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Director of Budget Financial Planning

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Franklin and Marshall College

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About Franklin & Marshall College: Franklin & Marshall College, founded in 1787, is a selective, private liberal arts college known for academic rigor, opportunities for faculty-student research and its commitment to helping each student reach his or her full potential. The College enrolls more than 2,400 undergraduate students from throughout the U.S. and around the world. The campus is located in a residential neighborhood in Lancaster, PA, a vital, historic city in a county of over 500,000 residents, with easy access to Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, and Washington, D.C. Lancaster offers both a diverse, urban environment and lush, rolling farmland. Residents enjoy charming historic districts and historical landmarks, a vibrant arts and cultural scene, and dining and shopping to suit every taste.\u00a0 Job Description: The Director of Budget & Financial Planning (BFP) is primarily responsible for innovative management of the budget and financial planning functions. This individual will work with the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Finance to develop and maintain various budgets.\u00a0 The Director of BFP proactively recommends, implements, and evaluates strategies and plans to help assure the College attains its financial objectives; develops accurate financial models and projections to support the College's planning, budgeting, and business operations; and assures the College uses accurate and effective financial modeling techniques, tools, and reports. The Director of BFP assists the Vice President for Finance and AVP for Finance in the development of the College's annual operating and capital budgets; assists with providing support materials to the Finance Committee; provides support to the Budget Priorities Committee; and gathers data and provides recommendations to support financial and business operations. The Director of BFP is expected to handle confidential information in a professional manner, and to work collegially with the campus to manage budget needs. Primary Responsibilities and Accountabilities Essential Functions: Effectively manage the budget and financial planning functions to ensure sound financial management and stewardship of institutional resources. Lead the College's annual operating and capital budget process which includes working with department managers and chairs, facilitating the work of various committees, and providing analyses as required. Inform department managers and department chairs of proper College budgeting practices and provide guidance to managers as they develop their operating budgets and requests for funding. Develop and maintain the College's long range financial planning model. Proactively monitor, identify, and communicate relevant regulations, issues, and trends that may impact the College's short and long-range financial plans and its business operations. Perform thorough, in-depth, and accurate financial analyses pertaining to College plans, projects, and programs. Regularly review projections to assure they remain valid, revising as necessary. Conduct accurate cost-benefit analyses pertaining to new College programs. Use effective financial modeling tools and techniques to predict expenses associated with capital projects. Develop cost projections pertaining to capital projects and initiatives. Assist in identifying sources of funding for projects and strategic initiatives.\u00a0 Report monthly budget to actual operating results to the AVP for Finance and other key users of the College's financial operating plan.\u00a0 Work with the AVP for Finance on various ad hoc analysis and reports. Complete surveys and reports as requested.\u00a0 Assist in monitoring key performance indicators (KPIs) as defined by the College Strategic Plan. Maintain consistent and reliable attendance. Additional Functions: Work collaboratively with the Finance team to research issues, gather data, analyze information, and prepare projections, reports, and recommendations. Complete assignments and manage projects as assigned by the AVP for Finance. Create and disseminate financial and budget reports as needed.\u00a0 Participate in on-going professional development activities and stay abreast of best-practices and developments in the field. Note: Related job duties, in addition to those listed above, may be required. The College may modify job duties at its discretion. \u00a0 To learn more about the Office of Finance & Administration, please click\u00a0. Full-time members of the Franklin & Marshall College professional staff receive competitive starting pay and a comprehensive benefits package that includes health coverage, dental, vision, generous retirement savings plan contributions, education benefits for employees, spouses and dependent children, and enjoy access to all College facilities including dining venues to suit all tastes, recreation and fitness facilities, and libraries, plus access to College performances, lectures, and events. Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Finance and\/or Accounting, or a related field required; a Master's degree or MBA is preferred. At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience as a financial analyst and budgeting. 3-5 years\u00a0experience in higher education or a non-profit organization is highly desirable. Skills, Characteristics Required for Position: Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex accounting concepts to general audiences. Strong understanding of integrated computer-based accounting systems and expert skills with Microsoft Office. Strong ability to manage multiple competing priorities and complete key tasks by assigned deadlines. Expert planning skills with the ability to coordinate complex budgeting needs to end users. Strong ability to think innovatively regarding financial matters that impact the College. Strong ability to perform detailed-oriented work and pursue issues and questions in a diligent fashion. Strong attention to detail, accuracy, and clarity in budget and financial reporting. Expert analytical and reporting skills that include the ability to understand detailed data and translate that to overarching strategic budget modeling concepts. Ability to work collaboratively across departmental functions. Excellent problem solving and decision making skills. Excellent project management skills. General understanding of IRS regulations, financial management, and investment procedures, especially as they pertain to effective private higher education (FASB) accounting practices. General understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (FASB focus). The ability and willingness to provide excellent service and to work in a collegial manner with students, faculty and staff, and other constituencies is essential. Additional Information: Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of reference checks, a criminal background verification, and verification of credentials.\u00a0The College will coordinate these verifications. Franklin & Marshall College is committed to having an inclusive campus community where all members are treated with dignity and respect. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the College does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender\/gender-identity, sex, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, veteran's status, genetic information, family or marital status, sexual orientation, or any other protected class. Individuals who need an accommodation due to a disability in order to submit an application or attend an employment interview should contact Human Resources at (717) 358-3995. Franklin & Marshall is proud to offer a smoke-free work environment.

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Located in historic Lancaster, Pa., Franklin & Marshall is a residential undergraduate liberal arts college. Since 1787, Franklin & Marshall College has provided students of high promise and diverse backgrounds with a cooperative learning environment, where professors inspire students to go beyond their expectations. We are an outstanding liberal arts college with a stellar academic program.

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