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Executive Director, Budget and Business Operations

Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, Georgia

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Job Title: Executive Director, Budget and Business Operations
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 271768
About Us

Are you ready to join a community leading in innovative teaching and learning? Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. With our growing enrollment and global reach, we are enjoying increased prominence among Georgia's colleges. We offer more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to over 43,000 students. Our entrepreneurial spirit, high-impact research, and Division I athletics also draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Our university's vibrant culture, career opportunities, mission and values and rich benefits make us an employer of choice. We are part of the University System of Georgia.Kennesaw State will exemplify the power and promise of a student-centered, research-driven university. Our institutional values are student-inspired, promise-fulfilling, true to ourselves, elevational, open and impact-generating. In addition, we support the University System of Georgia core values of accountability, excellence, integrity and respect. We are searching for talented people to join Kennesaw State University. Come to KSU and find your passion.


Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

Job Summary

Responsible for the management of divisional and college budgeting staff, financial resources, oversight of budgetary and revenue processes, and optimizing business operations to support the institution's strategic goals and objectives. Requires a combination of financial acumen, leadership skills, and strategic thinking to ensure fiscal responsibility and operational efficiency across various departments within the institution. Responsible for developing and providing strategic, high-value, integrated budgeting, financial reporting, and financial management services across the university. Provides support to the University by leading the budget development and budget monitoring phases of the comprehensive planning and budgeting cycle and for providing expertise and input into multi-year forecasting, performance management, and institutional effectiveness for areas of responsibility. Provides effective leadership and direction across a wide range of functions and provides expertise, guidance, and training regarding financial management-related concerns. Conducts research and analysis, identifies and implements best practices in financial management, financial reporting, and continuous improvement. Effectively communicates recommendations to stakeholders at all levels of the organization.


1. Supports senior leadership in planning, allocation of resources, and formulation of processes regarding the financial management and strategic plans of the division
2. Provides leadership and vision with the use of information, data, and research in planning and decision making
3. Develops and recommends strategies based on emerging industry trends, expansion opportunities, and competitive threats
4. Provides assistance and supports Fiscal Services processes and revenue generation, budget development and expenditure activities, preparation of projections, timely forecasts, and future year scenarios
5. Streamlines and optimizes business processes to enhance efficiency and effectiveness across the institution
6. Develops and implement policies, procedures, and controls to mitigate financial and operational risks
7. Collaborates with stakeholders to identify areas for operational improvement and implement best practices
8. Ensures data integrity and compliance including internal controls, internal and external audit requests
9. Provides support and responds to inquiries concerning the budget, business, and related activity for the areas of responsibility
10. Leads direction and training for assigned staff on budget processes, systems, and data management
11. Plans, facilitates, and executes projects and initiatives within a highly collaborative, shared-governance environment and serves as a key contributor in teams and work groups across the campus, providing financial and administrative policy expertise and occasionally be called upon to lead special project initiatives
12. Serves as a liaison between the finance department and other institutional stakeholders, including academic departments and administrative units

Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements
Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Finance, Economics, Math,
Accounting, Information Systems, or related area

Required Experience
Eight (8) years of related work experience involving finance, accounting, budgeting, financial
analysis, and/or financial information systems with at least four (4) years in a management capacity

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Educational Qualifications
An advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in a related field

Preferred Experience
Previous fiscal experience with a public higher education institution
Experience in cross departmental collaboration, preferably in a higher education setting
Experience with managing large budgets, including knowledge and experience with various revenue sources such as grants, bonds, endowments, etc.
Certified Public Account (CPA)

Proposed Salary

The budgeted salary range is $137,000 to $148,000. Offers are based on relevant experience.

Comprehensive benefits to include Medical, Dental, Vision, 13 paid holidays, vacation, generous retirement plans, tuition waiver, wellness options, and much more! Visit

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Able to collaborate and manage across business units
Able to deal with multiple tasks or projects at one time while meeting assigned deadlines
Able to foster a culture of fiscal responsibility, accountability, and continuous improvement within the organization
Able to present information to executive leadership that is accurate and contains the appropriate level of detail
Able to transition to other positions in the office as business need dictates
Leadership abilities to include but not limited to personnel development, coaching, goal setting and outcome measurement

Knowledge of governing rules and regulations as it relates to budget and financial processes
Knowledge of budgetary and position management processes
Knowledge of accounting principles

Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills
Critical thinking, analysis of financial data and trends
Leadership abilities to include but not limited to personnel development, coaching, goal setting and outcome measurement
Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e., Microsoft Office suite)
Strong attention to detail and follow up skills
Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

Equal Employment Opportunity

Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to maintaining a fair and respectful environment for living, work and study. To that end, and in accordance with federal and state law, Board of Regents policy, and University policy, the University prohibits harassment of or discrimination against any person because of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment, pregnancy, and medical conditions related to pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran or military status by any member of the KSU Community on campus, in connection with a University program or activity, or in a manner that creates a hostile environment for members of the KSU community.

For additional information on this policy, or to file a complaint under the provisions of this policy, students, employees, applicants for employment or admission or other third parties should contact the Office of Institutional Equity at English Building, Suite 225,

Other Information

This is a supervisory position.
This position does have financial responsibilities.
This position will not be required to drive.
This role is considered a position of trust.
This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
This position may travel 1% - 24% of the time
This position does not require security clearance.

Background Check
  • Standard Enhanced
  • Education
  • Credit

Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation. Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. Applicants for positions of trust with screening
results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process. Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.


Founded in 1963, Kennesaw State University (KSU) is the third-largest in the University System of Georgia with more than 22,500 undergraduate and graduate students representing 142 countries.

KSU is located just northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, allowing students to experience the best of Atlanta while enjoying the serenity of a 384-acre, beautifully landscaped pedestrian-friendly campus.kennesaw_state_university1.jpg

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), KSU offers 70 bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs including undergraduate degrees in education, health, business, the humanities, the arts, science and math and graduate degree programs in nursing, business, information systems, conflict management, public administration, education and professional writing. The university’s expanding doctoral programs currently offer a Doctorate of Education in Leadership for Learning, Doctorate of Business Administration and Doctorate of Nursing.

Additionally, nursing students from Kennesaw State have one of the highest passing rates on the statewide licensing exam and are highly sought-after in the medical community, while the College of Education is the second-largest preparer of teachers in the state. The Executive MBA program, housed in the Coles College of Business, is the second-largest program in the country and has been recognized by BusinessWeek.

kennesaw_state_university2.jpgKSU’s national reputation has gained steam and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years as an “Up-and-Coming Masters University in the South,” ranking among the top ten (8th) in the 2010 issue of “America’s Best Colleges.” In addition, the university’s First-Year Experience has been named an “Academic Program to Look For” by U.S.News for seven consecutive years and was named one of 12 founding institutions in a project called "Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of College."

The university has committed itself to expanding the global experience of students, faculty and staff through its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), known as the "Global Learning for Engaged Citizenship" initiative, which began in 2007. This program focuses on increasing opportunities for international learning experiences. In spring 2009, KSU awarded its first Global Engagement Certification to graduate and undergraduate students. This certification recognizes students’ achievements in learning global perspectives and developing intercultural skills.

As a destination campus, KSU offers students plenty of opportunities to experience campus life by participating in more than 150 student groups and organizations, including student government, sororities and fraternities, club and intramural sports, social and special-interest organizations, student publications and honor societies.


In 2009, the Kennesaw State Owls completed a reclassification from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I, competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference. During the transition from 2005-2009, KSU teams have won six Atlantic Sun Conference tournaments in five sports, including men’s indoor and outdoor track, women’s soccer, softball and cross-country.

Kennesaw State University has been recognized as one of the top universities in the country by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “2009 Great Colleges to Work For.” KSU was recognized among the top 10 schools in six categories – confidence in senior leadership, teaching environment, collaborative governance, professional/career development programs, physical work space conditions and post-retirement benefits.

Kennesaw State was originally established by the University System of Georgia as Kennesaw Junior College serving 1,000 students. The college became a four-year institution in 1976 and was named Kennesaw College in 1977. In 1988, on its 25th anniversary, it was named Kennesaw State College and in 1996 became Kennesaw State University.

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