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Job Req ID:  87139

Budget Specialist

The Mathematical Institute for Data Science is seeking a Budget Specialist who completes key business functions such as account reconciliation, vendor payments and reimbursement processing in support of the mission of the Mathematical Institute for Data Science (MINDS).  


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Ability to interpret and apply University policies and compliance requirements around purchasing, accounts payable, reimbursements and account reconciliation.
  • Utilize and understand the various payment mechanisms used by the University (ex. procurement cards, check requests, purchase orders, corporate travel cards).
  • Prepare travel reimbursements and vendor contracts, receipts, quotes with thorough documentation for compliance purposes for submission to Central offices for processing. Ensure policies are met, correct cost rates are applied, appropriate forms are completed.
  • Update and create a variety of spreadsheets and databases used to reconcile grants and cost centers
  • Initiate and/or assist with travel advances, reimbursements prior to and after travel, and local travel reimbursements in accordance with JHU and Federal Guidelines. 
  • Recommend and enhance procedures, and administratively coordinate implementation of new or modified processes and systems.
  • Process Independent Contractor shopping carts and payments.
  • Use, administer and allocate Institute P-Card expenses against budgets, review and research Pcard documentation, default transactions and process expense transfers.
  • Process shopping carts in SAP, track purchase orders, create goods receipts and ensure that staff and faculty receive goods that they have ordered. Retain packing slips and other required documentation for reconciliation purposes.
  • Monitors monthly expenditure statements for budgets and prepares documents required to maintain balanced accounts for review and approval by supervisor. Locates and compiles information and formats reports,  to track funding balances and create projections.
  • Monitors status of reimbursements and vendor payments to ensure timely processing. Follows up with internal and external partners as needed to communicate additional needs and status.
  • Works independently and with various team members to achieve goals.
  • Collaborate within a team dynamic as well as interact skillfully and diplomatically with numerous constituents internally and externally.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • High School Diploma/GED.
  • Three years of related administrative and/or budget experience.
  • Related coursework at the college level may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.*


* JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.                                                                                   


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree or Bachelor’s Degree is highly preferred.
  • Prior experience in research or academic setting is preferred.
  • Previous experience with JHU systems (SAP) preferred.


Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; must be able to draft professional emails and internal reference materials.
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented and able to manage time effectively.
  • Proven track record of initiative and follow-through.
  • Proven customer service skills, ability to maintain confidentiality and work on several tasks simultaneously to meet various concurrent deadlines.
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook), SAP (preferred), and skilled in online research.
  • Ability to use technology to create administrative efficiencies and an interest mastering new software and university online systems.


Classified Title: Budget Specialist
Role/Level/Range: ATO 37.5/02/OE 
Starting Salary Range: $17.59 - $24.80/hr (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: Hybrid/Homewood Campus 

Department name: MINDS Institute 
Personnel area: Whiting School of Engineering


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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