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Fiscal Compliance Analyst

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Campus Controller's Office (CCO) at CU Boulder encourages applicants for the Fiscal Compliance Analyst position! This vital role supports campus-wide fiscal internal controls, performs compliance reviews and proposes solutions to mitigate risk, and assists in the development and implementation of the annual fiscal compliance review plan. This position reports to the Director of Accounting, serves on the unit leadership team, and interacts directly with department collaborators, chairs and deans, university administration, as well as a wide variety of internal and campus-wide employees. The Fiscal Compliance Analyst position provides excellent opportunities in a broad range of areas, and is a professional position requiring technical audit and compliance experience and an ability to perform the duties independently and in collaboration with the Associate Director - General Accounting as needed.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The University of Colorado Boulder is a Tier One, nationally recognized research university with a $2.00B annual operating budget. The University is focused on cultivating its instruction and research, increasing its innovative impact at the national and international level through collaboration, transformation, and leadership. The Campus Controller’s Office (CCO) provides critical support to the mission by ensuring fiscal responsibility, accurate financial reporting, and compliance with laws, regulations, policies/procedures, and contract requirements. The Accounting unit operates under the direction of the Campus Controller and is in charge of the overall management and direction of General Accounting, Fiscal Compliance, Cost Accounting, and Debt & Asset Management.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Fiscal Compliance Process Excellence:
  • Participate in the development and implementation of the annual CU Boulder fiscal compliance review plan.
  • Perform reviews based on the review plan which are identified to reduce University risk and help ensure the campus maintains reasonable levels of fiscal compliance with federal, state, and university regulations, rules, law, policies, and guidelines.
  • Provide regular proposals to the Assistant Director – Fiscal Compliance regarding upcoming priorities for review.
  • Present findings and issue formal recommendations in written reports to senior management.
  • Conduct follow-up assessments of the implementation status of recommendations previously issued internally or by CU System Internal Audit.
  • Using lessons learned from prior audits and reviews, expand reviews to similar high risk areas.
  • Develop and implement exception reports to detect possible fiscal compliance issues to identify and mitigate risks based on a continual assessment of the control environment.
  • Access, review and analyze financial data records and information in the university’s information systems to find possible errors and irregularities.
  • Takes initiative to work directly with schools and colleges to understand the environment and make recommendations for improvement as applicable.
  • Apply the Office of Data Analytics and other budget and finance resources to best meet fiscal compliance review priorities of the university.
  • Identify and communicate compliance trends from Internal Audit findings or fiscal compliance reviews in a generic manner. 
University Satisfaction:
  • Assist the Assistant Director – Fiscal Compliance in the liaison role between the Boulder campus and CU System Internal Audit in leading the campus response on newly issued reports and formal follow-up to previously issued audit reports as applicable.
  • Coordinate with senior management in other departments, such as the offices of Financial Aid, Contracts and Grants, Research Integrity, Athletics Compliance, and Budget to identify systemic reconciliations issues that require further internal review of the sources causing the reconciling item(s).
  • Works closely with Bursar, Registrar, Financial Aid, Budget, Office of Contracts and Grants, Athletics, academic units and other campus departments to ensure fiscal compliance priorities are met within a constantly evolving, sophisticated, and competitive environment.
  • Represent CCO while collaborating on campus-wide projects, participating in policy and process review and the implementation of new accounting practices.
  • Work with CCO staff to enhance existing and develop new training courses for presentation to the campus community. Training is to ensure personnel have the knowledge and tools necessary to appropriately align with GAAP, sponsor rules/regulations, and university policies/procedures.
  • Initiate and maintain relevant communication and collaboration with departmental personnel and colleagues on other CU campuses and at the Office of the University Controller.
  • Proactively identify, recommend, and implement process improvements to address areas of concern. Collaborate with colleagues and campus partners to implement improvements and lead change.
  • Build and maintain effective, collaborative working relationships with peers across campus to ensure services to CCO’s clients are effective and provide exceptional value.
People Development:
  • Maintain a current strong understanding of relevant federal, state, and university rules and regulations.
  • Maintain knowledge of professional audit standards, policies, and auditing concepts.
  • Develop and maintain productive and cooperative working relationships with campus personnel, Internal Audit, and external colleagues.
Infrastructure Enhancement:
  • Maintain an in-depth proven understanding of the university’s information systems and working environment.
  • Actively engage in the execution of department, campus, or system-wide upgrades. This includes participation in design sessions, provide feedback to developers, recommend and/or deliver training to users, and provide support to the campus community in areas of need.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment. 
  • This is a hybrid position, working 2-3 days per week in the office at the CU Boulder campus.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $61,000 - $65,000 per year.
Onboarding assistance is available within CCO guidelines.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in business, public administration, accounting or closely related field is required.
  • Three year of experience in accounting including at least two years in financial auditing, quality review, risk management or quality control in the private and or public agency sectors.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to lead and guide decision-makers towards sound and ethical fiscal and business practices.
  • Ability to effectively scan the environment to recommend to the Assistant Director – Fiscal Compliance areas for review in order to reduce risk to the University.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Well-honed facilitation skills that allow for the constructive approach to complicated situations.
  • Knowledge of higher education funding and accounting. An understanding of the impacts of enrollments, federal grants, indirect costs, tuition and fee structures, and auxiliaries on higher education budgets.
  • Ability to understand the internal control structure of the University and design programs to test fiscal compliance.
  • Experience in as well as guiding others in ethical decision-making.
  • Proven ability to work with a wide range of people with a “can-do” mentality, perseverance, and an enthusiasm for working through others to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and meet timelines, and organize multiple projects or tasks.
  • Possess comprehensive personal computing skills and ability to access complex relational databases.
  • Possess superior analytical abilities and skills to address complex problems or issues and to propose logical solutions.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • A master’s degree or CPA, CFE, or FCPA certification is preferred.
  • Prior experience at a Higher Education Institution or State of Colorado Agency.
  • Experience managing differing opinions and the skills needed to bring parties with disparate views toward mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience with policy development, system implementation and maintenance, business process improvements, financial monitoring and compliance, and operational issue.
  • Knowledge of relevant OMB Circulars, administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements for federal awards.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 

1. A current resume. 

2. A cover letter that details what caught your eye about this position, how your skills will help us meet our mission, and what development opportunities you hope to achieve. 

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by August 15, 2022, for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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