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Assistant Director, Budget & Finance (Administrator I)

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Diego
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Finance/Accounting, Full Time

Position Summary

The department of Budget & Finance is responsible for the preparation and administration of the University budget. Responsibilities include planning and resource analysis to improve the allocation and use of resources and development and implementation of policies, procedures, and systems to ensure fiscal control and responsibility. The unit is the primary source for budgetary information and provides professional assistance and advice to the administration and faculty relating to budgetary and other fiscal matters.  The department of Budget & Finance is responsible for position management and processing the monthly university payroll data through the Labor Cost Distribution (LCD) module and for the monitoring, analysis and reconciliation of the payroll to the appropriate accounts in the General Ledger. Responsibilities include input, analysis, testing, and maintenance of the PeopleSoft Position Management and Labor Cost Distribution modules. The department of Budget & Finance consists of one director, one assistant director, one (1) management analyst and two (2) budget analysts.

Within the department of Financial Operations and under the general direction of the Associate Vice President, the office of Budget & Finance is responsible for planning, analysis, and management of the university's support, trust, and capital budgets such that university management is provided with the information necessary to determine the most appropriate use of fiscal resources.  The office of Budget and Finance is responsible for managing cost recovery activities, including cost allocation, chargeback, and billing rates, at the departmental, divisional, and campus levels.

Under the general direction of the Director of Budget & Finance and operating within the current delegation of authority and established procedures of Budget & Finance, this position has primary budgetary responsibility for budget preparation and administration, planning and analysis, resource and cost allocation and budgetary control.

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This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, at-will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation.  Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Candidate Qualifications

The ideal candidate is a leader who is dynamic, innovative, proactive, collaborative, and fosters a culture of excellence. The successful candidate has exceptional attention to detail, is technically and functionally proficient with budgeting software applications, and has the ability to learn quickly, understand complex processes, apply creativity and originality in problem-solving, and exercise sound, independent judgment in their work and in directing the work of others.  

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university with major work in accounting, finance, business or public administration
  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible analytical experience in complex budget planning and/or financial management
  • Experience with providing lead work direction and/or supervision of others
  • Experience with budgeting, data query, and analytical tools and software

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in preparation and administration of a CSU budget or budgetary program

Compensation and Benefits

San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.  San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:

  • Extensive Leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;
  • Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;
  • An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and
  • California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent

CSU Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus.  An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-shot vaccine or two weeks after the first dose of a single-shot vaccine. 

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university’s secure online health portal prior to beginning work.  Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required0 to participate in SDSU’s COVID-19 testing program.

Supplemental Information

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply quickly.  SDSU will conduct an expedited search and selection process to fill this critical position.  Applications will be considered upon submission. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Casie Martinez at

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