The MBA Admissions and Financial Aid Project Manager will lead a comprehensive engagement to develop an effective process for determining and distributing financial aid awards to MBA students. Project management will be divided into three core phases, including discovery, design, and execution. During the discovery phase, the Project Manager will facilitate discussions with university wide stakeholders, including faculty, senior staff, students, and alumni to identify Financial Aid process needs and opportunities. In addition, this individual will benchmark financial aid processes at other university MBA programs and assess government regulations which could impact financial aid fellowship strategy.
During the design phase, the Project Manager will facilitate discussions and drive recommendation consensus, framed by the input of university wide stakeholders. During the execution phase, the Project Manager will conduct financial analysis to quantify the financial impact of potential changes to the current process. The Project Manager will work closely with MBA Admissions and Financial Aid to develop a change management action plan, which includes fellowship award distribution guidelines and communication plans for all major stakeholder groups.
A successful candidate will have demonstrated strategic planning skills, results orientation, team leadership, project management, data analytics, and strong influence and collaboration skills. Experience leading consulting projects is desirable. Experience working in financial services or higher education also would be beneficial. Finally, successful candidates will have demonstrated evidence of managing large and complex projects with high performance risk and driving project(s) to completion.
Perform the full range of project management cycle: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Independently lead and direct projects requiring high levels of functional integration and involving multiple disciplines to be managed.
Direct development of an action plan, and estimate requirements for resources, including management, labor, materials, and time required to complete project.
Facilitate discussions and negotiations to drive recommendation consensus.
Develop and help execute comprehensive change management strategy and communication plan relative to project scope and stakeholders; orchestrate and lead change management methodologies underlying project success.
Project complexity involves synthesizing complex technical data to drive decisions since changes in the fellowship award principals or processes will directly impact fellowship budget and individual award packages.
Developing recommendations will require significant data analysis to quantify the fiscal impact of changes in financial aid processes.
Primary working relationships will be with senior associate/administrative deans, faculty and directors levels.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree in a related field and five years relevant experience or a combination of education and experience. Experience in management of projects with extensive size/complexity and moderate performance risk, including project planning, scheduling, tracking, and budgeting, or combination of education and relevant experience. MBA preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Highly effective written and oral communication skills to address a wide variety of audiences.
Ability to productively assemble, engage, and lead cross-functional teams.
Demonstrated project management ability to employ integration, scope time management, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, and procurement components.
Ability to balance customer expectations with project reality.
Demonstrated resilience, diplomacy, influence, relationship building, and problem solving skills in a variety of situations.
Keen grasp of interpersonal and impact awareness.
Depth of knowledge in technical discipline/domain needed to deliver projects.
Certifications and Licenses: None
Frequently sit, perform desk based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation and lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
Occasionally stand/walk, write by hand, twist/bend/stoop/squat and lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 20 pounds.
Rarely use a telephone, kneel, crawl, climb ladders, reach/work above shoulder, grasp forcefully.
* - 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 the job.
May be exposed to extreme hot and cold temperatures, be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA, allergens/biohazards/chemicals /asbestos, or heavy metals or work on roofs at heights greater than 10 ft.
Travel locally and cross-university.
When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
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 University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
Job: Project Management
Location: Graduate School of Business Schedule: Full-time Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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