Senior Director of Finance

Mar 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago is comprised of approximately 180 full-time faculty and other academics and 170 staff. We strive to provide the highest level of complex care for children from diagnosis and treatment to conducting research to find promising new therapies with a focus on teaching. We are committed to advancing the frontiers of knowledge, and the education and training of future clinical pediatricians, subspecialists, educators, clinical investigators and physician-scientists. Professional and investigative aspects of medicine are readily combined and the attributes of academic life are easily recognized in the Department of Pediatrics. Our faculty and staff value the designation "teacher of teachers" and appreciate the importance of research training, individual creativity and high quality comprehensive clinical care and service. The Department of Pediatrics is a dynamic, stimulating place to work, and because we are focused on growth and improved excellence, our staff have particularly challenging and rewarding roles.

Unit Job Summary: The Senior Director of Finance acts as the top financial advisor to the Executive Administrator (EA) and Chairman within the Department of Pediatrics and collaborates closely with senior leadership within the Department of Pediatrics, as well as the Division's Associate Dean of Finance and Administration, as needed. In conjunction with the EA, plans, directs and implements all aspects of financial strategy, decisions and activities impacting the Department of Pediatrics toward the achievement of the Department's philosophy, mission, strategy, and annual goals and objectives. Collaborates with Department Chairman, EA, department leadership, and medical center leadership to develop and implement short and long-term strategic, operational, and financial plans for the department, including clinical business and program development, research development, and scholarship. Through the business development and strategic planning functions, provide sound leadership for the department's growth initiatives across the Chicago metropolitan area and multi-state geographies.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in finance, business, accounting, or a related field required. Advanced degree in business, finance, health care administration or related field strongly preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible administrative/supervisory experience required. Experience in financial management, administration, personnel management, and business development required. A minimum of seven years of healthcare experience preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Strong financial modeling skills required. Intellectual versatility and creativity required. Strong analytical and organizational skills required. Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills required. Ability to think strategically and translate into operational objectives required. Ability to independently develop and analyze alternative solutions and make recommendations required. Ability to work closely with senior University officials required. Ability to work effectively under considerable time pressure on high visibility, high stakes projects required. High level of organization, planning, time management, and problem-solving skills to develop workable solutions to problems of varying complexity required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office, financial computing, and database software applications required. Knowledge of various financial principles, practices, and applications including budgeting, financial planning, and financial reporting required.

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