Bennington College invites applications for a highly engaged and adept Budget Manager to manage the financial budget operations within the Office of the Provost. The Budget Manager will join a collaborative team and will be responsible for guiding and supporting the financial operations and reporting for all academic disciplines.
Reporting to the Provost, the Budget Manager oversees and manages the operating budget for the Office of the Provost. The Budget Manager works as a right-hand to the Provost to ensure that the budget aligns with the strategic planning and priorities of the college and the Office of the Provost. The Budget Manager is responsible for budget preparation, reconciliation and ongoing monitoring/analysis. The Manager works adjacent to and in close collaboration with the College's Business Office to ensure compliance with the College's standard budget processes. The Manager is also responsible for developing and monitoring budgets for external grants. At all times, the Budget Manager must ensure that the Provost remains updated on the academic budget including proactively advising on budget processes and proposals, variances and forecasting models. The position regularly interacts with all academic departments and thus requires a deep appreciation for a liberal arts education and a commitment to providing a rich and rewarding student experience.
Oversee and manage the budget process for the Provost's Office (all academic areas of the College). Proactively prepare for the annual budget process and communicate clearly and often with the key disciplines; work collaboratively with the Business Office as part of the College's overall budget process. Accept and evaluate budget proposals, analyze operations, staffing and student employment budget proposals as well as external grant funding. Review operating budgets to analyze trends affecting budget needs.
Prepare and finalize the operating, salary, and capital expense budget proposals for review by the Provost, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, and the President.
Work closely with the Business Office and Human Resources on personnel budget proposals.
Prepare and analyze monthly/quarterly and annual budget reports. Regularly evaluate and monitor budgets for efficiencies.
Work with the Institutional Advancement Office on external grants funding. Prepare budgets for new proposals and year-end reports. Track expenses and report out on grant expenditures. Act as point person for questions related to the grant. Report out on grant funds to ensure that funding is being applied/spent in accordance with the grant stipulations. Manage special grant projects/initiatives as assigned.
Oversee and manage all expenditures for the Provost's Office budget. Monitor expenses, review/process invoices, reimbursements, and check requests.
Handle special projects as required in support of the Office of the Provost.
Bennington serves a diverse student population inclusive of members of ethnically/racially minoritized, international, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities as well as diverse gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and political beliefs. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse and intersecting backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. Each individual (faculty, staff and students) will be accountable for upholding these values. The College's approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, power, and privilege through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply.
Qualifications and Skills
Minimum five years of budget/administrative experience required. Demonstrated experience in budgeting, forecasting, analysis and grants management. Preference for experience in higher education.
Superior oral, written, and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to accept sensitive/confidential information/situations and to facilitate initial handling/processing. Able to interact and communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization.
Demonstrated organizational and planning abilities, and superior analytical skills.
Must possess the ability to work independently and adjust to changing priorities. Must be able to execute projects with good judgment.
Exceptional attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to successfully coordinate, proofread and facilitate projects independently and/or with limited supervision. Must be able to work within tight deadlines. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to prioritize and juggle multiple/competing tasks and demands.
High degree of computer literacy (Google Suite, Office Suite with advanced Excel knowledge, financial management systems); Strong expertise in use of database, spreadsheets. Ability to synthesize financial information into formats that are usable/understandable for decision-making purposes.
This position requires successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.
Bennington College offers a comprehensive benefits program that includes medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, and tuition benefits including Tuition Exchange scholarships. The College also offers an on-site fitness center as well as generous time off benefits (4 weeks of vacation, 10 sick days and 17 paid holidays).
Bennington College is a laboratory for innovation in higher education. At Bennington, learning and making—on campus and in the field—are inseparable, and its graduates are noted for their outsized impact on the world's stage. This campus celebrates the ongoing making of work—shared on walls, in shows and performances, in lectures and readings, and in conversations—and believes that equity, diversity, and inclusivity are vital to a collaborative community. This position captures, contributes to, and reflects the ethos of this creative community.
Nestled at the foot of the Green Mountains in Vermont, the campus consists of approximately 370 acres. The College was named one of ten with the best architecture by Architectural Digest. From campus, it is a short drive to the cultural offerings of the northern Berkshires in Massachusetts, Albany, New York, and many of Vermont's top recreational centers. New York City, Boston, and Burlington, Vermont are all within three and a half hours by car.