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Job Req ID:  64937

Sr. Associate Strategic Initiatives

General Description:

The Office of Planning and Budget was formed in 2012 to significantly strengthen the quality of financial planning and analysis required to inform University leadership’s decision-making regarding allocation of scarce capital and operating resources in support of university priorities. The Office works collaboratively across the University to support high-level strategic planning issues and initiatives and includes the Strategic Initiatives team (this position), as well as the University Budget Office (manages the development, monitoring and analysis of the university’s operating and capital budgets and five-year plans).


The Strategic Initiatives team within the Office of Planning and Budget is an internal consulting team whose work informs decision-making among senior leadership on a wide range of financial strategy and policy issues.  The team works to provide analytic capacity and project management services on issues and initiatives of interest to university leadership at the division and university levels.  


The position of Senior Associate, Strategic Initiatives reports to the Associate Vice President for Planning & Budget and is part of the Office of Planning and Budget.


The Sr. Associate, Strategic Initiatives will build and lead teams for initiatives, manage a portfolio of strategic and financial analysis projects and work with other members of finance and university administration teams to move these projects forward independently. S/he will work seamlessly with other members of the Planning and Budget function, including the staff of the University Budget Office.  S/he will work collaboratively with senior staff across University Administration and within the divisions, including the Associate Vice President for Planning & Budget, the Controller, Deputy Treasurer and Divisional Business Officers, among others.  


The Sr. Associate, Strategic Initiatives must have the ability to lead projects and teams and to provide project management for a variety of different types of initiatives.  This leadership will include the ability to prioritize competing demands, and to draw upon, delegate and foster collaboration amongst team members to ensure the successful completion of the project in the allotted time frame. S/he must be able to produce high-quality written reports/presentations which effectively present complex information to colleagues and University leadership.


Success depends, at a minimum, on:

  • Ability to assess independently and objectively business and financial processes and plans, taking into account programmatic priorities, policy and operational issues
  • Development and maintainence of a network of relationships with colleagues throughout University Administration and the broader University
  • Demonstration of the ability to make sense of complex information and apply a systematic, disciplined approach to solve complex problems, to managing projects, and to adapt to changing situations.


Key Position Responsibilities:

  • Builds and leads teams to tackle strategic initiatives, issues and projects of high priority for senior leadership. 
  • Independently manages complex, high priority projects, including structuring and performing financial analyses, creating and adhering to project work plans and managing key stakeholders
  • Identifies and mitigates risks associated with projects and project timelines; proactively manage for any potential roadblocks and work with teams / stakeholders to ensure projects stay on track
  • Creates high quality presentation materials and memoranda in order to communicate context, findings and recommendations to senior university leadership and trustees
  • Establishes strong partnerships with Divisional Budget Officers (DBOs) and other key staff in the academic divisions and University Administration.
  • Demonstrates respect for process and knowledge and exercises diplomacy in working with sponsors, subject matter experts, stakeholders, team members and leadership.
  • Works independently to manage multiple projects simultaneously.


Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Advanced degree in finance, business, public administration or a related field is highly preferred
  • Financial analysis, project management, and/or consulting experience desired with 5-7 years of related work experience demonstrating increasing responsibility


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to independently manage complex, large-scale projects from start to finish; drives for results, proactively seeks creative solutions to challenges and gaps in information
  • Exceptional analytical and financial modeling skills
  • Collaborative working style, with excellent consultative, project management, analytic, problem solving and presentation skills
  • Must have ability to build strong relationships with people at all levels of the organization, unquestionable integrity and flexible / adaptive working style
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple challenging projects simultaneously in a fast-paced work environment
  • Strong written communication and presentation skills; comfortable and experienced at presenting to senior-level audiences



Classified Title: Sr. Associate Strategic Initiatives 
Working Title: Sr. Associate Strategic Initiatives 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PG 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30-5:00 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 45-MD:JH at Keswick 
Department name: 60001052-Strategic Initiatives 
Personnel area: University Administration


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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