The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil
Society (PACS) is a global interdisciplinary research center
and publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review
PACS develops and shares knowledge to improve philanthropy,
strengthen civil society, and address societal challenges. By
creating a shared space for scholars, students, and practitioners,
Stanford PACS informs policy and social innovation, philanthropic
investment, and nonprofit practice.
Stanford PACS is home to 9 different research
programs led by faculty members that represent a number of
different disciplines and have appointments across five of the
seven schools at Stanford. Research programs cover a wide range of
topics focused on solving social problems, ranging from the role of
digital technology and platforms in democratic decision-making to
aiding philanthropists in achieving their objectives most
effectively. Additionally, Stanford PACS offers several PhD and
postdoctoral fellowships to scholars doing promising new research
that will advance the study of civil society organizations and the
role of philanthropy in promoting social change. Stanford PACS also
hosts convenings for scholars, nonprofit leaders, and
philanthropists which are all designed to create a
cross-disciplinary intellectual community with the goal of
enhancing the quality and visibility of research and practice in
Stanford PACS seeks a Director of Finance and Operations
to help advance its efforts. This position reports to the Executive
Director, and as a key member of the Stanford PACS senior
leadership team, will work with faculty, staff, and our scholar and
student community to provide support on all aspects of our finance,
operations, human resources and grants management.
The ideal candidate must be an excellent collaborator with
an ability to work in a decentralized university setting, be
reliable and curious to learn, enjoy having a variety of daily
responsibilities, have a positive and inclusive approach to
teamwork, and help create a thriving culture and community for our
staff and scholars. We are interested in candidates who are
experienced and entrepreneurial and can handle responsibilities
related to financial management and compliance, academic program
administration, grants management for general support and complex
research projects, and management and coordination of
operations-related functions for the center. Our ideal candidate
will be experienced in talent management to include recruiting,
performance management, and high-potential development. The
position supervises a finance associate.
We prefer candidates who have familiarity with academia
and/or the nonprofit sector and have extensive experience with
budgeting and financial forecasting, reviewing and presenting
complex financial information in easily digestible formats to key
decision makers, and all aspects of grants management. This role
will serve as a strategic human resources advisor to the senior
leadership team of PACS and will need to be an excellent
relationship manager to successfully liaise with different
departments across the University to advance our operational
objectives. The ideal candidate will be creative and resourceful
and will find ways to advance Stanford PACS’ mission and goals by
leveraging the full breadth of resources at Stanford.
In order to succeed, this individual should have a general
interest in the field of philanthropy, civil society, and social
This position will be based on the Stanford campus and will be
considered for an option of telecommuting (hybrid of working
on-site and off-site), subject to operational need.
Your responsibilities include*:
Partner with executive director and
faculty leadership on the center’s affairs and advocate for the
unit's needs and goals to internal and external parties.
Contribute to and inform on strategic
program/unit planning and related funding and financial
Represent the program or unit to
external/internal stakeholders and constituencies.
Oversee monitoring and evaluation of
all PACS programs in collaboration with Executive Director and
Independently implement, administer,
and evaluate day-to-day activities of the unit by identifying and
executing tasks and objectives, making recommendations that impact
policies and programs, and assigning resources to achieve the goals
of the program and unit.
Analyze unit or program needs and
make recommendations to senior team for changes in staffing,
facilities, health and safety compliance, finance, technology
and/or administrative functions.
Analyze and interpret policies;
develop, revise, and implement procedures for unit.
Commit resources, recruit and develop
personnel, and provide information and/or training.
Evaluate business processes and
operational and/or financial effectiveness. Develop business
Finance, Budgeting & Grants Management
Develop and monitor consolidated
budget and grant budgets; implement financial growth and
Recommend and develop strategies for
general cost containment, strategic investments, and growth
Provide reliable quarterly financial
updates and forecasts to both individual programs and to the senior
team and faculty for the overall center.
Perform budget forecasting for unit
and provide recommendations that determine the budget.
Collaborate with Office of Sponsored
Research to ensure awards are set up and expended properly.
Work closely with relevant team
members on hiring and retaining staff, career coaching, ensuring
required training is completed, personal development, and
performance management across the center.
Responsible for ensuring a diverse
and inclusive environment for staff, faculty, and trainees who
represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender identification,
disability and abilities, sexual preference, and perspectives.
To be successful in this role, you will bring:
Bachelor’s degree and five years of
relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant
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
Demonstrated creativity, problem
solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgment, and
Demonstrated ability to develop and
meet budget goals.
Demonstrated solid planning and
Demonstrated experience working
independently and as part of a team.
Excellent interpersonal, written and
oral communication skills.
Strong relevant subject matter
Ability to direct the work of others,
for jobs requiring supervision.
In addition, preferred requirements include:
Prior experience in a professional
Advanced Excel modeling skills for
developing complex financial analyses and decision support
Experience with current Stanford
financial systems (i.e., Oracle, OBI, etc.)
Strong familiarity with business
intelligence tools for reporting and analysis.
Knowledge of personnel management,
including proposing efforts for and training and hiring of
students, post-doctoral scholars, academic appointments, regular
and contingent staff, and consultants, along with the circumstances
appropriate for each type of position.
Ability to work with diverse
stakeholders, including scholars, industry leaders, students and
Demonstrated supervisory skills
including conflict resolution and staff development
Strong negotiation and effective
Demonstrated interpersonal skills,
strong EQ and expertise in group dynamics. Successful track record
of establishing credibility and trust with a diverse client
Ability to build the confidence of
others through open communication and respectful
Excellent facilitation, oral and
written communication skills; ability to prepare clear and concise
reports and deliver formal presentations.
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The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by
positions in this job classifications 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
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 their job.
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