University Budget Director

NOTE: This job listing has closed. As of October 22, 2014, we are no longer seeking applicants.

Posted:  August 4, 2014

Position Summary

The University Budget Director has primary responsibility for developing, communicating, and monitoring University budgets.  The director will also be responsible for financial analysis, financial forecasts, and a multi-year financial model for the University.  Collaboration with University leadership, budget managers and finance staff is essential to success.  The position reports directly to the Executive Vice President and is a key member of the Finance team of the University.

Primary Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field is required.  Master’s degree in related field preferred. 
  • At least five years of professional experience in accounting or finance with a focus on budget analysis, financial analysis, management accounting, and/or financial modeling and forecasting.
  • Experience in not-for-profit financial management and/or higher education is strongly preferred.
  • Active membership in a congregation of the Church of Christ required.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead the University's annual operating budget development process.
  • Prepare budgetary information and reports for presentation to executive leaders, departmental budget managers, the campus community, and the Board of Trustees.
  • Develop, analyze, and maintain reports of the University's financial performance against historical, budgeted and forecasted results to facilitate accomplishment of financial outcomes.
  • Develop and maintain a complete, accurate, and up-to-date long-range financial planning model integrated with enrollment forecasting that includes balance sheets, operating statements, cash flow statements, key financial ratios and underlying planning variables. 
  • Provide financial analysis, forecasts, and budget recommendations to assist executive decision makers.   
  • Help establish and track key financial metrics for the University.
  • Prepare budget variance analysis and update financial forecasts monthly. 
  • Develop, issue, and implement policies, procedures, and guidelines to ensure overall management of the University's budgets, processes, and systems.
  • Continually improve budget processes and budgeting systems.
  • Review and approve budget adjustments.
  • Work with Human Resource Director and the Controller to ensure consistent and accurate information flows between all University budgetary information and the University's financial accounting and position control systems.
  • Monitor the status of all capital activities/projects, including developing capital budgets, performing financial analyses on capital projects, and making timely recommendations associated with capital budgets.
  • Take the lead role in training University budget managers and support staff in general budget issues/operations, the use of software systems, report generation, and general oversight of department financial operations.
  • Provide special reporting analysis and reporting, as requested

 Additional Desired Qualifications: 

  • Ability to advance multiple projects concurrently and work with a variety of constituents in a collaborative and positive manner.
  • Ability to communicate financial information effectively with employees at all levels of the University. 
  • Ability to influence others in the absence of formal authority.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze a wide variety of new information, exercise excellent judgment, identify key issues and write concise assessments and recommendations regarding findings.
  • Experience extracting data from complex data systems, organizing and analyzing data, and presenting data in easy to understand graphical and executive summary formats.
  • Proficiency at an advanced level in financial analysis software, such as Excel, and knowledge of financial reporting tools.
  • Experience with Ellucian Colleague software, the University’s ERP system.
  • High level of integrity and ability to maintain confidentiality. 
  • A willingness to listen and communicate effectively with internal and external constituents.
  • Ability to articulate an understanding of and commitment to the mission of Oklahoma Christian University.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications and comparable higher education cohort benchmarks.
  • Standard University benefits package:
    • Health insurance premium support
    • Retirement plan: 403(b) matching contribution
    • Tuition discount and other staff benefits

Timetable and Application Procedure: 

Application review begins August 18, 2014 and continues until position is filled. To apply submit a resume, cover letter, OC application form and a personal statement of faith to Human Resources Assistant Lisa Jones at or Box 11000, Oklahoma City, OK  73136.

Oklahoma Christian is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Churches of Christ. The University complies with all laws regarding nondiscrimination in employment, including those with respect to race, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, military service, and disability. As a religious educational institution the University is permitted by law to consider religious beliefs and practices in making employment decisions and the University does so to achieve its mission.

Oklahoma Christian is looking for employees who are willing to express the “The Second Mile - Serving One Another” goal of the University, to demonstrate a personal faith in Jesus Christ, to be actively involved in a local Church of Christ, and to support the Christian mission of the University.