The Executive Director of Budget and Financial Planning (Executive Director) is responsible for University resource planning and budgeting, including the development of the University’s biennial operating budget request and the development, administration and oversight of the University’s operating budget in support of the University’s strategic plan. The Director is also responsible for conducting comprehensive analysis and reviews of State and University budget issues and the analysis of budget planning drivers, such as enrollment patterns and trends, 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 Executive Director for Government Relations in the representation of University budgetary information to governmental, legislative and inter-institutional entitles and other external requests.
The Executive Director reports to the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs. As a leader within Business and Financial Affairs (BFA), the Executive Director will be expected to share the division’s vision to deliver excellent services for student and University success, and with BFA values which include: integrity; serving Western; communicating effectively; innovative thinking; positive leadership; professionalism; respect and care for self, people, and place; and, teamwork, collaboration, and partnerships.
Primary Position Responsibilities:
Provide leadership in advancing a premier financial planning and analysis operation, including strengthening financial analytics, policy development, planning and oversight.
Provide leadership in the development of the University’s biennial budget request, including aligning the budget request process with the strategic planning process, and providing budgetary expertise and assistance to departments and divisions in the development of proposals.
Oversee all aspects of the preparation, communication, maintenance, analysis and oversight of the University's annual operating budget.
Work closely with internal partners, particularly academic and administrative unit partners, to develop integrated and robust budgets and forecasts.
Enhance the quality of financial analytics and insight generation, including a robust modeling capacity to support financial planning, and initiatives and reporting.
Provide University leadership and the Board of Trustees with forecasts of the University’s financial performance; provide insights to the financial decision making process through analysis, financial projections and quarterly and annual reporting.
Work with Human Resources, Financial Services and divisional personnel, ensuring the optimal and effective use of the enterprise resource planning system to meet financial and management functions.
Work closely with enrollment management leaders and other internal partners to expand financial modeling to include closer ties to long-term enrollment planning.
Serve 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.
Assist in the development of budgetary and financial expertise and competency of division and departmental personnel across the University.
Conduct analyses of State and University budget issues. Perform specialized analysis of budget, planning drivers, trends, and long-term revenue and expenditure projections. Develop policy recommendations based on the analyses.
Provide fiscal consultation to administrative and department heads and assist in the development and analysis of budgetary information for management purposes.
Respond to external request for budgetary information. Work closely with the internal partners in the representation of University budgetary information to governmental, legislative and inter-institutional entities.
Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience in budget and policy development, management and analysis in a similarly complex environment, or additional education may substitute for experience in these areas.
Experience in financial modeling, analysis and presentation.
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 with presentations to boards and senior management.
Experience working effectively with a diverse population and commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion within the organization
Graduate degree in public or business administration or a related field.
Successful relevant leadership experience working in or with higher education and/or in an organization with similar budget and policy development structures.
Demonstrated ability to improve and streamline processes, and to successfully lead positive change.
Job closes on Monday, August 5, 2019
About Western Washington University
Western Washington University was established in 1899 as a normal school. The University is located on a picturesque campus in Bellingham, Washington – a Pacific Rim city of over 76,000 nationally recognized for quality of life, outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship. With two major urban centers, Seattle and Vancouver, BC, located within 90 miles, Bellingham residents also have easy access to urban attractions. Western enrolls 14,979 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs. Consistently highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report, Western was recently named the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest in the publication’s 2011 college rankings. Western strives to fulfill a mission supported by the core values of excellence, engagement, diversity, community service, integrity and innovation.