The world’s biggest social problems are complex, multi-faceted, and stubborn. No academic center, company, or organization can solve issues like economic inequality or pandemic response alone. We need leaders with different skills and experiences to come together to create fresh insights, evidence, and action to make progress.
Stanford Impact Labs invests in highly-motivated teams of researchers and practitioners from government, business, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropy. These teams—impact labs—work together on social problems they choose and where practical progress is possible. With our support, they can rapidly develop, test, and scale new solutions to social problems that affect millions of people worldwide.
Our approach builds on what works in the life sciences and engineering to turn academic discovery into medical advances and new technologies people use: significant investment in research and development, and close partnership with academics and leaders outside the university. It’s time to support the social sciences the same way. With financial capital, professional support, and training, we can catalyze problem-focused research and partnerships to generate new insights and solutions to persistent social problems. In doing so, we can make social science work for society.
Reporting to the eventual Executive Director, and to the Faculty Director in the interim, the Director of Finance and Administration will directly oversee the strategy and management of all SIL financial and administrative operations; develop financial models to manage the $15+ million annual operating budget and to inform SIL’s programmatic arc within an anticipated $300 million total program raise; and serve as a key member of the leadership team shaping growth and impact of SIL. As a Long Range Planning Initiative, central to SIL’s mission is to practice exceptional stewardship of funds to make optimal impact, and many core duties of this role will require working independently to assess SIL’s strategic financial direction to accomplish this goal.Stanford Impact Labs is an equal opportunity organization and is strongly committed to racial and social justice. To that end, we particularly encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply for open positions. Applicants should submit resume and cover letter through the Stanford career portal.
In this role, you will:
- Independently lead the planning and operations for all financial and administrative activities. Independently implement, administer and evaluate day-to-day financial and administrative activities of Stanford Impact Labs by identifying and executing tasks and objectives, making recommendations that impact policies and programs, and assigning resources to achieve the goals of the program. Advises Faculty Director on all strategic decisions related to finance, HR, grants and contracts, and space and health/safety.
- Collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the program or function.
- Analyze and interpret policies; develop, revise and implement procedures for program or function.
- Represent the program or function as the key contact and subject matter expert within the department, unit or school. Commit resources and provide information and/or training. May also represent the program or function to external/internal stakeholders and constituencies.
To be successful in this role, you will bring:
- Bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.
- Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, manage shifting priorities, and handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple deadlines.
- Ability to accomplish goals working through formal and informal channels, with diplomacy and tactfulness.
- Demonstrated creativity, problem solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgment and decision-making skills.
- Demonstrated solid planning and organizational skills, including delegation and decision-making.
- Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a collaborative team with diverse expertise.
- Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
- Relevant subject matter knowledge.
In addition, preferred requirements include:
- Knowledge of Stanford financial systems
- 5+ years of experience in finance and administration, accounting, or similar functions
- Experience producing high-quality written reports and quantitative analysis to inform executive decision-making
- Ability to perform complex finance functions and/or activities requiring advanced knowledge and application of internal policies, external regulations, precedents, and systems (i.e., BI reporting, spending projections, variance reporting, budgeting in BPS, year-end close, proposal budget development, post-award close-out)
- Functional knowledge of PeopleSoft webforms, labor schedules, labor distribution adjustments
- Knowledge of the gift processing transmittal process
- Demonstrated familiarity with sponsored research policies and the SeRA system
- Knowledge of appointment and hiring processes
- Knowledge of space oversight and health & safety policies and databases
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.
Other duties may also be assigned, not all unique aspects of this job are covered by this job posting. A full job description will be shared during the interview process.
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 his or her 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.
This is a one-year fixed-term position with the possibility of renewal.