University Budget Director, UNC Asheville (open until filled)

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Closing: Open until filled
Salary Range: $95,000 – $105,000 annually

Organization Overview:

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, UNC Asheville is the designated public liberal arts campus in the University of North Carolina system. UNC Asheville is nationally known for the quality of our student-centered teaching, mentoring of undergraduates in research, interdisciplinary learning, and striving to be an inclusive campus community.

UNC Asheville is committed to promoting diversity and a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and the ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. Staff members are encouraged to take an active role to engage in the institution’s efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the workplace. The successful candidate is expected to foster an inclusive work culture where uniqueness of beliefs, backgrounds, talents, capabilities and ways of living are respected and welcomed. Women, traditionally under-represented minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Position Summary:

The University Budget Director provides financial planning projections, consulting, and monitoring for all university departments and personnel. This position has daily oversight for the administration of UNC Asheville’s budget. This position supports campus leaders by providing instruction on best practices, compliance and oversight processes to assist with the budgeting needs of their division. This position assists the Vice Chancellor for Budget & Finance with the University Budget Committee. The Budget Office is the budget liaison between the University of North Carolina at Asheville, the Office of State Budget and Management and the University of North Carolina Office of the President.


Required: Master’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or similarly related field. May also consider a Bachelor’s degree with significant equivalent experience. Four to eight years of progressively responsible experience, in budget administration, preferably in higher education.


  • Knowledge of accepted accounting practices and procedures of the State of North Carolina and the University of North Carolina system.
  • Experience with computerized financial systems (BANNER Finance)
  • Four to eight years of budget experience, budget & finance and enrollment philanthropy experience with the University System of North Carolina is strongly preferred.
  • CPA or MBA preferred.
  • Knowledge of personal computers and software, and the ability to manage large amounts of financial data is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office products and a real plus would be experience with Anaplan an integrated state of the art financial forecasting software being implemented at UNC Asheville.
  • Knowledge of higher education finance and familiar with NACUBO best practices.
  • Experience supervising and leading a team.

Additional Information:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Specific knowledge of principles and practices of accounting and reporting,
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computerized accounting systems, including Banner or similar ERP systems, as well as proficiency in Excel and Word,
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare fiscal reports,
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze financial statements,
  • Knowledge of higher education finance best practices,
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and apply the laws and regulations governing the maintenance of financial records,
  • Ability to create and interpret strategic elements from large databases with accuracy,
  • Effective oral and written communication sills for interactions with the Office of State Budget and Management and the UNC System,
  • Ability to understand complex financial situations,
  • Present data in a clear and concise manner,
  • Ability to develop spreadsheets for improved tracking and analysis,
  • Knowledge of key elements of higher education finance, enrollment, financial aid, faculty salary and research matters, philanthropy, staff salaries and benefits, and long-term integrated forecasting.

Application Information:

Applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date for each specific position. Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned.

Official verification from each college/university you have attended are required upon employment, and will be requested directly from the college/university by Human Resources or from the National Student Clearinghouse. Any expense will be the responsibility of the employee. Educational degrees must be from an appropriately accredited institution.

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency and training and experience requirements, management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

It is the policy of UNC Asheville to conduct pre-employment background investigations on all candidates selected for employment. If hired, the candidate will be required to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice.