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Academic Affairs Fiscal Manager

Amarillo College
Amarillo, Texas
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At Amarillo College, our mission is: Transforming our community and economy through learning, innovation, and achievement. Every team member, regardless of job title or duties, is responsible first and foremost, for assisting students in every way.

This is an exciting time to work at AC, an Aspen Rising Star college! We are seeking an Academic Affairs Fiscal Manager who will be all-in on our mission and work as the director of budget management across all departments and programs in Academic Affairs and in coordination with other divisions at the College. In addition to providing accurate and timely fiscal management of all institutional and grant budgets in Academic Affairs, the Academic Affairs Fiscal Manager serves as the financial advisor to academic units concerning business matters and financial and operational policies and procedures.

This position is located in Amarillo, Texas on the Washington Street Campus of Amarillo College and reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA).  


  • Prepares annual base budgets to reflect planned expenditures in accordance with the direction of each unit head for assigned areas, as approved by the VPAA.
  • Monitors budget performance (budget to actual).
  • Projects expenditures to assure a balanced budget will result at year-end.
  • Provide budget management support to academic leaders, faculty, and staff of departments and programs in Academic Affairs.
  • Participates in the establishment of thorough reporting processes.
  • Works with academic units and programs to plan, establish, and implement new business office policies and procedures to support budget management and grants compliance.
  • Fully utilizes web reporting tools and other automated systems available or implemented by the college. Conducts or assists with audits and accounting studies.
  • Advises department and program leadership in Academic Affairs concerning application and implementation of policies and procedures. Reviews and determines solutions to accounting issues that may arise within a department or program. Assists departments and programs with planning, coordinating, and developing budgets.
  • Prepares, presents, and reviews financial and management reports for internal and external use, as well as supports decision-making, improves business processes, provides effective management of financial affairs, and ensures compliance with the College’s financial policies.
  • Provides supervision to part-time assistant(s) in the department.
  • Provides audit and/or desk review support for grant budget directors.
  • Exercises discretion and independent judgment in decision making pertaining to appropriate use of funds and development of business processes.
  • Assists with reconciliation of grant budgets housed in Academic Affairs.
  • Works closely with the College’s Business Office and Human Resources to ensure availability of funds for new and replacement positions in Academic Affairs.
  • Conduct self with professionalism and respect toward others.
  • Participate in and complete performance assessments/evaluations as assigned.
  • Perform other essential duties and tasks specific to position.
  • As an Amarillo College employee, seeks knowledge of and pledges to actively engage in a culture of caring striving to serve students, peers and the community by embracing the AC Core Values: Wow, Family, Fun, Innovation, and Yes!

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to clearly and concisely explain technical and financial concepts in an understandable manner to diverse audiences.
  • Superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word environment, including knowledge of database programs.
  • Self-starting motivation and strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and work independently as a leader and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of general principles of accounting.
  • Knowledge of general principles of grants and grants compliance.
  • Experience with financial accounting software and related application systems. Experience with Ellucian Colleague is preferred.
  • Ability to respect confidentiality and ethical boundaries with regard to guidelines, supervision, and professional consultation within the Academic Affairs division.



Bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance, accounting or a related field, and five (5) or more years managing budget and/or financials in an organization, including experience preparing comprehensive and complex reports, and with audit processes.


Associate’s degree in business administration, finance, accounting or a related field, and ten (10) or more years managing budget and/or financials in an organization, including experience preparing comprehensive and complex reports, and with audit processes.


Preferred: Experience in higher education, supporting academic affairs.


Amarillo College offers a rich benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life, and disability coverages available through ERS. In addition to retirement savings through TRS or ORP, the college offers the AC Benefit Plan 403(b) with a generous matching contribution. Full-time employees enjoy up to 20 paid holidays, summer hours, and generous vacation and sick leave accrual. Employees and their dependents are eligible for reduced or free tuition for Amarillo College courses. Employees have free access to the fitness center located on the Washington Street Campus.


Working at Amarillo College

Established in 1929, with 86 students answering the inaugural roll call, Amarillo College today is a vibrant, multi-faceted community college that typically enrolls about 10,000 students in academic classes at six campuses and an outreach center.

In 2018, Amarillo College was named a “Great College to Work For” in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s eleventh annual survey on the academic workplace.

With a proven blend of quality and affordability that makes Texas community colleges so appealing – approximately half of the students enrolled in higher education in Texas attend a community college – Amarillo College provides students with a solid academic foundation, whether they are looking to immediately enter the workforce or proceed to a university.

AC, which enjoys unflagging community support, received a major boost in May of 2019 with passage of an $89 million bond issue. Among the many projects this enables the College to undertake are creation of an Innovation Hub, construction of a First Responders Academy and centralization of Student Life Services.

Amarillo College adopted a Culture of Caring in 2015 and since that time has launched a unique and ambitious No Excuses Poverty Initiative that has garnered national attention for connecting first-generation and/or academically underprepared students with social services structured to help them overcome barriers to success.

The College’s game-changing initiatives led national community college reform leader Achieving the Dream (ATD) to name Amarillo College a co-recipient of its 2019 Leah Meyer Austin Award, a significant national accolade contingent upon measurable improvements in student outcomes.

Over the past six years, Amarillo College opened a counseling center, a legal aid clinic, a career and employment center, and a childcare center. AC also launched an Advocacy and Resource Center, which houses a food pantry and connects students with social services provided by more than 60 local nonprofits.

Since their inception, AC’s initiatives have led to steady gains in A-to-C pass rates, fall-to-fall retention, and three-year graduation/transfer rates, which among first generation students have increased from 12 percent to 21 percent.

Additionally, the percentage of students who attend AC on a full-time basis continues to climb – 75 percent of AC students attended the College part time in 2015, while only 57 percent were part-time students in 2018.

The College enjoyed its largest graduating class ever in May of 2019, when more than 1,000 students were awarded credentials of completion.



The mission of Amarillo College is “enriching the lives of our students and community by helping learners identify and achieve their educational goals.” The mission is driven by our vision to ensure that 70% of our students complete a certificate or degree or transfer within 3 years. Both the mission and vision of the college are lived out among our staff through our Culture of Caring which embodies our five core values: Wow, Innovation, Family, Fun, and Yes.

Caring through WOW: 

Every student and colleague will say "WOW, you were so helpful, supportive, and open" after an interaction with us.

Caring through FUN:   

We will find ways to have fun with each other and celebrate each other.
We will find ways to make our work fun and effective.

Caring through INNOVATION:     

We will see ourselves as "roadblock removers" - for students and for each other.
We will always look for ways to help others and improve our processes.

Caring through FAMILY:     

We will find ways to show we care about our students and each other.
We will readily and effectively share information with each other.
We will approach our interactions with each other with trust and openness.
We will put the needs of others before our own.

Caring through YES: 

We will think "yes" first and find solutions rather than saying "no."
We will be passionate about our jobs and helping each other.



Amarillo is the largest city in the 26-county Texas Panhandle. It is located in the center of the Panhandle – which produces 30 percent of the nation’s beef – and serves as a crossroads on Interstate 40 for travelers between Oklahoma City and Albuquerque, and a mid-point for Dallas-to-Denver traffic, as well.

Amarillo has just shy of 200,000 residents, while the Amarillo metropolitan area has a population of about 255,000. The city’s central location makes it the region’s natural hub for healthcare services and cultural pursuits – and Amarillo boasts several superlative illustrations of each.

With a diverse economy – from agriculture and oil and gas to aircraft production and precious-metal refining –Amarillo typically has an unemployment rate of less than 3 percent, routinely one of the lowest in the state.

Amarillo received the following accolades in 2018:

  • Top 20 Places Where Millennials Are Buying Homes, by SmartAsset
  • Best Places to Find a Job, by WalletHub
  • Best Small Places for Business Careers, by Forbes

Amarillo is the Spanish word for the color yellow. The entire Panhandle, unlike most of Texas, enjoys all four distinctive seasons each year, and gorgeous sunsets are typical. The region is often referred to as the Golden Spread.

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