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Associate Director for Budget & Finance

University of Utah
Job Location:
Salt Lake City, Utah
Business and Financial Services

Requisition Number: PRN29021B

FLSA Code: Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code?: No

Standard Hours per Week: 40

Full Time or Part Time?: Full Time

Shift: Day

VP Area: Academic Affairs


Location: Campus

City: Salt Lake City, UT

Pay Rate Range: $45,000 - $56,000

Open Until Filled: Yes

Job Summary

The Associate Director for Budget & Finance serves as an integral part of the professional staff within Student Leadership & Involvement, working directly with the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU).  They serve as a professional adviser who is responsible for advising, maintaining and reconciling ledgers and accounts according to generally accepted accounting principles. They also prepare and analyze financial information, prepares reports and financial statements based upon derived statistics and analysis performed, in conjunction with advisement of elected and appointed ASUU student leaders.  

The ASUU Office is a very fast-paced environment with students, staff and community members consistently having various needs from the seven full-time staff, many student employees, and graduate students. As the Associate Director for Budget & Finance, this position provides regular student advisement to the ASUU Vice President of University Relations, the ASUU Finance Director of the Executive Cabinet, the ASUU Student Resources Director of the Executive Cabinet, and the Treasurers of the Student Senate and Student Assembly of the Legislative Branch. This position works closely with student government leaders to creative transformative leadership opportunities that result in effective and efficient, fiscally sound programs and services on behalf of ASUU to student organizations and the campus community. 

The incumbent will report to the Director of Student Leadership & Involvement.

1 year of education is equivalent to 2 years of experience.

Applicants graduating by June 2022 will be considered.


  1. Serves as the primary advisor to the ASUU Finance Board, the ASUU Student Resources Board, and the ASUU Vice President for University Relations, assisting these students not only with budget responsibilities but providing challenge and support to aid in their leadership development as well.
  2. Provides advice and guidance to the ASUU Finance Board, and the Treasurers for the ASUU Student Senate and ASUU Assembly in establishing financial guidelines, communicating such guidelines to internal and external stakeholders, and enforcement procedures. 
  3. Oversees the financial processes of ASUU and may assist in the management of Student Leadership & Involvement finances. 
  4. Attends Senate and Assembly meetings when training and/or clarification on ASUU finances is needed.
  5. Assesses budget, revenue, expense, payroll and journal entries, and other accounting documents.
  6. Assist in the training and informing elected and appointed student leaders of annual budget creation and ethical fiscal management.
  7. Analyzes and monitors budgets and expenditures for compliance with fiscal accountability and reporting requirements based on University policies and state law.
  8. Analyzes and forecasts revenue and expenditure trends.
  9. Reconciles balance sheets, cash, general ledger, payroll accounts and supporting journal entries.
  10. Develops accounting systems and documents to support the input and handling of financial data and reports.
  11. Interacts with internal and external auditors and participates in auditing projects.
  12. Forecasts, prepares or directs the preparation of the program budget and monitors expenditures.
  13. Supervises and trains lower level accounting staff, including professional staff and students.
  14. Uses problem solving skills to assist in job and task completion in effective and efficient means. 
  15. Develops and implements department or program specific policies and procedures.
  16. May be required to provide office support, assist students and customer service opportunities, assist in the revision and implementation of policies and procedures, and to participate as staff representation on existing university committees. 
  17. Other duties as assigned. 
This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Minimum Qualifications

A thorough understanding of general ledger accounting practices, cost analysis, and accounting principles, as well as demonstrated analytical, and problem-solving skills required.

Bachelor's degree in Business or Public Administration, a related area, or equivalency required; plus six years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations, and effective communication skills also required. 
Master's degree in Business Administration or related area preferred.

1 year of education is equivalent to 2 years of experience.

Applicants graduating by June 2022 will be considered.


Experience working directly with students, student leaders, or experience in some type of educational setting.    

This position requires the ability to apply generally accepted accounting principles, federal cost accounting regulations and University policies and procedures to a variety of situations. The incumbent must be able to interpret complex policies and effectively communicate the information in an easily understood manner. The incumbent is required to provide analysis of each situation and use professional judgement in reaching a solution. The Associate Director for Budget & Finance is expected to recommend changes to accounting based procedures based upon analysis performed and specialized knowledge. 

Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and communication skills required as well as a desire to work in a team setting are required.  Ability to work effectively and efficiently with a variety of constituencies including student leaders, parents, faculty/staff, community organizations and vendors is required.  The incumbent must be capable of prioritizing and managing several tasks concurrently in a fast paced environment.  

Incumbents must have the ability to make rational decisions in high-pressure situations, be highly detail oriented, must be available to work occasional nights and weekends for various events and must be physically able to work outdoors, standing for long periods of time.

1 year of education is equivalent to 2 years of experience.

Applicants graduating by June 2022 will be considered.

Type: Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

It is a priority within the department to prioritize compliance with state law and university policies. Please include in your cover letter how you have demonstrated effective responsiveness to compliance protocols.

1 year of education is equivalent to 2 years of experience.

Applicants graduating by June 2022 will be considered.

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.
Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans' preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. 
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran's status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both. 
To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:
Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ("URS"). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS' post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.
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