The Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) is seeking a dynamic individual to join our team. OPB serves as a steward of resources and trusted advisor to University leadership to support decision-making and enable strategy.
Reporting to the Vice President for Budget Planning and Management, the Director, Decision Support and Analysis (“Director”) will lead projects and initiatives designed to inform strategic and operational decisions by ASU leadership in the areas of resource planning, allocation, and management. The Director uses a collaborative and consultative approach to work effectively across stakeholder groups to address financial opportunities and challenges for the University.
Budget & Planning
Office of Planning & Budget
EVP BUSINESS & FINANCE
Scope of Search
Grant Funded Position
This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.
Depends on experience
- Conducts return on investment analysis of existing programs.
- Assesses the economic viability of proposed programs or projects.
- Performs funds flow analysis and econometric modeling.
- Facilitates contingency planning for financial down-turn scenarios.
- Creates and maintains dashboard reports (includes financial, student, and human resources data) to be reviewed by senior leadership on a periodic basis.
- Analyzes the financial impact of workforce trends and/or human resources policy changes; makes recommendations based on findings.
- Supports the development and operation of a long-range all-funds financial forecast tool to guide university-wide strategic decisions and investments.
- Facilitates the development of mid and long range predictive space, staffing, and financial models that support strategic planning efforts and executive decision-making.
- Develops unit-level planning tools (e.g., tool for department chair to assess the financial impact of a new academic program) in collaboration with the Provost’s Office.
- Leads annual benchmarking initiatives (e.g., NACUBO, HelioCampus), leveraging the data to guide policy decisions and identify opportunities for cost efficiencies.
- Develops, modifies, and/or evaluates directly, or in conjunction with others, complex data analyses from a variety of sources (e.g., personnel, payroll, space, student, general ledger) that support resource and financial planning.
- Gathers information; identifies analysis methodologies; prepares, develops, and submits written and graphic results of the evaluation of data.
- Resolves issues related to recommendations based on research, analysis, and evaluation of data pertaining to specific projects, conditions, or proposals.
- Assists in analyzing progress towards University-wide strategic initiatives, goals, and objectives; offers suggestions on ways to overcome barriers or challenges.
- Supports analysis of complex proposals led by senior departmental staff.
- Identifies, and plans for, where appropriate, new technology to enhance decision making; understands the impact of technological change on the organization.
- Participates in periodic upgrades and restructuring of enterprise systems, supporting definition and development of reporting requirements.
- Represents the university on internal and external committees involved in a variety of institutional issues.
- Supervises and oversees work teams and/or staff; coaches and provides feedback to develop knowledge, skills, and abilities of staff engaging in data analysis.
- Performs other duties upon request.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field and seven (7) years of experience in financial or budget analysis or strategic planning; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.
- Evidence of a master's degree in related field, such as Public Policy/Administration, Finance, Economics, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Data Science, or Higher Education Administration.
- Ten (10) or more years of relevant work experience, preferably in higher education.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, concepts, and practices in budgeting, strategic planning, information analysis, forecasting, reporting, and evaluation.
- Demonstrated knowledge of strategic and financial planning/modeling principles, methods, and practices.
- Experience in developing forecast and tracking models that integrate disparate statistical and financial information.
- Experience in performing analysis of financial forecasts and budgets, and of the factors/items therein.
- Experience in evaluating a variety of fiscal policy, economic, or political factors affecting strategic planning and budgeting needs, problems, and plans.
- Experience in effectively synthesizing large amounts of complex detailed materials and data, and then to present insights and recommendations from that information to varying audiences.
- Experience in identifying appropriate data sources, and to extract and manipulate data from multiple and diverse database sources by designing, refining, and running complex data queries.
- Experience in using effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including the ability to speak and write with clarity and precision to obtain and convey information related to job responsibilities; comfortable in regular interactions with mid- level to senior-level administrators of the university.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
- Cultural competency skills to effectively engage with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
- Experience in planning and organizational skills, including the ability to successfully manage multiple, complex projects on deadline, often working with interruptions, a changing workflow, and potentially competing priorities.
- Demonstrated knowledge of decision tools for budgetary analysis, such as weighted score tables, cost-benefit analysis, activity-based costing, and sensitivity analysis.
- Experience in working independently on routine tasks and with limited, but appropriate, direction on more complex matters.
- Experience in researching, analyzinge, interpreting, explaining, and applying policies, rules, and procedures appropriately; ability to determine compliance with existing policies and established guidelines.
- Experience in taking initiative, demonstrating resourcefulness, and displaying a sense of urgency in fulfilling commitments.
- Experience in taking personal accountability for achieving results.
- Experience in promoting innovative thinking by bringing different perspectives and approaches together, combining them in creative ways to solve problems.
- Experience in delivering a high-quality work product, free of material error, by showing concern for all aspects of the job with a high attention to detail.
- Experience in building effective working relationships and build trust by communicating in an open manner, and following through on commitments.
- Experience in handling conflict and difficult situations in a professional way, working toward consensus.
- Experience in accepting new ways of doing things.
- Experience in accurately following established procedures for completing work tasks.
- Experience in offering customer service by actively listening, and validating others’ viewpoints.
- Ability to respect the confidentiality of others
- Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse.
- Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
- Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
- Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
- Required oral and written communication to perform essential functions.
- Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to: computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, fax, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals.
The Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) is responsible for facilitating the development and management of the University’s annual planning and budgeting processes. This includes resource planning, modeling, allocations, tracking, forecasting, and reporting, as well as decision support analysis for unit and enterprise-wide leadership. In addition, OPB handles external reporting requirements and information requests from the State’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) and its Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting (OSPB), and the Arizona Board of Regents.