Harvard University — Senior Director of Finance, Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education

Senior Director of Finance, Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education
Harvard Kennedy School

Job Summary
Responsible for the overall direction and oversight of financial operations, which may include payroll, accounting, accounts payable/receivable, procurement, capital projects, endowment funding, research administration, or other function.

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

Additional Information
We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide Visa Sponsorship.

Harvard University requires pre-employment references and background checks.
Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.

Job Function

Sub Unit

USA – MA – Cambridge

Executive Education

Time Status

00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Employment, Identity

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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