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Director of Budgeting and Finance
Date Posted 06/07/2019
Hiring Status No Longer Accepting Applications
Location Twin Cities Campus
Position Responsibilities
Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations, the Director of Budgeting and Planning supports the planning, analysis, and the development of policies and procedures for the institutional budget and planning function. This position leads university budgeting and planning initiatives, which include financial forecasting and modeling, ERM assessment, and campus master plan assessment. 
  • Works collaboratively with all university departments, providing guidance for the internal and external coordination of the university budget, long-range budget planning, strategic planning, policy development, funds reporting, and policy interpretation and implementation.
  • Directs the preparation and analysis of a wide variety of financial planning analyses and presents the implications of these analyses to appropriate parties.
  • Prepares management analyses to inform decision making: provide guidance on benchmarks and KPIs, recommend changes to improve efficiencies and effectiveness, and assist in the implementation of changes.
  • Researches and develops models for use in financial planning and resource allocations.
  • Tracks, assesses, and updates campus master plans, including analyses of space utilization, deferred maintenance, and planned facilities improvements. 
  • Develops, maintains, and assesses enterprise risk management (ERM) plans for the university. 
  • Communicates concisely and effectively with university departments and the President’s Cabinet.
  • Develops and submits required reports and analyses to the SVP for Finance and Operations.
  • Demonstrates continuous effort to improve strategic planning tools and analyses.
  • Represents the SVP for Finance and Operations on campus and/or university committees as requested.
  • Represents the budget and planning function on standing and ad-hoc committees as requested.
  • Adheres to all university, local, state, and federal statutory requirements and generally accepted accounting principles, procedures and methodologies governing university budget development, monitoring, and reporting.
Essential Skills and Abilities
  • Strong accounting, financial modeling and analysis, strategic thinking, and project management skills, with attention to detail and accuracy. 
  • Exemplary problem-solving skills coupled with excellent administrative, leadership, verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to analyze complex data.
  • High degree of initiative, self-direction, critical and creative thinking, and independent judgment.
  • Ability to convey complex financial information in an accessible way.
  • Ability to take direction and meet the needs of multiple stakeholders. 
  • Discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality, build relationships with diverse constituencies, and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  The successful candidate must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution.
Education and Experience
  • Advanced degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or similar field with substantial progressive financial management experience; or an equivalent combination of education and significant specialized director level budget planning and analysis experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of fund accounting, financial management, and budgeting.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in planning, budgeting, organizing, and supervision in a higher education setting.
  • Advanced interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively and exercise a high-degree of diplomacy, discretion, and collaboration in dealing with constituencies at all levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to define, analyze, and formulate alternative solutions to complex budget issues.
  • Advanced computer skills, including proficiency in MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platforms, including budgeting and forecasting modules or software.
Additional Required Materials Cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references
Application Review Date 07/12/2019
Starting Date
Contact Benjamin Murray
Contact Email
Position Full-time
Contract Length 12 Month
Other Details / Information
Benefits Full
Work Sponsorship This position is not eligible for work sponsorship
  We encourage members of the protected classes as defined by the federal, state, and municipal law and those persons attracted to a university with a Lasallian Catholic identity to apply.