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Assistant Director of Budget

Syracuse University
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 23, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Financial Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Director of Budget & Planning

Job #: 040366
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range: $112,000 - $130,000
Hours: Standard University business hours

8:30am - 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am - 4:30pm (summer)
Hours may vary based on operational needs.
Job Type: Full-time

Job Description:
Reporting directly to the Associate Director of Budget and Planning, the Assistant Director of Budget and Planning is responsible for providing recommendations and assistance regarding fiscal year budgeting and long-range planning of the University's resources. The Office of Budget and Planning provides budgetary and fiscal management leadership supporting the effective deployment of financial resources in alignment with the University's mission and strategic objectives.

This position will support departmental goals and objectives through effective collaboration and constructive partnership with colleagues and campus stakeholders. Responsibilities include being a key business partner in support of annual budget preparation, year-end estimated finals and 10-year long-range planning of university resources. The Assistant Director will support strategic and special financial modeling analysis impactful to financial sustainability and data informed decision-making and in support of goals and objectives for schools and colleges. This individual will establish and maintain strong partnerships with schools, colleges and other University personnel in support of management, financial planning and analysis responsibilities.

  • Must work collaboratively and cooperatively with University personnel at all levels.
  • Ability to respond flexibly and positively in all circumstances, working calmly under pressure.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion regarding sensitive and confidential information.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and in written; proven ability to communicate complex information to a diverse audience in an understandable manner.
  • Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to work independently, prioritizing workload under pressure of competing assignments and converging deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy. Advanced understanding of financial principles., including review and analysis of complex financial information.
  • Strong analytical, mathematical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent computers skills including knowledge of and proficiency in Adobe and Microsoft
  • Office Suite applications: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Extensive use and understanding of the
  • General Ledger and Hyperion Planning Essbase and Tableau preferred.
  • Build and maintain business partnerships to support schools and colleges.
  • Willingness to learn new software applications as necessary.

Job Specific Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree required preferably in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business or Public Administration with a least 5 years of progressive experience in financial planning and analysis, budgeting or accounting.
  • Masters degree preferred.
  • Experience in higher education setting preferred.

Budgeting and Planning:
  • Assist Syracuse University’s schools and colleges with financial planning including annual budget development, monitoring financial performance, creation of financial models for strategic initiatives and 10-year long-range forecasting in support of University priorities and goals.
  • Provide recommendations to senior management regarding budget requests, programmatic changes and financial implications.
  • Forecasting, analysis, budget development, and monitoring of school and college revenues and expenses. Maintain 10-year budget plans for schools and colleges.
  • Perform complex what-if analysis on demand.
  • Provide dashboards to University executive leaders and board of trustee members.

Financial Analysis and Reporting:
  • Perform complex what-if analysis on demand. Develop and maintain complex modeling tools to inform annual budget preparation, support accurate and comprehensive monthly financial performance reporting, and long-range forecasting and support institutional decision-making.
  • Prepare monthly estimated final reporting in partnership with schools and colleges, including variance analysis and preparation of supporting schedules.
  • Development and analysis of materials for annual budget sessions, including key performance indicators and operational metrics for schools and colleges.
  • Analysis and reconciliation of fiscal year-end RCM closing and operational results for schools and colleges including carry forward calculations.
  • Work with Schools and Colleges on current year estimated finals.
Financial Management and Operations:
  • Work collaboratively with school and college budget partners to identify, evaluate and monitor funding sources for optimal resource allocation and promote stewardship of restricted funds.
  • Provide consultation, making recommendations to ensure sound budgeting and financial management, financial sustainability and support stewardship of the University’s financial resources.
  • Monitor spending, review expense and position requests in accordance with budget and financial objectives, exercising discretion and sound judgement in decision-making.
  • Recommend appropriate course of action when financial results differ from plan.
  • Respond to direct inquiries from the University community by advising and counseling regarding budgets, financial transactions and University policy and procedures and best business practices.

About Syracuse University:
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings, and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and over 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors, 100 minors, and 200 advanced degree programs offered across the University’s 13 schools and colleges; over 15,000 undergraduates and over 6,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area:
Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.

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Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

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