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Budget Director
About the Position: The Budget Director is responsible for University resource planning and budgeting, including the development of the University’s biennial operating budget request and the development and administration of the University’s operating budget in support of the University’s strategic plan. The Director is also responsible for conducting comprehensive reviews and analyses of State and University budget issues and the analysis of budget planning drivers, such as enrollment patterns and trends, and long-term revenue and expenditure projections and the development, analysis and presentation of policy recommendations with fiscal implications. The position also works closely with the Associate Vice President for University Relations in the representation of University budgetary information to governmental, legislative and inter-institutional entitles and other external requests.

The Budget Director reports to the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs. As a leader within Business and Financial Affairs (BFA), the Budget Director will be expected to share the division’s vision to serve Western with best in class services and with BFA values which include: integrity; serving our University; communicating effectively; innovative thinking; competence; professionalism; respect for self, people and place; diversity; and partnerships. The BFA division is committed to Western’s strategic goal of recruiting and retaining a diverse work force and welcomes applications from diverse candidates.

About the College/Department: Business and Financial Affairs
Position Responsibilities:
  • Provides leadership in the development of the University’s biennial budget request including aligning the budget request process with the strategic planning process, providing budgetary expertise and assistance to departments and divisions in the development of proposals, and ensuring the process is bottom-up, transparent, outcome driven and includes a post implementation review.
  • Oversees all aspects of the preparation, communication, maintenance and analysis of the University's annual operating budget to include developing financial projections models and, working with Human Resources, Financial Services and divisional personnel, ensures the optimal and effective use of the enterprise resource planning system to meet financial and management functions.
  • Serves as an active communication liaison between central administration and divisional and departmental budget personnel for information on the budget request and operating budget processes, allocation and expenditure control procedures and budgetary policy changes. Assists in the development of budgetary and financial expertise and competency of division and departmental personnel across the campus. 
  • Conducts analyses of State and University budget issues. Performs specialized analysis of budget and planning drivers, such as enrollment patterns and trends, and long-term revenue and expenditure projections. Develops policy recommendations based on the analyses.
  • Provides fiscal consultation to administrative and department heads and assists in the development and analysis of budgetary information for management purposes.
  • Responds to external request for budgetary information. Works closely with the Associate Vice President for University Relations in the representation of University budgetary information to governmental, legislative and inter-institutional entities.
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience in budget development, management and analysis in a similarly complex environment
  • Experience in budget modeling, analysis and presentation, and leadership in budget development, performing complex business analysis
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Experience in building and leading a team
  • Advanced knowledge of public sector financial and budgeting principles and procedures
  • Knowledge of computerized information systems used in financial and/or accounting applications
  • Experience working with a diverse population
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Graduate degree in public or business administration or a related field
  • Successful relevant leadership experience working with higher education and/or in an organization with similar budget and policy development structures
  • Knowledge of State of Washington financial reporting laws, regulations and procedures
  • Experience with Banner (ERP System)
  • Demonstrated ability to improve and streamline processes, and to successfully lead positive change
Academic Emphasis: N/A
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Union: Not applicable
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in below and submit your application via WWU's Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE).  Note:  You will need to be using Internet Explorer to fully utilize our online application system.

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.  You may cut and paste or upload your resume and cover letter as noted on the EASE application.
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Job Posted: 12/26/2012
Closing Date: 4/3/2013
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins February 1, 2013; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 120985
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

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