Executive Director of Budget Planning & Strategic Analysis
George Mason University
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Type: Full Time
George Mason University’s Office of Strategic Budgeting & Planning is pleased to announce an opening in a leadership position in support of our integrated planning and budgeting mission, the Executive Director of Budget Planning & Strategic Analysis. Under the direction of the Associate Vice President, the Executive Director will participate in the university’s strategic planning process and develop analyses and implementation strategies to support university goals. This position will assist the AVP in advancing a premier financial planning and analysis operation by continuing to improve our existing processes, oversight and management of planning and management reporting efforts. This position will work to enhance the quality of analytics including a robust modeling capacity to support financial and capital-related initiatives. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Department: George Mason University’s Office of Strategic Budgeting & Planning is responsible for handling the preparation and continuous monitoring of the University’s annual operating and capital budgets, biennial State budget submission, and multi-year integrated financial plan. We are committed to excellent financial stewardship of the University’s resources in support of its strategic academic, research, and outreach mission by optimizing the return on financial assets by establishing best practices in financial analysis, forecasting, budgeting, planning, policies and procedures and reporting systems.
Primary Position Responsibilities: In partnership with Associate Vice President, responsible for developing, managing and implementing the University’s strategic planning and budget processes for schools and academic units; Collaborates with school budget officers to ensure they have the necessary tools to monitor decisions against budget and to address budgetary issues throughout the year; Develops short-term and long-term financial plans in accordance with university academic priorities and objectives; Coordinates communication of university’s financial forecast and budget to schools; Serves as a thought partner to the AVP on strategic academic budget and planning issues; Analyzes annual budget and quarterly forecast submissions for alignment with strategic direction, trends and impact; Considers the potential for and impact of potential changes to the budget incentive model and develops full range of alternative scenarios; With School Finance Directors, and in partnership with University Enrollment and the Executive Director of Budget Operations, aligns school enrollment plans with the Budget Office’s tuition revenue model; Supports AVP and Provost’s Office in providing guidance, data and financial modeling for Budget Incentive Model Working Group; Works with schools to triage and problem-solve budgeting and budget incentive model issues; In partnership with AVP of Budget Operations & Integrated Systems, ensures key systems and tools are in place for successful financial monitoring of schools’ financial resources; Responsible for budget oversight and monitoring of Financial Aid fund and works with Financial Aid Office to budget all sources of student financial assistance; Generates appropriate analyses, reports and presentations as necessary for the AVP in support of management decisions and funding allocations; Examines and measures the success of initiatives to determine their continued contribution, and works with others to evaluate new venture possibilities and strategic resource allocations; Represents the AVP on key university-wide initiatives and projects; Hires, supervises, trains, mentors and evaluates the performance of assigned personnel; Working collaboratively with Provost’s Office and School Finance Directors, provides guidance on the coordination of the university academic budget, policy development, and interpretation and implementation to continuously improve efficiency and quality of services.
Primary Organizational Relationships: School Finance Directors/CBOs; Deans; Office of Institutional Effectiveness; Enrollment Management; Provost’s Office; Business Intelligence Group Supervisory
Responsibilities: Associate Budget Director; Budget Analyst (2 direct reports)
Minimum & Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree in Business Administration, Public Policy/Public Administration, Finance or related discipline and extensive (typically 10+ years) progressively responsible financial or administrative management experience, preferably in a higher education environment (but not required); or equivalent combination of education and experience; Experience with business intelligence systems preferred; Ability to present complex concepts and/or financial models to a broad range of constituents; Proven ability to work independently in analyzing and resolving complex financial problems; Extensive experience with planning models and systems; Ability to develop a deep understanding of key performance drivers across the university in order to deliver value-added business analysis with meaningful financial and operational metrics to support executive-level decision-making.
Special Instructions to Applicants: For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
Equity Statement: George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.