Under the general direction of the Chief Financial Officer, the budget director will provide leadership and vision in the coordination and evaluation of the University's strategic budgeting processes and the creation, evaluation and implementation of budgetary policy. This position is responsible for financial review and analyses and collection of financial and program information on institutional needs and relating those needs to available resources in a manner that will facilitate executive decision-making. The Budget Director is responsible for overall fiscal management and budgetary performance, and is responsible for developing and maintaining a productive and cooperative working relationship with other institutional fiscal officers to ensure that financially related efforts are coordinated, efficient, and are in compliance with all Federal, State, and institutional regulations.
The budget director:
Plans and directs the annual institutional budgeting process; analyzes budget and actual trends; interprets and communicates budget results to a variety of constituencies.
Coordinates the internal strategic budgeting process to ensure compatibility with the institutional goals and objectives, to ensure that the budget is developed in alignment with the resources available, to ensure the integrity and effectiveness of the budgeting process and to ensure compliance and consistency with state guidelines and objectives.
Ensures the successful management of the incentive-based budget model.
Serves as liaison to university administrators regarding questions/issues with the incentive-based budget model and budget software.
Works closely with the CFO to develop, analyze, and present management information as is necessary for financial analysis and forecasting, evaluation of programs and internal allocations, and to support sound executive decision making.
Provides assistance to the CFO in the evaluation and implementation of budgetary policies and procedures.
Effectively manages the Budget Office team.
The ideal candidate will have:
a bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance; master’s preferred
a minimum of seven (7) years of progressive administrative experience in a postsecondary education setting with direct knowledge or and experience with fund accounting, budgeting, and finance; and
at least five (5) years of related management/supervisory experience.
Additional qualifications include:
ability to write and speak clearly and concisely;
strong project management and organizational skills;
comprehensive knowledge of theories, principles, and practices of institutional budget policy, public finance, and higher education financial reporting;
analytical abilities and skills to address complex budget issues, including formulating and implementing resolution plans;
ability to develop and implement creative and innovative budget strategies;
ability to lead, work in teams, facilitate meetings, and build consensus;
ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
ability to articulate and implement a comprehensive philosophy of sound fiscal management and administration;
sophisticated user of information technology; SAP experience preferred.
All applicants must complete an online application and attach a resume and cover letter/letter of application.
NKU sits in the heart of a vibrant metropolitan region with a dynamic, growing economy. Just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, the campus is seven miles south of downtown, 20 minutes from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and is accessible from four major highways. With a high quality of life and low cost of living, Greater Cincinnati is rich in culture and recreation and... is among the nation’s leading business centers as headquarters to ten Fortune 500 companies and two Fortune 100 companies.
In the rolling hills of Highland Heights, the campus provides a peaceful and quiet community with a clean and walkable campus. In 2016, Highland Heights was named as one of the top 30 safest college towns in America. Northern Kentucky is home to nationally ranked public schools on both sides of the Ohio River and offers multiple private school options. This location provides a variety of communities or neighborhoods from rural farmland to revitalized urban core living all within a 20-mile radius of the campus.
As the youngest of Kentucky’s eight state universities—and its only comprehensive university located in a major metropolitan area—NKU approaches its 50th anniversary with a proud history as a student-first institution that provides a transformative educational experience at a great value. The University emphasizes talent development, student research and other forms of active learning, and public engagement. The University is committed to providing a high quality, affordable education in a nurturing environment and to preparing its graduates for success in their professional careers and personal lives.
Now with more than 14,500 students and nearly 2,000 faculty and staff, NKU has been named one of “America’s Best Universities” by Forbes magazine for eight straight years. NKU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The university budget is $226 million with approximately $8 million coming from externally funded grants and contracts. The NKU Foundation endowment is approximately $98 million. NKU has 569 full-time faculty (374 tenured/tenure-track and 195 non-tenure track), 454 part-time faculty, and 958 staff members.
NKU is committed to the well-being of our employees. Our benefits package can be viewed here.