Director of Finance

California, United States
01 May 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

VPUE Unit: Vice Provost Office (VPO)
Job Code: 4457
Job Grade: L
FTE: 100%
Exemption Status: Exempt

Heralded as a hub of undergraduate innovation, the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) creates and sustains meaningful interactions between students and faculty both within and outside the classroom. As a collaborative team member of VPUE, you have a unique opportunity to advance and support programs that touch and enhance the lives of every undergraduate student at Stanford.

VPUE seeks a Director of Finance to provide strategic direction and to manage the overall financial operations for the entire organization. The Director ensures compliance of financial processes and systems and oversees a consolidated budget of approximately $78 million consisting of foreign and domestic funds. The Director directly manages a team of two financial analysts and indirectly manages administrative managers in all of VPUE’s programs with regard to their financial responsibilities.

Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Finance and Administration, the Director is part of the Office of the Vice Provost and works collaboratively with all units in VPUE - Academic Advising, Bing Overseas Studies Program, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford Introductory Studies, and Vice Provost’s Office. In addition, the Director provides financial oversight for the Haas Center for Public Service which reports to the Senior Vice Provost for Education.

The Director serves as VPUE’s budget officer and represents the unit at all university-wide financial meetings. S/he also participates in the review of pilot programs, program fees, fundraising progress, and academic initiatives for VPUE and works closely with campus partners and central offices on a variety of financial matters including with regard to global financial activity.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Manage a team of financial analysts and provide coaching, training, and mentoring; make hiring decisions, manage performance, determine staffing needs, and develop and ensure succession planning. Exercise oversight of dotted line VPUE unit financial teams.
  • Establish operational objectives and assignments in support of VPUE’s goals and objectives; plan, direct, and monitor all budgets for areas of responsibility.
  • Use complex, comprehensive analyses and high level financial modeling to provide information, context, and recommendations to leadership to support senior leadership decisions.
  • Identify and resolve unique problems of substantial significance that affect the overall functional area, beyond the immediate unit.
  • Manage organization's financial activities and structure; develop system and procedure requirements to support the financial reporting for the organization.  Primary responsibility for execution of annual financial cycle and budget planning for VPUE.
  • Contribute to designing, developing and delivering complex policies and procedures with both short and long term impact.
  • Collaborate with other colleagues on VPUE projects including active partnership and support for global financial activities and systems.
  • Design and execute an effective system of internal controls and establish operational objectives to support the university's stewardship of resources. Primary responsibility for working with Financial Management Services and Office of Development to ensure fund authority compliance and full utilization of gift and endowed funds.
  • Engage in continuous critical analysis of existing systems and processes; identify need for new systems and develop and present proposals.
  • Lead complex, high-visibility process redesign and innovation projects; develop, implement, and participate in major initiatives.
  • Serve as VPUE’s budget officer and represent VPUE at the university level, with campus partners, and to external constituencies.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

To be successful in this position you will have:

  • Master's degree and six years relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • User knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Advanced knowledge of Oracle or other business financial systems.
  • Advanced understanding of financial principles.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to clearly and effectively present information to internal and external audiences, client groups and all levels of management.
  • Strong analytical skills to review and analyze complex financial information.
  • Strong leadership and management skills with previous experience managing people, delegating workload and providing direction/corrections as necessary.
  • Knowledge of property management requirements related to Stanford or non-Stanford title of equipment and fabrications.
  • Demonstrated competency in project management of a high volume of work, some of which is cyclical.
  • Knowledge of procurement needs, including sole-sourcing, cost analyses, vendor requirements, and small business reporting.
  • Demonstrated success in performing meticulous, high quality and compliant work.
  • Ability to interpret complex fiscal policies, assimilate information from a wide range of resources and act like a mentor and resource to others.
  • Experience or knowledge of global financial activities including banking and hedge contracts a plus.

* Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

About the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE)

For undergraduates, VPUE is the nexus for programs and initiatives that help students define and achieve their intellectual ambitions at Stanford. These include investigative introductory courses taught by esteemed faculty, targeted classes in writing and rhetoric, undergraduate research support, academic advising and mentoring, overseas and off-campus study programs, and undergraduate scholarships and fellowships. For faculty, VPUE serves as a principal conduit for furthering interaction with undergraduates and discovering ways in which working with students can enrich one’s research agenda. VPUE advocates for undergraduate education in collaboration with faculty, departments and schools across Stanford. All VPUE resources are dedicated to involving faculty with the undergraduate experience, connecting students with phenomenal opportunities and fully realizing a liberal education at Stanford.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms.  Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world.  Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven individuals to impact the future of our legacy.

Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow.  We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or course auditing opportunities. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

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Application Deadline: Friday, March 13

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4457
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: L
  • Requisition ID: 86246