BUDGET OFFICER/MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT
Company: Western Washington University
Posted on: October 3, 2019
BUDGET OFFICER/MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT
Apply nowWork type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Business and Financial Affairs
Position Title Budget Officer/Management Consultant
About the University Western Washington University, with over
16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is
nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and
faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal
community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan
Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90
miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British
Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting
university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S.
News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The division of Business and Financial Affairs
supports Western's mission, which states that together with our
students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive
impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic
excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications
from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans,
and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with
diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position
Serves as the Budget Officer for the Business and Financial Affairs
(BFA) division and Management Consultant for the Associate Vice
President (AVP) unit. Provides support with budget preparation,
budget management, budget planning, expenditure monitoring, and
makes recommendations to assure financial stability and health.
Provides complex, multi-dimensional, operational and financial
analysis for the AVP business units. Works with the AVP, directors,
and assistant directors in developing and implementing key
performance indicators (KPIs) and operational data to report on and
improve management and business practices, as well as
organizational design. This position reports to the Associate Vice
President for BFA.
Budget Officer Responsibilities:
Develop budget forecasts and monitor and review budget activity on
an ongoing basis. Provide financial support to divisional
leadership as needed.
Provide leadership in the development of the BFA division biennial
budget request, including aligning the budget request process with
the strategic planning process, and providing budgetary expertise
and assistance to divisions in the development of proposals.
Oversee the preparation, communication, maintenance, analysis and
oversight of the BFA division annual operating and self-sustaining
Serve as an active communication liaison between the Budget Office,
AVP, and directors for information on budget requests and operating
budget processes, allocation and expenditure control procedures,
and budgetary policy changes.
Monitor, process and maintain personnel budget activity and
information for the division, including processing all employee
personnel action forms for hiring, promotions, transfers, and
Oversee and analyze the divisional state and self-sustaining
budgets including one-time requests and salary savings. Prepare
reports and provide information for review and approval.
Prepare budget reports as requested by divisional leadership to
assist with fund balance and budget variance analysis; monitor
financial trends and develop projections; develop long-term
planning documents; and prioritize the use of limited
Maintain and update BFA division budget activity calendar in
coordination with the Budget office. Monitor calendar events to
ensure timely completion of events.
Serve on the Budget Management Advisory Council and the Budget
Provide the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs with
standardized budget roll-ups and summarized divisional variances
across all business units.
Management Consultant Responsibilities:
Analyze AVP unit operations to fully understand the business
processes, anticipated outcomes and formulate solutions to achieve
optimum efficiency and effectiveness.
Perform business process analysis for AVP unit operations and
recommend changes to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
Develop financial models (including the preparation of pro forma
balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements) based
on specified input and assumptions.
Define key performance metrics and interpret results to analyze the
data for trends and comparison with peer institutions.
In collaboration with Accounting Services, participate in audit
department fieldwork providing interpretation of the auditor's
needs. Follow-up on audit recommendations to ensure best practice
processes are implemented.
Audit policies, procedures and tasks for completeness and accuracy
to ensure processes are compliant with state and federal
Audit cash receipting processes on campus (de-centralized cash
Identify trends and develop concise narratives, complex reports,
dashboards and other data driven information.
Analyze and report accounts receivable trends, such as aging,
revenues, waivers, and allowance for bad debt, including
documenting support for all assumptions used in analysis.
Develop quarterly budget to actual variance analyses with detailed
Maintain the Parking Financial Capital Plan and develop financial
projections and profit/loss summaries.
Serve as liaison with support staff from Business and Financial
Systems to test, develop specifications, and implement desired
modifications to programs.
Utilize expert functional knowledge of financial reporting to
design ad hoc and regularly scheduled reports to identify
discrepancies in functional activity.
In collaboration with Business and Financial Systems, review and
evaluate the functionality of the student and non-student
receivables system and the University cashiering and parking
systems to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Finance or related
Five (5) years of budget management experience
Five (5) years of consulting or financial analysis experience,
including business process analysis
Demonstrated knowledge of computerized information systems used in
financial and/or accounting applications
Demonstrated ability to effectively translate, simplify and
communicate (written and verbal) information to diverse
Demonstrated ability to analyze complex information, prepare
reports, and identify, research and resolve discrepancies
Highly self-driven, self-motivated, and the ability to work
collaboratively in a professional and productive manner
Demonstrated ability to conduct ad hoc analysis and enhance
Strong attention to detail and accuracy
Demonstrated commitment and ability to cultivate work environments
that are equitable and inclusive for individuals from diverse
social identities and backgrounds
Master's degree in Business Administration, Finance or related
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Knowledge of public sector financial and budgeting principles and
Experience working in higher education
Seven (7) years of consulting or financial analysis experience
Experience with Kaizen or Lean Six-Sigma
Salary range is $72,099 - $80,110 and is commensurate with
experience; includes an excellent benefits package
A cover letter and resume are required and should address your
experience related to the position responsibilities and the
required and preferred qualifications.
Also required is a separate statement describing your demonstrated
commitment and ability to cultivate work environments that are
equitable and inclusive for individuals from diverse social
identities and backgrounds.
Please include the names and contact information of three
Closing Date Notes
Review of applications begins October 7, 2019; position is open
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and
affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse,
broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with
disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In
compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its
commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces
diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and
parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or
genetic information in its programs or activities, including
employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy
on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and
Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for
Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA
Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington
University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA
98225; (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);
WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to
qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request
this document in an alternate format or to request an
accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services,
or 711 (Washington Relay)...... click apply for full job details
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