Colorado State Budget and Finance Analyst in Denver, Colorado

Budget and Finance Analyst


Budget and Finance Analyst


$3,333.33 - $4,000.00 Monthly


Denver, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Commission on Higher Education

Job Number



3/28/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

Colorado Department of Higher Education

The mission of the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) is to improve the quality of, ensure the affordability of, and promote access to, postsecondary education for the people of Colorado. In pursuing its mission, the Colorado Department of Higher Education will act as an advocate for the students and institutions of postsecondary education and will coordinate and, as needed, regulate the activities of the state's postsecondary education institutions.

Description of Job


This position will serve as a member of the Budget Services Team. Collectively the Budget Services Team is responsible for development of state budgets (both operating and capital construction) as well as state-funded financial aid programs. Furthermore, this team is responsible for the allocation of state appropriated funds. The primary responsibility of the Budget Analyst I position will be to provide critical assistance to Lead Analysts in the compilation and analysis of various financial data. The Budget Analyst I will also oversee, coordinate, and administer two specific student financial assistance support programs. This will require a high degree of organization and policy understanding. This position will support the team in creating, manipulating, analyzing, and presenting finance and related data. In addition, this position will provide technical and quantitative support to the Lead Analysts in the execution of the Department's budget request and the DHE internal operating budget.

Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage the Dependent Tuition Assistance Program (DTAP: receive, review for eligibility, and process applications; coordinate and administer grants to schools for student each semester; and confirm required status and GPA for continued funding;

  • Develop and process College Opportunity Fund audits;

  • Manage the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Student Exchange Programs (Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), and Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) and serve as the WICHE Certifying Officer for the state;

  • Use of the State's financial systems, including Colorado Operations Resource Engine (CORE) and CORE Performance Budgeting system;

  • Provide accounting support as needed;

  • Assist in state budget schedule preparation and electronic budget submission;

  • Assist in internal budget reporting including year-to-date expenditure/revenue analyses;

  • Use of electronic spreadsheets, databases, charts, graphics and up-to-date software capabilities to assist in the understandable and effective presentation of financial and related data;

The Finance Support and Program Coordinator will become familiar with higher education budget, financial aid, capital construction, fiscal notes, tuition, annual financial statements, and other data sources to become proficient in retrieving, and building electronic spreadsheets or other means to provide information and analysis in an understandable format. The position will have some contact and correspondence with students, campus administrators as well as executive and legislative staff.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Proficient in at Microsoft Office with intermediate or advanced Excel skills;

  • Highly proficient in assembling available data into useable and understandable spreadsheets, charts and graphics;

  • Applicants should demonstrate strong analytical and technical skills with a keen attention to detail;

  • Applicants should have the ability to prepare and submit internal and external reports as necessary, including ad hoc requests; and

  • Applicants must possess the ability to interpret and present quantitative information accurately and reliably.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics or related field;

  • Basic knowledge and interest in public policy issues related to higher education and the role of administrative agencies in the executive branch;

  • Excellent analytical, technical, organizational, and communication skills;

  • Excellent customer service skills

  • Ability to work effectively with others as a team under the pressure of tight time frames and rigid deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to build, work with and manage databases and apply statistical and other applications for data analysis,

  • Ability to quickly comprehend and present quantitative data and/or data analysis rapidly and accurately both orally and in writing,

  • Ability to quickly understand complex financial statements

  • Comfort working in a fast paced and public-facing environment.

Requirements: Infrequent travel requiring occasional overnight stays. Employment is contingent upon completion of a criminal background check.

Working Conditions: Works in a normal office environment with standard office equipment (such as phones, fax, copiers and personal computers). The normal working hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

This position is non-classified and exempt from the rules of the Colorado State Personnel Board.


To be considered for this position, candidates must possess the required qualifications listed above and submit a complete application package, which must include the following:

  1. Letter of Application. A letter of application which addresses how you meet the qualifications described in this announcement.

  2. Resume or Vitae. A detailed resume or vitae including all educational and professional experience.

  3. References. A list of names, titles and current telephone numbers of three (3) employment references.

Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. Applications may be submitted in electronic format to: . They may also be mailed or delivered to the address below, or faxed (303) 292-1606

Cindy Langan

Human Resource Manager

Colorado Department of Higher Education

1560 Broadway, Suite 1600

Denver, Colorado 80202

The Colorado Department of Higher Education is an Equal Opportunity employer. In compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination laws, the Department does not discriminate in matters of employment based on disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion, age, national origin, or ancestry.