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Director, Financial Planning & Strategic Analysis

Apply now Job no: 492765
Work type: Full-time exempt
Location: Chester
Categories: Administrative (Exempt)

Widener University has established a COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all faculty and staff who will be on our campuses to be fully vaccinated.  Vaccination policy compliance prior to start of employment is a condition of employment.  Our goal is that all members of the Pride may safely experience Widener's hands on, inclusive, and personalized learning environment in person.

Widener University is currently seeking a Director, Financial Planning & Strategic Analysis. Reporting to the Associate Vice President, Financial Planning & Strategic Analysis, the Director will be responsible for supporting the university’s long-term strategic financial planning, annual operating and capital budget processes, and analytic reviews of the university’s academic programs as well as new strategic programs and initiatives under consideration.

The Director will play a key role in developing the university’s $150 million operational and $10 million annual capital budgets, collaborating with the AVP to determine and implement improvements to existing systems and procedures to support effective financial management and decision-making. We seek a leader who views budget through a collaborative lens and will partner throughout the University to deliver exceptional customer service.

Widener University has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation and leadership. The Administrative and Finance Division is a department committed to inclusive practices and welcomes candidates who bring a broad spectrum of thoughts and approaches.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):

The following duties and responsibilities will be performed in collaboration with the AVP:

Strategic

  • Budget Process: Support a redesign of the university budget process grounded in data that responds to strategic needs of an agile university
  • Strategic Financial Planning: Analyze complex financial trends and acquire and integrate information to support the preparation of periodic forecasts and long-term outlooks for both operational and capital planning
  • General Ledger & Data/Analytics Reporting Restructuring: Support the restructure of the university’s Chart of Accounts with consideration of financial/management reporting needs and needed system improvements
  • Programmatic Analytics: Drive reimagination of the existing financial review to assess school and college performance and marry with other (non-financial) data. Develop models to assess programs, both new and potentially sunsetting
  • Donor-restricted and Discretionary Fund Projections: Assess existing fund balances, develop spending plan for funds while assessing university impact of these plans, and restructure chart of accounts to ensure accurate accounting and stewardship reporting
  • Value-Add Projects: Conceptualize and implement new ideas, approaches and initiatives that will enhance business performance and create strategic efficiencies and cost savings in support of the University’s long-range strategic and financial goals

Technical

  • Support the university's five-year strategic planning process, liaising with major divisions and revenue producing units to help develop inputs and refine assumptions. Support redesign of the existing financial model to create an agile, flexible, data-driven scenario planning tool that will enhance the University’s ability to make key decisions and investments
  • Support the planning and execution of the university’s annual budget process, including the development and communication of university parameters and preparing tuition increase information for approval by the Board of Trustees
  • Train constituents across the university on budget development and ongoing budget monitoring. Analyze requests for resources and act as liaison with deans, department chairs and division heads
  • Partner with departments and divisions to provide transparent insight into the components of the budget. Prepare budget variance analyses during monthly and annual close processes. Monitor and analyze university performance and achievement of strategic and financial goals
  • Serve as a University-level expert and liaison in the use of querying and reporting tools, including Informer, Colleague, Budget Self-Service, and Excel in order to more efficiently use University data sources.  Work with University-level Senior IT leadership to create ad hoc reports to further strategic projects and departmental reporting and budget management.  Provide proactive guidance and training in use of these tools to the Widener community at large

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Participate in various university committees
  • Participate in process improvement projects or strategic initiatives as assigned
  • All other duties as assigned by the Associate Vice President, Financial Planning & Strategic Analysis 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):

Required:

  • Master’s Degree and five (5) + years’ experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience) in finance, accounting, consulting or related field with deep knowledge of financial modeling, budget methodology, and strategical finance planning
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of diversity of staff and ability to work collaboratively with a diverse faculty, staff and student body
  • Demonstrated experience with complex financial systems, including experience supporting implementation of new processes or procedures to enhance accuracy, efficiency or customer service
  • Proven history as a strategic thinker. Creative in ability to think differently in processes and assumptions. Open to new ways of performing accounting operational functions and departmental alignment, arrangement, responsibilities
  • Established record as collaborator in the workplace, within the immediate department and within the larger institution
  • Outstanding communication skills; a team player who can relate to a variety of constituencies. Able to explain complex financial information in understandable terms to financial and non-financial audiences
  • Proven ability to create and foster an inclusive environment that demonstrates the university’s commitment to diversity

Preferred:

  • Master's degree with a preference for MBA or a master’s in finance, statistics, business analytics, or related field
  • Seven+(7) years progressive experience in higher education or non-profit finance, financial modeling, budget methodology, and strategical finance planning highly preferred

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR UNUSUAL HOURS: 

  • Ability to work at computer for long periods of time working on detailed documents. Typical work environment with some ability to navigate campus buildings, walkways and common areas
  • This position may require evening and weekend hours

Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation and leadership.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at www.widener.edu.

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