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Director, Budget & Business Operations

Kennesaw State University

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About Us

Find your wings at KSU!

Are you ready to join a community leading in innovative teaching and learning? Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. With our growing enrollment and global reach, we are enjoying increased prominence among Georgia¿s college . We offer more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to over 43,000 students. Our entrepreneurial spirit, high- impact research, and Division I athletics also draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Our university¿s vibrant culture, career opportunities, and rich benefits make us an employer of choice. We are searching for talented people to join our mission. Come to KSU and find your passion!


Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. 

Job Summary

Responsible for leadership, training, assistance, and supervision of division and college staff who develop divisional budgets and revenue planning (which includes annual budget preparation, preparing fiscal analysis, reporting, dashboards, development, and review of proformas and probable financial performance of growth/operational efficiencies initiatives), as well as who manage unit business operations including critical financial transactions and compliance processes. Assessing key performance measures. Serves as primary liaison between supervised staff and other departments and works collaboratively with stakeholders to build partnering relationships. Collaborates with other internal and external stakeholders providing guidance for best practices and identifying and developing process improvement.


1. Reviews, tracks, maintains, analyzes, and updates a high volume of financial transactions in a timely fashion
2. Develops and provides effective on-boarding of new staff
3. Provides on-going training in best practices, compliance, customer-service and effective controls, and identifies and develops process improvements
4. Implements effective cross-training and back-ups across all units
5. Develops and improves post-award grant integration with division operations
6. Manages budgetary processes, guidelines and maintenance surrounding sponsored operations
7. Develops, facilitates, and manages business units¿ financial policies and procedures
8. Serves as primary director in business operations and liaison across university divisions
9. Develops analytical tools for staff to use with customer departments s including (but not limited to) reporting, financial models, and templates
10. Supports complex budget projects, analysis, data requests and financial transactions
11. Directs, manages and develops staff including workflow, quality of work and performance management
12. Responsible for monthly tracking and analysis of position vacancy lag
13. Develops and implements processes and guidelines that improve operational efficiencies for external and internal stakeholders
14. Develops and maintains training materials, procedures and processes in budget and business operations


Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Finance, Economics, Math, Accounting, Information Systems, or related area

Required Experience
Five (5) years of related work experience involving finance, accounting, budgeting, financial analysis, and/or financial information systems with at least four (4) years in a management capacity

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Educational Qualifications
Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in related field

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Able to collaborate and manage across business units
Able to deal with multiple tasks or projects at one time while meeting assigned deadlines
Able to present information to executive leadership that is accurate and contains the appropriate level of detail
Able to transition to other positions in the office as business need dictates

Knowledge of governing rules and regulations as it relates to budget and financial processes
Knowledge of budgetary and position management processes
Knowledge of accounting principles

Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills
Critical thinking, analysis of financial data and trends
Leadership abilities to include but not limited to personnel development, coaching, goal setting and outcome measurement
Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e., Microsoft Office suite)
Strong attention to detail and follow up skills
Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

Equal Employment Opportunity

Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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