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Senior Academic Business Partner

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

University Staff



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Job Summary

The Office of Budget and Fiscal Planning of CU Boulder welcomes applications for a Senior Academic Business Partner. This individual reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget and Fiscal Planning (AVC) and serves as a liaison between the Office of Budget and Fiscal Planning (BFP) and the Office of the Provost. This position will function as a financial partner who connects BFP and the Office of the Provost in providing strategic financial support to the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Resource Management (SVP) and the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor (Provost).  The position is a lead member of the Provost’s resource and planning team, who in collaboration with the Provost’s Director of Budget and Finance advises the Office of the Provost on matters of financial policy, procedure and budgeting, and delivers analyses to support Academic Affairs’ leadership in making strategic decisions in service of the academic mission.

Who We Are

Budget & Fiscal Planning partners with academic and administrative leaders, coordinates campus-wide budget and fiscal planning and identifies and facilitates the allocation of resources necessary for the Boulder campus to excel as a major educational and research university. Through collaboration, we connect ideas, resources, and decisions that drive the university’s success.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Strategic Decision Support 
  • Serve as a consultative resource for the Provost and key academic administrators to optimize academic resource decisions by providing informed insights, performing complex analyses, and recommending specific strategies or approaches.  
  • Generate appropriate data, analyses, reports and presentations as necessary for the SVP and the Provost in support of leadership decisions and resulting funding allocations.  
  • Work closely with BFP colleagues to gather information (budgets, actuals, trends, etc.) and produce analyses and reports for senior academic administrators to support them in developing appropriate strategies and making decisions regarding major academic initiatives. 
Resource Development and Allocation
  • Support the development, communication, and implementation of current and future institutional funding allocation models (e.g., the undergraduate enrollment growth allocation).  
  • Develop financial models to facilitate the creation and assessment of academic business concerns, including but not limited to tuition rates, direct and indirect costs, revenue projections, and financial structuring.  
  • Collaborate with BFP colleagues and the Office of the Provost to develop and continuously improve a coordinated budgeting and resource allocation cycle, incorporating strategic goals, financial scenarios, fiscal implications, and sustainable procedural elements of the budget submission process.
Academic Unit Engagement and Consultation
  • Actively seek and develop collaborative opportunities to understand the needs of academic units and leaders.  
  • Establish and foster strong relationships with academic units that lead to cross-collaboration across the Office of the Provost and BFP in promoting consistent best practices and tools that encourage effective financial stewardship and strong student outcomes.  
  • Engage with academic unit finance leadership to triage and problem-solve regarding local or systematic academic budgeting challenges.  
Financial Policy Evolutions
  • Contribute thought leadership to Office of the Provost and BFP colleagues, in the development of financial policies, testing ideas for technical, cultural, and financial viability.  
  • Incorporate an all-funds approach to the development and use of financial resources to ensure their highest and best use.

What We Can Offer

Salary range starts at $120,000 and will be commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university in business administration, finance, accounting or a closely related field, and a minimum of six (6) years of experience in position requiring in-depth knowledge of principles, practices, and theories related to budgeting and financial analysis in a highly complex environment. 
    • Degree and experience requirement may be met with a Bachelor's Degree in an unrelated field and at least eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in finance or business. 
    • Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.

What You Will Need

  • Experience balancing the delivery of local needs with bigger picture institutional priorities and constraints. 
  • Extensive knowledge of, and leadership experience in, complex research universities and their structures, hierarchies, and procedures. 
  • Substantial knowledge of budgeting, resource allocation, and financial reporting. 
  • A strategic thinker and doer. Experience analyzing/preparing recommendations for senior leadership. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Able to work well individually and as a member of a team. 
  • Self-starter with a well-developed aptitude for quantitative analysis, capable of working with minimal oversight to solve a problem or meet a need.  
  • Ability to build trust and credibility across an organization and with a wide variety of individuals. 
  • Strong communication and presentation skills with the ability to explain complex financial information to varied audiences.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of discretion, confidentiality, and political acumen.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master’s degree in finance, business, management, public administration, economics or a closely related field.  
  • Commitment to the mission of higher education, and to the support of the faculty, students, and staff that serve and are served by the university.
  • Experience in higher education at a large and/or public research university.
  • Experience within, and an understanding of, complex academic units or academic support operations within a higher education institution.
  • Expertise with strategic planning and execution, and change management efforts within a complex organization.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
1. A current resume. 
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by June 3, 2019, for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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