The Assistant Vice President for Budget, Planning and Analysis serves in a key strategic capacity reporting to the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with a charge to build and maintain a best in class financial planning and analysis organization that supports the University’s decision-making with timely, accurate and transparent data.
Advises senior University leadership regarding the allocation of resources that most effectively supports the academic and administrative priorities of Brown. Develops business plans, pro-forma financial projections, complex financial analyses, and multi-year forecasts that reveal key drivers of economic value and provide critical support for achievement of the University’s strategic objectives.
Manages the financial planning cycle for the University to include: support for the University Resources Committee; collaboration with the operating units to develop the annual budget; advice for those units on ways to reduce or reallocate expenses; development of forward budgets that account for the full impact of multi-year initiatives; and reporting that clearly communicates budgeting decisions and ongoing progress against budget goals.
Collaborates with a broad array of community members to establish a consistent and effective way to communicate the links between strategy, financial planning, and budgetary decisions. Assesses the disparate information needs of our diverse community and educates them about budget methods and practices to increase transparency and understanding.
Leads and manages budget, planning & analysis staff by recruiting, developing, and retaining individual staff members. Develops succession plans, supports cross training, and promotes broader participation in Finance Division initiatives and activities. Participates actively on the Finance Division management team to strengthen the Division by enhancing the work environment, and the Division’s contribution to the University’s mission.
Staffs, chairs, or serves on University committees as requested; and represents Brown to external parties as appropriate.
- Bachelor’s degreerequired with a preference for accounting, finance, or business major
- MBA and/or CPA strongly preferred
- Minimum of ten years of progressively responsiblebudget, analysis, reporting, planning and operational management experience in higher education, or a comparably complex not-for-profit organization
- Experience supervising finance and accounting professionals
- Demonstrated experience with development of complex financial analyses that support strategic decision-making
- Experienced user and developer of budget and other financial systems, analytical tools, and databases – with a preference for individuals with Workday familiarity
- Ability to evaluate different budget models and practices and determine their utility within the context of an individual organization’s facts, circumstances, and strategic direction
- Preference for a thought leader who has demonstrated that capability through professional organizations, conference presentations, or publications
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to create presentations that effectively convey complex information to a diverse array of University constituents
- Excellent analytical and creative problem-solving skills
- Well-developed interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and judgment
- Demonstrated leadership ability with a record of success working with people at all levels of a rapidly changing and complex organization
- This position requires a strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the Finance Division.