Director of Finance and Administration

October 8, 2018




Education and Nonprofit




Palo Alto, CA


Another Source’s client, Stanford School of Medicine, is recruiting a Director of Finance and Administration to join their Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Here’s a little about the Stanford School of Medicine and the position they are recruiting for:

At Stanford School of Medicine, more than 7500 faculty and staff create our unrivaled atmosphere of interdisciplinary exploration and collaboration which has produced many of the innovations that sparked a biomedical revolution: MRIs, gene splicing, and stem cell medicine were all born on the Stanford Medicine campus. Today, that same atmosphere, amplified by the astounding intellectual and technological capital that surrounds us in Silicon Valley, gives us an unprecedented opportunity to advance human health.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has more than 650 full time faculty and staff integrating and accelerating five key missions of scientific discovery, clinical innovation and service, educational excellence, community engagement and commitment, and professionalism and leadership.With a total annual budget of $100 million, this Department seeks to advance understanding of the nature of the brain and of behavior and to explore the role of personal meaning and the therapeutic relationship in human health. 

The Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) position serves as the key business leader for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine. The successful candidate will partner with the department chair in setting strategic priorities in the operations of the department, and its faculty with the goals and initiatives of the overall clinical enterprise. Additionally, the DFA will manage strategic financial planning for the department, and provide operational expertise in business development in support of strategic growth initiatives. 

For the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the DFA provides leadership and direction for all financial and administrative functions including: budgeting and financial management, strategic planning, human resources, grant and contract administration, academic affairs, facilities/space, compliance, and safety. The DFA manages department operations, establishes the administration's organizational structure and environment and has oversight for administrative policies and procedures in the department. In this strategic role, the DFA will utilize strategic financial planning, and operational expertise in business development to further the growth of the department. With this growth the DFA will also serve as a people leader to develop and mentor staff within the department. 

In addition to the above department responsibilities, the DFA will work across Stanford Medicine with Stanford’s four affiliated hospitals: Stanford Healthcare, Stanford Children’s Health, VA Palo Alto, and Stanford Healthcare Valley Care.

The DFA primary reporting relationship is to the Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences with a secondary reporting relationship to the Senior Associate Dean for Finance & Administration in the School of Medicine. The DFA serves as the liaison to the school and university in all business matters for the department. As the business partner with 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 research, clinical and education programs and initiatives to enable the department to achieve its strategic and operational goals. 



  • Master’s degree in business or related field or equivalent experience required. 

General Experience:

  • At least five years of progressively responsible managerial experience (including financial and budget preparation experience), preferably in an academic medical center or research environment. 
  • At least two years supervisory responsibility required. 

Specific Experience, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Financial Planning & Management - demonstrated ability in financial management including planning, forecasting, and budgeting 
  • Research Administration - experience in grant and contract administration 
  • Human Resources - proven skills in personnel management, affirmative action practices, and policy implementation 
  • Education Administration - ability to manage administrative aspects of graduate student, residency, post doctoral, and/or Ph.D. programs
  • Facilities and Health & Safety - experience in facilities management and health and safety programs (experience required depends on specific department staffing and needs) 
  • Information Management - experience with computer systems and applications, including spreadsheets 
  • Clinical/Healthcare Management - experience with clinical/healthcare management 
  • General Skills and Abilities - demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations in a complex research/academic environment; strong leadership, management, organizational, analytical, negotiation, and conflict management skills; ability to deal effectively with ambiguity, make quality decisions, set one’s own and others’ priorities, motivate staff, be flexible, and multi-task; proven ability to define issues, strategically plan options and propose solutions, and effectively implement changes in a timely fashion in a complex research [and clinical] environment. 

* - 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.

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