Senior Budget Analyst

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Senior Budget Analyst
Department/Unit Financial Services
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posting Number S153-24
Employee Group DPMG
Position Type Regular, On-Going
Duration of Contract (if applicable)
Employment Type Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1
Salary $68,105 - $91,237 per annum (effective July 1, 2024)
Classification ADM-06
Provisional Statement
This is a provisional classification. Formal regular review classification procedures may be initiated at any time by the incumbent or supervisor after the incumbent has worked a minimum of six months in the role.
About Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our almost 21,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.
Job Summary
The Budget Office is responsible for management and oversight of the Operating Budget for Dalhousie University and provides expertise, advice and support to Faculties and Units in the areas of accounting, policy and budget administration. Reporting to the Manager, Budget Administration, the Senior Budget Analyst is responsible for managing a portfolio of unique and complex budget units and reporting.
Key Responsibilities
  • Advise unit administrators on budget preparation and throughout fiscal cycle, providing a high level of service, training and guidance.
  • Advise on University policies and practices on budget and accounting, and collaborate and advise on solutions to meet operating budget reductions and make suggestions to address unique budgetary challenges.
  • Work with portfolio of units to complete budget submissions ensuring accuracy, completeness, and reasonableness.
  • Perform trend analysis and investigate variances and share results with unit, providing training on best practices by using professional judgement to question significant variances and issues of concern.
  • Prepare financial reports, reconciliations and working papers as necessary and in response to reporting deadlines, using advanced data manipulation and reporting tools.
  • Review the outcomes of the incrementing process, analyze and prepare recommendations for further actions.

The successful applicant will be eligible for hybrid work (combination of in-person work on campus and remote work) as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines.
Required Qualifications
  • Undergraduate degree in accounting or finance and a professional accounting designation (i.e. CPA), plus a minimum 5 years’ progressively responsible experience in finance (or an equivalent combination of training and experience).
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) with demonstrated ability to handle complex and confidential matters with excellent judgement, discretion and tact.
  • Experience performing complex analysis, strong analytical and problem-solving skills and demonstrated organizational ability to multitask with frequent interruptions.
  • Demonstrated strong financial management experience with critical attention to detail, and time management and organizational skills are required.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with advanced Excel.
  • Experience in an academic environment.

Job Competencies
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (, in particular:

- Respect & Inclusion
- Knowledge & Thinking Skills
- Service
- Relationship Building
- Adaptability
Additional Information
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.
Application Consideration
Applications from current university employees and external candidates are assessed concurrently. Current university employees will be given special consideration.

We sincerely appreciate all applications and note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the hiring department or Human Resources.
Diversity Statement
Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit
Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Open Date 05/09/2024
Close Date
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicant
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter