Director of Operations, Analysis and Planning

Dec 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Number: 00062616

Primary Function of Organization Unit: The Office of Finance and Administration (OFA) facilitates the advancement of NC State University's strategic goals by maximizing the use of resources and developing a culture of accountability and effectiveness. OFA is a large, complex organization - 1,800 talented and resourceful employees -- with responsibility for enterprise level functions comprising the infrastructure of the university, including finance and resource management, facilities services, human resources, environmental health and public safety, campus enterprises, business operations and investment management. Our staff works tirelessly to support NC State students, faculty, and staff - with an overarching commitment to outstanding service and creative solutions. Guided by the core values of integrity, excellence, and respect, we remain good stewards of the University's resources to ensure that NC State remains a world-class teaching and research institution.

Essential Job Duties: The Director of Operations, Analysis & Planning serves as a strategist and leader providing oversight for OFA initiatives, programs, and projects across the University. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration, the Director of Operations, Analysis & Planning analyzes, advises, and collaborates with senior management on resource management strategies related to policy implementation, compliance activities, strategic planning, and performance measurement. This position serves on the Vice Chancellor's senior leadership team, and works closely with University leadership and administrators within and across the University to ensure achievement of the University's strategic initiatives, mission, vision, and goals. This position exercises operational and strategic decision-making responsibility that has a major impact on the image and credibility of OFA as well as the functions of finance and administration across the University. Key responsibilities include: Analysis, Problem Solving, and Project Management * Designs and conducts complex and technical analyses to guide and inform university resource decisions. * Long- and short-term project planning and management; creates, analyzes, and executes action plans responding to operational, strategic and entrepreneurial projects and initiatives. This work is often prepared for submission to the Chancellor, UNC General Administration, and the NC State University Board of Trustees. * Develops and evaluates project business plans designed to create new or expanded sources of revenue. * Conducts due diligence on proposals and negotiates critical contracts submitted by the University's existing and aspiring corporate partners. * Leads change management projects designed to reduce costs and/or improve services. * Develops annual affirmative action plan and strategies for OFA. Strategic Planning and Coordination * Acts on behalf of the Vice Chancellor in collaborating with University leadership and representing the Vice Chancellor's position at meetings and in external negotiations. * Drives strategic planning activities and the strategic planning process; works with associate vice chancellors in the development of goals, action items, and performance measurement. * Works with the OFA units - particularly on multi-unit or high value projects -- to ensure timely execution of deliverables. * Develops and promotes OFA's collective position on high-profile issues with the potential for media and community attention. * Serves as a liaison with various persons and groups on and off campus. Communications and General Administration * Develops and maintains contact with key counterparts at UNC General Administration and with each college and administrative unit. * Prepares a consolidated annual Finance and Administration report. * Works with University Communications on issues that involve interests on- and off-campus. * Prepares presentations using various media for the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. Audiences may include the Board of Trustees, legislative committees, state or city agencies, and/or campus and community groups. * Directs the operations of the office and staff in support of day-to-day and long-term activities of the Vice Chancellor. * Manages the office budget. * Effectively manages the activities and responsibilities of the Vice Chancellor's office. * Conducts effective performance management practices through reviews and employee development plans for direct reports.

Minimum Education/Experience: * Requires a post-baccalaureate degree from an appropriately accredited institution plus at least three years of related professional experience. For candidates demonstrating comparable professional backgrounds, a relevant undergraduate degree from an appropriately accredited institution and a minimum of five years of relevant experience may be substituted.

Department Required Skills: * Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to clearly and persuasively convey important and complex information to a wide variety of audiences and stakeholders. * Exceptional judgment and decision-making in developing, interpreting, and implementing action plans, policies and procedures as well as operational issues. * Highly-developed analytical skills with the ability to research, assess, and analyze complex data and information in order to guide/support major decisions. * Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, demonstrating emotional intelligence in relationships with key stakeholders and constituencies. * Technical aptitude including standard office software, and HR and finance systems. * Results-driven and action-oriented. * Adaptable, resilient and agile.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Bachelor's degree in an analytic or quantitative discipline. * Demonstrated success in developing and implementing strategic initiatives for a large, complex organization. * Demonstrated success in leading organizational change and change management processes. * Track record of successful people and project management experience.

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: None

AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at "":http// Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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