Job Locations:
Mesa Lab Building
NCAR – Wyoming Supercomputing Center

Job Description Summary:

UCAR is excited to announce the job opening for a Budget Analyst I.

This position provides budgeting, financial management, and analysis to the Lab Administrator in support of the Computational & Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) Director’s Office, and NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) within CISL. The Budget Analyst I is responsible for developing, preparing, analyzing, and administering budgets and proposals, while being cognizant of laboratory and institutional goals and policies.

NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) is a leader in supercomputing and data services necessary for the advancement of atmospheric and geospace science. CISL’s mission is to remain a leader at the forefront of ensuring that research universities, NCAR, and the larger atmospheric, oceanographic, and related research communities have access to the computational resources they need for their research. To fulfill the need for a stronger workforce at the intersection of High Performance Computing (HPC) and geoscience problems, CISL engages in education and outreach activities to inspire and attract a diverse future workforce.

Research shows that women and people of color are less likely to apply for a position if they do not meet almost 100% of the desired skills and experience. Please note this is not necessary! If you meet the minimum requirements and have a passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply. We can provide on-the-job training for the rest!

Position Details:

Visa Sponsored Job:


Relocation Assistance Eligible:


Job Location:

Boulder, Colorado

Position Type & Term:

Full time, Regular

Compensation Min – Mid Range:

57,940.00 USD – 72,424.00 USD

*Final salary and rates are based on education, experience and skills relevant to the role.*

Application Notes

Application Deadline: This position will be posted until filled with priority given to applications submitted by August 23. Applications submitted past this date may not be fully considered, depending on the quality and volume of applications received. 

Required application materials (preferably in PDF Format): 

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter – This role will involve close interaction and collaboration with a wide range of subject matter experts, stakeholders, and teams. We are seeking candidates who not only possess strong financial acumen, but also a deep commitment to fostering an inclusive and collaborative working environment. In your Cover Letter, please share your ideas and strategies for building and maintaining positive working relationships, as well as how you communicate budget development and analysis within such a diverse group of people.

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What You Will Do

Here is a brief summary of what one would expect to be generally responsible for in this role.

CISL Administration and NWSC Functions

  • Develop structure for account keys, set up new account keys, use UCAR FinTools (CPM/Cognos) and future systems for budget analysis and spending projections, and monitor accounts for accuracy of expenditures, generating transfers as appropriate.   

  • Use Excel and FinTools (CPM/Cognos) software to prepare budgets, spreadsheets, reports, graphs, applicable databases and create ad-hoc templates to meet institutional and divisional assignments and objectives. 

  • Oversee reconciling efforts by administrative assistants.

  • Participate in the CISL Leadership weekly meetings.

  • Works directly with NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) Management and NWSC Office Manager to monitor spending and ensure compliance with budget policies and procedures for non-equipment, staff-related, off-site rate account keys for the NWSC. 

  • Develop tools for monitoring and planning budgets, oversee the monitoring and tracking of expenses and open purchases. 

Facility and Data Rate Development & Monitoring

  • Support, in consultation with the CISL Lead Lab Administrator, the developing and managing of budgets. 

  • Use robust accounting practices to forecast spending patterns for CISL and NWSC. 

  • In collaboration with the Section Managers and Assistant Section Head, develop financial tools and complete “What If” scenarios.  

  • Coordinate budget activities with purchasing and property activities.

  • Assist in development and monitoring of a variety of indirect rates.


  • Prepare UCAR/NCAR Proposal submissions and award administration using various online tools such as PandA, Kuali and NSF Research.gov.  

  • Participate on UCAR-wide teams, provide advice and written documentation on financial and reporting technologies, and test new technologies.

Who We’d Love To Join Our Team

Successful candidates will ensure their application materials speak to the following criteria:

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant academic discipline;

  • 2 years related experience;

  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience which qualifies the individual to perform the duties as described.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Basic skill in budget development and analysis, cost control and development of relevant statistics.

  • General knowledge and understanding of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) circulars and UCAR policies and procedures related to budgets and indirect costs.

  • General knowledge of government contract/agreement requirements, policies and procedures.

  • Basic skill in documenting budget information in a clear and understandable manner.

  • Understanding of accounting principles.

  • Advanced skill in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and database computer applications. Knowledge of formulas, pivot tables, and graphing as they relate to spreadsheets. 

  • Ability to work within an individual and team environment at the Boulder and Wyoming locations.

  • Ability and willingness to travel to the NWSC facility on a regular basis.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills. 

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and ability to maintain confidentiality.  

  • Basic skills using online financial systems such as UCAR IFAS, CPM and Cognos or other reporting tools.

Desired, but not required:

  • Experience using Workday financials.

  • Familiarity with facility operations.

  • Familiarity with rate development or monitoring experience.

  • Familiarity with Federal Agency Proposal.

Benefits Overview 

UCAR affirms its commitment to employees through competitive benefits. In addition to medical, dental, vision, retirement, and life insurance,  UCAR offers a variety of programs focused on work-life balance and professional, and personal development. These include:

  • Tuition Assistance, time off allowance to attend classes, and other professional development opportunities

  • UCAR contributes 10% of your eligible pay into your retirement account; 100% fully vested on day one

  • Starting minimum accrual of 20 days of personal time off each year (prorated for less than full-time positions)

  • 10 paid holidays

  • 10 days of sick leave each year

  • 14 weeks of paid parental leave

  • Short-term medical leave paid at 100% of your regular salary

  • EcoPass for local Colorado residents to use the Denver and Boulder-area transit system at no cost

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our organization is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and fostering a culture where everyone feels welcome and supported. To learn more about these efforts, visit the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan and our Diversity & Inclusion: A Welcoming Workplace site. 

Research shows that women and people of color are less likely to apply for a position if they do not meet almost 100% of the desired skills and experience. Please note this is not necessary! If you meet the minimum requirements and have a passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply. We can provide on-the-job training for the rest!

Some Final Considerations

At UCAR|NCAR|UCP, you will work alongside a dedicated team of professionals conducting critical research and community outreach to solve complex Earth system science  problems including climate change, air pollution, extreme weather, floods, drought, wildfires, and space weather, all with the goal of improving human life and reducing economic loss. Each of us, from scientists to the professionals who support their work, serves the public and a collaborative community of scientists in our mission to understand the complex processes that make up the Earth system, from the ocean floor to the Sun’s core.

Flexible Work

At UCAR, we are committed to supporting our mission by giving staff the flexibility to find the schedule and location that works best to maintain their own work-life circumstances and reach their full potential as professionals. Many positions within our organization are eligible for fully on-site, hybrid, fully-remote and/or flexible work schedules.

Equal Opportunity Employer

UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at UCAR.

Export Control

All positions are required to comply with U.S. export compliance regulations work location requirements regarding access to facilities and research systems.

Visa Wait Times

Please consider the length of visa procurement when applying for this posting, understanding that you will not be able to begin employment until you are able to get a visa and enter the U.S.