Budget Director, Research

at University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Budget Director, Research

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Work type: Staff

Location: Newark

Categories: Financial Services and Procurement, Full Time

Salary Grade: 34E

Context of job:

The University of Delaware is a major land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research institution, with significant public funding. The University has a $1 billion budget of which $168 million is related to sponsored research activity. The University consists of ten colleges and various central units reporting to the President, Provost and Executive Vice President.

Reporting to the Sr. Budget Director, the Budget Director for Research is responsible for reviewing and recommending consistent budget policies for the research enterprise, including centers and institutes. Under the limited direction of the Senior Budget Director, manages the budgeting and forecasting activities for the Research Office, centers and institutes, ensuring compliance with policies, procedures, and regulations. Specifically responsible for working with the Research Office, centers and institutes in the development, coordination and monitoring of the University’s research budget. Working with the Budget Office and the VP for Research, the Director is the primary liaison with all research units regarding financial matters and reviews and projects all sponsored activites.

The incumbent analyzes comparative expenditure patterns for the research organization and develops the annual budget and projections for total university sponsored activities which is included in the development of the total university’s all funds budget that is presented each spring to the Board of Trustees for approval. Research institutes participate in the UD Budget Model F&A allocation, it is the responsibility of the Director to work closely with the Vice President for Research, center and institute directors and business liasions to review, recommend and advise consistent accounting and recommend appropriate subvention levels for each center or institute. In conjunction with the VP for Research, the Director communicates budget information to ensure consistency within the Research Office, centers and institutes. Actively participates in budget committees and working groups and ensures the appropriate recording of research expenditures; monitoring projections and initiating action to correct budget problems. Serves as the key VP Research liaison with the Budget Office.

Major responsibilities:

• With input from the VP of Research, develops the annual budget and projections for total sponsored activities including F&A.

• Assist the VP of Research with resource management and planning to achieve short and long-term divisional objectives.

• Reviews Research Office, centers and institutes expenditures and directs the allocation of resources to the Research Office, centers and institutes.

• Responsible for the allocation of UDBM resources to centers and institutes and continuously monitors and evalutes financial activity on budgets, monitoring purchasing, and preparing and interpreting complex financial reports.

• Provides direction to the VP for Research leadership team, institute and center directors on the complex strategic (long term) and tactical (daily) financial operations and budget.

• Develops financial analysis needs for the Research Office, Centers and Institutes and provides information as needed to the Budget Office.

• Partners with the VP of Research and Institutional Research and Effectiveness to develop and prepare reports to support the budget preparation and monitoring process, including analysis of financial and HR system/subsystem activity in comparison to anticipated budgetary outcome for the Research Office, centers and institutes.

• Provides strategic consultation to the Vice President for Research, Research Office leadership and Institute and Center Directors on all financial issues, to include financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue and expense analysis.

• Develop multi-year budget projections and planning models to ensure effective implementation of strategic goals.

• Oversees revenue, expenditure and department budgets, budget turnaround updates, ensuring compliance with appropriate government/University regulations and policies, and ensuring maintenance of appropriate internal controls safeguards.

• Reviews and recommends re-engineering of procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.

• Perform job-related duties as assigned.


• Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting or other job-related discipline and eight years of financial and management experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Financial and budget planning and report preparation experience.

• Familiarity with University policies and procedures desired.

• Ability to foster a cooperative work environment, as well as organize, prioritize, and schedule work assignments.

• Effective communication skills and ability to adjust to a rapidly changing environment.

• Knowledge of federal contracts and grants preparation and management, as well as accounting procedures involving procurement, travel and/or employment.

• Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control procedures, as well as accounts payable procedures and practices.

• Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, gather, and analyze statistical data and generate reports, statements and/or projections. Knowledge of computerized information systems used in financial and/or accounting applications.

• Ability to perform complex tasks and prioritize multiple projects; plan, organize, implement, evaluate, and modify administrative support needs, as well as interpret, adapt, and apply guidelines and procedures.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Applications close: Oct 31 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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Posted On: Oct 21, 2021

Updated On: Nov 05, 2021