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Director, Finance - Business College

Company: Western Governors University
Location: Salt Lake City
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

If you're passionate about building a better future for individuals, communities, and our country-and you're committed to working hard to play your part in building that future-consider WGU as the next step in your career. Driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs, WGU is also committed to being a great place to work for a diverse workforce of student-focused professionals. The university has pioneered a new way to learn in the 21st century, one that has received praise from academic, industry, government, and media leaders. Whatever your role, working for WGU gives you a part to play in helping students graduate, creating a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

-- Deadline for internal candidates: 4/15/21, 5PM MT. -- Helps develop and improve methods and techniques used by the Financial Planning & Analysis team. Assists with departmental goal setting and monitoring. -- Manages and provides ongoing training and support to direct reports, each of whom provides planning, financial and analytical support to a college and/or related entity -- Executes the annual strategic and financial planning process for each of the four colleges and related organizations, including collaboration with the college SVPs, VPs and other senior leadership across the university -- Assures optimal use of relevant planning systems, processes and techniques to support annual planning and interim forecasting -- Increasingly works with the colleges, Marketing, Enrollment, Institutional Research and other organizations to coordinate and ensure ongoing projections and monitoring of enrollment and other college-related metrics -- Provides accurate, insightful monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports for college and academic leadership -- Designs, develops and monitors expense allocations and periodic spending variances to budgets and prior period expenditures. Helps develop and track performance vs. KPIs. -- Ensures accurate and timely preparation of College-level P&L statements and analysis of cluster, program and course level performance and profitability -- Both directly and through subordinates develops financial business cases (ROI, breakeven, payback modeling, etc.) for proposed programs, projects and initiatives to help organization leaders make timely and appropriate business decisions -- Maintains a keen awareness of the each of the college's current financial position, proactively highlighting to executive leadership any trends that warrant follow-up -- Maintains WGU's commitment to compliance with all external laws and regulations as well as internal policies and guidelines Performance Measurements -- Achieve or exceed designated performance goals, including, among others: successful annual budget; accurate, timely and insightful monthly reporting; and, business decision support and analysis for all supported organizations and leaders -- Key Criteria: Accuracy, Timeliness (hit deadlines), Insightfulness, Presentation, Flexibility -- WGU Leadership Principles: Student Obsession, Innovation, Learning, Inspire & Develop, Urgency, Courage, Ownership, Deliver Results, Integrity, Earn Trust Knowledge and Abilities -- Solid working knowledge of corporate finance principles, accounting, industry standards, best practices and relevant laws. Accounting expertise highly preferred. -- Strong financial analysis skills; proven ability to forecast new concepts and market dynamics -- Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office (especially Excel) and ability to work with large-scale financial management software (Workday experience preferred) -- Aptitude for analytical thinking and strategic development -- Outstanding leadership and organizational skills within a complex, diverse, fast-paced and rapidly-growing environment -- Able to organize, coordinate and direct projects and to lead innovate, strategic initiatives -- Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills -- Professionalism, proactivity, trustworthiness -- Flexibility, ability to work with ambiguity and manage change -- Intellectual curiosity. Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities. Qualifications Minimum Qualifications: -- 5 years of specific experience including Management experience -- BS/BA in accounting, finance or similar field Preferred Qualifications: -- Master's degree (business, finance, accounting or similar field preferred) -- Successful work experience as director of finance or similar role Working Conditions - Specific requirements of the job such as travel and the environment in which the job is performed. - Minimal travel - In-office position
As an equal opportunity employer, WGU recognizes that our strength lies in our people. We are committed to diversity. Full time JR-006665 About Us This is a university made for a new kind of student. At WGU, our focus is on the success of our students and our graduates. What kind of university will give the busy adult student of the 21st century-unique, dedicated, and driven-the best chance for success? One that values those qualities and puts them to work. We're the first university where all bachelor's and master's degrees are competency-based, with curriculum designed in partnership with leading employers. We're nonprofit, driven entirely by a mission to serve students-in fact, it's right there in our name. We're called Western Governors University because we were created by a group of U.S. governors, an innovative solution to their states' demand for high-quality, outcomes-oriented higher education.

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