Director, Finance and Operations, Knight-Hennessy Scholars
Job Number: 83636
Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program (KHS) is Stanford's multidisciplinary, graduate-level scholarship focused on preparing the next generation of global leaders to address the complex challenges facing the world. KHS will annually select up to 100 high-achieving students with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment, who will receive full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford. In addition to the core Stanford degree program, each scholar will have additional opportunities for leadership training, mentorship, and cohort-based experiential learning.
The Director will manage the overall operations of the KHS program. She/he will be responsible for administrative operations, finance, the partnership with HR, and coordination across the organization. Managing a growing team of three professionals, the Director will also oversee finances, stewardship, event logistics, and facilities. The Director will work to develop and enhance the frameworks, processes, and collaborative expectations that support an unparalleled experience for both the team and scholars, and play a key role in assessment and evaluation.
The Director serves as a core member of the organization's leadership team, working closely with the Dean of KHS Admission and the Director of the King Global Leadership Program. Reporting to Shriram Family Director John Hennessy, the Director will also coordinate and steward the Faculty Advisory Board, the Global Advisory Board, and the Denning House Art Committee.
The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker, a creative problem-solver, a conscientious colleague, and an enthusiastic team player with a depth of knowledge in finances (especially around students), administrative operations, communications, logistics, and team management. He/she will exhibit intellectual curiosity, solid judgment, an innovative spirit, technical expertise, and a commitment to managing both complex and simple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, start-up-like environment.
Play a leading role in strategic planning and analysis, as well as offer tactical management for the operations of the KHS program from finance and administrative operations, to HR partnerships, stewardship, logistics, facilities, and everything in between.
Manage and direct the development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of the operation and collaborations.
Monitor trends, analyze data, and direct changes to reflect optimizing for effectiveness and efficiencies.
Develop and carefully oversee budgets; manage finances including monitoring, analyzing, forecasting, and reporting.
Directly supervise three staff members (and more in the future as the team grows) in the development and implementation of KHS programs, processes, and procedures.
Coordinate and steward the Global Advisory Board, the Faculty Advisory Board, and the Denning House Art Committee in partnership with the Shriram Family Director.
Serve as the KHS contact regarding the interpretation, implementation, and compliance with policies and regulations. Recommend actions and/or resolve complex issues that span organizational boundaries.
Represent the program at the university level and to external/internal stakeholders and constituencies. Direct and manage internal and external outreach strategy that includes relationship development, communications, and compliance as it relates to KHS operations.
* - Other duties may also be assigned MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and ten years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to influence and motivate constituencies which could span multiple organizational boundaries.
Demonstrated excellent planning, organizational, and analytical skills.
Demonstrated ability to make sound business decisions using good business judgment and innovative and creative problem-solving.
Demonstrated ability to manage financial, organizational, and staff resources.
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with the ability to cultivate professional and business partnerships.
Strong project planning and management skills.
Experience in or knowledge of business process improvement methodology.
Ability to act independently and as part of a team.
Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.
* - 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 the job.
On a weekly basis, there may be occasional evening and/or weekend hours due to programming.
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.
Why Stanford is for You Stanford's dedicated 16,000 staff come from diverse educational and career backgrounds. We are a collaborative environment that thrives on innovation and continuous improvement. At Stanford, we seek talent committed to excellence, driven to impact the future of our legacy, and improve lives on a global sphere. We provide competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our generous perks align with what matters to you:
Freedom to grow. Take advantage of career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a Ted Talk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall, or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
Discovery and fun. Visit campus gardens, trails, and museums.
Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computers, cell phones, recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!
We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.
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Stanford University is an Equal Opportunity Employer Additional Information
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