Chief Financial Officer, Stanford Alumni Association

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Chief Financial Officer, Stanford Alumni Association
Alumni Association, Stanford, California, United States

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4144
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: O
Requisition ID: 94451

Stanford University is one of the world's premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Bay Area employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford's future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

Founded in 1892 by the first graduating class, the Stanford Alumni Association (SAA) has a mission to reach, serve and engage all Stanford alumni and students; to foster a lifelong intellectual and emotional connection between the university and its graduates; and to provide the university with goodwill and support. SAA believes that diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand and hires individuals with a commitment to working effectively with colleagues and alumni from diverse backgrounds.

SAA can best achieve this mission through a diverse group of experienced people working together in an inclusive and equitable culture. Building and supporting a workforce that reflects the life experiences of the staff, students, and alumni we serve, and fostering an environment that promotes curiosity, innovation, and ideas from all people, ensures our work is relevant to a rapidly changing world.

SAA's Core Values

Our People: We care for and respect one another professionally and personally, acknowledging that while our work is important, our lives extend well beyond SAA.

Excellence: We strive to be outstanding in all that we do, both as individuals and as an organization, while embracing a growth mindset focused on learning and continuous improvement.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: We strive to be a safe, fair, open and wonderfully diverse community in which differences are celebrated and staff members can be authentically themselves, feel that they belong, have a voice and contribute meaningfully.

Integrity: We expect honesty, transparency, trust, accountability and respect for others, both personally and professionally, as we endeavor always to comport ourselves in an appropriate and ethical manner.

Innovation: We look for new ideas and better ways to accomplish our mission; accept the occasional failure as a necessary part of improvement; and applaud original thinkers who are courageous, bold and creative in both big and small ways.

The Greater Good: We endeavor to “own the whole” by embracing collaboration and thinking beyond our individual, departmental and organizational responsibilities, as we care for the success of not only our own work, but also for that of all our Stanford colleagues.

Fun: We take our work seriously, yet firmly believe in the power of humor and a work environment that is playful, lively and enjoyable.

SAA provides a wide range of offerings bringing content, community, and service offerings to Stanford alumni and students. Please visit our website to learn more about the Stanford Alumni Association:

Position summary:

The Chief Financial Officer for the Stanford Alumni Association acts as a strategic financial leader for the organization and has budgetary oversight of nineteen departments and 110 staff members. Reporting to the Stanford University VP for Alumni Affairs/President of the Stanford Alumni Association, this person will be a part of the SAA Cabinet, the division's senior management team, and will have direct responsibility for financial management and reporting, administrative operations including facilities and IT, business planning, and SAA's revenue-generating businesses. This position requires exceptional leadership, people management and strategic planning skills, plus the ability to influence at all levels of an organization. Strong business acumen and administration, non-profit finance and budget experience, negotiation, and motivation skills are success factors for this position. A passion for Stanford University and SAA's mission is a must.

In this role you will:
  • Provide strategic financial leadership and counsel to colleagues in support of SAA's strategic goals and priorities. Bring high-level strategy, business, and management skills and acumen as a key member of the SAA Cabinet, the organization's executive leadership team. Bring a keen understanding of strategy and business along with an objective data-driven perspective to complex business decisions impacting multiple stakeholder groups across the organization.
  • Develop and administer SAA's $40 million operating budget and oversee implementation of internal financial controls, facilities planning, and salary planning. Oversee allocation and stewardship of financial resources across the organization.
  • Provide strategic direction and oversee creation of strategic plans for the organization. Provide recommendations to senior management on financial, legal, and strategic implications of business opportunities and challenges. Identify business drivers and risks and provide insight into external and internal forces driving SAA business entities and program offerings.
  • Directly oversee SAA's revenue-generating programs (Travel/Study, Stanford Sierra Programs, Affinity Partnerships, Alumni Center Services, and Membership) and key administrative and support teams (Finance and Accounting, Facilities, IT). Manage, coach, and develop a team of dedicated professionals managing these program and critical support services.
  • Support business objectives while maintaining fiscal responsibility; help find ways to “yes” by partnering with program leads; translating complicated accounting, tax, finance and other business issues in a manner that is easily understood; and remaining objective and data-driven.
  • Champion major initiatives and lead complex, high-visibility process redesign and innovation projects; develop and implement initiatives focused on organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Develop and implement processes that drive strategic and business planning efforts to ensure resources are deployed to high impact/high priority areas.
  • Advise executive management on programmatic and policy development. Ensure compliance with the University's policies and procedures, tax guidelines, and other regulations including privacy and data security. Negotiate and influence university leaders on issues that have university-wide impact.
  • Consult and collaborate with the university central finance team and serve as the primary liaison with university colleagues in Risk Management, Ethics and Compliance, the Office of the General Counsel, and the University Management Group.
  • Maintain a commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.

To be successful in this role, you will bring:
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in strategic finance and leadership roles.
  • Bachelor's degree in business, finance, economics, or related field or a combination of education and relevant experience. Master's degree preferred.
  • Experience leading large multi-functional teams including financial, IT, administrative, and customer-facing teams.
  • Proven performance as a strategic and innovative thinker who plans and makes decisions within the framework of long-term desired strategic outcomes and short-term objectives.
  • Highly inclusive management style, with the ability to foster partnerships, build relationships, work collaboratively across boundaries, and achieve performance and results through others towards clearly established goals.
  • Exceptional executive presence with the ability to inspire and motivate. Comfortable playing a leading role in substantive strategy planning meetings at the board and executive management levels.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills; able to present information clearly and effectively to internal and external audiences, client groups and all levels of management.
  • Successful experience with organizational development and staff development, and a proven ability to create and manage change.
  • Broad subject matter expertise in all aspects of CFO-type responsibilities including financial planning, management, reporting and controls, strategic planning, and project management. Demonstrated ability to apply financial and analytical skills based on a firm understanding of the organization's mission, strategy, and operating principles.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work and interact effectively with a broad range of individuals representing a diverse set of skills, experiences, and perspectives and the ability to build coalitions and inter-functional teams to leverage synergistic relationships.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Positive, can-do attitude. The ultimate team player who leads by example. High energy; flexible and patient; humble; approachable and creative.
  • Highly ethical; impeccable personal and professional integrity. Demonstrates integrity and honesty in decision making and in relationships.

Why Stanford is For You:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more

*The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

*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 the job.

*Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

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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