Ellucian Sr. Director, Business Operations in Reston, Virginia


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Sr. Director, Business Operations



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Role Description:

The Director of Business Operations will act as a close partner to and representative of the CEO. You will closely collaborate with the CEO, Executive management team and broader organization in the formulation and execution of strategic goals and initiatives. You will hold extensive responsibility for operationally executing across the organization on various initiatives, attending closely to detail while staying attuned to the accomplishment of Ellucian’s strategic goals.

The ideal candidate will be natural collaborator and problem solver who possesses a high intellectual curiosity and thrives in a dynamic, fast paced environment.


  • Manage the overall operating rhythm of the company (e.g. Strategic Planning Sessions, Quarterly Business Reviews, etc.)

  • Participate in internal meetings with Executive Leadership Team for purpose of identifying areas requiring cross-divisional coordination & execution most important to the CEO

  • Monitor progress of key initiatives and priorities by meeting regularly with team leaders to track results and challenges; ensuring that company commitments and priorities are being executed.

  • Provide decision support through research, analysis of information, and clear presentation of considerations

  • Partner with CFO & Corporate Finance to support management & financial reporting with particular focus on achievement of company goals through analysis of metrics

  • Partner with Sales and Field Operations on monthly cadence and ensure full visibility on key deals requiring CEO support

  • Interface cross-functionally with Marketing, Communications, and other cross functional stakeholders to ensure all communications to various audiences (both internal & external) are organized and aligned with strategic messaging expectations

  • Work closely with the corporate communications team and people team to develop a cadence of internal CEO-employee touch points, including employee meetings and town halls to help drive greater interaction with employees.

  • Support CEO with Board of Directors planning, orchestration of content and overall board communications

  • Own creation of all materials requested to support corporate content for quarterly business reviews (QBRs), and other information needed on an ad hoc basis, delegating information requests to appropriate internal teams as needed and ensuring they are delivered with high quality and in a timely manner.

  • Manage all inbound speaking and interview requests for the CEO, and work communications team to identify potential speaking opportunities valuable for the company.

  • Prepare communication and research for the CEO, including, but not limited to, company updates, business strategy, customer information and industry analysis

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Position Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration required;

  • 5+ years of management consulting experience.

  • Proven track record of effectively interacting with senior level executives (i.e. C-suite)

  • Strong business acumen (e.g. ability to build & understand financial models, and other business case elements)

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously transparently, ensuring that all internal and external stakeholders understand the projects’ goals and deliverables

  • Proven track record of strategic planning, goal setting, and successful execution

  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and initiatives simultaneously as well as effectively collaborate across teams and to work in a diverse, fast paced environment

  • Strong analytical skills possessing the ability to compile & analyze large data sets and present effective reports

  • Create thinker and problem solver with a bias towards thoughtful action

  • Demonstration of excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, communicating effectively with customers, executives, & stakeholder (both internal & external) at all levels

  • Proficiency in PowerPoint, Excel, and Word

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Company Information:

Ellucian is the world’s leading provider of software, services and insight to higher education. Ellucian helps the higher education community—students, faculty, and staff—achieve their goals more efficiently, effectively, and with reduced risk. Ellucian’s comprehensive suite of software solutions includes student information systems (SIS), finance and HR systems, recruiting and retention systems, among other offerings. With more than 1,500 institutions subscribing to Ellucian’s cloud services and SaaS offerings, the company is one of the largest providers of cloud-based solutions. Ellucian also supports the higher education community with a range of professional services, such as application software implementation, training, education, and management consulting. More than 2,400 institutions in 40 countries rely on Ellucian to help enable the mission of higher education.

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at Ellucian without regard to race; creed; color; religion; national origin; sex; age; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; genetic predisposition or carrier status; veteran, marital, or citizenship status; or any other status protected by law.