CUNY Director of Finance and Administration (Finance Budget Director) - Macaulay Honors College in New York, New York


Inaugurated in the fall of 2001, Macaulay Honors College (MHC) is dedicated to providing outstanding educational opportunities for academically gifted students from the five boroughs of New York City and beyond. The Macaulay Honors College program includes generous financial support for each student, including a full-tuition merit scholarship and an Opportunities Fund grant. In addition, the Honors College offers unique interdisciplinary seminars focusing on New York City, training in instructional technology, dedicated mentors and advisors, prominent visiting professors, internships, study abroad experiences, and a Cultural Passport that provides entrée to the vast cultural resources of New York City. Macaulay operates in partnership with eight CUNY campuses: Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, Queens, and Staten Island; graduates are awarded a degree jointly conferred by Macaulay and their home campus. Currently, Macaulay Honors College has approximately 2,032 University Scholars enrolled on the eight campuses.

Reporting to the Dean of the College, the Director of Finance and Administration is responsible for managing the administrative and financial operations of the College, including the daily business and accounting operations, coordinating, planning and reporting on such MHC financial activities as purchasing, accounts payables and receivables, and banking/debit card relationships, and serving as a liaison to the finance offices of the Graduate Center and the University. S/he will prepare reports for the Dean and various MHC directors, and manage the financial aspects of the Macaulay Honors Foundation and serve as staff to the MHC Foundation Board’s Audit, Finance and Investment Committees.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Advises the Dean on matters related to the fiscal operations of the college;

  • Collaborates with internal and external offices and programs on budgetary initiatives, including audited financials for Macaulay Honors College Foundation;

  • Coordinates activities among MHC, CUNY and The Graduate Center, including in the areas of human resources, financial management, purchasing, and payroll;

  • Coordinates the college’s banking relationships and serves as a treasurer and investments manager;

  • Coordinates with business offices at MHC’s eight consortial campuses;

  • Liaison between the senior colleges and CUNY Central regarding MHC inquiries and responds to requests from the University Budget Office and Office of the University Controller on MHC financial matters;

  • Manages Macaulay’s tax-levy budget, including working with the appropriate offices to obtain timely and accurate budget information;

  • Oversees all purchasing and accounts payable transactions through the CUNYfirst system;

  • Oversees capital budget requests and works with CUNY Capital and Facilities planning on approved projects;

  • Oversees revenue management, including projection of revenue targets, budget preparation, and budget expenditures and modifications;

  • Oversees the administration of credit card (P Card, T Card and debit card) usage;

  • Prepares reports for donors and works with Foundation and others to obtain interim financial reports in a timely manner;

  • Prepares various monthly and special reports for various directors and the College;

  • Recommends and implements solutions to improve efficiencies in MHC administrative operations;

  • Recommends and implements strategies and plans to help assure the College attains its financial objectives;

  • Responsible for college compliance with appropriate University, City, State and Federal fiscal policies and regulations, including GAAP, FASB and GASB;

  • Responsible for internal control banking and investments;

  • Reviews the financial components of business proposals and coordinates financial analysis of various activities and funding programs at the College;

  • Reviews, assesses, and plans the investment strategy for Macaulay endowment accounts;

  • Supervises staff, directs and oversees the accounting functions for the Foundation and auxiliary enterprises;

  • Works with the Dean on planning, implementing and monitoring the University-wide Macaulay Honors College budget; and

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


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


A preferred candidate should have:

  • Knowledge of accounting principles and practices, preferably within an academic institution.

  • Familiarity with CUNY budget and finance policies as well as those of New York State and City.

  • Strong communication and organizational skills and the ability to present oral and written reports.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with all members of the college and CUNY community.

  • Demonstrated initiative, strong management skills and the ability to think in an innovative manner regarding financial matters that impact the College.

  • Excellent computer skills and familiarity with relevant computer software (i.e. accounting software and Excel).


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


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Salary commensurate with education and experience.

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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March 17, 2017


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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Location: Graduate Center

Job Title: Director of Finance and Administration (Finance Budget Director) - Macaulay Honors College

Job ID: 16325

Regular/Temporary: Regular