Finance Budget Director

CUNY - School of Professional Studies
New York City, New York
Salary commensurate with education and experience up to $139,076.

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Finance Budget Director

Job ID 23938

Location School of Professional Studies

Full/Part Time:  Full-Time

Regular/Temporary:  Regular




For over 15 years, the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) has been leading online education in New York. Notable for offering the most online bachelor’s and master’s degree options at the City University of New York, and for serving transfer students as the University system’s only undergraduate all-transfer college, CUNY SPS meets the needs of adults who wish to finish a bachelor’s degree, progress from an associate’s degree, earn a master’s degree or certificate in a specialized field, and advance in the workplace or change careers.

The School’s growth has been remarkable, with twenty-four degrees launched since 2006. Enrollment has risen by more than 30% in the last four years to over 4,000 students in the credit-bearing programs. Thousands more are enrolled in non-degree and grant-funded workplace learning programs. In addition, the School has an active alumni network and has established the CUNY SPS Foundation, which offers multiple scholarship opportunities to current students.

CUNY SPS has consistently been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s top online institutions. This year, the School was ranked #10 in the nation on the publisher’s list of the 2022 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs


Reporting to the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, the Finance Budget Director will provide vision and leadership oversight for a portfolio that encompasses all business and fiscal operation and is responsible for the School’s accounting, budget, accounts payable and payroll operations.

In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, the Finance Budget Director will also:

  • • Monitor the School’s financials, ensure resource integrity, and maintain accountability for Tax Levy, Non-Tax Levy, College Association, Foundation and liaise with Research Foundation financial lead;
  • • Direct the day-to-day accounting functions, monthly and yearly closings, reconciliations, and analysis;
  • • Oversee the preparation and monitoring of revenue and expense budgets for all-funds resource planning; develop and maintain multi-year financial plan as well as various internal reporting;
  • • Conduct monthly, quarterly and semesterly budget meetings with senior leadership, student leadership, academic and administrative directors;
  • • Ensure compliance with all appropriate University, State, accounting, and regulatory issues; and implement and maintain best business practices and procedures for all financial operations;
  • • Review and approve all banking and investment financial transactions; act as point person for all banking relationships and communication;
  • • Manage all financial audits;
  • • Partner with the Office of Human Resources to reconcile PS data;
  • • Collaborate with the CUNY Central office of Purchasing and Accounts Payable on all OTPS matters;
  • • Act as internal control officer, review risk assessments, identify internal control weaknesses and recommend appropriate corrective action;
  • • Serve on Dean’s Cabinet; serve on Foundation Board for quarterly meetings and the Finance and Audit committee; participate in strategic planning and decision making to align budgets and resource planning with the school-wide priorities; act as the liaison to the University Budget and University Controllers offices on all financial matters; and, represent CUNY SPS at the Business Manager meetings.











  • • Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment. 
  • • Until further notice, this is a hybrid position, eligible to work remotely and work in the office.




Bachelor's Degree and eight years' related experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

The preferred candidate will have:

  • • Eight years of experience in financial planning, accounting, and budgeting at a senior level in a higher education environment;
  • • Knowledge in the overall budget and finance functions of a University system;
  • • Experience in developing annual reporting models;
  • • Experience in fiscal management of multiple grants;
  • • Expert knowledge of accounting tools and experience implementing accounting and budget systems;
  • • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in computer software and accounting analysis;
  • • Experience with CUNYFirst or Oracle-based business and fiscal modules;
  • • A blend of technical and analytical skills, initiative, and independence as well as be energetic and well-organized;
  • • The ability to work on multiple and concurrent projects, prioritize and meet deadlines, goals and milestones, make judgment calls, and respond tactfully in all situations as well as be detail-oriented;
  • • Excellent communication, interpersonal, managerial, and organizational skills;
  • • Commitment to the campus values of equity, diversity and inclusion;
  • • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and act as a member of a team in a fast-paced environment.



Directs the budgeting function of a College or major program as well as related accounting operations.

- Formulates, prepares and oversees financial plans and budgeting processes

- Manages all financial reporting and compliance activities, including preparation of financial statements, statistical reports, and funding determinations

- Liaisons with internal and external financial auditors as well as various College, University and governmental representatives

- Oversees analytical reporting and provides strategic financial guidance to support decisions regarding resource allocations and operational planning

- Manages professional staff responsible for budget projections, allocations and transactions

- Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Finance Budget Director



Higher Education Officer










Salary commensurate with education and experience up to $139,076.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development.  We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off.  Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.



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April 15, 2022



CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional



CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.



Since its founding in 2003, the CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS) has become one of the City University of New York’s fastest growing schools, with over 200 adjunct and full-time faculty members, nearly 2,000 students enrolled in degree programs and credit bearing courses, and thousands more in non-credit courses and programs. Drawing on CUNY’s nationally and internationally renowned faculty and practitioners, as well as industry and education partners, CUNY SPS offers a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs, including CUNY’s first fully online degree programs.cuny_school_of_professional_studies1.jpg

The School is home to the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies and the Off-Campus College.

  • The Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies serves the educational, policy and research needs of unions and their members. The Institute provides a gateway to higher education by offering comprehensive information and academic support services that help union members attain their educational goals. It also serves as an academic resource on issues of concern to the labor movement and publishes New Labor Forum, a national journal of analysis and debate.
  • The Off-Campus College offers working students access to a college education by providing workplace related, credit-bearing courses and certificates.

cuny_school_of_professional_studies2.jpgCUNY SPS Online Programs
The Online Baccalaureate
The Online Baccalaureate offers the opportunity to complete an accredited, rigorous degree program on a schedule that fits into a busy schedule. Majors include Business, Communication and Culture, Health Information Management and Sociology. For more information on this program, visit

Online M.S. in Business Management and Leadership
The Online Master of Science in Business Management and Leadership provides a broad business education that focuses on the fundamentals of business management as well as critical skills in leadership. Its fully online delivery makes the program available to those outside the reach of traditional instruction, and allows working adults the opportunity to immediately put classroom theory into practice. For more information on this program, visit

Other Programs at CUNY SPS


In addition to these online programs, CUNY SPS offers a wide variety of in-person degree and certificate programs on both the graduate and undergraduate level. Subject areas include Adult Learning, Applied Theatre, Disability Studies, Health Care Administration, Immigration Law, Project Management and Youth Studies. As SPS continues to grow it commits itself to aligning the education it offers with the current needs of its students, always intent on making that education timely, relevant and powerfully useful.

For more information, visit or call 212.652.CUNY (2869). Also, follow us at and

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