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University of Victoria

Director, Budgets

Canada-British Columbia-ALL

Victoria Posted Jan 10997231-1555340

Company Information

At UVic, we aspire to be a university of choice for outstanding students, faculty and staff from British Columbia, Canada, and the world. We aspire to be the Canadian university that best integrates outstanding scholarship, inspired teaching and real-life involvement. As members of a diverse and dynamic learning community, we challenge one another to become thoughtful, engaged citizens and leaders, prepared to contribute to the betterment of a rapidly changing global society.

The University of Victoria enriches its students, staff and community by creating knowledge, fostering academic and experiential learning and serving communities in British Columbia, in Canada and around the world. We build on the strength and diversity of our people — students, faculty, staff and alumni — to strengthen our position among the best universities in Canada and the world, recognized for excellence in teaching, learning, research, artistic creativity, professional practice and service to the community.

Job Description

About this Opportunity

Are you passionate about financial management? Are you driven to provide excellent customer service in all areas of your work? The University of Victoria is calling for an innovative and creative leader, to join its extraordinary culture where dynamic learning and vital impact meet.

UVic is ranked as one of the best universities in Canada and in the world, enriching the lives of over 22,000 students and nearly 5,000 staff and faculty.  UVic demonstrates an extraordinary depth of excellence across a wide array of academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level.  The University has earned a reputation for its commitment to research, scholarship and experiential learning and is widely recognized for its innovative and responsive programs, interdisciplinary and international initiatives and broad based co-op program as well as for providing a diverse and welcoming learning community.

The Director, Budgets reports functionally to the AVP Financial Planning and Operations.  The Director is responsible for the development, management and operations of the University’s operating budget of $357M. S/he provides advice, information and recommendations on the budget and related policies and procedures to the executive team (VPs and AVPs), Deans and Chairs/Directors. As well the Director is responsible for developing long range forecasts in support of the University’s 3 year integrated plan, financial modelling for collective bargaining, budget systems including the financial aspects of the University’s enhanced planning tool and the development of associated Board documents.  The Director works in partnership with a wide range of campus stakeholders including academic and administrative departments (HR, Payroll and Finance) to ensure systems and processes are appropriate, serve the needs of our clients and are appropriately integrated.

The successful candidate will possess an accounting designation and an undergraduate degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience. S/he will have a minimum of 5+ years of experience at a similar level, including supervisory experience, advanced problem-solving skills and creativity to develop financial solutions in an increasingly complex financial environment. The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of systems and processes.  The successful candidate must also have highly developed interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to develop strong relationships as well as the ability to work in a complex unionized environment and across diverse stakeholders.  


Application review will commence January 24, however the competition may remain open until a suitable candidate is found. 

Interested individuals can review full job description and must apply at: https://uvic.mua.hrdepartment.com/hr/ats/Posting/view/3459

An employee in this classification is excluded from the bargaining unit as defined in the Labour Relations Code.

Job Summary

The core purpose of the Director, Budget role is to provide advice, information and recommendations on the operating budget and related policies and procedures to the executive team (VPs and AVPs), Deans and Chairs/Directors.  The Director is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of the University’s operating budget as well as developing long range forecasts for UVic focusing on enrolment/tuition, compensation & negotiated agreements, and other major cost drivers.  The Director is often the “go to” position for academic and non-academic administrators as it is a key role in the integration of many of the functional areas and processes on campus ie) HR, Payroll, Finance

The Director, Budgets evaluates, develops, enhances and implements policies, procedures and systems, and makes recommendations to the executive, Deans, Chairs/Directors, and others on the financial and budget implications of policy initiatives as well as the cost-benefits of new and existing program alternatives in accordance with the University's overall priorities. The Director actively manages the day-to-day operations of the Budget Office including the development and maintenance of the detailed annual operating budget for the University. This position also develops budget projections, forecasts and models, the results of which are utilized to develop key Board documents such as the University Budget framework, integrating planning document and the capital plan which assist in long-range planning.  The Director monitors and supports the Financial Analyst’s costings and financial modeling during University collective bargaining processes.  The Director acts on behalf of the AVP Financial Planning and Operations during absences.

The Director supervises one Financial Analyst (Mgmt excluded position) and one confidential exempt position.

Job Requirements

Qualifications and experience

  • 5-8 years of directly related experience, including 2-4 years of supervisory or management experience.
  • Must have a CPA Accounting designation (CGA, CA, CMA)


Key job-specific competencies    

  • Requires advanced problem-solving skills and creativity to develop financial solutions in an increasingly complex financial environment;
  • Must have highly developed interpersonal and communication skills with ability to develop strong relationships;
  • Requires a solid understanding of systems and processes;
  • Has demonstrated dedication, diligence, and commitment to learning and development;
  • Ability to work with people at varying levels within an organization and with varying financial skills; and
  • Prior experience working in a complex unionized organization

Contact Information

University of Victoria
Kristi Simpson
Associate VP Financial Planning & Operations