Executive Director, Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies - 71794
The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) is seeking to fill the role of Executive Director of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Stanford Seed).
Stanford Seed seeks to end the cycle of global poverty by enabling business leaders in developing economies to lead their regions to prosperity. In pursuit of this mission, Seed offers leadership programs for the leaders of established enterprises in developing economies through regional centers in West Africa (in Accra, Ghana), East Africa (in Nairobi, Kenya), and a third center opening in S.E. Asia in 2017. In addition, Seed provides Stanford students with curricular and experiential opportunities in developing economies, and funds faculty research on economic development and poverty.
The Executive Director will guide the execution of the Institutes established strategy, lead operational improvements, and scale its impact. The Executive Director will take strategic direction from the Faculty Director and GSB leadership, and will work to align Seeds activities with Stanford and Graduate School of Business strategic priorities. At the same time, the Executive Director will have primary operational responsibility for a complex, globally distributed team of more than 30 individuals. The Executive Director will make talent management, including team culture and ongoing professional development, a top priority.
Stanford Seeds Executive Director plays an important representational role for the Institute, working independently and in conjunction with faculty and administrative leadership to cultivate strong relationships with external stakeholders, including prospective donors, strategic partners, local governments, and international agencies.
The ideal candidate will have extensive experience leading global operations, formulating and managing multi-million dollar budgets, and managing complex programs and events. In addition, the candidate should have experience leading within a mission-driven organization, and demonstrated skill in managing people with different cultural backgrounds and management styles. A strong cultural fit with both faculty and staff will be central to success in this role. The Executive Director must be able to resolve problems diplomatically, build key relationships, and influence with and without direct authority.
Provide strategic leadership and management of administrative and operational functions for a school or large organization within a school exercising delegated authority for policy and programmatic decisions. Achieve research and teaching mission and goals through managerial staff; typically have multiple levels of professional and supervisory staff. Partner with and/or influence faculty leadership on departmental affairs.
- Oversee the management of areas of responsibility. Direct staff and provide leadership to achieve goals and vision of the organization. Responsible for hiring and retaining staff, career coaching, personal development for direct reports and accountable for the performance of employees.
- Contribute to the business and administrative mission and goals for the organization or school and oversees the implementation through department chairs and managers.
- Independently initiate and create strategic proposals of considerable complexity and scope for organization or program(s) managed. Propose and manage the implementation of complex and significant programmatic changes that may impact the unit's academic and research capabilities. Consult and advise senior leadership. Oversee allocation of all resources
- Responsible for the financial viability and success of the organization. Develop and deliver complex, comprehensive financial analysis, high level strategic modeling both short and long term and provide advice to senior leadership decisions. Oversee the management of the consolidated annual budget plan. Responsible for committing school resources with limited review by senior officers.
- May independently or in collaboration with human resources managers, direct faculty supervisors and managers in the interpretation and implementation of human resources policies, procedures and programs.
- Champion major initiatives; lead complex, high-visibility process redesign and innovation projects; develop and implement initiatives.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
Bachelors degree and ten years of relevant experience in administrative and financial management, or combination of education and relevant experience. Masters degree or higher preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Demonstrated strategic leadership, planning and change management skills in a complex, cross-cultural work environment.
- Ability to demonstrate a high level of diplomacy in persuading and influencing a wide variety of people at various levels to achieve results.
- Excellent strategic planning skills.
- Excellent communication skills. Able to influence people, solve problems, trouble shoot, think creatively and resolve conflicts.
- Advanced financial expertise in accounting, budget planning, and financial forecasting.
- Exceptional negotiation and effective interpersonal skills negotiation and political acumen skills.
- Attention to detail and accuracy.
- Expert analytical and problem solving skills.
- Strong knowledge of industry standards, trends and/or regulatory requirements.
- Subject matter expertise for area(s) of responsibility.
- Broad understanding of information technology hardware and software infrastructure.
- Ability to multi-task and manage deadlines.
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to cultivate strong collaborative relationships with faculty and able to anticipate faculty needs.
Certifications and Licenses:
- Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
- Frequently sitting.
- Occasionally stand/walk, writing by hand, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.
- Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat.
* - 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.
- Occasional evening and weekend hours.
- International travel required.
- Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
- Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the Universitys Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu
Location: Graduate School of Business
Job Code: 4134