Award Acceptance: understanding, interpreting, and explaining terms & conditions to faculty, with a strong focus on compliance and best practices
Award Setup: reviewing award terms & conditions and confirming appropriate approvals (IRB, IACUC, Biosafety, PA, OAIR, etc.) are in place prior to award setup
Award Management: approving and reporting expenditures, regularly reconciling accounts, identifying and resolving financial risks, and communicating project changes and progress to sponsors
Award Closeout: ensuring awards are properly closed out on a timely basis, issues are resolved, and all required reports and deliverables (technical reports, final invoices, patent reports, assignment and release forms, etc.) are submitted to the sponsor
The Assistant Director of Finance will also perform other duties as assigned
---------- The mission of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is to advance the public's health through learning, discovery and communication. To pursue the mission, the school produces knowledge through research then translates this knowledge into evidence that can be communicated to the public, policymakers, and practitioners to advance the health of populations.
The FXB Center for Health and Human Rights is a University-wide center that conducts rigorous investigation of the most serious threats to health and well- being globally. The Center was established 25 years ago to promote the idea that health is threatened when people are denied or deprived of their rights. We work closely with scholars, students, the international policy community, and civil society to engage in ongoing strategic efforts to promote equity and dignity, especially for the marginalized and oppressed around the world.
The Assistant Director of Finance will work closely with the Executive Director in ensuring that the Center's resources are aligned with its mission, and serve as the key financial advisor to the Center Director. They will be responsible for strategic and long-term planning and managing relationships with the Harvard Chan School Office of Financial Services, the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration, and other relevant departments, while supporting the day-to-day operations, advising on spending plans for faculty and fellows, and processing accounts payable, invoices, and reimbursements.
The Assistant Director of Finance is an integral part of the FXB Center and will serve as the principal source of information for faculty and staff on University, federal, and sponsor fiscal policies, requiring a high degree of knowledge and judgement. They will be independently responsible for the financial management and administration of the Center, including proper management of internal funds (gifts, endowment funds, etc.) and sponsored funds (both federal and non-federal), approving expenditures, setting up new hires, processing payroll changes, reporting expenditures, overseeing fiscal year-end closing, and managing the Center's annual budget process.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
This position has a 90 day orientation and review period.
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.
Learn more about Harvard's outstanding benefits package here: https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Master's Degree and CRA certification preferred
Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Excel skills preferred
Prior supervisory experience preferred
Experience working with research faculty in a higher education and/or hospital setting preferred
Working knowledge of research compliance issues, key federal grant regulations, pre- and post-award management, complex awards with a variety of sponsors, and other related compliance issues preferred
Experience working with non-sponsored fund management and project management preferred
Knowledge of human subject use research compliance areas preferred
Experience with Harvard/HSPH systems (GMAS, CREW, OBI, PI Dashboard, Wasabi) a plus
Experience with Harvard University regulations a plus
Strong verbal and written communication skills, and attention to detail, preferred
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 53640BR
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.