Associate Director for Finance and Administration, Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS)

Oct 02, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Associate Director for Finance and Administration, Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS)

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I. Summary of Position

The Associate Director for Finance and Administration (ADFA) will provide management of financial, administrative and operations-related functions for Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS), a unit of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE). In collaboration with the faculty director and senior staff of the program, this position is responsible for budget development and management of financial transactions as well as leadership for the entire range of administrative functions including financial resources, personnel and facilities. The ADFA will serve as a key liaison with VPO / HR on matters involving both administrative and academic/instructional staff.

This is a dynamic position that requires flexible and creative administrative leadership reflecting a comprehensive understanding of complex organizations. The ADFA ensures the consistent and efficient functioning of processes and systems supporting all SIS programs. The ADFA will exercise independent judgment in setting priorities and in identifying and solving problems, informed by a strong grasp of the relationship between administrative tasks and the educational mission of the unit. The ADFA will manage a staff of three administrative professionals. With a staff of 12 FTE and a budget of $11M, SIS programs offer courses for the Thinking Matters liberal arts requirement and other curricular programs for first and second-year students -- Introductory Seminars, Sophomore College, and Arts Intensive.

II. Core Duties
  • Responsible for hiring and retaining staff, career coaching, personal/professional development for direct reports, and overall consistent professional performance of staff employees. Ensure work completion within schedule and constraints. Manage staff in the day-to-day operations in support of curricular programs in which 300+ faculty from the seven Schools of the University teach courses for all first- and second-year students.
  • Evaluate business processes and operational and/or financial effectiveness. Analyze and resolve complex issues and provide alternative solutions as necessary. Lead process improvement for immediate unit.
  • Manage finances across all sources for the annual budget, including developing, monitoring, analyzing, forecasting, and reporting.
  • Guide supervisors in the interpretation and implementation of human resources policies, procedures, and programs, independently or in collaboration with human resources managers.
  • Interpret, implement, and ensure compliance with university academic and administrative policies and procedures within the unit. Recommend new internal policies, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Analyze unit needs and make recommendations to leadership for changes in staffing, facilities, health and safety compliance, finance, technology, and/or administrative functions. Work with the SIS unit leadership and the Vice Provost's Office to allocate and manage resources for program activities and interests.
  • Manage and coordinate grants and contracts for the department. Ensure compliance with institutional and external requirements.
  • Represent the unit's business and academic operations within the organization/school.
  • Manage student and faculty program and payroll administration for the unit.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
III. Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience in administrative and financial management, or combination of education and relevant experience. (Advanced degree preferred.)
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills including development of staff and conflict resolution.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Sound working knowledge of accounting, budget planning, and financial forecasting gained through 5+ years' experience.
  • Strong negotiation and effective interpersonal skills.
  • Leadership in building cross-functional relationships.
  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Working knowledge of grants and contracts administration.
  • Strong expertise in business and management computer applications and databases.
  • Strong knowledge in industry standards and/or regulatory requirements.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage deadlines.
  • Familiarity with and appreciation for the undergraduate educational objectives of a liberal arts program.

Preferred Skills and Experience:
  • 5+ years of supervisory experience, including training and performance evaluation.
  • 5 years of experience in personnel administration, e.g. hiring, payroll, employee relations, and other human resource processes.
  • 5+ years of progressively responsible program administration and management for a complex organization, preferably in an educational environment.

IV. About the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS) curricular programs
The mission of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) is to partner with Stanford faculty, staff, and students to produce and educate knowledgeable, engaged citizens and creative, confident leaders for our future world.

SIS curricular programs in the purview of this position include:
  • The Introductory Seminars program offers 230+ seminars for first- and second-year students each year.
  • Sophomore College offers ~20 intensive seminar courses each year for returning sophomores during the first three weeks of September.
  • Thinking Matters, 20+ required first-year courses that develop critical thinking and other transferable academic and personal skills as a foundation for liberal education at Stanford, including the Education for Self-Fashioning program.
  • Arts Intensive offers students the unique opportunity to explore their creativity in small courses outside of the pressures of the regular academic year. The courses take place during the first three weeks of September.

V. About Stanford University

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000, which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. An award winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.

VI. Physical Requirements
  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently sitting.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, writing by hand, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat.
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours.

* - 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.

VII. How to Apply

If you're ready to work for an organization that nurtures diversity, respect, professional development and a comfortable work-life fit, we invite you to explore this opportunity and apply online:
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VIII. Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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.

Job: Administration

Location: Vice Provost for Undergrad Education
Schedule: Full-time
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