Operations Director for the Center for Research towards Advancing Financial Technologies (CRAFT)
Stevens Institute of Technology
School of Business
The School of Business at the Stevens Institute of Technology invites applications for an Operations Director for the Center for Research towards Advancing Financial Technologies (CRAFT). CRAFT is the first-ever National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded industry-university cooperative research grant devoted specifically to FinTech research and policy initiatives. CRAFT will bring together industry and academic partners, and policy makers to conduct research that is relevant for industry and has the potential for commercialization. The industry partners will financially contribute to CRAFT along with the NSF and collaboratively conduct research to address challenges facing the high-tech financial services industry.
The Operations Director will work with the CRAFT Directors to establish and operate the Center, including oversight of corporate projects. This will include serving as a point-of-contact for corporate partners, establishing the scope of work for collaborations with well-defined goals and deliverables, and monitoring projects to ensure successful completion. In collaboration with the various offices and departments across University, the Operations Director will also manage the operational logistics for the Center including daily operations, budgets, grant management, and communications.
The ideal candidate is an independent, self-starter who has strong attention to detail and processes, has experience in the financial services industry, and is passionate about making the CRAFT FinTech program successful.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Develop, document, and manage day-to-day operations for the CRAFT FinTech program.
- Prepare and maintain business plans and KPIs.
- Plan and organize internal and external meetings including all logistics.
- Manage all aspects of relationship management with industry partners including communications, invoicing, meetings, and follow-up.
- Responsible for managing the negotiation and delivery of in-kind contributions to the Center (e.g., market data) from industry members.
- Coordinate and supervise administrative and accounting support functions for the Center.
- Serve as a point-of-contact for operational support for faculty researchers and PhD students (supplies, travel authorization, access to lab facilities and resources).
- Work with the PIs, faculty researchers and corporate and government partners to manage project work-scopes and plans. Manage schedules and drive progress to ensure successful completion of projects.
- Work with the CRAFT Directors and the Budget Office and manage the CRAFT operational budget, including planning and allocation of financial resources and tracking.
- Manage the creation and submission of NSF grant documentation in collaboration with the PI’s and the Office of Sponsored Research.
- Highlight and disseminate CRAFT research activities with timely website updates, press releases and other communications.
- Responsible for oversight of facilities-related matters, including scheduling, maintenance, and upgrades.
- Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree in Business Administration is preferred.
- Five years’ experience the financial services industry required; ten years preferred.
- Strong knowledge of the financial services industry structure and participants required.
- Strong project management and leadership skills.
- Experience with financial management and business process management.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Ability to work independently in a complex environment.
- Strong project and time management skills and the ability to adapt to changing priorities.
- Must have high attention to detail, service, and analytical demeanor and mindset.
- Strong interpersonal and relationship skills.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Advanced knowledge of Office software, including Microsoft Office products, especially Excel and PowerPoint.
Stevens Institute of Technology is a private institution located on a beautiful campus in Hoboken, NJ, directly across the Hudson River from New York City. Hoboken is a vibrant, walkable community in close proximity of Manhattan and has been ranked among the 12 best college towns in the country by Princeton Review. Stevens Institute of Technology works closely with local and global industries as well as government organizations on various research projects.
Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Stevens Institute of Technology appreciates all applications but can only respond to qualified candidates.
Stevens values diversity and seeks candidates who can contribute to a welcoming climate for students, faculty, and staff of all races and genders. We are an NSF ADVANCE institution committed to equitable practices and policies and strongly encourage applications from qualified women and minority candidates as well as veterans and individuals with disabilities.
School of Business
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