Budget Director - Haslam College Of Business

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Regular Full-time, Market Range 14

The University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business is seeking a well-qualified Director of Finance to lead the Financial Information Office in the college.  One of 11 colleges located on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus, the Haslam College of Business (HCB) is a recognized leader in research and education for the global economy. The college is consistently ranked among the world’s top business schools by leading business publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek, U.S. News & World Report, Financial Times and the Economist. The Haslam College of Business is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

The Director of Finance supports the Assistant Dean with financial operations of the Haslam College of Business, which manages a consolidated budget of more than $70 million. The position will implement the University’s new budget model, develop accurate budget and financial data collection, oversee all business operations, and ensure compliance with financial policies, practices and procedures. The position will have oversight of the staff of the Financial Information Office under the direction of the Assistant Dean. The Director advises the Assistant Dean on the financial impact of strategic development and growth initiatives in the college, as well as implications related to UT fiscal policy. This position will oversee day-to-day cash flow transactions, expense reimbursements, vendor payments, procurement, contracts, grants, human resource transactions, etc. using procedures that are transparent and compliant with policies of HCB and UTK. He/she will work closely with UTK’s Executive Director of Finance and other campus officials on matters regarding the college budget.


Required Qualifications and Experience:

Bachelor's Degree and progressively responsible experience in accounting/finance office. Experience in financial report compilation, analysis and presentation to board level audiences. Experience as supervisor.
Master's degree plus two to four years of experience in accounting/finance office. Experience in financial report compilation, analysis and presentation to board level audiences. Experience as a supervisor.

He/she must be skilled in using financial management software commonly used in higher education and possess a willingness to help team members problem-solve by active utilization of software and databases at the transactional level, as necessary.

Other skills essential for success as the Director of Finance include: excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to effectively interact and communicate with faculty, staff and campus officials at all levels; and understanding of academic program administration. The ability to reconcile consolidated financial reports, develop managerial accounting reports, and exceptional proficiency with Excel are vital.


Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

Master’s degree or CPA preferred.  Experience with IRIS and Banner Systems; a working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Generally Accepted Auditing Standards and non-profit reporting; higher education experience; and knowledge of University of Tennessee, Knoxville systems and processes are also preferred. 

The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience.  The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:



  • Advanced knowledge in the following systems or software is critical:  IRIS (SAP),  Word, Excel, Banner, Academic Works.
  • In order to be successful in this role, a person has to have strong written and communication skills and have the ability to think strategically for planning purposes at a unit and college level.

Application Process:

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.


Interested individuals should provide a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required minimum qualification, a resume, and complete contact information for 3 professional references.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865)974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.





Job: Executive/Administrative
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Administration-Hcb Admin
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jul 23, 2021, 12:56:28 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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