Deadline May 29th for GASB Research Grants

NewGASBThe Governmental Accounting Standards Bureau is offering to help assist academic research relevant to the organization’s standards-setting activities through the Gil Crain Memorial Research Grant program. They have issued a Request for Research announcement and are accepting proposals until May 29th, 2015, with announcements of awards expected by the end of June 2015.

One or more $5,000 grants will be awarded.

The GASB hopes that the Crain Grants will encourage researchers to conduct research that is beneficial to standards setting for governmental accounting and financial reporting. Researchers will benefit by working with GASB staff members and by learning more about the internal workings of the standards-setting process. The GASB staff also may be able to help by introducing you to knowledgeable professionals and by encouraging them to participate in your research. Upon completion of your research, the GASB intends to mail a letter of appreciation to your university for allowing you to participate in an important GASB research project.

We encourage researchers who receive a grant to submit the results of their research for publication in a journal after the research results have been submitted to the GASB. Because the research that is most useful to the GASB is applied research, we realize that you may wish to consider the work that you do for the GASB as part of a larger research effort. Therefore, we generally support your gathering additional data that would be needed for publication.

Although intangible, a final reason for conducting research with the GASB is the personal satisfaction that you will receive in knowing that you have played an important role in improving governmental accounting and financial reporting standards. We encourage you to be a part of the GASB team by researching some of the questions raised in this call for proposals or other relevant topics.

Click Here to Download the Request for Research Packet and Application

Here is a summary of application requirements and submission protocol:

If you are interested in requesting Crain Grant funding to research any of the questions raised for the topics in the Research Questions section of this request for proposals—or another important and relevant topic—send a request for research funding to David Bean, GASB Director of Research and Technical Activities, by May 29, 2015. Therequest for research funding should be attached as a Microsoft Word document in an email to drbean@gasb.org.

The request should include:

  • The research question(s) that you propose to research
  • A description of how you believe your research will help answer the question(s) and benefit the GASB
  • A thorough description of the research design that you plan to use; this discussion should be as specific as possible and, at a minimum, include a description of the research method (for example, archival, survey, experimental or quasiexperimental research, case study, and so on), why you believe the method is appropriate, and a description of how you expect to collect data for the research
  • A description of any limitations that you foresee regarding the validity of your research results
  • A timeline for completing the research and preparing a final report for the GASB; this timeline should meet the parameters for reporting back to the GASB, which are described in the next section.

If you have any questions regarding the content of the request for research funding, please contact Dean Mead, GASB Research Manager, at (203) 956-5294 or
dmmead@gasb.org.

The GASB will make a determination of the recipient(s) of the research grant(s) by the end of June 2015, and the recipient(s) will be notified and will receive an initial $2,500 soon after they sign a contract with the GASB. The contract will explain the duties and responsibilities of the GASB and researcher and will describe the deliverables that the GASB expects from the researcher. Upon completion of the research and the GASB’s acceptance of the research memorandum, the remainder of the grant will be sent to the researcher. The maximum amount to be paid to a grant recipient is $5,000. The grant recipient may share the grant with others who help conduct the research.

Call for Papers for Capital Budget Symposium, JPBAFM

CALL FOR PAPERS

JOURNAL OF PUBLIC BUDGETING, ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Symposium Issue Capital Budgeting Theory and Practice

Guest Editors: Dr. Arwiphawee Srithongrung, Wichita State University & Dr. Wie Yusuf, Old Dominion University

 The Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management invites scholars and practitioners to submit articles on topics related to the theories and practice of capital planning and capital budgeting. The economic competitiveness and social well-being of countries, states, regions and cities are dependent upon availability, accessibility, and quality of core public infrastructure systems, which result from key capital investments such as highways, road and bridges, high-speed rails, local energy production plants, and public school and state health facilities.    In 2007, state and local governments across country spent $325 billion in total on core public infrastructure (U.S. Census, 2014). Given that subnational public capital outlay is relatively large and that public infrastructure is vital to the country’s socio-economic environment, understanding how public capital spending decisions are made and how the theory and lessons learned can be applied to practice is extremely important.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Theories of capital budgeting
  • Innovative capital budgeting techniques and practices
  • Capital planning and budgeting decisions
  • Lessons learned from and/or challenges to capital budgeting
  • Performance budgeting for capital projects
  • The capital planning and budgeting process
  • Innovative financing approaches for capital projects
  • Case studies of applications of capital budgeting in specific domains (e.g., transportation, economic development, public health)

Articles should be approximately 25 double-spaced typewritten pages, although shorter or longer manuscripts will not be excluded from consideration.  Articles must be submitted by June 15, 2015.  Articles should clearly articulate its contributions and linkage to the symposium theme.  All articles will be blind reviewed.  Manuscripts should follow JPBAFM’s submission guidelines (http://pracademics.com/index.php/2014-11-14-16-46-57/2014-07-07-04-33-00) and indicate the symposium title in the comments to the editors.

Questions should be directed to the co-editors via e-mail:

Dr. Arwiphawee Srithongrung Arwiphawee.Srithongrung@wichita.edu

Dr. Wie Yusuf  jyusuf@odu.edu

Budget Analyst Opportunities with Tufts University

Budget Analyst, Tufts University

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An information session about the Tufts Budget Center and vacancies will be held May 13, 2015 from 3:00-7:00pm.

Location:
200 Boston Avenue
Charles River Room
Medford, MA 02155

This is an exciting time to work at Tufts University.  As part of the Tufts Effectiveness in Administrative Management initiative (http://team.tufts.edu/), a shared service Budget Center will open in the summer of 2015.  The Budget Center is a service organization that provides information and analyses to school, college, and administrative decision makers, enabling them to align program priorities with resources.  The Tufts Budget Center seeks to fill the positions listed below by June 2015.

The Analyst will report to the Director of Budget Services and will support the Senior Analyst with budget and forecast compilations.  With the Senior Analyst, the Analyst will monitor department budgets, develop budget analytics, identify and resolve variances and deficits, and draft key communications to stakeholders.

Position Requirements

The ideal candidate will possess the competencies listed below as is normally acquired by completion of a Bachelors degree and 3 – 5 years experience working with budgets or in a financial management setting.

Minimum Competencies

  • Demonstrated experience working with senior staff across an organization
  • Ability to work effectively with highly diverse clients and colleagues
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong accounting skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Preferred Additional Competencies

  • Previous experience working in a higher education setting
  • Experience working with budget information systems

About Tufts University

Founded in 1852, Tufts University is a prestigious student-centered research university committed to excellence in the creation and application of knowledge with a passion for collaboration, a commitment to accessibility and inclusion, and a drive to innovate.

Tufts is comprised of nine schools spanning three campuses, enrolling approximately 5,100 undergraduates, 2,900 students in graduate programs, and 1,900 professional school students.  The University has $3 billion in assets, an operating budget of $800 million and a five-year capital budget of $400 million.  The University’s financial management reflects Tufts’ complexity, depth and breadth, and its entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit.

Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds. Please see the Tufts University non-discrimination statement.

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Vice-Chair & Executive Committee Nomination Period Open Until May 15th

ABFM is now seeking candidates to stand for election for Vice Chair (2016) and three openings on its Executive Committee. The Vice Chair serves as the Chair-Elect and Conference Chair for 2017, Chair of ABFM in 2018, and Immediate Past Chair in 2019. The three Executive Committee members will serve for a period of three years beginning January 1, 2016, ending December 31, 2018. Send nominations to Robert Kravchuk (kravchuk@indiana.edu).

The election will be conducted on-line. The candidate receiving the highest vote for Vice-Chair will claim that position. The three candidates who receive the highest number of votes for the Executive Committee will claim those positions.

Interested individuals are encouraged to examine the ABFM Bylaws to review the responsibilities of each position.

Click Here to access ABFM Bylaws

Individuals interested in standing as candidates for Vice Chair or the Executive Committee should submit a short biographical statement to Robert Kravchuk (kravchuk@indiana.edu) by May 15, 2015. Please clearly indicate the office you are seeking. Elections are expected to be completed by mid-July with terms beginning on January 1, 2016.

PublicServiceCareers.org Offers Gateway for Federal Internships

FederalPathwaysStudents and graduates with an interest with internships with Federal Agencies should check out the Federal Pathways page at PublicServiceCareers.org. Federal Pathways also includes information on full-time positions with the Federal Government at locations across the country.

PublicServiceCareers.org, which provides hundreds of active public administration faculty and practitioner positions with university, governments and nonprofits, is a partnership of ASPA, NASPAA and APPAM.

Click Here to Access Federal Pathways

Opportunity: Assistant Professor, Finance, Jackson State University (Starts Fall 2015)

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Assistant Professor, Finance (Public Administration)

Position Summary

The Department of Public Policy and Administration at Jackson State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (depending upon qualifications and experience) beginning fall 2015.

The Public Policy and Administration Program offers a NASPAA accredited Master of Public Policy and Administration degree (accredited since 1978) and a Ph.D. degree in Public Administration.

Required Education

An earned doctorate in Public Policy and Administration or a related field.

Required Experience

  1. Ability to teach finance administration, state and local government, and other courses in the Ph.D. and MPPA curriculum (Healthcare Finance, State and Local Government, Community and Economic Development, etc.) demonstrated through transcripts and experience.
  2. Evidence of effective teaching ability.
  3. Demonstrate a willingness to engage in grantspersonship and published research as well as a willingness to teach online courses.
  4. Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  5. Ability to work collaboratively with various constituencies on multiple projects.

Responsibilities

  1. Must teach courses in the following areas: Public Finance, State and Local Government and General Management.
  2. Must be willing to sponsor and/or co-sponsor student organizations, as well as mentor and advise students.
  3. Must be willing to serve on Departmental, School, College, University or Community committees.
  4. Conduct research and write grant proposals.

 

Opportunity: MPA Director, University of Delaware (Review Starts 8/5/15)

Director of the Masters in Public Administration Program
(Tenured Appointment at Associate Professor Rank)
University of Delaware – Newark, Delaware
The School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) at the University of Delaware invites applications for the position of Director of its Master in Public Administration (MPA) Program. The MPA at UD has a tradition of excellence in scholarship teaching, and professional and public service, and is a highly ranked program according to U.S. News and World Report. The MPA faculty include a past and current president of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), and graduates include prominent elected and appointed officials as well as non-profit leaders.

The successful candidate for the Director’s position should be highly qualified for a tenured appointment in SPPA. The MPA Director is responsible for the governance and management of the Program, and reports to SPPA’s Director, the chief academic administrator of the School. The MPA Director duties include organizing and leading meetings of the MPA faculty; and recommending changes to, and assessment of, the MPA curriculum. The Director will also be responsible for preparing annual reports and special reports to the Network of Schools of Public Policy Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Additional responsibilities will including chairing the MPA admissions committee, scheduling courses, planning and leading in the execution of marketing and recruitment activities, and administering SPPA’s 4+1 program that allows undergraduate students to take master’s level courses and complete the requirements for an MPA degree one year after completion of their undergraduate programs.

The applicant must have a strong scholarly publication record in the fields of public policy or administration, and evidence of community engagement, leadership skills and experience, and experience or familiarity with online programs and course delivery. We will give preference to candidates with strengths in quantitative methods, such as, statistics and data analysis, GIS, predictive modeling, econometrics, policy analysis, program evaluation, or other related techniques and methodologies.

SPPA is an academic unit in the Social Sciences portfolio of the College of Arts and Sciences. It has a tradition of integrating academic excellence with professional practice. SPPA’s academic programs equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform research and public service activities that address pressing social and economic problems in national and international communities. SPPA engages faculty, professional staff, and students from a variety of disciplines and diverse backgrounds in the classroom, on public service project teams, and in collaboration with outside organizations. In addition to the MPA program, the School offers a PhD degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy and a PhD degree in Disaster Science and Management. It also offers an MA in Public Administration, an MA in Urban Affairs and Public Policy, an MS in Disaster Science and Management, and an MA in Historic Preservation. Undergraduate degrees are offered in Public Policy, and in Organizational and Community Leadership.  The school’s affiliated research units include the Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research, the Center for Community Research and Service, the  Center for Historic Architecture and Design, the Disaster Research Center and the Institute for Public Administration. See   (See http://www.sppa.udel.edu/)

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, up to two article preprints or reprints of scholarship, and contact information for at least three references, using the Interfolio® online system at UD (apply.interfolio.com/29260) . The committee at a later point may request additional application materials. The committee will begin reviewing applications on August 1, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Submit inquiries to Professor Maria Aristigueta, Chair, MPA Director Search Committee (mariaa@udel.edu or 302-831-4570). Please do not send application materials to the search chair.

Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware (www.udel.edu) combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. Located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is one of the oldest land-grant institutions in the nation, one of 19 sea-grant institutions, and one of only 13 space-grant institutions. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a research university with very high research activity. More recently, the University of Delaware has received the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation. With external funding exceeding $200 million, the University ranks among the top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering and has nationally recognized research (Carnegie rated, very high research activity). With 23 academic departments, 27 interdisciplinary programs and centers, and more than 10,000 students, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college on campus (www.cas.udel.edu).

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members, women, individuals with a disability and veterans.  The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html. Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check.  A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

Opportunity: Postoctoral Fellow/Visiting Scholar, Maxwell School (Syracuse)

Postdoctoral Fellow or Visiting Scholar

The Center for Policy Research at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow or a visiting scholar (on sabbatical from his/her current position) to work with sponsoring professor, Dr. Yilin Hou on a funded local public finance research project. The position starts from August 15, 2015 or earlier if the chosen person is available, and lasts for a year. The position is open till filled. Review of applications starts immediately.

The research is quantitative, requiring strong background and proficiency in empirical methods (time series and panel data analysis) and relevant software. The nature of the research also requires that the successful candidate be familiar with governmental accounting and public budgeting, and be strongly interested in fiscal policy and ideally already have experience working with data and documents of American local governments (budgets, CAFRs, official statements and prospectus for debt issues, etc.).

The position offers full benefit package for a post-doctorate fellow or stipend (subsidy) for a junior or mid-career visiting scholar. Visiting scholars who will be on a half-year sabbatical can have a semester-long contract rather than an academic year. Successful candidates from any social science discipline (e.g., public policy, public administration, economics, political science, etc.) are encouraged to apply as long as the person is well-trained and equipped with the required skills set. Please send an electronic version of full resume, one sample of most recent academic publication or working paper, a list of three referees, and research or career statement to Ms. Kelly Bogart via email kbogart@maxwell.syr.edu. Inquiries about the position can also be made over the phone at 315-443-9040 during regular daytime work hours.

 

Job Opportunity: Budget & Management Manager; Richland County, SC

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Budget & Management Manager

Salary based on experience

General Statement of Duties
This position is a part of the Chief Financial Officer’s leadership team and directs the work of four (4) professional staff. The well-qualified applicant will be able to clearly and concisely apply local government management, accounting and budgeting principles to a wide variety of services and issues.

The Budget and Management Manager is responsible for the preparation and presentation of the County Administrator’s recommended budget to County Council, inclusive of multi-year expenditure and revenue forecasts, the multi-year Capital Improvement Plan, and administration and monitoring of the annual budget once adopted. The Manager reviews and approves all requests for new positions, appropriation transfers, agenda items, and contracts.

Additionally, the position ensures that County management policies are carried out efficiently and provides analysis and recommendations on various topics. Leads and directs various management studies on issues of interest to County management.

Distinguishing Features
The Manager plans, directs, and coordinates the preparation of the County’s budget and Capital Improvement Program and special reports, in cooperation with heads of county departments and under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer. Initiative and a considerable degree of judgment are exercised. Work is under general direction and is evaluated for effectiveness through use of budgets and reports prepared. The well-qualified applicant should have a thorough knowledge of the principles, methods, and legal requirements of South Carolina local government budgeting and public accounting, and considerable knowledge of software applications necessary to perform duties (HRIS, payment systems, payroll functions, and contract control systems).

Minimum Education & Experience

§  Master’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related field and five (5) years of progressively responsible governmental budgeting and management experience.

§  Previous supervisory experience preferred.

§  Must have a valid driver’s license.

§  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered for minimum qualification requirements.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

§  Plans, directs, and coordinates the preparation and execution of the County budget.

§  Plans, directs, and coordinates the preparation of the Capital Improvement Plan.

§  Plans, directs, and facilitates the work of 4 professional staff members, including conducting annual performance reviews, reviews of project status with staff, and providing constructive criticism of work presented.

§  Prepares and presents workshop materials for the Chief Financial Officer for winter planning sessions, detailed budget presentations, and budget deliberation workshops.

§  Reviews contracts, budget transfers, agenda items, and requests to fill vacancies for adherence to county, state, and federal laws. Provides appropriate analysis of requests to County management.

§  Keeps informed on trends and developments in the field of local government management and finance.

§  Performs related work as needed.

To Apply

Send resume to SmithAs@rcgov.us

Indiana University SPEA hosts Budgeting Microconference, May 1st & 2nd

IU_V_P2_S1The School of Public & Environmental Affairs at Indiana University will host the microconference, “Federal, State, and Local Budgets in Jeopardy: A Conference on America’s Fiscal Future” from Thursday, April 30th, to Saturday, May 2nd, on their campus in Bloomington, IN.

This conference features numerous plenary panels on a variety of budgeting issues at all levels of government. Topics include budget reform, forecasting, policy and fiscal federalism. Research from noted scholars will provide the focus for each session, with commentary from expert and experienced discussants.

The conference will start with a reception on Thursday evening, followed by sessions all day Friday and Saturday morning.

In addition, a keynote speech by Paul Posner of George Mason University will evaluate the growing environment of “Fiscal Austerity and the Eclipse of ‘Fend-for-Yourself-Federalism.”

Click here for registration, conference schedule and lodging information.  For more information, contact Allison Howell at alhowell@indiana.edu.