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Director, Budget, Financial Planning, & Analysis
8:15 am-4:30 pm
Hours per Week
Months per Year
Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
Northern Kentucky University ( NKU ) seeks excellence by enriching
its educational environment and culture through the diversity of
its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing
inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of
its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative
Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse
groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of
diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive
Purpose of Position
The Director of Budget, Financial Planning, & Analysis holds a
pivotal leadership role within the Division of Administration and
Finance. Reporting directly to the Vice President of Administration
and Finance and Chief Financial Officer (VP/ CFO ), this position
carries the primary responsibility for a diverse range of
budgetary, financial planning, and analysis functions. This
includes a crucial partnership with the VP/ CFO in the
establishment and enforcement of effective budgetary policies. The
Office of Budget, Financial Planning, & Analysis plays a
central role in shaping, evaluating, and executing the University’s
The Director’s core responsibilities encompass the meticulous
review and analysis of significant financial data, serving as a
cornerstone for executive decision-making processes. Furthermore,
the Director assumes accountability for overall budgetary
performance and is instrumental in nurturing productive and
collaborative relationships with key leaders and stakeholders.
Regular interactions and engagement with the Executive Leadership
Team, President’s Cabinet, Board of Regents members, and other
stakeholders will be fundamental to this role to provide precise
and transparent budgetary information.
1. Plan and direct the operational, financial, personnel, and
strategic activities for the Office of Budget, Financial Planning,
& Analysis (previously Budget Office). Prepare staffing plans,
and workload distribution, establish and set deadlines, prepare
operating budget, and monitor expenditures for the Office.
2. Plans and directs the annual institutional budgeting process;
analyzes budget and actual trends; maintains budgetary controls;
interprets and communicates budget results to a variety of
3. Works closely with the VP/ CFO to develop, analyze, and present
management information as it is necessary for financial analysis
and forecasting, evaluation of programs and allocations, and to
support sound executive decision-making.
4. Partners with the VP/ CFO in the development, evaluation, and
implementation of budgetary policies, and procedures to enhance the
financial health of the University.
5. Responsible for the development and delivery of budgetary
training programs and other financial topics in concert with the
AVP, Financial Services.
6. Oversees the allocation of any strategic investment funds as
well as provides the monitoring of performance metrics associated
with these investments (i.e. enrollment growth, benchmarks, etc.).
Plays a key role in the creation and review of business plans
regarding new programs or initiatives.
7. Responsible for overall design, maintenance, and routine review
of institutional fees (spending plans, change requests, account
8. Serves as a key interface with Council on Postsecondary
Education ( CPE ) Finance Staff regarding performance funding, as
well as other Commonwealth offices related to budgetary matters.
Keeps VP/ CFO and other leaders informed as appropriate.
9. Responsible for the development and preparation of the state
biennial budget request in accordance with the budget format,
guidelines, and objectives prescribed by the CPE, the Office of the
State Budget Director, and the Legislative Research
10. Maintains an environment where transparency is key, and
personal integrity and ethics in conducting University business are
paramount. Ensures an effective audit trail and appropriate
documentation for business transactions under the umbrella of the
11. Directly assesses workflow and processes to ensure efficiency
while maintaining appropriate controls. Creates a culture of
continuous improvement and adapts to changing business
12. Provides leadership future financial planning scenarios and
long-range budgetary planning in concert with VP/ CFO, and AVP,
All other duties as assigned by the VP/ CFO necessary to conduct
the business of the University
The Director must have strong leadership skills, knowledge of
federal and state finance/budget regulations, understanding of
financial reporting and departmental budget planning, the ability
to systematically analyze complex issues and data, business
planning ability and acumen, excellent oral and written
communication skills, and a proven track record of sound decision
Strong financial analytical skills to meticulously review and
analyze financial data, including the ability to perform
forecasting and financial modeling; in-depth knowledge of budgeting
processes, policies, and best practices, along with the ability to
establish and enforce effective budgetary policies, strong
understanding of financial reporting and departmental budget
planning, the ability to systematically analyze complex issues and
data, business planning ability and acumen, strong leadership,
strategic planning, excellent oral and written communication
skills, ability to interact with various stakeholders, ability to
work collaboratively; problem-solving, project management, sound
decision-making skills and high ethical standards. Proficiency in
data management and utilization of financial software and tools for
efficient financial analysis and reporting, T proficiency with
Microsoft Office-Excel, Word, Powerpoint. SAP experience is a
A Master’s degree in business or a related field as well as five
years of professional experience is required.
Certifications such as Certified Public Accountant ( CPA ) or
Certified Financial Planner ( CFP ), are a plus.
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Documents Needed to Apply
- Cover Letter/Letter of Application