Assistant Controller

Sep 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Assistant Controller

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As the oldest medical school in the western United States, the Stanford School of Medicine is devoted to training tomorrow's leading physicians and scientists, conducting leading-edge biomedical research and creating new ways to prevent and treat disease across the world. We currently seek a proven financial professional to join the Senior Leadership Team within the School of Medicine Fiscal Affairs department.

Reporting to the Controller, the School of Medicine is seeking an Assistant Controller to manage complex accounting and control functions for the School, including financial reporting, compliance, development of automated systems, and review and approval of complex transactions. The Assistant Controller has two direct reports (Senior Financial Analyst and Accountant) and will serve as a key financial expert to our Department, School, University, and Hospital colleagues.

Duties include:
  • Identify and resolve unique accounting, financial analysis, budgeting, controls, systems, and policy issues of substantial significance that have impact at the department, school, and university levels. Establish operational objectives and assignments and program and project goals.
  • Plan, direct, and monitor all budgeting and reporting for areas of responsibility. Manage business operations and administration of several functional areas.
  • Manage accounting activities and structure; develop system and procedure requirements to support the reporting for the organization.
  • Design and execute an effective system of internal controls; establish operational objectives to ensure controls are working; lead ‘Process Excellence' program initiatives within the Controller's team through continuous monitoring and improvement.
  • Create and execute programs, processes, and policies to support the school's stewardship of resources.
  • Make recommendations and negotiate and influence issues related to university accounting policy; provide strategy, vision, and direction.
  • Develop and deliver both short and long-term complex analyses and high-level strategic modeling.
  • Drive continuous critical analysis of existing systems and processes; identify need for new systems; develop and present proposals. Act as business owner on major initiatives; lead complex, high-visibility process redesign and innovation projects; develop and implement initiatives.
  • Oversee development and delivery of education and outreach meetings related to area of responsibility. Represent School of Medicine on various university or school-wide committees on matters relating to finance and accounting. Serve as a key technical resource on financial matters for the Dean's Office and department chairs and their DFAs (Directors of Finance and Administration).
  • Manage the work of other employees and determine staffing needs. Make hiring decisions, provide coaching, training, and mentoring, and manage performance. Develop and ensure succession planning within area of responsibility.
  • Other duties may also be assigned

About Stanford University School of Medicine
With more than 2,300 faculty, each providing a unique mix of research, education, and patient care effort, organized in 30 academic departments and 16 interdisciplinary institutes and centers, supported by more than 3,900 staff, educating 3,000 students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical residents/fellows, and trainees, and collectively generating about $2.6B in revenues, the School of Medicine is Stanford's largest school and truly a complex organization.

Holistically, the School of Medicine is rooted in an inclusive culture of excellence and diversity that values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that keeps pace with market trends, and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED):

Master's degree or Certified Public Accountant and six years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft applications, such as Excel, Word, Access, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge and ability to apply, interpret, and implement GAAP.
  • Knowledge and understanding of accounting systems.
  • Advanced communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and all levels of management.
  • Advanced analytical skills to review and analyze complex financial information.
  • Strong leadership and strategic management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience managing people.
  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently sit, sort, file paperwork or parts, grasp lightly, and use fine manipulation, lift, carry, push and pull objects that weigh 10 pounds or less.
  • Occasionally write by hand, twist, bend, stoop and squat.
  • Rarely stand, walk, reach or work above shoulders and use a telephone.
* - 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.


May work extended hours during peak business cycles.

  • 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,

Job: Finance

Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Full-time
Classification Level:

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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.


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