 15 days of vacation for years 2-10, and 22 days of vacation years 10+ plus, 12 sick days and 17 paid holidays (subject to annual review). Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Voluntary benefits include: pet insurance, long-term care insurance, legal-assistance insurance, cellular provider discounts and computer hardware discounts.
Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. The College educates students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society. Mills encourages openness to experimentation in the context of established academic disciplines. Programs are designed to reflect the importance of global issues, provide an understanding of the natural world, and enhance opportunities for women in their developing roles throughout society. The curriculum combines traditional liberal arts with new educational initiatives that recognize the value of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity. Inspired by a teaching philosophy that grows out of its longstanding dedication to women?s education, Mills provides a dynamic learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration. The faculty of nationally and internationally respected scholars and artists is dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth.