Under the direction of the Associate Vice President of Financial Operations, the Director is responsible for supporting the University's teaching, research and mission by providing quality financial, business and administrative services to the University community. The Director manages all aspects of the Budget Office including the daily activities of the University budget while ensuring compliance with policies, procedures, regulations and statutes. The Director is a key participant in long-term strategic planning and goal setting for facilities, technology, and anticipated staffing needs to support the growth and development of the University.
I. Basic Responsibilities
A. Recommends initiatives and implements changes to improve quality and services B. Identifies and determines cause of problems; develops and presents recommendations for improvement of established processes and practices C. Maintains contact with internal customers and solicits feedback for improved services D. Maximizes productivity through use of appropriate tools; planned training and performance initiatives. E. Researches and develops resources that create timely and efficient workflow F. Prepares progress reports; informs supervisor of project status; and deviation from goals G. Ensures completeness, accuracy and timeliness of all operational functions H. Prepares and submits reports as requested and required I. Develops and implements guidelines to support the functions of the unit
II. Essential Duties
1. Provide leadership in strategic planning and budget development by managing a process to solicit and review current and projected needs of all academic/administrative units; evaluate defined priorities to clarify/reconcile programmatic objectives and scope for institution alignment with executive leadership and unit administrators; monitor, update, and communicate adjustments to the budget as needed during the course of the annual cycle 2. Implement budget planning and monitoring programs in concert with the financial goals and objectives of the University, divisions, business initiatives and related missions 3. Develop, recommend and implement financial planning policies and guidelines to support long-term modeling and financial support for the University’s strategic plan 4. Develop, recommend and implement budget policies and guidelines for the preparation of the annual and multi-year budgets for Abilene Christian University 5. Represent finance and administration on a wide range of planning matters, such as leading and/or participating in special projects, serving on University committees and ad hoc teams, and making presentations to executive management 6. Lead the annual budget development process resulting in the annual consolidated operating and capital budget for the University that is recommended to the Board of Trustees 7. Meet with the Deans, Directors and other administrative staff to clarify the budgetary requirements, answer questions related to the preparation of the budget to assist the programs in the preparation of their requests 8. Direct and manage studies and analyses of budget and planning information to respond to internal and external queries and provide critical management information and other analysis to senior decision-makers 9. Coordinate responses to inquiries and requests from the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees on Abilene Christian University’s budget performance 10. Submit schedules and related analyses regarding University revenues and expenditures/transfers to executive leadership and Board of Trustees 11. Supervise and coordinate the University’s fiscal year end reconciliation for management reporting 12. Develop financial models and prepare statistical analysis 13. Lead the selection and oversee the implementation of technology as needed to carry out the mission of the UBO 14. Lead the UBO office to serve as a resource to University units/departments and others in implementing budgeting/accounting policies and guidelines 15. Develop the criteria, formats and guidelines to be used by Abilene Christian University programs in the preparation of their annual and multi-year budget requests 16. Monitor and communicate developing trends within the financial health of the University. 17. Other duties as assigned.
Provides Supervisor Work Direction: 1. Academic Division Analyst 2. Enrollment Management/Advancement Analyst 3. Operations Analyst 4. ACU Dallas / University Services Analyst
Professional 1. Bachelors degree in accounting, business, finance or associated field of study required 2. At least three years of experience in budgeting and/or analytics preferred. 3. Prior supervisor experience preferred. 4. Experience in the use of technology to illustrate complex financial reports, comparisons, impact 5. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills with a collaborative focus, as well as strong organizational and management abilities 6. Strong analytical skills and the proven ability to plan, develop and execute creative approaches to complex financial issues 7. Ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment
Personal 1. Strong level of personal integrity 2. Insistence on accuracy 3. Ability to meet deadlines 4. Ability to work effectively with school administrators, faculty, students and staff as well as university administrators at various levels 5. Ability to handle multiple projects, set priorities, meet deadlines and maintain a 6. High level of performance in a fast paced environment with frequent interruptions 7. Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality 8. A commitment to inclusion and diversity and a demonstrated ability to work with an increasingly diverse campus community
Physical Requirements A. Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal B. Viewing computer screens for long periods of time C. Possible travel to other buildings on the campus, ACU Dallas campus or to attend conference and training sessions at in- or out-of-state locations. D. Possible travel to outside customers, vendors or suppliers
Internal Number: 492337
About Abilene Christian University
Abilene Christian University is the premier university for the education of Christ-centered, global leaders, offering an exceptional education to about 4,600 students annually from nearly every state and 43 nations. This private, comprehensive university, founded in 1906 in Abilene, Texas, offers 71 baccalaureate majors in more than 125 areas of undergraduate study in addition to its graduate programs. Abilene is a friendly city of 117,000 people, located about 150 miles west of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. As an educational center for a large region, Abilene provides cultural, entertainment and support programs and services normally associated with cities twice its size.
Our mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.
ACU is a vibrant, innovative, Christ-centered community that engages students in authentic spiritual and intellectual growth, equipping them to make a real difference in the world.
Our 21st-Century Vision
By 2020, ACU will become the premier university for the education of Christ-centered, global leaders.
Our Religious Heritage
Established by members of the Churches of Christ, ACU maintain...s a strong relationship with these independently governed congregations around the world. Since its founding, the university has welcomed all students of character and ability who value the university’s strong Christian environment and exceptional learning environment. Required daily chapel and required Bible courses contribute to the open acknowledgment of Christian faith as an important aspect of the lives of most ACU students. More informationn - http://www.acu.edu/aboutacu/profile.html