Director of Finance and Operations - Chemical Engineering
Location: Stanford, California
Internal Number: 98236
The School of Engineering
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The Department of Chemical Engineering, in the School of Engineering, works on technologies to develop chemical transformations and processes, creating useful products and materials that improve society. Through the development and application of engineering principles across disciplines, we are tackling the major challenges of the 21st century. We believe chemical engineering holds the key to a healthier, cleaner and more efficient world, and a better tomorrow for all. ChemE website: https://cheme.stanford.edu/
The department is seeking a Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) to partner with the department faculty and staff to achieve continued growth, innovation, and excellence in research and teaching. Reporting to the chair of chemical engineering, with a secondary reporting relationship to the senior associate dean for administration at the School of Engineering, the DFO will provide strategic leadership and direction for the operations, administration, and finances for the department.
As the partner to the chair, this critical leadership position will ensure sound management of the department and work with the chair and faculty leaders on new and existing programs and initiatives to enable the department to achieve its strategic and operational goals. Additionally, the DFO serves as the liaison to the school and university in all business matters for the department with a consolidated budget of more than $27 million annually.
As the administrative leader for the department, the DFO provides leadership and direction for all financial and administrative functions, including budgeting and financial management, strategic planning, human resources, student services, faculty affairs, information technology, development, facilities/space planning, compliance, and safety. The DFO manages department operations, and in partnership with the chair, establishes the administration's organizational structure and environment, and has oversight for administrative policies and procedures in the department.
Direct staff and provide leadership to achieve goals and vision of the organization and the day-to-day operations. Responsible for hiring and retaining staff, career coaching, personal development for direct reports and accountable for the performance of employees.
May independently or in collaboration with human resources managers, guide faculty supervisors in the interpretation and implementation of human resources policies, procedures and programs.
Develop business plans and infrastructure to support research and teaching. Provide analysis and review of multi-year plans, including providing alternative methods for achieving goals when necessary. Partner with faculty leadership on specific recommendations for current operation and for future development of the organization and lead process improvement.
Interpret, implement and ensure compliance with university academic and administrative policies and procedures within an operating unit. Recommend new internal policies, guidelines and procedures.
Oversee and/or manage the finances across all sources for the annual budget cycle, including developing, monitoring, analyzing forecasting and reporting.
Education & Experience (Required)
Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience in administrative and financial management, or combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities (Required)
Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills including conflict resolution.
Excellent planning and organizational skills.
Excellent communication skills.
Strong financial expertise in accounting, budget planning and financial forecasting.
Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills.
Attention to detail and accuracy.
Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
Strong expertise in business and management computer applications and databases.
Strong knowledge of industry standards and/or regulatory requirements.
Subject matter expertise for area(s) of responsibility.
Ability to multi-task and manage deadlines.
Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
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.
* - 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.
Occasional evening and weekend hours.
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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
The expected pay range for this position is $140,000 to $175,000 per annum.
Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.
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*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.
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