UC San Diego
Senior Director, Operational Strategy & Special
Filing Deadline: Thu 9/30/2021
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Reporting directly to the Assistant Vice Chancellor/Controller,
the Senior Director, Operational Strategy & Special Initiatives
will be responsible for strategically coordinating, analyzing, and
managing projects and initiatives that impact the success of
Business & Financial Services (BFS) including broad impact for
many business functions across the campus.
This position manages strategy, operations & process
improvement opportunities to include identification of technology
solutions/enhancements across BFS and highlight strategic
priorities for long range strategic planning efforts developed in
partnership with AVC/Controller and BFS Core Leadership Team
Incumbent leads and responsible for the execution of department
initiatives and special projects that primarily focus on the needs
of BFS with department & campus-wide impact and limited support
to Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) and VC Health Sciences.
This position will carry out operation optimization projects aimed
at bringing alignment around department practices and provide
consultative and hands-on support to senior management to achieve
organizational strategic goals.
Incumbent provides overall direction and coordination of
department-wide operational improvement initiatives, enabling and
accelerating campus wide collaboration, identifying and sharing
best practices, and identifying, prioritizing, and implementing
initiatives that drive department strategic objectives. The
position will be required to establish and maintain strong and
effective relationships across multiple Vice Chancellor areas and
members of their senior management teams, department/unit, central
business offices and other key stakeholders.
This position is responsible for leading/overseeing programs and
projects that require the highest level of business, process,
financial and data analysis, complex realignments, and the creation
of new business and operational models directly for Assistant Vice
Chancellor/Controller, BFS, SIO, VC Health Sciences and other
The Senior Director will need to understand and recognize the
interconnectedness between finance, human resources, research and
academic operations to evaluate problems and identify solutions.
The projects implemented by the Senior Director resulting from this
analysis and the subsequent recommendations will directly
contribute to operational objectives or the resolution of major
department issues and are addressing pressing needs at the
department and/or VC level (including VC-CFO, Health Sciences, and
SIO). The focus of this role includes, but is not limited to
initiatives relating to a) service quality; b) process efficiency;
c) cost reduction; d) risk reduction; e) speed and scalability, and
f) revenue growth.
This position is also member of the BFS Extended Core Leadership
Team (BFS-ECLT) participating fully in strategic planning,
formulation of goals and objectives, and decision-making
• Advanced degree in management or business-related field and/or
equivalent relevant university administrative experience or;
combination of education and experience.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in strategic initiatives
management and consulting practices.
• Proven experience providing counsel and management support to
a high-level executive, overseeing commitments and ensuring
priorities are managed in a highly dynamic and changing
• Extensive experience managing organizational redesign and
optimization programs, projects, and initiatives in complex
corporate or higher education environments.
• Extensive knowledge of financial policies, practices and
systems; budgeting and reporting techniques; complex data &
financial analysis and accounting
• Advanced knowledge of business and accounting principles and
best business practices.
• Extensive and demonstrated experience in developing
strategies; Designing, developing, implementing and administering
complex contract relationships with external entity partners.
• Excellent change management skills with demonstrated
experience across all levels of the University or similarly complex
• Advanced interpersonal skills and service orientation combined
with superior written, oral communication and presentation
• Expert ability using multiple spreadsheet and database
software tools to synthesize and integrate information for highly
complex, strategic financial analysis, fiscal management, and
• Must pass a background check
• Effort outside a 40 hour workweek will be required
• This position is expected to be fully remote initially and
subject to change based on leadership determination in alignment
with University guidance on flexible work arrangement policies and
Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and
educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.
This position is eligible for full benefits first day of
a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
b) Vacation/holidays (15 vacation days & 14 paid holidays a
c) Work/Life Balance
d) UC Retirement Plan
e) Pet insurance
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Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC
COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented
proof or approved exception/deferral).
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran
status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete
University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action
policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html