Executive Director, Finance & Administration

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Hyde Park Campus

20128 Ophthalmology/Vis Science

About the Unit
The University of Chicago is a private, non-denominational institution encompassing the undergraduate College, six professional schools (Business, Law, Divinity, Public Policy, Medicine and Social Service Administration), four graduate divisions (Biological Sciences, Humanities, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences) and the University of Chicago Medical Center. The broader University enterprise includes Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab, and Yerkes Observatory. The Biological Sciences Division (BSD) and the UChicago Medicine (UCM) comprises the largest unit of the University and has an annual operating budget of $1.6B. UChicago Medicine oversees the finances and operations of all inpatient and ambulatory services. Physicians who provide patient care services are all appointed in one of the 13 clinical Departments within the BSD. Basic Science faculty support cutting edge research and graduate education across 9 basic science departments and 18 degree granting programs in the BSD. The BSD includes the Pritzker School of Medicine, approximately 24 academic units, degree granting committees, and research centers and institutes. The BSD houses approximately 2,200 staff employees, approximately 950 faculty, and approximately 800 academic appointees as well as 1,000 professional and graduate students. The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Chicago provides a wide range of medical and surgical treatments for ocular disorders involving infants, children, and adults. Our faculty offers a full range of ophthalmic services including comprehensive ophthalmic care, refraction and contact lens fitting, pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus, cornea, cataract and external diseases, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics and orbital surgery, uveitis, vitreoretinal diseases and surgery, and ocular oncology. We have a fully accredited residency training program and offer a two year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Executive Director, Finance and Administration serves as the department's Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer responsible for leading a complex academic research and clinical environment. The Executive Director reports directly to the department chair with a matrixed relationship to the Vice Dean of Finance and Administration. This position is the key administrative leader for the departments in support of the Chairs and Faculty, and is required to effectively utilize resources to accomplish the department's overall objectives in research and education.


  • Plan and direct broad and complex financial and management functions in support of teaching, research and clinical missions aligned with departmental and divisional goals
  • Oversight and responsibility for the department's strategic plan, clinical practice operations, budget development and finances, research administration, human resource and academic affairs management, space and facilities administration, information technology management, risk management, faculty support and overall departmental management activities
  • Work with his/her Chairman, BSD and UCM leadership to develop, plan and promote initiatives supporting the tripartite mission
  • In partnership with leadership, interact and negotiate with key stakeholders to maintain status as a leading academic research and medical center
  • Provide guidance, information, advice, and counsel to faculty and staff concerning administrative initiatives associated with teaching, research, and clinical activities
  • Balance departmental and institutional priorities and be a visible, engaged and communicative leader representing the University of Chicago

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Problem-Solving
  • Organization

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:
  • Bachelor's degree with emphasis in finance, business, health care, or relevant field required
  • Master's degree with emphasis in finance, business, health care, or relevant field preferred
  • Five years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in financial planning, management, analysis, forecasting, modeling, or administration required
  • Ten years of progressively responsible experience within a complex, healthcare environment preferred
  • Five years of supervisory experience required
  • Directly related financial and budget development experience in a complex environment required.
  • Experience working in a fiscally responsible, highly regulated business setting that regularly employs benchmarking required
  • Exceptional communication and listening skills, ability to communicate comfortably with healthcare professionals locally and internationally, board and committee members, academic and healthcare professionals; ability to communicate comfortably with faculty, staff, students, and officials at the highest level of the organization
  • Highly effective in verbal and written communication skills, including formulating recommendations and developing presentations
  • Highly ethical and professional manner with the ability to influence and lead others
  • Ability to manage in an efficient, dynamic and growth oriented manner by fostering a continuous learning mentality that is applied to the overall department in alignment with the organizational commitment to excellence
  • Serve as an inspirational, persuasive and agile leader with a track record of success in transformation and measurable outcomes
  • Track record of success in focusing on strategic objectives and translating the priorities into successful short and long term results for the organization
  • Demonstrated success in supporting medical research with the ability to effectively identify opportunities for improvement in support functions
  • Proven track record as a strategic leader with specific experience implementing value added business initiatives
  • Demonstrated effectiveness applying a keen business intellect to problem solving in an environment notable for complexity with multiple business partners and multiple missions
  • Proven financial management skills, including the ability to analyze data for budgeting, operations, auditing, and accounts receivable and reserve analysis, preform preparation
  • Critical thinker, one who understands the underlying financial and operational drivers within a research environment, applying business best practices where appropriate, and developing creative alternative strategies as needed
  • Excellent mathematical and analytical skills with a focus on synthesizing and extracting trends from multiple incongruent sources
  • Demonstrated capacity to learn new technologies, interacts professionally with members at all levels of the organization, and provides superlative customer service to the faculty, students, staff, and patients served throughout the organization

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, Word, Access, Publisher, PowerPoint)

Required Documents (You must submit all required documents to be considered):

(NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.)
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference Contact Information

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Job is Exempt?

Drug Test Required?

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Health Screen Required?

Background Check Required?


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Full time

About Us
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Posted: 2/22/2018
Application Due: 4/23/2018
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