Finance Director


University of California, San Diego


San Diego , California

Principal Investigator

Howard Feldman


Please apply using the link provided below under the requirements.


Under the direction of the director/dean with dotted-line reporting to the assistant vice chancellor/controller (AVC), the finance director serves as a member of the senior leadership team and strategic partner for the ADCS and the Department of Neuroscience, the director/dean and assistant vice chancellor/controller provides direct and indirect oversight, respectively. The incumbent will be responsible for financial operations of multiple clinical trials supported by federal (NIH/NIA), industry, or a combination of public/private partnership funding sources.

Responsibilities include: short- and long-range forecasting, business development and implementation, decision support, clinical trials performance and budget development including financial projections, as well as financial performance and reporting of complex budgets. In addition, incumbent will play a vital role in the financial operations of the center and is responsible for developing and cascading the center's strategic goals in conjunction with the center’s director, chief of staff, clinical operations director, as well as the AVC/controller, and in partnership with AVC/controller and other senior leaders to direct financial resources to bring goals through to successful completion.

The finance director will work independently to develop and interpret financial concepts and implement best practices for financial planning and resource planning (dollars) based on the center's needs, and will control the organizational budget, and will analyze and prepare recommendations for financial plans, which include resource allocations, future requirements, and operating forecasts. The finance director will be responsible and accountable for the financial oversight of the center’s clinical trials, including analyzing and recommending the financial feasibility of conducting new trials and the number and scope of the clinical trials the center will conduct at any given time. The incumbent will also be responsible for ensuring the efficient coordination and planning between the center, school of medicine, and health system to meet the operational needs of the center.

The scope and complexity of this position presents the highest risk with the least support. Erroneous decisions or failure to achieve goals results in additional costs and personnel, and serious delays in goal timelines. The incumbent will collaborate with center director, chief of staff, and core directors, to set departmental financial goals and objectives and see them to fruition based on the center's needs and initiatives; will manage the accountability and stewardship of financial resources in compliance with departmental and organizational goals and objectives; will ensure that subordinates and professionals adhere to defined internal controls; and will manage systems and procedures to protect departmental assets.

Possessing a wide range of experience, the incumbent will independently use high-level skills, critical thinking, and organizational objectives to resolve complex issues with organization-wide impact in creative and effective ways; will work on complex issues with little or no precedent where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors; will exercise judgment in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results; and will be highly skilled at communicating with internal and external stakeholders to meet organizational financial plans and objectives. Incumbent will be considered a subject-matter expert.



Advanced degree in related area; and/or equivalent experience/training.

Seven (7+) or more years of senior-level financial experience, preferably in an academic, research and/or healthcare. Experience managing training and managing staff.

Expert knowledge of finance policies, practices, and systems.

Ability to identify, collect, analyze, and report on complex data.

Expert ability to effectively communicate complex information to management both verbally and in writing in a clear and concise manner. Customer (internal and external) service oriented; excellent listening, critical thinking, and analytical skills. Proven ability to organize department work functions.

Expert ability using multiple spreadsheet and database software tools to synthesize and integrate information for highly complex, strategic financial analysis, fiscal management, and financial reports. Broad knowledge of common organization-specific and other computer application programs.

Expert interpersonal and consultative skills requiring organizational savvy; expert service orientation and critical thinking skills; attention to detail.

Expert ability using organizational skills to multi-task in a high volume environment.

Expert knowledge and understanding of internal control practices and their impact on protecting University resources. Skills and ability to work effectively across the organization at all levels; ability to interact with diverse populations.

Broad knowledge of the organization's processes, protocols and procedures with a focus on budget, account and fund management. Comprehensive knowledge of finance and budget policies, practices and systems; budgeting and reporting techniques; fund accounting; accounting and reporting.

Advanced organizational and customer service skills required to effectively manage multiple and competing priorities. Demonstrated management and conflict resolution skills to effectively lead and motivate others.

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