Job Location:
Foothills Lab Anthes Building

UCAR is excited to announce the job opening for the Business and Finance Data Analyst. This analyst provides business application and analytics support for business and finance stakeholders across the organization.

The analyst will facilitate the administration of the business intelligence platform and related applications, including application development, application strategy, configuration, support, and ad-hoc reporting across multiple functions within the institution.

This position utilizes a combination of business intelligence techniques, modeling, financial/budget knowledge, and analysis skills to design and develop reports, performance metrics, custom applications and systems to support the dynamic needs of the institution’s management teams and financial system users. Attention to detail and mindfulness of the big picture is essential for success in this role.

Where You Will Work:

At UCAR, 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.

Job Location: Boulder, CO

Job Location Type: Hybrid (Combination Remote and Onsite presence) or remote

Position Type & TermFull-time, Regular

Hiring Range: Annual Salary Range: $83,181 to 103,976

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

Application Notes:

  • Application Deadline: The position will be posted until Date or filled with priority given to applications submitted by March 3, 2023

  • Required application materials (preferably in PDF Format):

  • Cover Letter

    • Please address your professional skills and experiences that align with the Business and Finance Data mission, projects, and initiatives.

    • Additionally, please discuss how this internship will benefit you and your future career plans

  • Resume or CV

  • Inclusion statement

    • Please write a brief statement (1 page or less) describing how you have (or would like to) cultivate and maintain inclusive spaces in your career. Please base your statement around your personal background and life experiences (including cultural, educational, familial, social, etc.)

  • Work Authorization: US Residency is a Requirement. You must reside in the U.S. for this position UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H-1B, etc.) for this position. U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or another protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position.]  Please see “Final Considerations” for more information at the bottom

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance is not available for this position

  • Pre-employment screenings are conducted for selected candidates; background checks are also conducted for risk-based positions. Learn more.

Benefits Overview (not including internship or casual roles)

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 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!


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

Key Responsibilities

Business Intelligence Reporting

  • Collaborates with staff across various levels of the organization, including senior leadership, Information Technology staff, functional managers, subject matter experts, change management and communications professionals, quality assurance staff, and business analysts to develop and implement reporting and analytics business requirements.

  • Actively participates in the full development life cycle of reporting and analytics including: developing business requirements, writing reports, developing dashboards, validating report quality and accuracy, and supporting production deployment as needed. Responsible for updating and maintaining the configuration of business intelligence applications, including workflow configuration, master data, and embedded business rules.

  • Provides a unified set of reporting criteria to support institutional best practices and shared sponsor and program needs.

  • Serves as a point of contact for end users to address user needs, issues, and opportunities for optimization.

  • Collaborates with software engineers, data architects and modelers to design new requirements into the data models.

Application Support

  • Ensures all applications are functioning properly and monitors software application integrations.

  • Troubleshoots or delegates issues and monitors resolution from end-to-end. Fixes may include short-term workarounds but will always focus on long-term and comprehensive solutions to problems.

  • Creates and maintains system roles for users of the system. Determines what roles employees will be granted in the platform. Performs periodic audits to ensure users access privileges are regularly reviewed and provides guidance to users on system security capabilities.

  • Performs direct support to internal users of the systems

  • Ensures documentation for systems use, change requests, and issues is maintained.

Decision Making & Problem Solving

  • Independently sets complex and changing work priorities, both daily and weekly, to respond to management priorities and deadlines.

  • Requires the ability to effectively and efficiently analyze and resolve complex problems involving application-oriented, accounting, and project management issues.

  • Uses reason, logic, detailed knowledge and originality to solve highly complex problems, develop more than one way to verify results, and form plans of action for the future in response to a wide range of situations.

  • Uses innovative and in-depth conceptual thinking in anticipating and defining problems in program and budget planning, understanding the problem and interconnection to UCAR and NCAR management processes, and formulating and presenting solutions.


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

Education & Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, computer science, or a related field.

  • Minimum 5 years experience configuring and administering large-scale, enterprise business intelligence applications, database and report development.

  • 2 years experience with Workday Financials and Workday Report Writer (included in minimum 5 years experience). 

Desired but not required   

  • Experience with Workday Planning.

  • Experience with Power BI and / or IBM Cognos.

  • Experience with Workday Adaptive Planning, Discovery Boards, and Advanced Reports.

  • Experience with writing and executing SQL.

  • Professional experience in a higher education, non-profit, or research institution.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Advanced in knowledge of financial and fund accounting practices, business intelligence and analytics, and related technology applications.

  • Skill in administering and configuring business intelligence applications.

  • Advanced skill in business and business process modeling, with a continuous improvement mindset.[DG1] 

  • Skill in authoring reports and dashboards.

  • Strong technical aptitude, including solid understanding of basic information technology concepts, including transaction processing, relational database systems, web technologies, etc.

  • Knowledge of working with project management methodologies and leading practices (e.g. Agile, SCRUM, waterfall) to follow and implement a project schedule to meet critical deadlines.

  • Ability to use issue and project and portfolio management tools (e.g. JIRA Service Desk, MS Project, etc.).[DG2] 

  • Organized and analytical, adept at working in a diverse team environment, and detail-oriented with strong time management skills.

  • Advanced skills in analysis and report design for predictive, descriptive, and decision support models, including revenue and expense forecasting, staff budget modeling, project budgets, consolidations, normalizing, and mapping to operational and strategic plans.

  • Balance of strong communication and documentation skills, both technical and non-technical focused.


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.

Employee Well-Being & Vaccines

In support of the health of our employees and their families, as well as visitors and the community, all UCAR employees are required to comply with UCAR’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, which requires staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject only to legally required accommodations implemented by HR, prior to their start date.

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

This position is subject to work location requirements for obtaining access to facilities and research systems. These requirements may include pre-employment background and national security checks.  This position is open to U.S. Citizens, U.S. Green Card holders, and those eligible to obtain a U.S. Work Visa subject to U.S. export requirements.

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.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. 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 the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.