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Budget and Operations Manager

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Job Location:
Denver, 80217-3362
Business and Financial Services
Location: Denver, Colorado
College of Aerospace, Computing, Engineering, and Design

Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) is searching for a Budget and Operations Manager for the College of Aerospace, Computing, Engineering, and Design (CACED). The Budget and Operations Manager supports the Dean and the administrative staff in departments and programs in planning and tracking expenditures and planning for growth and changes in academic programs in relation to budgeting. This role is responsible for developing, executing, analyzing, and reporting on all fiscal activities in support of CACED goals and priorities. This role also ensures that CACED is compliant with all University, federal, and state requirements, and follows sound fiscal processes. 

CACED consists of the Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute (AMSI), the Cyber Range, and four academic departments, including Aviation and Aerospace Science, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Industrial Design, and Computer Sciences. The Budget and Operations Manager reports directly to the Dean of CACED.

MSU Denver enrolls 17,000 students, where over 60% are first generation, and over 50% are students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) located on a vibrant tri-institutional campus in the heart of downtown Denver and near to the Rocky Mountains. As the third largest institution of higher education in Colorado and the only institution with an open access mission, MSU Denver is a model university for today's college students. The University serves the most diverse undergraduate student population in the state, as well as the most first-generation students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students. Qualified candidates who have experience working with students and employees from diverse backgrounds in an inclusive and diverse environment are encouraged to apply.


Budget Development and Execution (50%)
  • Oversee the fiscal administrative needs of the College as they relate to budget management, resource allocation, personnel allocation, and expenses
  • Serve as a budget representative on appropriate College and University committees
  • Manage and forecast revenue for the College, connecting enrollment management strategies and data to growth and development goals
  • Establish and maintain effective partnerships across all divisions including Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Administration and Finance
  • Track expenses at a high-level to ensure an accurate reflection of costs and provide recommendations for optimizing available resources
  • Employ responsibility-centered budget management practices where appropriate
  • Collaborate with the Dean, Associate Dean and the appropriate Academic Affairs senior leadership team members to gather data for decision making and facilitate implementation of agreed upon actions
  • Demonstrate thorough understanding of fiscal rules, policies, and procedures for auxiliary and state appropriated funds
  • Capture faculty and staff periods of grant work (buyouts) and/or vacancies and the related salary savings
  • Forecast summer semester revenue and expense, using knowledge of guidelines, staffing, enrollment trends, costs, and university-wide revenue trends
  • Use perspective gained from analysis of forecasts and projections to advise the Dean on budget requests for upcoming fiscal years
  • Provide sound fiscal advice based on state regulations, policy, terms and status of accounts, best practices, and procedures
  • Monitor spending and ensuring all budgetary constraints are considered before approving expenditures
  • Assist departments and programs in preparing budgets based on goals, current revenue, expenses, and past performance
Manage College Operations (25%)
  • Monitors, forecasts, and processes all full time (Category I and II) and part-time (Category III) contracts, as well as any fee-for-service contracts, providing accurate information, follow up, and correction (when necessary) to the Academic Affairs and Human Resources within deadline requirements
  • Provide support and leadership to department Program Managers and Program Coordinators to enhance budgeting abilities and processes
  • Train and ensure ongoing support to new department and program fiscal employees on purchasing, account management, adjunct hiring, and other college and university processes
  • Customize support services to departments and programs with varying fiscal situations, and advise departments and programs with strategic solutions for reaching goals
  • Provide leadership in the development of a strong operational structure that can support the strategic goals and direction of the College
  • Appraise College and University policy and culture to offer solutions and recommendations for the administrative staff, technology, and other resources needed to achieve College goals
Financial Reporting and Analysis (20%)
  • Evaluate the effects of proposed initiatives in the College and determine the potential fiscal impact on current and planned programs
  • Develop and prepare various internal, external, and ad hoc reports on demand including financial reports for the CACED Leadership team
  • Analyze budgets and operations to identify inefficiencies and propose improvements
  • Conduct cost analyses of proposed expenditures for which multiple options may exist
  • Project likely costs, savings, revenue loss/gain, and potential funding sources for proposed initiatives or changes to existing programs, taking into account the College and University missions, priorities, funding culture and trends, and budget processes and cycles
  • Provide monthly budget reports to the Dean
  • Create collaborative tools for program, account, and multi-year funds management
Other Duties as Assigned (5%)

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Three+ years of professional business experience
  • Experience managing budgets of more than $1 million/year
  • Previous experience with fiscal oversight, preparing reports, and administrative support
  • Experience leading and developing teams
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365, especially with Excel
  • Ability to work successfully within a culturally diverse environment
  • Willingness and ability to support the University Mission
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in higher education, organizational leadership, strategic business management, or related field
  • Five or more years of experience with budget management, fiscal oversight, preparing reports, and administrative support
  • Previous experience with university fiscal systems
  • Experience developing, establishing, and managing self-funded programs
  • Experience working with Banner, WorkDay, or BI Launchpad (EDW)'
  • Project management experience
  • Ability to provide explanations of budgetary matters in ways that personnel with little to no budget expertise can understand
Salary for Announcement

The anticipated hiring range for this position is $78,000 - $92,000. The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based upon a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, training, and qualifications.

MSU Denver offers excellent benefits that include medical, dental, retirement, tuition benefit, RTD pass, and more. For a brief overview of these options, please visit our Benefits section.

Instructions to Apply

Complete applications received by Monday, October 2, 2023 at 11:59 PM MST will receive full consideration, but applications will be accepted after this date until the position is filled. Please apply through MSU Denver Careers, and search for JR101495. Internal applicants must apply through their MSU Denver Workday profile by selecting the Career tab within the Menu and searching 'Find Jobs'.

For full consideration, please include the following documents with your application:

1. Resume

2. Cover letter

3. References. Please include the names and contact information for three professional references; at least one reference provided must be a supervisor (either current or former).

Upload all materials into the resume submission field; multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents may not receive full consideration.

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Posting Representative
Tanya Rogowsky

Posting Representative Email


MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:

Employee Benefits Offerings

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 50% first generation students and over 45% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.
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