Director, University Budget Systems and Analysis

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Accounting / Finance, Admission / Financial Aid, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support

The Provost at the University of Denver serves as the chief academic officer and the chief budget officer. To support the second of these roles, the Office of the Provost works closely with all University leaders in the development of the annual budget. This process involves input of all stakeholders, assessment of external factors and their possible impacts on resource availability and needed expense, modeling of potential future developments, and clear scenario generation for leaders to make decisions for the future of the University.

Position Summary

The University's Director, University Budget Systems & Analysis is a full-time, twelve-month staff position. This position, along with the Provost, the Vice Provost for Budget, Planning, and Administration, and the Associate Vice Provost, University Budget & Analysis comprises the central budget team charged with the development of the operating budget at the University. The Director, University Budget Systems & Analysis reports to the Associate Vice Provost for University Budget and Analysis. This position is involved in strategic and operational planning discussions with the University's administration that require absolute confidentiality as implementation and management options are discussed. The University's Director, University Budget Systems & Analysis participates as an active member of the Provost's Budget & Analysis team to develop the University's $536 million annual operating budget by managing collection of data from unit business officers, verifying data for accuracy, modeling the financial impact of university initiatives; and preparing presentation of data to senior leadership and the Board of Trustees.

The University's Director, University Budget Systems & Analysis provides training and support for all University unit-level business officers in budget and business processes and is responsible for developing positive working relationships with other academic and administrative units on campus. Working with the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis, this position leads efforts to model complex financial concepts including enrollment projections, tuition rate increases, and revenue projections. This position serves as expert on position control at the University and approves all benefited staff position changes.

Essential Functions

  • Model student enrollment, tuition, financial aid, and other concepts; manage the policy of distributing tuition revenue to units across the University.
  • Gather, monitor, and analyze institutional data, in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis; design and prepare reports as needs present.
  • Develop and populate templates, dashboards, and reports to support the budget development process.
  • Execute the training program for new business officers. Provide ongoing guidance, information, and support for 45 business officers on campus and maintains an online platform for training and resources.
  • Approve all benefited staff position action requests, lead efforts on committees that are tasked with changing position-related processes and policies.
  • Work to proactively identify and conceptualize issues and develop new systems, policies, and processes and improve current systems, policies, and processes that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of University budget and business operations.
  • Serve on University-wide task forces related to data, modeling, and business processes and systems.
  • Assist in writing and developing charts and graphs for the University's annual budget transmittal.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • The ability to work use Excel at a sophisticated level, understand concepts of relational databases and data warehouses, and to quickly master new software.
  • The ability to understand the relationships between budgeting and the desired programmatic and institutional outcomes.
  • Deep understanding of University budgetary decision-making processes from multiple perspectives administration, deans, faculty, staff and student perspectives. Understanding these community members needs and drivers, as well as the desired outcomes and results they hold for the budget development processes both in revenue and expense management as well as in appropriate access to information as a member of the institution.
  • Strong oral and written skills, ability to communicate effectively with peers and support staff across the institution and the ability to respond to inquiries and questions in a timely and diplomatic manner.
  • Ability to interpret and apply University policies governing the appropriate use of financial and institutional data.
  • The ability to support and train individuals with varying skill levels.
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills and sound judgment.
  • Self-starter and finisher who understands the need for error checking and accuracy.
  • Strong presentation skills and comfort presenting to audiences and senior administration.

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution or equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in business or administration management to include experience in financial management or analysis, preferably in higher education.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge needed to support institutional diversity and inclusive excellence initiatives and engage effectively with members of diverse and historically underrepresented communities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master or Doctoral degree in area of business, social science research, higher education, or related field from an accredited University or equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Experience and proven competency with Banner administrative systems.
  • Experience with Oracle cloud system enterprise planning software platform.
  • Background in creating statistical or financial models to predict possible outcomes.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Evenings and weekends as required. 

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday, September 10th, 2021. Applications will continue to be reviewed until position is filled. 

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 14.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $90,000 - $105,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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