Executive Director of Academic Budgets

Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX
Closing date
Oct 23, 2021

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Executive Director of Academic Budgets

FLSA status:


Hiring Salary:

Commensurate with education and experience.


Office of the Provost

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Educational and Experience Requirement:

Bachelors degree in a related field. Master’s degree preferred. Seven years of professional experience in accounting, budget or finance. Previous management/supervisory experience with the ability to lead employees through business process improvements. Experience in higher education preferred. A combination of education, experience, and training that would produce the required knowledge and abilities could be considered.

Nature & Purpose of Position:

Responsible for providing effective leadership, direction, and guidance in strategic operations and planning of academic budgets for the Provost’s Office, academic colleges and support areas. Responsible for activities associated with budget planning, development and maintenance of the University operating budget. Will work closely with Provost, college administrators, and staff to assist with financial planning, resource allocation and business operations.

Primary Responsibilities:

Provides leadership, vision, and management to college/division staff related to academic budgeting. Assists in the development of the University’s annual operating budget as required by the Texas State University System, Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations, and applicable state law. Works with complex data sets and analytics tools in support of the college/division strategic plan, multi-year financial plan, and key performance metrics. Analyzes budget changes to ensure budgets reconcile to approved increases/decreases and result in a balanced budget. Analyzes financial data and develops moderate reports for forecasting and analysis. Advises divisions and/or college leadership about budget matters. Prepares regular and non-scheduled reports. Directs day-to-day operations of academic budgets. Develops, documents, and implements internal control procedures to ensure fiscal, regulatory, confidentiality, and security accountability. Responsible for organizing, planning, and evaluating personnel, work assignments, supervision, training, and technical direction of staff. Evaluates programs and services to identify areas of strengths and necessary improvements. Develops strategies and processes to optimize operations for the business function. Ensures compliance with applicable state and federal laws, university policy and divisional directives. Provides accurate and timely reports to professional staff. Makes decisions regarding objectives, operating procedures, and policies. Responsible for the business functions administration, including budget preparation and control. Serves on committees as requested. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Other Specifications:

Provides leadership and oversight to a department. Develops collaborative relationships with Finance and Operations senior staff. Must exhibit a high level of professionalism and maturity, executive ability, and a keen understanding of protocol. Ability to organize work effectively and prioritizes objectives. Strong leadership skills and abilities. Ability to exercise discretion, excellent reasoning, and independent judgment. Strong interpersonal skills. Demonstrated fiscal resource management skills. Assists in the development of policies and operational procedures for the overall department. Skilled in directing multiple tasks, setting priorities, and organizing operations. Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with administration, faculty, staff, and the public. Strong communication skills, both orally and written. Requires critical judgment for the department, where very serious consequences on decision making can occur. Interprets and applies complex directives, policies, regulations, statues, and procedures, and/or written guidelines for a department or major work group. This position may be designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA).

Full Time Part Time:

Full Time



EEO Statement:

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.


For more than 140 years, Sam Houston State University (SHSU) has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, "The measure of a Life is its Service," echoes across SHSU's eight colleges and beyond campus through student research, creative endeavors, service learning, volunteering and more. SHSU is an inclusive institution whose mission is to provide high quality education, scholarship, and service to student and to regional, state, national and international constituencies. 

SHSU offers over 90 bachelor degree programs, over 55 masters and 11 doctoral programs, including the nation’s first PhD in Forensic Science, SHSU offers an exceptional college experience. SHSU is classified as a "Doctoral Research University" by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. The Chronicle of Higher Education named Sam Houston State University among the nation's best universities to work for in nine consecutive years "Great Colleges to Work For" survey results.

SHSU is a university that thinks big but feels small. With a student population of over 21,500 students, SHSU prides itself with creating a close community. Located in the "piney wood" region of East Texas, Huntsville is less than an hour's drive north of Houston, which enables the university community to maintain a small town atmosphere with easy access to the nation's fourth largest metropolitan area. 

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace.  

A member of The Texas State University System  

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