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Director, Budget & Business Operations

General Summary

Who We Are
With three campuses along Colorado’s Front Range, Front Range Community College is the state’s largest community college. We enroll close to 28,000 students annually from our diverse service area, which offers a variety of cultural and recreational activities.

Each year approximately 5,000 FRCC students transfer to four-year universities. FRCC offers more than 36 career training programs that prepare students for immediate employment and rewarding careers. Last year, more than 5,000 high school students took concurrent enrollment classes with us, earning college credit without having to pay college tuition. And we were recently ranked as one of the “Top Online Colleges” in the country by Newsweek.

One of FRCC’s main goals is to offer educational excellence for everyone. The college’s strong commitment to student success means we start by creating an inclusive and equitable environment—one where both students and employees feel they belong and are supported. FRCC’s focus on diversity, equity and inclusion is woven into the fabric of our college conversations and decision-making processes. We are actively seeking to hire a workforce that reflects the diversity of our student body.
The college is also an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. For us, becoming an HSI is an intentional commitment to being a college where our Latinx (and other historically marginalized) students thrive.

FRCC employees and leaders work hard to create a culture of collaboration, innovation and pride. We’re looking to hire people who share these values—along with our commitment to student success, equity and excellence.
Who You Are
Reporting directly to the Vice President of Finance & Administration, the Director serves as a key advisor to College leadership in budget development, strategic resource allocation, and financial planning and analysis. This position leads the coordination, planning, preparation and submission of the College’s annual budget; prepares all supplemental budgetary information and analyses relative to budgetary matters. Leads the purchasing and contracts unit to ensure all College purchasing and contracts activities comply with all purchasing, fiscal, and contracting requirements as established by the State and System Office. The Director is responsible for all matters relating to the strategy and operations of business-related auxiliary operations (i.e. cafeterias, campus stores, copy services), risk management and state fleet management. 

Please note: This is an on-campus position with an opportunity for hybrid remote work. You need to be a Colorado resident on your first day of employment. 
SALARY:  $97,000 to $102,000 annually
SELECTION PROCESS: Position will remain open until filled. This posting may be used to fill multiple or similar positions.

Preliminary screening will be made on the basis of completed application package submitted by candidate. In your application please include a resume and cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with requirements, qualification and responsibilities of the Director, Budget & Business Operations.

Primary Duties

Strategic Budget Planning and Process Management
  • Leads the College in financial planning and analysis, strategic allocation of resources and ongoing budget control. Guides College leadership in aligning College resources to the strategic plan and provides ongoing analysis and guidance regarding the College’s financial position and its effect on the College’s ability to achieve its mission. Provides thoughtful analyses and proposals to improve budgeting processes and resource allocation decisions.
  • Leads the process for the College to perform and complete the annual budget; manages monthly monitoring activities; oversees maintenance of the staffing pattern; performs budget analysis; compiles and provides historical financial and budget data to administrators; develops revenue forecasts; oversees development of COGNOS and other budget-related reports to assist College staff in managing their budgets; coordinates budget transfer requests for signature and inclusion in the budget; provides training, direction, assistance and understanding to college personnel in managing budgets; develops ad hoc analyses, scenario analysis and programmatic ROI models as needed.
  • Work closely with all stakeholders to manage tuition and fees reporting submissions to the System Office and Colorado Department of Higher Education.
  • Lead and manage various finance related activities including completion of College, System Office, and state financial data requests, reviews of internal controls and business practices, and preparation of non-accounting reports.
  • Provide guidance and technical assistance to budget managers on day-to-day management of resources and budget reporting requirements; provide accurate and timely monthly budget reports; and analyze and monitor expenditures and budget variances. Conduct budget training sessions for budget managers. Design and maintain budgeting tools for budget managers.
  • Assist budget managers in the development of analyses to justify and support decision items, supplemental and other budget initiatives or change requests; analyze decision items for financial impact and develop recommendation for inclusion or exclusion from the annual budget process.
  • Review grant proposal budgets for accuracy and presentation. 
  • Work closely with Fiscal Affairs Office, in support of financial and budget reporting. Collaborate with Controller on special projects and other duties as assigned.
  • Oversee all non-student related auxiliary operations to include but not limited to bookstores, café operations and copy centers.
  • Supervise the College’s purchasing and contract units. Ensure all purchasing and contracts activities meet all rules, guidelines regulations, and statutory requirements as established by the 
  • College, System Office and State.
  • Oversee all activities as it relates to Risk Management and Fleet Management.
  • Develop and keep current all organizational guidelines within the Department’s functional areas.
  • Use critical thinking at all times to determine the best course of action in daily work activities.
Leadership & Supervision
  • Provides leadership that supports a collaborative culture and works with colleagues to foster teamwork, team building and a culture of trust.
  • Provides leadership and supervision to direct reports, modeling behavior and demeanor that supports expected standards. Establishes goals and objectives for staff, assesses performance and provides timely feedback to enhance development. 
  • Trains, supervises and evaluates direct reports in accordance with policies, procedures and applicable state and federal laws.
  • Works closely with Human Resources and Organizational Development to identify and expand appropriate training and professional development opportunities for staff.
  • Provides mentorship, support and guidance to all direct reports and their teams to foster data-driven and equity-minded decision making.  
Required Competencies

  • Leadership: Manage a team of professionals who complete and support a variety of functional tasks and processes and serve a diverse multi-campus organization. Provide professional development opportunities for staff in order for them to enhance and strengthen their skillsets.
  • Communication: Utilize strong oral and written communications skills to share critical information and concepts with a wide variety of audiences. Communicates effectively with individuals with different backgrounds; communicates in a way that is consistent and articulates expectations clearly. 
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Champions equity, diversity and inclusion through policies and practices that support all employees, students and visitors.
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with stakeholder groups to understand their needs and utilize judgement on how to build relationships. 
  • Project Management: Understand who needs to be involved in complex projects and how to foster engagement during project inception, planning, development, implementation and close out.
  • Change Catalyst: Ability to encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches when addressing problems or opportunities.
  • Critical Thinking: Understand, analyze and summarize complex budgeting information. Evaluate and streamline processes.
  • Organizational Skills: Plan, develop, and maintain processes that support clear and robust departmental practices. Manages multiple projects and priorities simultaneously.
  • Evaluation for Improvement: Reviews processes and seeks ways to improve performance.

Required Education/Training & Work Experience:
  • Graduation from a college/university with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, college administration, public administration, or a related field.
  • Five to seven years of increasingly responsible professional experience in budgeting, business, or related field.
  • Experience should include three to five years’ supervision of staff with a variety of backgrounds.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholder groups, including students, faculty, staff and technicians.

 Preferred Education/Training & Work Experience:
  • Extensive knowledge of budgeting, good business practices and business analysis.
  • Thorough knowledge of management and supervisory practices and principles.

Welcoming. Respectful. Inclusive. Together, we are FRCC.