Strategic Initiatives Project Director, Office of EVP

Rochester, NY


The Strategic Initiatives Project Director in the Office of the EVP reports to the Chief of Staff for the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance and CFO and is responsible for leading complex initiatives that impact essential university functions and contribute to the goals of Administration and Finance (A&F) in support of the University’s strategic plan., This includes changes to financial systems, decision support and analysis, policy changes, process improvements and other initiatives. Within the Office of the EVP, this position is accountable for the cross-functional leadership of initiatives, from feasibility analysis to planning, execution, delivery, communication and reporting.

The Strategic Initiatives Project Director applies knowledge of policy and financial systems, practices and principles to preserve value in finance and administration processes, policies and systems.


  • Develops and manages project deliverables to support the analysis, planning, implementation, reporting and monitoring for key initiatives in a broad range of topics, including operational, implementation, process improvement, policy and performance metrics, trends and analysis.

  • Manages and facilitates the effective partnership and engagement with senior-level sponsors, cross-functional stakeholders and team member to ensure their awareness, support and proactive risks management.

  • Applies consistent project management, improvement, and change management methodologies to initiatives.

  • Collaborates with the Office of the EVP staff to ensure the quality and consistency of communications and alignment with the Administration & Finance project portfolio.

  • Implements and manages a University-wide policy management process including standards, procedures, and technology to improve the accuracy of and user access to policies across divisions, and reduce administrative redundancy and obsolete or non-compliant policies.

  • Participates, presents or facilitates working groups, committees or leadership meetings as needed. Prepares communications, updates, reports, presentations, and meeting materials for senior leadership.

  • Provides regular status updates and periodic reviews on project progress and outcomes, and manages stakeholder expectations through a variety of communication vehicles.

  • Provides business process improvement, compliance support and mentorship to division leadership and staff.

Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or Accounting

  • A minimum of 10 years professional experience in financial systems

  • 10-15 years of management of financial organization

  • or a combination of education and experience

  • Working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, fund accounting, compliance protocols, and internal accounting controls financial systems implementation or configuration

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to build strong team-based relationships

  • Flexibility and problem-solving skills

  • Experience with university systems and policies: Workday Financials, Axiom, Anaplan, and/or other finance applications

  • Proficiency in MS Office suite and project collaboration applications


  • MBA or MS degree in finance

  • Experience at Research I institution and/or academic medical center

  • Certified Public Accountant

  • Six Sigma Green Belt or Lean Practitioner Certification

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $138,736 - $208,083 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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