Director of Budget and Planning

Barnard College, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, is seeking an individual with exceptional financial, operational, and interpersonal capabilities to join the College’s Finance team as the Director of Budget and Planning (“the Director”.)


About Barnard College

Barnard College has been a distinguished leader in higher education for women for over 125 years and is one of the most sought after private liberal arts colleges in the nation. Founded in 1889, the College was the first in New York City, and one of the few in the country, where women could receive the same rigorous liberal arts education available to men. Its partnership with Columbia University, a great research university; its setting in New York City; and its unwavering dedication to the advancement of women make Barnard unique among the educational opportunities open to today’s young women.


The mission of Barnard College is to provide the highest quality liberal arts education to promising and high-achieving young women, offering the unparalleled advantages of an outstanding residential college in partnership with a major research university. As a liberal arts college, Barnard actively affirms both teaching and scholarship, missions that the faculty embraces fully. With a dedicated faculty of scholars distinguished in their respective fields, Barnard is a community of accessible teachers and engaged students who participate together in intellectual risk-taking and discovery.


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The Opportunity

Reporting to the Vice President for Finance, the Director of Planning and Budget will be an experienced leader who communicates effectively, thinks creatively, works collaboratively, and acts with the highest degree of integrity.


The successful candidate will direct the development and execution of the annual operating and capital budgets of the College, including sources and uses of operating funds, endowment spending, expendable gifts, grants from external sponsors, and debt-financing. The Director will be responsible for the preparation of the annual operating and capital budgets, including setting planning parameters, establishing submission deadlines, and working collaboratively with vice presidents and departmental leadership on all aspects of the budget and planning process. S/he will be responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of the College’s expenditure policies and procedures and serves as a signatory for the disbursement of College funds.



The Director will lead a team which includes a Budget Manager, Budget Analyst and Administrative Assistant and will develop and maintain strong collaborative working relationships with leadership and with the various units across the College.


Specific areas of responsibility include the following:

  • Analyzing internal and external financial data in support of executive decision-making and the development of strategy and growth planning and major initiatives;
  • Advancing financial business planning competency across the College; working with vice presidents and department heads to develop recommendations about priorities for the allocation of College resources; and providing training to faculty and staff on the College’s budgeting policies and systems;
  • Preparing and presenting budget resolution and related supporting documentation and multi-year forecasts and quarterly variance reports for the Board of Trustees and other key constituencies, including department administrators and members of the President’s Council.
  • Implementing and enhancing systems and technologies to collect information and report results to management using dashboards, metrics, and visual aids; participating in team efforts to improve overall financial systems and reporting throughout the College;
  • Serving as a member of the Joint Faculty and Administrative Benefits Committee to provide budget data to assist the College in making benefit related decisions;
  • Working with the Office of the Provost and the Office of Human Resources on new faculty/staff positions and salary changes.

Candidate Profile

Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree and have a minimum of six to eight years of progressively responsible experience in strategic budget and resource management planning. The successful candidate must have a proven ability to provide innovative and consultative leadership in a dynamic environment and will have been successful in growing and mentoring a team of professionals. The successful candidate will be adept at working collaboratively and collegially across divisions with multiple constituents to meet a variety of priorities and time sensitive deadlines.

Barnard College has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this search. Please submit applications, expressions of interest, and nominations to Andy Evans and Amy Sugin here.


Barnard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.   Barnard does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis, and to the extent permitted by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.