Position Summary: As a member of the Financial Leadership Team (FLT) of central Financial Administration (FAD), oversees the Office of the Controller (OC): Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR), Student Financial Services (SFS), Tax Reporting & Payroll Operations, the Financial Policy Office, and the Mortgage & Educational Loan Office (MELO). Works closely with central administration unit leaders and Financial Deans in the Schools to ensure financial operations are adequately controlled and continuously improved; that financial information can be efficiently obtained and is communicated to University leadership timely and effectively; and that core systems are developed and maintained to support operating needs. Ensures that the University is complying with external regulations and reporting requirements as well as internal financial policies. The University Controller is expected to provide analytic expertise on a range of subjects and provide financial and organizational leadership across the University.
1. Responsible and accountable for efficiently managing the Office of the Controller operations, complying with generally accepted accounting practices, University policies, and all applicable government regulations. Through developed partnerships, ensures that standard accounting and tax practices, internal controls, and financial policies are followed and maintained throughout the decentralized environment
2. Directly supervises 4-5 direct reports who oversee approximately 65 staff. Sets department-wide goals and objectives and ensures that department goals are clearly communicated throughout the organization. Responsible for developing a vision for the OC and manages its progress toward that goal. Actively assesses the OC to ensure that it is structured to meet the changing needs of the University community. Manages a budget of $9M and works creatively to meet the dynamic needs of the OC within this budget
3. Fosters a culture of development and constructive feedback and models the same with his/her direct reports. Builds, communicates, and demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Holds OC-wide meetings, office hours and other types of events to foster a culture of openness
4. Participates and leads as a member of the FAD FLT, providing input and leadership to the overall organization on matters of strategic significance. Lead and influence within the finance function and across Harvard to drive best outcomes for the University
5. Actively builds relationships, influencing and partnering with all of the Schools and central units, as well as with the Harvard Management Company (HMC), ensuring that the OC is viewed as a collaborative center of excellence and a model for customer service.
6. Will sponsor, lead, and support major financial systems development and upgrades for the University. May involve selection of technology, identification of governance and funding, and project/program/process leadership or participation
7. Leads and/or participates in various University committees on administrative systems, pension and 403(b) plans, technology projects, and gift & trust activities. Assists in the identification and resolution of University-wide strategic issues concerning financial operations, policies and/or procedures
8. Represents the University with peer institutions at relevant affinity groups
We welcome diverse backgrounds and ask that applicants provide a cover letter with their application.
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Harvard's Financial Administration Department (FAD) is dedicated to supporting the teaching and research missions of Harvard University by providing outstanding financial services to the Harvard community; by providing support, guidance and consultation; by working to ensure compliance with University and federal guidelines; by mitigating risk; and by promoting the financial health of the University.
FAD is responsible for oversight of the University's finances, including efficient and accurate transaction processing, financial reporting, budgeting and financial planning, cash and debt management, internal audit services, risk management and sponsored program administration, and administrative systems services. The department, led by the Vice President for Finance (VPF), is comprised of 7 reporting units:
Mission: To consistently deliver high-quality, innovative service and leadership in financial planning, analysis, operations and compliance, in support of Harvard's teaching and research objectives. We aspire to provide the Harvard community with outstanding financial services to enable the dissemination of knowledge and the advancement of intellectual discovery. We commit to steward the University's assets efficiently, such that resources are assured for current and future generations of faculty and students.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.
Harvard University is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.
This position has a 90-day orientation and review period.
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.
Salary Grade: 063
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree in accounting or related field.
Minimum of 15 years related accounting/financial operations experience
CPA and advanced degree preferred.
Significant experience managing complex organizations at levels of increasing scope and responsibility.
Experience as a controller in a large decentralized organization with enterprise-wide financial and human resource systems desired.
Must possess a strong customer service orientation/aptitude and a collaborative work style.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required.
Ability to lead and motivate staff in a large decentralized environment.
Demonstrated abilities in planning and creative problem solving.
Must possess a high degree of integrity, honesty and confidentiality.
Proficiency in the use of desktop and networked computer systems and applications.
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: 47084BR
About Harvard University Financial Administration
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.