Director of Budget and Financial Planning - Gordon College (MA) in Wenham Massachusetts

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Gordon College (MA)

Wenham, Massachusetts 01984

United States


Detailed Job Description

Duties are performed in cooperation with other administrators and staff. The Director of Financial Planning and Budgeting is responsible for leading and supervising the operating and capital budget process and works in collaboration with all College departments. The Director of Financial Planning and Budgeting may be assigned other business/finance related duties and projects as needed, and provide support to the Controller’s Office during the annual financial audit.

Descriptions of Duties and Tasks:

Essential Responsibilities:
1. Oversees budgeting procedures for collecting, analyzing and assisting in the preparation of the annual operating and capital budget plans and confers with the Vice President for Finance and Administration in developing the budgets; ensures compliance with procedures regulations, policies, and best practices.
2. Designs, builds and maintains financial models and reports that contribute to the financial planning efforts.
3. Prepares, reviews, analyzes and disseminates as appropriate various budget reports on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis and ensures financial information has been recorded accurately; including evaluating the College’s actual performance to approved budget, department specific reports, forecasting year end balances and key performance indicators for distribution to various constituent groups.
4. Performs various internal control assessments including detail budget to actual analysis, and periodic testing of accounts and transactions.
5. Develops revenue/expense analyses, projections, cost analysis and other financial management reports using Microsoft Excel or by designing custom reports in FRx.

Additional Responsibilities
1. Provides advice and assistance to academic and staff personnel in understanding financial reports and data, in controlling costs, and in fulfilling budgetary goals.
2. Works with the VP of Finance and Administration to develop policies and procedures for the accounting/finance department and ensure they are followed.
3. Advises Vice President of budget concerns and proposes resolutions to budget problems during the course of the year.
4. Assists in accounting and information technology implementation matters.
5. Assists in the preparation of material for Board of Trustees Finance and Campus Development Committee meetings for review by the Vice President.
6. Attends scheduled trustee committee meetings as required.
7. Prepares and maintains committee meeting minutes as required.
8. Represents the College by participating in and supporting the annual audit in collaboration with the Controller’s Office; prepares or reviews audit work papers.
9. Researches, recommends, drafts and implements business and financial policies.
10. Provides guidance to other business office staff regarding College business processes and procedures.
11. Prepares memorandums and reports to orient new administrators, department chairs, and staff to the College’s budget processes; conducts budget orientation meetings and presentations as necessary.
12. Communicates developments and changes in the budget process due to internal or external requirements to appropriate College constituents.
13. Prepares and/or reviews portions of various annual financial surveys for external constituents.
14. Prepares quarterly debt covenants for distribution to bondholders and forecasts future ratios to ensure compliance is met. Timely alerts Vice President for Finance when negative trends develop to ensure corrective actions can be taken prior to default.
15. Works with the Human Resource Director and the Provost in preparation and maintenance of the computer records necessary to prepare the payroll budgets, faculty contracts, staff compensation letters, and other reports as necessary. Maintains the faculty salary scale data for the Provost’s office. Provides budget approval for payroll authorizations.
16. Works with various departments in preparation of annual statistical data needed to complete external surveys, as requested, including (but not limited to) IPEDS, AAUP,NACUBO, Financial Aid Survey, and CCCU Annual Salary Survey. Prepare analysis of data and review of results as needed.
17. Prepares and reviews budget reports of capital projects as needed by the Vice President for Finance and project manager. Processes invoices and tracks actual expenditures on building projects. Works with the Vice President for Finance in securing necessary financing for college capital and operating needs.
18. Works with the Vice President in providing data necessary to the procurement of bond financing.
19. Administers the Housing Assistance Program for faculty and staff. Calculates second mortgage amounts; works with employees in obtaining financing; maintains legal documentation needed to enact mortgages at the closing; establishes repayment procedures through payroll, and provides communication to participants as required.
20. Responsible for other assignments designated by the Vice President for Finance and Administration as needed.
21. Supervises the Finance and Administration Assistant and reviews all necessary documents and procedures relating to the following areas: Student Health Insurance; College’s Risk Management operations including all insurance renewals, audit information, collaborating to answer policy questions; Athletic accident program, and the Worker’s Compensation program.

Other Required Tasks that must be done on an episodic basis:
1. Prepare local property tax payments and exemptions as needed.
2. Annual filing of music licenses.
3. Review annual grants expenditures as needed.
4. Maintain Martha Frost trust reports.
5. Maintain file of contracts, leases, and other documents essential to the ongoing operation of the College.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
In order to perform the above functions, the incumbent must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities, or demonstrate that the major responsibilities of the job can be accomplished, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some combination of skills and abilities.
1. Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance, and three years of related accounting experience. MBA and/or CPA certification strongly preferred. Strong proficiency in various accounting software systems and other information technology, and the ability to learn new software.
2. Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in budget management practices and procedures as well as accounting principles and standards, especially in the area of higher education.
3. Demonstrated skill in spreadsheet and database software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
4. Strong proficiency in general ledger accounting, with preference to non-profit accounting, understanding of financial statements and internal control functions.
5. Strong analytic, problem solving, critical thinking and research skills.
6. Ability to communicate clearly in writing and orally, and the ability to explain budget processes to others; effective presentation skills.
7. Ability to work well with diverse College constituents in a team-oriented environment.
8. Demonstrated organizational, time management and multi-tasking skills and ability to meet deadlines in a busy environment.

Keyword Phrases

  • Finance
  • budget
  • director
  • accounting
  • financial
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: At least 3 years
Level of Job: Director
Salary: $51,600 - $51,600
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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