Budget Analyst

  • Reports to: Budget Manager
  • Department: Finance
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


The budget analyst will work closely with program staff and the Development team to prepare and monitor grant and departmental budgets, forecasts, and periodic fiscal reporting to all stakeholders. The position requires strong organizational, analytic, and writing abilities, as well as an ability to effectively work with others across the organization to maintain fiscal control at all times.


  • Inform department managers of due dates for the submission of financial and budget information.
  • Act as an adviser and technical resource to assigned department managers in formulating their budget submissions, including resource planning for each department.
  • Coordinate with department managers and human resources staff to incorporate personnel into grant and department budgets.
  • Review proposed budget submissions from department managers, checking for accuracy and completeness.
  • Propose enhancements to the budget model in order to optimize planning and forecasting accuracy.
  • Compare actual results to budgeted results and report on significant variances.
  • Collaborate with the budget team to develop final consolidated budgets.
  • Prepare periodic and ad hoc reports to support department and finance management.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or relevant field.
  • Two years of budget analyst experience.
  • Exceptional electronic spreadsheet construction skills.
  • Proven ability to perform quantitative analysis.
  • Ability to work well with a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfort working under pressure and meeting multiple, tight deadlines.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and databases; knowledge of data visualization software is a plus.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Outstanding communication skills—verbal and written.
  • Familiarity with enterprise resource planning accounting systems is a plus.


American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.

American Progress is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to: jobs@americanprogress.org.

Or you may write to: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20005.

In your correspondence, please reference the exact title and department of the job you are applying for in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to www.americanprogress.org. For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to www.americanprogressaction.org.