Budget Analyst

Center for American Progress

Posted: 2/19/2021

Position Type: Full-Time

Function: Finance/Accounting

Primary domain: Advocacy/Social Action

City: Washington

Postal code: 20005

State: Washington, DC

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available



Mission statement:

The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.

Position Details:

Job Description:

  • Reports to: Director, Budget Planning and Forecasting
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Finance
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time

American Progress is seeking a Budget Analyst to help manage the financial planning and operations of the organization’s portfolio of programs and projects. The Budget Analyst will join a hardworking team of professionals on the Budget Planning and Forecasting team who strive to provide timely, reliable, and valuable business operations support and expertise to the organization. As a member of the team, the Budget Analyst will collaborate with internal and external customers to play an active role in the overall financial success and operational efficiency of American Progress.


Program financial management

  • Provide budgetary and planning support to program and project managers.
  • Use American Progress internal business applications in conjunction with Microsoft Excel to proactively provide in-depth analyses to forecast project and program costs, develop staffing plans, and provide various financial reports, including actual and projected costs.
  • Proactively monitor and prepare routine financial analyses of projects to compare plans vs. actuals to ensure the data are in alignment with program projections, identify any potential risks—such as to funding or period of performance—and propose reallocation of funds and reclass expenses when necessary.
  • Review, analyze, and assist in the development of staffing projections and work in conjunction with program managers, project managers, and group leadership to identify gaps required to meet program or project needs.
  • Actively engage with American Progress’ leadership, keeping them abreast of potential concerns, risks, and competing priorities.
  • Assist the Budget Planning and Forecast team in preparing organizationwide deliverables such as quarterly forecasts, midyear budgets, and annual budgets for review by senior finance and executive leadership for presentation to the board of directors for approval.
  • Respond to financial data calls—recurring and ad hoc.

Proposal budgeting and preparation

  • Lead financial proposal development in response to requests for proposals and letters of intent.
  • Work with program managers, project managers, and development leads to assess solicitation requirements; assist in the development and review narratives of scopes of work; identify resource requirements such as labor, supplies, travel, and contracts; and develop cost proposals.
  • Prepare financial narratives and use information from the internal accounting ERP system to report financials in support of contractual requirements and per the request of customers and program managers.
  • Partner with program managers and the Development team on project planning in order to forecast spending that will support the execution of agreed upon milestones and deliverables.
  • Follow the grant cycle from proposal to closeout, ensuring compliance and financial strategies are executed throughout, including by keeping grant files up to date with all pertaining support documentation.

Quality assurance and business-related functions

  • Perform quality reviews of business support requirements, including proposals, cost impacts, deficit spending, precontract authorization requests, hiring, and other financial and program-related documents.
  • Enter, manage, and maintain internal information systems, ensuring all department, program, project, and grant data are complete and updated as needed—including in ERP, Concur, Salesforce, and other systems.
  • Prepare routine and complex journal entries and make time adjustments as needed to assist the monthly close process.
  • Engage and collaborate with all levels and groups of staff and field requests, responding to queries related to the assigned portfolio.
  • Seek new innovations to enhance quality, customer service, business processes, quality review meetings, and responses to data calls.


Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a business area such as accounting, business administration, finance, economics, or other relevant field.
  • At least two years of relevant experience in the areas of financial and cost analysis, management control, and/or proposal preparation.
  • Comfortable working with a team in a fast-paced environment and meeting multiple tight deadlines.
  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Excel.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability as a self-starter with a high level of initiative, critical thinking, and ability to communicate effectively with internal and external customers.
  • Active listener with a strong work ethic and a positive, can-do attitude.


  • Previous experience working with an ERP accounting system such as Sage, Oracle, or SAP, with a preference for Unanet.
  • Working knowledge of data visualization software such as Power BI, Tableau, or another analytics software.
  • Ability to develop briefing materials and graphical presentations, as well as ability to make formal oral presentations of these materials to all levels of staff.
  • Experience working with senior staff and providing guidance and training.
  • Knowledgeable of the project management process.


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

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