CUNY Assistant Vice President for Budget & Finance in Queens, New York


Queens College (City University of New York) is an engine of social mobility, a public institution serving New York City’s highly diverse and global population. Our 19,000 students realize their potential through our undergraduate and graduate degrees, honors programs, and experiential learning opportunities (including internships, service learning, and research). Located in the heart of Queens, at the crossroads of public higher education and the NYC workforce, Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the NY metropolitan area, has more computer science students than any NYC college, has the third largest business and accounting program of any school in NY State, and has renowned programs in the fine and performing arts, humanities, social sciences, and STEM.

The Office of Budget and Finance supports the goals of CUNY and Queens College. Our primary objective is to align planning and budgeting activities and processes to effectively and efficiently maintain and develop financial, human, and physical resources for the College. The Office of Budget and Finance provides timely and accurate information so that senior leadership, presidential committees, business managers, and the University central administration can make informed decisions.

Queens College seeks a motivated and talented financial leader to support its executive team at a time of growth and improvement at the College. Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Budget and Finance provides collaborative leadership and analytical support in planning and organizing resource deployment for all fund sources and uses at Queens College. The AVP works collaboratively with senior leadership of the College and its associated corporate entities, the fiscal leaders of the City University of New York, and various constituent groups as needed and directed.

As the title implies, the AVP for Budget and Finance is responsible for two critical functions that facilitate achievement of the College's mission. In the planning arena, the AVP is responsible for creating and shepherding a College-wide multi-year resource planning. This includes strategic planning for College-wide priorities and tactical planning to assist departments in their operations and activities. Budget responsibilities include development, communication, execution, and monitoring of operating budgets that are tangibly linked to the outcomes of planning processes and informed by them. The successful candidate is expected to actively establish collaborative relationships with senior officers of the College and University, faculty leaders, student leaders, administrative directors, and other constituents to achieve these responsibilities.

The duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Implements strategic budgeting in alignment with the College strategic plan.

  • Develops a system to support integrated, all-funds resource planning, to include various sources and funding vehicles, such as: Tax Levy, Dedicated Fees (such as the Technology Fee), Auxiliary Enterprises, Income Fund Reimbursable and other accounts such as Queens Student Residences, Special Projects Fund, College association, etc.

  • Develops and submits plans, operating budget requests and reports as requested/required.

  • Develops, prepares, and communicates annual College operating budgets in a multi-year context.

  • Develops realistic revenue and expenditure assumptions; conducts predictive budget modeling to thoroughly understand funding dynamics to promote program stability and resource growth.

  • Executes, monitors, adjusts, and manages the operating budgets via proactive written and verbal communications and strong relationships with departmental budget managers and senior leaders.

  • Prepares and presents informative and helpful written and oral reports on the status of planning processes and budget performance.

  • Develops, interprets, communicates, and maintains budget policies.

  • Collaborates with the College's Purchasing and Human Resources/Payroll offices to reconcile data and ensure integrity of budget tracking.

  • Recruits, motivates, directs, and supervises a staff of planning and budget professionals to achieve these objectives.

  • Assists in the implementation and further development of The College's Strategic Plan.

  • Serves on the President's Extended Cabinet and the President's Council.

  • Directs Internal Control campus-wide self-assessment process.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned. This is an existing position within the CUNY Executive Compensation Plan, subject to applicable University policies for job performance, salary, and benefits.

We especially welcome candidates whose experience and qualities will aid Queens College in increasing faculty and staff diversity in order to reach the same level for which our student body is recognized and lauded. Our faculty and staff serve as mentors to our diverse students, stimulating their academic success and personal development. Those who join the Queens College community foster a culture of inclusion, respect, collegiality, and collaboration across departments and disciplines, and commit to the campus-wide goal of being a college that is affordable, accessible, and intellectually and culturally rich. Queens College students and professionals are engaged as leading citizens in our global society and are committed to the vitality of New York City and its communities, embodying our campus motto “Discimus et Serviamus: We learn so that we may serve.”


This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience.


A Bachelor's degree and eight (8) to ten (10) years of experience, in finance administration at a large and complex organization or institution of higher education are required. At least five years of experience must have been in a position of progressively responsible management in finance administration, preferably at an institution of higher education.

Experience must include strategic financial planning, analysis and management, along with demonstrated effectiveness in resource planning, budget modeling, application of appropriate fiscal management systems and technologies, data analysis, project management and presentation, and leadership in budget development and communication. A strong customer service orientation and attention to details are required, along with excellent analytical, oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Must have sound supervisory skills and experience as well as a consultative management style with the ability to foster a cooperative and collaborative work environment, take the initiative to make decisions, resolve problems, and work effectively with all levels of staff and constituents. In addition to the minimum qualifications previously described, one year of experience in line management of a department or organization, other than planning or budgeting, are strongly preferred.


Assistant Vice President


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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September 5, 2017


CUNY Job Posting: Executive


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Location: Queens College

Job Title: Assistant Vice President for Budget & Finance

Job ID: 17069

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular