Senior Director, Finance - Cambridge


: $142,370.00 - $142,370.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Financial Services - Banking/Investment/Finance

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Job-Specific Responsibilities

Position Summary: The Senior Director of Finance serves as the senior financial officer within Executive Education, responsible for guiding financial planning, policy and processes for a $36M business unit within Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Supervises a staff of approximately 3-4 people, both direct and indirect. Serves as the principal liaison to Kennedy School and University financial leadership. As a member of the senior management team, contributes to overall leadership of the department

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensures that all financial activities are accurate, transparent and in accordance with HKS accounting principles and procedures. Achieves high levels of customer service by providing professional, timely and accurate financial management.
  • Leads and continually improves the Annual Budget Process, including analysis of costs and program tuition
  • Serves as a member of the senior management team for Exec Ed, contributing to strategic direction, priority setting, and overall accountability to goals
  • Prepares budgets for new programs working with SMPD unit and assures that new programs are set up properly in university systems
  • Ensures that accounting is timely and accurate. Works closely with the School s Financial Office (OFS) to resolve financial and compliance issues. Reviews and monitors grants and contracts.
  • Sets policy on financial operations with guidance from OFS.
  • Participates as a member of the HKS Financial Managers Group; represents HKS in the university-wide Executive Education Finance Affinity Group.
  • Manages the people and processes by which roughly 2500 program tuitions are invoiced and collected each year, optimizing the use of systems to balance efficiency and excellent customer service.
  • Manages the faculty compensation process
  • Designs, implements, and communicates financial reporting metrics and tools to support decision-making
  • Produces the Executive Education Annual Report
  • Participates in Exec Ed performance management processes, including performance evaluation and training, development and promotion of staff
  • Identifies and performs analysis of Executive Education business performance
  • Additional responsibilities from time to time as needed, with or without additional compensation.
  • Typical Core Duties

  • Responsible for effective staff management for a group or team of employees, including hiring and orientation, training and development, workflow and performance management, and the promotion of an inclusive and innovative work environment
  • Manage multiple financial operations, which may include systems development, data analysis, budgeting and reporting while identifying opportunities for operational integration and improvement
  • Lead department goal setting, planning, and process development
  • Identify potential operational challenges and propose solutions
  • Develop and implement operational policies, procedures and training for financial staff
  • Manage ongoing relationships with external vendors and consultants
  • Collaborate with university-wide leadership to continuously approve processes, policies and procedures
  • Ensure financial compliance with University policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations
  • Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 8 years' relevant work experience
  • Supervisory experience
  • Additional Qualifications

  • MBA or Master s degree in relevant field
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, advanced excel skills
  • Knowledge of advanced financial administration principles
  • 10+ years of financial experience
  • Strong accounting, budgeting, analytic, and management skills needed.
  • Mastery of GAAP accounting principles; must be familiar with SAS112 regulations.
  • Excellent communication skills required, both verbal and written.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a process, as well as to work in a collaborative environment to achieve agreed-upon objectives.
  • Proven ability to handle sensitive data with discretion, creatively solve financial problems, generate new and improved financial processes and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Expert user of Excel, PowerPoint and enterprise financial systems.
  • Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in an office setting

  • Associated topics: associate director, director, director finance, general operations manager, manage, operation, operational manager, organizational culture, president, staff * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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