Director, Finance and Administration

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Stanford Impact Labs
Palo Alto, CA
Published 6 days ago

Director of Finance and Administration, Stanford Impact Labs

The world’s biggest social problems are complex, multi-faceted, and pervasive. No academic center, company, or organization can solve systemic issues – such as economic inequality, inequitable access to health care and education, and racial discrimination – alone. We need leaders with different skills and experiences to come together to generate fresh insights, evidence, and action to make progress.

Stanford Impact Labs – a major new initiative at Stanford University – invests in mission-driven teams of researchers and practitioners from government, business, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropy. These teams – or impact labs – work together on social problems they choose and where practical progress is possible. With our support, they rapidly develop, test, and scale new solutions to social problems that affect millions of people worldwide. Learn more at our work and impact at

Stanford Impact Labs is an equal opportunity organization and is strongly committed to racial and social justice. To that end, we particularly encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply for open positions. Please submit your resume and a cover letter through the Stanford Career Portal


At a time of dramatic growth in the organization, Stanford Impact Labs (SIL) is hiring an inaugural Director of Finance and Administration to build and implement strong financial and administrative practices. Your work will establish best practices, support continued growth and compliance, and inform decision-making about SIL’s future. Specifically, the Director of Finance and Administration will: 

  • Develop financial models to manage the $15+ million annual operating budget and to inform SIL’s programmatic arc, including an endowment strategy, in the context of a major university fundraising effort.
  • Directly oversee the strategy and management of all SIL financial and administrative operations to ensure compliance, create timely and accurate reports, monitor budgets, and improve processes.
  • Serve as a key member of the leadership team shaping growth and impact of SIL, providing evidence-based recommendations about spending, grantmaking, team management, and hiring.
  • Improve and lead SIL recruiting, outreach, and hiring processes. Refine onboarding and serve as key liaison between SIL and Stanford HR.
  • Responsibly steward and optimize the use of funds to accomplish the SIL mission of social impact.
  • Develop and implement best practices in hiring, contract development, software licenses, the use of office space and facilities, and professional development.
  • Serve as point of contact with key partners in finance, HR, facilities, and other administrative offices at Stanford Humanities and Sciences, as well as Stanford’s Office of Development liaisons.
  • Collaborate with SIL and Humanities and Sciences staff to ensure accuracy and timeliness of SIL’s Salesforce CRM database, create annual reports, and develop donor-facing materials.
  • Develop and administer training for SIL staff for finance, budgeting, CRM maintenance, hiring, submitting transactions and reimbursements, and other administrative processes.
  • Eventually supervise, coach, and develop up to 2 direct reports. 


  • You are excited to build organizations. You have demonstrated experience developing the processes and systems required to grow organizations.  
  • You are a skilled finance and administrative professional with 5+ years of experience and a track record of success. You have experience both creating and tracking financial models, and doing the day-to-day work of ensuring timely, accurate, and compliant financial systems.
  • You are a collaborative team member. You have experience advising leadership, providing evidence-driven recommendations, and managing teams. You are comfortable working on dynamic teams and overcoming roadblocks to accomplish your goals.
  • You are an effective communicator. You have demonstrated experience explaining complex financial concepts to different audiences, and have trained team members in financial and administrative best practices.
  • You are a flexible, resourceful, and well-organized project manager. You have a proven track record of coordinating multi-faceted and complex projects, including the ability to anticipate issues, develop proactive solutions, and engage the right people to support and champion success.
  • You are a team leader, invested in team members’ and other stakeholders’ growth and development. You have the ability to provide training, coaching, and mentoring for staff. You have management experience with direct reports and are eager to grow our finance and administration team.  
  • You are a catalyst for racial and social justice work. You care about social inequities and systems of oppression. You have a demonstrated track record of working effectively across lines of difference. You are committed to centering equity and inclusion in programs and practices.
  • You thrive in a dynamic, open, and collaborative work environment. You are at home in a lean start-up environment with the ability to stay focused and nimble in the face of rapid change. You believe in collaboration and including a diversity of views, experiences, and perspectives.


  • Familiarity with Stanford’s financial and administrative systems, including Oracle Business Intelligence (OBI), PeopleSoft, Stanford’s gift processing transmittal process, labor schedules, labor distribution adjustments, SeRA and sponsored research policies, Taleo and other hiring and appointment processes and webforms, space oversight databases, and more.

Research shows that many applicants who would be successful in a position are reluctant to apply unless they meet every listed requirement. We encourage applications from candidates who do not meet all the listed requirements, but who believe they have the ability to grow and thrive as the first Director of Finance and Administration at Stanford Impact Labs. 

This position is classified by Stanford University as an Academic Services Administrator, Job Code 4122, Grade J. Details of core duties and minimal requirements of this job classification can be found here.

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 assigned.

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.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

This is a one-year fixed-term position with the possibility of renewal.

Director of Finance and Administration, Stanford Impact Labs

The world’s biggest social problems are complex, multi-faceted, and pervasive. No academic center, company, or organization can solve systemic issues – such as economic…

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Palo Alto, CA, USA

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter through Stanford's Careers Portal.

Please submit a resume and cover letter through Stanford's Careers Portal.

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