Job Details

Nevada System of Higher Education
  • Position Number: 4088715
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Position Type: Business and Financial Management

NSHE Budget Director

Thank you for your interest in employment with Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), System Administration and System Computing Services. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. We ask that you keep in mind the following when completing your application:
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  • Final applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment. Once a recruitment has closed, applications will no longer be accepted.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact our Human Resources department at (775) 784-4901.

Job Description

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) invites applications and nominations for the position of NSHE Budget Director. This is a renewable, full-time, non-tenured, administrative position and reports to the Chief Financial Officer. The position will be located in Reno, Nevada.

The NSHE is comprised of eight institutions: two universities, a state college, four community colleges and a research institute. The public system of higher education in Nevada continues to experience growth with significant opportunities in serving over 105,000 students and 15,000 employees.

The authority and responsibilities of the Budget Director are defined in the Board of Regents Handbook, Title 4, Chapter 9, Section 2: Establishing policies and procedures for budgetary administration, Promotion, and coordination of integrated NSHE financial planning, Assurance of proper and timely budget development, Coordinating and communicating with the State of Nevada and the Legislature, Assurance of efficient and effective budget control, and Budget Evaluation.

SALARY GRADE: E (Starting salary is approximately $140,000 and $175,000 commensurate with education, experience, and training.) Benefits package includes health, dental, vision, life, and retirement benefits.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in business, finance, accounting or public administration with a minimum of seven (7) years of related and progressive experience directly applicable to the position (or) a Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in business, finance, accounting or public administration with five (5) years of related and progressive experience directly applicable to the position. Alternatively, ten years of progressive experience directly applicable to the position may be substituted. Experience in higher education or other public sector of similar size and scope is preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Successful candidates must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities. It is recommended that applicants for this position address each of the following items in the letter of application:
  • Budget development and fiscal management, including accounting and/or finance practices and procedures, financial statements, tracking revenue and expenditures, relationships between revenues, expenses, cost allocations, forecasting, and reporting and evaluation.
  • Legislative processes, including budget presentations and review, development of fiscal notes, and responding to legislative inquiries.
  • Higher education policies and procedures.
  • Perform mathematical applications and determine the reasonableness of calculations.
  • Analyze issues, identify the strengths and weaknesses of proposed options as well as the development of alternative solutions and approaches to problems.
  • Build consensus with a diverse group of institution financial representatives.
  • Effectively time-manage projects and priorities to meet deadlines in a accurate and efficient manner.
  • Proven ability to oversee the preparation and monitoring of budgets and financial projections
  • NSHE and State budget processes, including biennial and annual budgets for State and Self-Supporting accounts
  • An ability to communicate complex financial information to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, making it digestible for those who may not have as much experience with financial matters
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and a propensity for finding creative solutions to complex challenges
  • A history of strong analytic capabilities, with a clear record of using data to inform decisions

RESPONSIBILITIES: The duties of this position will include, but not be limited to, the following areas of responsibility:
  • Assists with the development, analysis, and reporting of NSHE budget and other related finance reports
  • Preparation of supporting summaries, schedules and reports on budget and finance data
  • Activities related to successful completion of the fiscal year end state accounting reconciliation process
  • Supervise and coordinate development of agenda material for budget and financial related items for review and approval by the Board of Regents
  • Coordinate the preparation of Fiscal notes related to proposed legislation that impacts the Nevada System of Higher Education
  • Coordination of NSHE responses to questions from State and Legislative Budget staff
  • Point of contact for fiscal surveys; draft responses for public, state/LCB, or press inquiries

TO APPLY: The application process will be handled through the Workday on-line search process. Application materials must include a current resume, detailed cover letter, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of four professional references willing to be contacted. Applicants should fully describe qualifications and experience, since the initial review will serve to evaluate applicants based on documented, relevant qualifications and professional work experience. Applications will be considered incomplete without all requested materials. References will only be contacted for those who advance to the final phase of the search and with prior consent of the applicant. The review of materials will begin immediately. Materials should be addressed to Sherry Olson, Director of Human Resources, and are to be submitted via on-line application at For assistance with NSHE's on-line applicant portal, contact Sherry Olson at (775) 784-4901.

INTERNAL APPLICANTS: Current employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education MUST use the "Find Jobs" process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at NSHE institutions. Once you log into Workday and type "Find Jobs" in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site. Locate the specific job posting by typing the requisition number (e.g. R0000000) in the search box

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications may be submitted until the position is filled. The review of materials will begin immediately, however, for full consideration applications should be submitted by April 30, 2023.

For more information about the Nevada System of Higher Education, please visit our website at The Nevada System of Higher Education hires only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. The NSHE is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


Full-Time Equivalent

Required Attachment(s)

Application materials must include a current resume, detailed cover letter, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of four professional references willing to be contacted.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date of the job announcements. Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents.

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