Harvard University Associate Director of Finance in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Business Title Associate Director of Finance

School/Unit Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Location USA - MA - Boston

Job Function Finance

Time Status Full-time

Department Biostatistics

Salary Grade 058

Union 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Duties & Responsibilities The Department of Biostatistics is a very busy and diverse academic department focused on research and teaching. Our 60+ faculty are leaders in the development of statistical methods for clinical trials and observational studies, studies on the environment, computational biology, and genomics/genetics. We offer degree programs in biostatistics, computational biology, and data science. Currently, more than 150 students are enrolled in these programs.

Reporting to the Director of Administration, the Associate Director of Finance (ADF) is a key leadership position in the Department and is responsible for financial and grants management for the Department. S/he will oversee a team of 6, consisting of the Assistant Director of Finance, four Grants Managers, and an Accounting Assistant.

The responsibilities of the ADF include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Supervising and training research and financial administrators; providing daily guidance

  • Assessing performance and conducting reviews for supervisees

  • Overall pre- and post-award management for a large portfolio of sponsored research grants and subcontracts, primarily from the NIH

  • Overall responsibility for two recharge centers and student funding

  • Developing and implementing departmental policies and processes

  • Serving as a resource for Grants Managers by assisting them in interpreting Harvard, School and sponsor policies, regulations, and procedures

  • Providing guidance to the faculty, ensuring they have the information they need to effectively and compliantly manage their funding and effort

  • Ensuring departmental financial transactions are compliant with Harvard and sponsor policies and regulations; approves and transmits most departmental transactions.

  • Allocating workloads to maximize research administrator effectiveness

  • Preparing annual budget, working closely with the Department Administrator and senior leadership

  • Having overall responsibility for the management of non-sponsored funding, including gifts and endowments

  • Working closely with senior management, including the Director of Administration, Chair, Associate Chair, and Directors of Graduate Studies, in developing and implementing strategic financial plans

  • Participating in School-wide and University-wide initiatives and meetings

  • Other activities as needed

    Basic Qualifications - Bachelor's Degree required

  • 7+ years of related experience, with 3+ of those years in grants management and/or in an academic/healthcare research environment required

  • Prior supervisory experience required

    Additional Qualifications - Expert knowledge of federal sponsored research policies and regulations strongly preferred

  • Experience with Harvard financial systems (e.g. OBI, GMAS, CREW) preferred

  • Strong computing skills, particularly with Microsoft Excel and Word, preferred

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills; effective interpersonal skills; experience working with faculty and students; superior ability to assess priorities, manage change, and effectively juggle multiple complex activities in a time-sensitive environment preferred

Additional Information Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!

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