Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Finance
University of Chicago (UC)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Internal Number: JR17474
Location: Chicago, IL
Lead complex, high visibility strategic initiatives and programs, including management of projects and activities for commercial operations led by the AVP.
Convene committees, working groups, teams, and key stakeholders around initiatives sponsored by the EVP and AVP; collecting and communicating critical project information and actionable insights from/to the right stakeholders at the right time.
Develop detailed project plans, timelines, deliverables, and measures, and manage the contributions of project partners through the full project lifecycle. across multiple initiatives of strategic importance.
Research, analyze, and synthesize information. Develop program plans and related documents, executive summaries, detailed narratives, and illustrations to support recommendations and effectively present a case for executive decision making.
Exemplify best practices for maintaining a professional and systematic approach to projects, maintaining thorough and organized records and detailed information about projects to ensure highest quality outcomes.
Work closely with the AVP and EVP in identifying priorities and solutions.
Direct finances for the Office of the President, Office of the Executive Vice President, and Office of the Secretary, overseeing finance and accounting personnel and functions, budget, and financial planning. Coordinate with directors of the Budget Office and Office of the Provost, in addition to financial managers across the organization.
Supervise the Finance and Accounting Manager and others that may perform finance and accounting functions. Provide leadership and mentorship to other administrative staff within the unit.
Establish and promote financial accounting policies within the unit in addition to directing related procedures, technologies, and reporting.
Manage personnel matters for the Universityâ™s senior leadership team at the direction of the President and Executive Vice President.
Work independently and collaboratively in developing solutions amid complexity.
Provides administrative and programmatic direction and coordination in the formulation, interpretation and administration of the University's strategic planning and related Unit objectives and subsequent short- and long-term policies, procedures, and program plans.
Provides regular reports to executive management on all projects and strategic initiatives. Ensures that appropriate project documentation is maintained in order to meet organizational needs and all applicable requirements.
Performs other related work as needed.
Masterâ™s degree strongly preferred.
Minimum of 10+ years progressively responsible experience.
Experience working in higher education.
Familiarity with University of Chicago systems and administrative structure is a plus.Â
Must embrace and project the Universityâ™s mission and values, including a passionate commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
The successful applicant will have a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment with non-negotiable deadlines and to be comfortable operating independently and within a certain level of ambiguity.
Strong financial management acumen.
Impeccable attention to detail, particularly in complex project coordination scenarios.
Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentations and careful editing.
Ability to manage interpersonal relationships, develop positive working relationships, and communicate with clarity and tact.
High degree of technical aptitude and excellent computer skills. Strong proficiency with a variety of computer applications including Word, Excel, Acrobat, and the ability and willingness to learn new systems quickly. Proficiency in Adobe Creative a plus.
Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations and information with absolute discretion.
Excellent time management skills, including ability to adaptively multitask, prioritize, and work on schedule and within deadlines.
Ability to develop project plans, timelines, deliverables, and measures across projects and by gathering inputs from across the organization.
Ability to work as a collaborative, conscientious, and dependable member of the Executive Vice President's staff.
Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business
Willingness and ability to produce work outside of standard business hours, on occasional evenings and weekends.
Strong judgment and discretion in seeking advice from and communicating critical updates to AVP for escalation to the EVP or President.
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