Stanford University is a premier research university located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The university seeks a Senior Associate Vice President for Finance (SAVP) to lead Financial Management Services (FMS) which includes the Controller’s Office, the Treasurer’s Office, Procurement, Global Business Services, and Financial Management Consulting & Support. The new SAVP will succeed the incumbent who is retiring after over 20 years at Stanford and will report to Stanford’s Vice President for Business Affairs, CFO, and University Liaison for Stanford Medicine. FMS’s programs and services have a vast footprint in their support and service to every academic program and business unit at the university. The goals of the SAVP include continuously increasing client satisfaction with FMS services, while also improving efficiency and enhancing compliance. FMS is also charged with helping to assure the university’s financial integrity and health, and leading changes which support the university’s mission of teaching, learning and research. These broad goals help to define FMS’s core programs. Additionally, and in the near to mid-term, the SAVP has opportunities to enhance operations and service with special emphasis on: • Talent recruitment, retention, and individual and team development within FMS which operates within a highly competitive labor market in the Silicon Valley; • In collaboration with campus clients, develop methodologies that are effective, replicable and sufficiently standardized to ensure compliance as well as consistency and accuracy of financial information, while growing overall commitment to adhere to these standards; and • In collaboration with University Information Technology (UIT), lead implementation of next generation financial systems and reporting platforms for the university. For this critical position Stanford seeks an outstanding executive who has deep experience in one or more of the areas within FMS, the ability to “lead from the middle” using influence, persuasion, and creativity to meet bold goals.
The successful candidate must be both an effective executive who can lead a pragmatic financial vision and transformation across the university, and a highly sophisticated finance professional with technical expertise in several areas. This “breadth and depth” skillset is critical to success as Stanford’s SAVP, who must partner with multiple colleagues and departments across the industry to implement, execute, communicate, and carry out strategies to support and enhance the university's mission campus-wide.
About Stanford University
Stanford University, founded in 1885, today comprises seven schools and 18 interdisciplinary institutes with more than 16,000 students (7,000 undergraduate and 9,000 graduate), 2,100 faculty, 1,800 postdoctoral scholars, and over 12,000 staff. Stanford is an international institution, enrolling students from all 50 U.S. states and 91 other countries, and with education and research activities with 125 global entities.
The university’s annual revenue is approximately $6 billion (exclusive of affiliated hospitals) including $1.6 billion of research funding; the endowment as of 8/31/2017 was $22.4 billion dollars, one of the largest in the country.
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