4006 Director of Finance, Community and Global Partnerships


TITLE Director of Finance, Community and Global Partnerships




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Vice President for Community and Global Partnerships


The Director of Finance, Community and Global Partnerships is the financial officer for the Division of Community and Global Partnerships and advises the Vice President on all matters pertaining to budget management and control, budget preparation, and fiscal planning. The Director of Finance, CGP works with the Office of Financial Services to coordinate the organization and reporting of financial information for all division units and creates and executes timelines and procedures for various financial and administrative processes occurring in division units.

The Director of Finance, CGP prepares and provides the Vice President with revenue and expense projections for financial planning, advises the Vice President regarding financial decisions and ensures that all budgets within the Vice President’s area of responsibility are fiscally sound for both University and Grant funds. The Director of Finance, CGP assists the Vice President with implementation of objectives in the long-range plan by developing budget frameworks for reprioritization of funds and assuring sustainable funding of strategic initiatives. Additionally, the Director of Finance, CGP provides professional service to directors, unit leaders and all other constituencies interacting with the Vice President for Community and Global Partnerships. The Director of Finance, CGP serves on various university-wide committees and is expected to complete ongoing professional development annually.


Education: A bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field is required. A CPA or master’s degree is preferred. An equivalent combination of years of experience and education may be considered for substitution of educational requirements.

Experience: At least five years of financial/accounting and/or budgetary experience is required. Advanced accounting and/or budgetary experience in higher education is preferred. Licensed, or pursuing certification, as a certified public accountant preferred.

Skills: Strong leadership and strategic planning abilities are required. The ability to project a strong positive image of the University through interaction with all constituencies conducting business with the University is required. Executive problem-solving skills and the ability to organize and manage complex functions and multi-project details simultaneously are required. Exceptional aptitude in financial activities management (e.g., tools, graphics, and analysis) is required. Must be skilled in using financial management software commonly used in higher education. Familiarity with data analytics concepts preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. A demonstrated commitment to Missouri State University’s inclusive excellence principles is required. A successful track record of innovation is preferred.


1. Ensures efficient coordination of division accounts by designing budgeting systems and financial records which are compatible with the University's financial information and reporting systems.

2. Advises the Vice President regarding financial decisions by monitoring monthly budget summary reports from the areas within the division, providing accurate information regarding the financial status of individual accounts and the division as a whole and by interpreting University financial reports.

3. Assists the Vice President in annual budgeting and financial planning by providing revenue and expense projections, ensuring congruency between budget allocations and the objectives of the Long-Range Plan.

4. Initiates the budget planning process in all division units, provides guidance to division units regarding budget preparation and determination of carryover, and monitors balances and expenditures going forward.

5. Coordinates changes to the proposed fee schedules, identifies and tracks carry-forward commitments, tracks reserve commitments, and identifies and communicates budget reallocations.

6. Monitors all division budgets, providing information to division directors, as needed, and assists with ensuring budgets are correct while preparing financial reports and entries utilizing generally accepted accounting practices.

7. Supervises the international payroll functions by providing oversight and monitoring the eligibility to work in the United States and proper tax treatment of wages of international employees, including supervision of staff performing these duties.

8. Provides assistance to the Vice President by collecting, organizing, and analyzing financial and other statistical data for the preparation of financial and non-financial reports, establishing reporting deadlines for those providing data for these reports, and utilizing the Banner financial system and procurement card system to assist with financial management responsibilities. Acts as procurement card coordinator and approver as assigned.

9. Performs accounting functions by preparing, classifying, coding, recording, and/or processing a variety of documents by examining invoices, travel expense claims, vouchers, and purchase orders to determine the accuracy of the expenditures, checking mathematical extensions, comparing invoices to purchase order or contract prices, comparing units invoiced to units received, charging the appropriate account, and forwarding the necessary information and documents for billing or payments.

10. Provides leadership in Community and Global Partnerships to help strategically navigate the ever-changing budget environment. Balances risks and rewards of potential trade-offs while seeking new pathways to value creation for students, faculty/staff, administration, and all stakeholders.

11. Tracks budgets for positions including vacancies, funding plans for replacements and new positions.

12. Accepts signature authorization responsibilities to approve various personnel forms, payroll forms, purchase orders, and other documents as delegated by the Vice President.

13. Serves as liaison between the Vice President and other University offices, as assigned by the Vice President.

14. Provides training and guidance to personnel within Community and Global Partnerships on all aspects of financial accountability and related university policies.

15. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills related to Missouri State’s Inclusive Excellence principles.

16. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the Vice President.

17. Contributes to the overall success of the Division of Community and Global Partnerships by performing all other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned, maintaining high levels of accuracy, and maintaining a professional demeanor and appropriate levels of confidentiality.


The Director of Finance, CGP supervises other employees, including the Finance and Accounting Specialist, International Programs Accountant, and other full-time, part-time, graduate assistants, and student employees as needed, and is supervised by the Vice President for Community and Global Partnerships.