Director of Budget & Financial Planning

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Work type: Administrative Faculty Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Business/Accounting/Finance/Audit

Position Title:

Director of Budget & Financial Planning

The Opportunity:

The Budget Director (Director) reports directly to the Senior Associate Vice President of Administration (AVP).  The Director leads the annual budget development process; manages long-term operational and strategic projections for the institution; creates and analyzes financial reports; develops financial models for strategic initiatives; and provides the AVP, the Budget Committee, and executive management appropriate information to make key financial decisions for the institution. This position will provide leadership in the budget operations for the institution and will represent the Office of Budget and Financial Planning in a wide range of activities, committees, and meetings. This position will train, supervise, and provide guidance to the Office of Budget and Financial Planning team. The Director will collaborate and interact with many internal and external constituencies including campus administration and departments, other higher education institutions, the Budget Committee, governmental agencies (e.g. OSPB and JBC staff), and the public. This position provides leadership in the development of and/or preparation of non-routine and complex financial reports, including the monthly Budget to Actual financial statement with variance analysis for executive management and the Board of Trustees. The Director will develop financial presentations for the AVP and Executive Vice President. This requires the ability to identify relevant data points and to determine appropriate and effective communication formats of financial information for non-financial audiences. This position will serve as a liaison with the Banner Finance Team to implement new systems and subsequent enhancements to automate the budget process on campus. Additionally, this position will act as the lead when implementing new budget and reporting systems. This position requires strategic and critical thinking in the analysis and development of assumptions, trends, and variances.  The Director determines how the analysis of financial modeling strategies impact both the short and long-term financial position of the institution. The jobholder must be able to understand and communicate the impact of such analysis to executive management and other stakeholders.


Direct and manage the annual budget development process and long-term operational and strategic projections. 

This requires many non-routine responsibilities requiring detailed trend analysis, critical thinking skills to develop and verify assumptions, and strategic planning to fund the short and long-term objectives for the institution.  It also requires the ability to determine appropriate incorporation of state-wide legislation applicable to the funding structure of the institution. This requires a detailed understanding of state and Mines policies regarding the source and use of funds. This position will collaborate with key stakeholders within the institution in order to develop short and long-term projections across all functions. This position will analyze the impact of these projections at the department level, as well as for the institution as a whole.  High-level annual budget and projections development will include, but are not limited to

  • General Fund Operating Budget
  • Auxiliary Budgets
  • Capital Construction and Renovation Budget
  • Information Technology Budget
  • Provide leadership on routine and ad hoc reports for executive management, external state agencies (e.g. DHE, IPEDS, SURDS etc.), and departmental users: 
  • Supervision of the Budgeting and Financial Team
  • Budgeting and reporting systems
  • Collaborate with/provide guidance to the Budget Analysts and campus constituents in the preparation of variance analysis for submission to the Board of Trustees, the Budget Committee, and Executive Management
  • Represent the Office of Budget and Financial Planning
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Baccalaureate degree in accounting, finance, or related field
  • Progressive professional level experience in financial accounting or budgeting.  
  • Advanced proficiency with Windows-based software packages involving spreadsheets, databases, word processing, and presentation applications.  
  • Experience working with large complex data sets, with the ability to understand underlying data and accounting records.
  • Experience with developing and delivering training and excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Required progressive experience with higher education fund accounting, budget, and projection modeling and cost accounting.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • An active CPA is highly desirable.
  • Banner, Oracle-based or similar financial system experience is preferred.
About Mines & Golden, CO:
Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver.  The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience. 
How to Apply:

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.

Applications will be reviewed as received and will begin on July 6.

Total Rewards: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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