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Senior Budget Director

University of Colorado - Denver and the Health Sciences Center
Denver, CO

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University of Colorado Denver
Budget Office
Senior Budget Director
Position #
00300124 – Requisition #21671

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The University of Colorado Denver seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Budget Office has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Senior Budget Director position.

As Colorado’s public urban research university, the University of Colorado Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research, creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. CU Denver graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experience that are in demand today. The city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region. We are CU in the City.

CU Denver offers more than 100 degree programs, from the bachelor’s to the doctoral level, in the heart of downtown.  Here, more than 15,000 students pursue academic programs that range from global energy management to music industry studies to criminal justice. As part of the state’s largest public university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with nearly 2,500 employees and annual economic impact of $800 million. 

Jobs in this career family provide general business operations of the organization or a combination of operational responsibilities covering multiple career families.  Functions include institutional research, statistical analysis, policy development and review, strategic planning and broad unit business operations such as parking and transportation services, risk management, childcare services, real estate and property management, retail services or job responsibilities that combine fiscal, HR and operational management responsibilities.

Directors are responsible for the ongoing leadership and oversight of a department, including the development of strategies and processes which contribute to the University and/or campus mission and accountability for services provided.  Directors are responsible and accountable for the analysis of fiscal and human resources required to achieve department objectives including hiring, compensation, termination, and performance management of subordinate employees.   

Position Emphasis

This position serves as the Senior Director of Budget for the University of Colorado Denver Campus within the consolidated University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus budget office.   This position is responsible for all budget action for the Denver Campus, a $225 million enterprise.  Position is responsible for line item budget development; budget balancing; budget overview development; coordination with schools, colleges, and units; pricing of new initiatives; assessment and confirmation of new ongoing costs and one-time costs; policy impact analysis; and budget oversight for the CU Denver Campus.  Responsibility also includes liaison activities with other campus administrative and academic units as well as affiliates and external agencies.

The Senior Budget Director:

  • Reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Budget for the University of Colorado Denver.  This position supervises the Budget Manager and one to three budget analysts.
  • Prepares the total funds budget for CU Denver each year and balances the budget according to revenue and expenses, working collaboratively with Senior Director of Budget for the Anschutz Medical (CU Anschutz) campus.  Position ensures that all planned expenses are accurate and all revenue projections are appropriate.  Along with the campus schools and colleges, and with oversight from the AVC for Budget this position compiles the unrestricted, auxiliary Funds and restricted fund budgets for CU Denver, each year and assures budgets balance according to revenue and expenses and ensures that all planned expenses are accurate and all revenue projections are appropriate.  This position develops Board of Regent documents and presentations as required by the CU System Office and CU Denver Chancellor. 
  • Provides strategic budget analyses and advice to campus leadership.  Position oversees the annual development of the university’s budget model.  In times of right-sizing budgets, this position will recommend options to manage shortfalls – both one time and structural.
  • Provides strategic budget analyses for the CU Denver campus and advice to leadership.  This position works closely with the Denver school/college finance directors and provides CU system, state and national context to the school’s finance directors.  Position serves as a thought partner to the finance directors as they lead the financial management of their respective units.  This position will offer professional development opportunities to the finance managers and over time will lead the process to provide the finance managers with more accountability and responsibility for their units’ budget.
  • Provides data and analyses that allow the university and units to further refine its ability to create financial sustainability.  This includes research of best practices, historical analyses of past financial decisions, developing scenario planning models to anticipate future investments, and makes recommendations to change activities that impact the financial health of the organization.
  • Tracks all commitments and reserves for the Denver Chancellor, Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Operations, and AVC for Budget.
  • Presents complex budgetary and financial information to senior level management of the University of Colorado Denver and the CU system on a regular basis.  Along with the AVC for Budget, this position represents the Denver Campus at the CU System Budget Officers Committee.
  • Understands and balances all fund sources including State General Fund, Tuition, Fees, Auxiliaries, grants and research, gifts, and all others.
  • Conducts special studies, policy analysis, initiatives pricing and summary, cost projections, and other examinations as required or requested.
  • Ensures that a productive and cooperative working relationship is developed and maintained with the Finance Office, Academic Program Evaluation and Reporting, Vice Chancellor of Research, Institutional Research, Human Resources, and the fiscal managers for all schools, colleges and departments.  This position must ensure that efforts are coordinated, that operations are efficient, and that the University complies with external requirements.
  • Develops and maintains communications and close working relationships with CU System Administration, Budget Directors at other CU campuses, State officials, and staff members from key state agencies or offices.
  • Is ultimately responsible to reduce risk and increase ethical standing of the University and to use contacts with the University structure to identify and investigate areas of weakness.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the CU Denver Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Operations or AVC for Budget.
This position is delegated authority to act as the AVC for Budget in their absence for matters affecting the Denver campus, except for specific contract signatures which are delegated to the Controller.  In these instances, the Senior Budget Director will interact as needed directly with the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Operations, Senior Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance, the Provost, the Chancellor, and CU System.  In these cases, the Senior Budget Director briefs and updates the AVC for Budget on their return for an efficient transition.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $100,000 to $155,000.  

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

Minimum Qualifications

  • A master’s degree in business, business administration, finance, accounting, public administration, or a directly related field from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible finance or budget related experience, where budget duties were the primary responsibility, with over 50% of duties directly related to budgeting.
Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the master’s degree on a year for year basis.

The position requires extensive, diverse and progressively responsible experience, including direct responsibility for a national, state, college or university budget or financial setting with a strong emphasis on policy and strategy experience.

Preferred Qualifications

    Preferred experience in higher education or state government.Preferred experience in Colorado higher education or state government.PeopleSoft or other Oracle-based financial system experience is highly desired.

    Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.Outstanding customer service skills.Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Must be able to initiate communication and communicate work effectively with leaders across campus (including but not limited to Deans, fiscal managers, Registrar, Bursar, Vice Chancellor of University Communications, Provost, Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs).

Job Category: Business Services
Primary Location: Denver
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jun 15, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing
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