Stanford Management Company (SMC) is seeking a strategic financial professional with high integrity for the position of Director, Finance and Administration. SMC, the Universitys investment office, is located on campus. SMC invests Stanford Universitys endowment funds, which provide critical financial support to current and future generations of students and scholars. The Universitys endowment is invested in a global, diversified, complex portfolio with a long-term focus.
The Director, Finance and Administration will report to the Chief Operating Officer. The Director will be responsible for SMCs budget, financial reporting, contracts, and operating finances. This position requires sound judgment, keen attention to detail and a strong understanding of GAAP accounting. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast paced, deadline driven environment in which first principles thinking guides their reasoning.
Manage SMC's financial activities and structure; develop systems and procedure requirements to support the financial reporting (expense projections, budget, forecasts, variance reports, cost allocation modeling and ad hoc analyses)
Manage, review and negotiate all operating contracts; work with business partners to resolve contract business term issues
Oversee travel and expense policy compliance, reimbursement and reporting
Prepare analysis, commentary and presentation material for Board of Directors meetings, the annual report, financial reviews, and other purposes
Provide financial modeling and financial analysis for ad-hoc financial projects
Identify and resolve complex issues; apply first principles thinking and creativity to problem analysis and resolution
Contribute to designing, developing and delivering policies and procedures, both short and long term
Design and execute an effective system of internal controls; establish operational objectives to support the universitys stewardship of resources.
Engage in continuous critical analysis of existing systems and processes; identify need for new systems, and develop and present proposals; lead innovation projects
Manage the work of a direct report, make hiring decisions, provide coaching, training and mentoring, manage performance, determine staffing needs, develop and ensure succession planning, manage consultants as needed
Support the Chief Operating Officer with special projects and benchmarking requests
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience: Master's degree and six years relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Advanced Excel and PowerPoint presentation skills
Advanced knowledge of Oracle or other business financial systems
Advanced understanding of financial principles
Advanced oral and written communication skills
Strong knowledge of and ability to apply GAAP
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
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
Certifications and Licenses: None
Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork.
* - 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.
Routine extended working hours during peak cycles; travel to school/unit sites across university.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
*A background check will be required for all final candidates.
We are not able to provide relocation or sponsorship for this position.
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Leland and Jane Stanford founded the University to "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains d...edicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The University's thriving diverse community is comprised of nearly 7000 undergraduate students, 9000 graduate students, 2000 faculty members, 1900 postdoctoral scholars, and over 11,000 academic and administrative staff in seven schools including several interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. The campus spreads over 8000 contiguous acres and nearly all undergraduates live on campus. Stanford offers bachelor's and master's degrees in addition to doctoral degrees (PhD, MD, DMA and JD) plus a number of professional and continuing education programs and certifications. More at http://facts.stanford.edu and http://www.stanford.edu.
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