Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget and Fiscal Planning

Boulder, CO
May 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Who we are:

The University of Colorado Boulder is seeking candidates for the role of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget & Fiscal Planning. The office of Budget and Fiscal Planning plays an important role in the strategic allocation of resources, support for the core mission and goals of the university, and delivering creative approaches to the optimization of existing and new resources. The Budget & Fiscal Planning office is responsible for budget development, forecasting and modeling, reporting and analysis, budget management, and capital planning and financing for the campus. The University of Colorado Boulder's current budget is $1.6 billion dollars, and includes tuition and fees, state funding, sponsored research, and self-funded auxiliary programs.

The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget & Fiscal Planning is a senior leader within a complex and innovative organization, and will take part in shaping a robust financial business model that supports the university's ability to sustain and thrive, and aligns resources with the strategic goals and core values of the organization. The successful candidate will possess competencies and exhibit behaviors that integrate business acumen with financial planning and budget development, foster the development of professional credibility, improve business processes and decision support, promote creativity and innovation, build strong teams, demonstrate initiative, reflect self-awareness, and incorporate vision and strategy.

What your key responsibilities will be:

Under the broad guidance of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Strategy, the Assistant Vice Chancellor will provide leadership and direction to the Director of Fiscal Planning & Analysis and the Budget Director. The Assistant Vice Chancellor will have the opportunity to develop and strengthen campus partnerships, to ensure that current and future operating goals are effectively planned for alongside future strategic initiatives.

Key responsibilities of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget & Fiscal Planning include:

Exercise Leadership: Contribute personal efforts and inspire others to contribute to and achieve campus-wide strategies and initiatives, and create a culture and climate conducive to high-impact collaboration and teamwork. Foster creativity and innovation within the team, enabling the conscientious pursuit of excellence while balancing the ability of team members to learn and grow from experimentation.

Provide Analysis and Consultation: Actively seek and develop collaborative opportunities to understand the needs of the campus units and leaders, to support an integrated resource planning and allocation process. Develop key relationships with campus units - academic and administrative - to build sustainable structures and tools to support financial stewardship and effective use of resources. Serve as a resource for university administrators to decision making by providing informed insights, performing complex analyses, and recommending specific strategies or approaches.

Plan for Utilization of Financial Resources: Provide strategic direction and oversight of campus resource allocation methods and tools, regularly reviewing trends and variances to determine opportunities for improvement. Contribute thought leadership to the development of revenue generation strategies and test ideas for technical, cultural, and financial viability. Incorporate an all-funds approach to development and use of campus funding to ensure the highest and best use of all financial resources.

Align Campus Resources: Design and recommend a comprehensive budgeting model for the campus that considers an all-funds approach and evaluates the best approach to balance unit-level activity with campus values and goals. Model alternative budget allocation strategies, examining each for feasibility, financial impacts, and ability to meet campus goals. Understand the academic and administrative units' unique requirements and ability to fit (and thrive) within different allocation strategies.

Improve Communication and Facilitate Learning: Continuously develop and improve communication with campus leadership to support the development of relationships that will enable the coordination of campus-wide budget and fiscal planning. Develop tools and processes to support resource planning, transparency, and stewardship. These tools include a campus-wide enterprise system, campus- and unit-level reporting, and resources to ensure consistent levels of financial competency. These relationships and tools are integral to the identification and allocation of resources to support the success of the campus.

What we can offer:

The University of Colorado offers a competitive starting salary, commensurate with experience. The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What we require:

Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university in business administration, finance, accounting or a closely related field.

A minimum of eight (8) years of experience in position requiring in-depth knowledge of principles, practices and theories related to budgeting and financial analysis in a highly complex environment.

A minimum of five (5) years of professional-level supervisory experience.

What you will need:

While individual proficiency is important, you will also need to know how to delegate appropriately and guide a team to produce quality outcomes and complete milestones within, or in advance of, stated deadlines.

Outstanding financial analysis and modeling skills, including variance analysis, financial statement analysis, and the ability to design and prepare detailed financial reports and analyses.

Demonstrated track record of incorporating best practices, optimizing reports, and implementing software tools and solutions.

You should be a self-starter with a well-developed aptitude for quantitative analysis, capable of working with minimal oversight to solve a problem or meet a need.

You must be able to demonstrate success in building and developing an outstanding team, and the ability to build trust and credibility across an organization and with a wide variety of individuals.

The ideal candidate will possess strong communication and presentation skills with the ability to explain complex financial information to varied audiences.

Demonstrated past success in planning, developing and implementing complex strategic goals and program initiatives that require the effective management of resources over short and long time frames.

And last but not least, you must be able to maintain a high level of discretion, confidentiality, and political acumen.

What we'd like you to have:

A master's degree in finance, business, management, public administration, economics or a closely related field.

Experience in higher education at a large research university.

Experience with, and an understanding of, large higher education academic units or academic support operations.

Expertise with strategic planning and execution, and leading change management efforts within a complex organization.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:For first consideration, please apply by Friday May 30, 2017.

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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at

1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: Last-First-09564.
Please do not upload references at this time.

Job Category: Executive

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 11083 - Budget & Fiscal Planning

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 12, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00150036


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