Director, Budget & Finance (505846)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Accounting and Finance Administration and Management

Job Description


Position Summary

The department of Budget and Finance is responsible for the preparation and administration of the University budget. Responsibilities include planning and resource analysis to improve the allocation and use of resources and the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and systems to ensure fiscal control and responsibility. The unit is the primary source for budgetary information and provides professional assistance and advice to the administration and faculty relating to budgetary and other fiscal matters. The department of Budget & Finance is responsible for position management and processing the monthly university payroll data through the Labor Cost Distribution (LCD) module and for the monitoring, analysis, and reconciliation of the payroll to the appropriate accounts in the General Ledger. Responsibilities include input, analysis, testing, and maintenance of the PeopleSoft Position Management and Labor Cost Distribution modules. The department of Budget and Finance consists of one director, one assistant director, one management analyst, and 2 budget analysts.

Within the department of Financial Operations and under the general direction of the Associate Vice President, the Director of Budget and Finance is responsible for planning, analysis, and management of the university's support, trust, and capital budgets such that university management is provided with the information necessary to determine the most appropriate use of fiscal resources. The office of Budget and Finance is responsible for managing cost recovery activities, including cost allocation, chargeback, and billing rates, at the departmental, divisional, and campus levels. Because the Office of Budget & Finance is a university-supporting function, the Director of the office works closely with various management and constituencies across the campus and must at all times act, and be perceived to act, with impartiality and equity. The Director is a respected and valuable member of the senior management team who is responsible for the supervision and oversight of the department of Budget and Finance.

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This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits-eligible, at-will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Candidate Qualifications

The ideal candidate is a strategic leader with exceptional interpersonal, communication, and analytical skills. Candidates must demonstrate exceptional project management and organizational skills and possess the ability to learn quickly, understand complex processes, apply creativity and originality in problem-solving, and exercise sound, independent judgment in their work and in directing the work of others. Candidates for this position will be expected to have knowledge of principles and practices of public sector budget and accounting.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university with major work in accounting, finance, business, or public administration
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in complex budget planning and/or financial management
  • At least one year of experience in a financially and organizationally complex environment in a management position involving direct responsibility for setting and executing budgeting and financial strategies
  • Experience in direction and supervision of others
  • Experience with data query and analytical tools and software

Preferred Qualifications and Specialized Skills
  • Experience in Higher Education
  • Experience within the California State University system
  • Master's degree in finance, accounting, business, or related field

Compensation and Benefits

San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:
  • Extensive Leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;
  • Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;
  • An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and
  • California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on November 8, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by November 7, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Casie Martinez at 619-594-3953 or

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Diego, California 92182 United States View Map