This position is responsible for oversight and development of the university’s annual operating budget across all funding sources. The position directs and manages budget cost studies and analyses of budget information; responds to internal and external queries; and provides critical management information to senior decision-makers. The position monitors revenues and expenditures during the fiscal year, coordinates budget activities during the fiscal year end closing; and coordinates the budget development process with the Vice President for Finance, Institutional Planning and Analysis in conjunction with direction provided by the Arizona Board of Regents, the Arizona Office of Strategic Planning and Budget, and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. The position reviews operational policies and procedures and advises the vice president and administration with respect to changes in policies, procedures and budget frameworks.
This position works closely with senior administrators throughout the university to establish revenue and expense projections and monitor adherence to operating budget targets. The position provides financial analysis of academic programs and administrative activities to inform policy decisions, and oversight for hiring, supervising, developing and evaluating Budget Office staff.
The position reports to the Vice President for Finance, Institutional Planning and Analysis.
Directs and coordinates the institution-wide operating budget development process with attendant policy development and training
Directs and supervises budget office staff and projects
Prepares and monitors short and long-term department goals
Advises on budget policies and procedures for divisions and units throughout the institution working closely with the fiscal officers of each division
Provides analytical support for budgetary planning for senior administration
Identifies methods to improve budgeting, projections, resource planning and management information delivery.
Develops quantitative models evaluating various financial events and proposals, to evaluate the financial and budgetary implications for units and the university, and to formulate viable options and recommendations
Consistently evaluates existing university budget framework in context of higher education budgeting practices
Documents business processes and builds redundancy to ensure smooth functioning
Provides comparative analysis of financial and budget information on peers and other Arizona postsecondary institutions
Builds a robust university budget information infrastructure in order to provide quality and timely information, data and analysis.
Directs budget office development and management of data governance practices
Works extensively in enterprise systems to provide regular and ad hoc budget and management information as well as financial and budgetary reports for internal and external stakeholders
Supports the goals and objectives of the University by serving on university level committees, staying current in the profession and up to date with best practices and performing other duties as assigned
Oversees position management and notice of appointment responsibilities in the Budget Office
Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
Master’s degree in a financial related field AND ten years of progressively responsible work experience in an accounting, budgetary or management position; OR
Bachelor’s degree in a financial related field, AND a CPA, AND ten years of progressively responsible work experience in accounting, budgetary or management position; OR
Any equivalent combination of experience, education, and/or training.
Internal Number: 603648
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