Director of Finance

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Aug 17, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director of Finance

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
The Director of Finance is a key member of The Roux Institute at Northeastern University, responsible for managing critical day-to-day financial operations in support of the institute's mission. The Director's primary responsibility is the sound fiscal/budget management of the institute, including all planning, forecasting, and management of human resources.

The Director will take direction from, report to, and work closely with both the Chief Administrative Officer of the institute and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance in the Office of the Chancellor. They will also work closely and frequently with members of the institute's senior leadership team on all fiscal matters, develop and maintain effective institute-wide financial operating procedures, and ensure compliance with university policies. The Director will work closely with financial officers in multiple areas across campus on university wide initiatives and funding commitments and with the HR team within the Chancellor's Office on all personnel planning and HR transactions.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Institute-wide financial planning, forecasting, management, and monthly expense monitoring
  • Prepare standard and ad hoc financial reports as required for the Roux Institute annual reports and university budget reporting
  • Ensure proper usage of funds and monitor open salary lines, revenue sources, and movement between budget categories
  • Maintain policies and controls for financial functions and ensure university policies are being followed
  • Evaluate, recommend, and implement cost saving measures
  • Manage all division contracts and route through the Gatekeeper process
  • Work with the Chief Administrative Officer on all financial planning and contracting related to space needs and capital projects
  • Process all financial transactions for the institute including but not limited to journal vouchers, purchase orders, invoices, and Concur transactions
  • Process all HR transactions

The successful candidate will be able to work at both the detailed transactional level and the high summary strategic level simultaneously. The Director will be responsible for evaluating existing financial operating procedures to determine opportunities for improvements, and will establish new programs, controls, and protocols to enhance how the division functions, and to benefit Institute staff.

This is a tremendous opportunity for an enthusiastic and creative finance and administrative professional who is motivated to develop and grow within the position. The ideal candidate should be able to start new projects with ease, have a heightened sense of responsibility and ownership, understand when to elevate/escalate a priority, as well as a desire and passion to go far beyond the boundaries of the job.

  • Master's degree preferred, preferably in Business, Accounting, or Finance.
  • Minimum of 8-10 years of financial/accounting experience, preferably in higher education.
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel required; Banner and Cognos financial systems preferred.
  • Willingness and interest to explore and learn new technologies for efficient and effective data management.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, maintain confidentiality and work with diplomacy and tact required.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to sort out complex information are essential.
  • Ability to work in a results-oriented, fast-paced environment as part of an effective team
  • Ability to demonstrate a strong commitment to exceeding client/customer expectations

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Additional Information:
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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