Associate Director of Finance and Administration

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Aug 26, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Director of Finance and Administration

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 Office of the Provost at Northeastern University guides and implements the university's academic plan and is led by the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Office of the Provost oversees 9 colleges, information technology, budget and planning, research, academic affairs, and the library. This spans across 16 divisions and the Office of the Provost budget and planning team provides direct budget and HR support for 4 of those 16. The Associate Director of Administration and Finance will lead budget and administrative support for Provost Research, 1 of the 4 divisions.

This position reports to the Associate Vice Provost for Budget and Planning and will be part of the Office of the Provost Budget, Planning, and Administration team. This team is led by the SVP for Budget, Planning, and Administration and consists of the AVP for Budget and Planning, an Associate Director of Finance and Administration, Senior Financial Analyst, and an HR Associate. We invite you to become part of an integral team that supports the mission of the university and drives and implements policies that allow the university to advance education and research.

The Provost Research and Burlington divisions are led by the SVP for Research and Vice President of the Innovation Campus. The Provost Research division also known as NU-RES leads all research activity across campus including proposal development, award administration, research development, and compliance to name a few. The SVP for Research is responsible for growing research at the university and has a dynamic portfolio.

The Associate Director will support the SVP for Research on all fiscal matters and will work closely with financial administrators at the Burlington campus to ensure the SVP for Research has a complete picture of the full portfolio. The successful candidate will be able to work at both the detailed transactional level and the high summary strategic level simultaneously. The Associate Director will be responsible for leading projects and strategic initiatives for the Provost Research division as directed by the SVP for Research. They will provide updates to the A/SVP's on all critical projects and initiatives and continue to push for completion if needed. Current initiatives include institutes and core facilities to name a few. The Associate Director is expected to take full ownership of the SVPR portfolio, serve as the expert and go to person for all fiscal matters and initiatives, and be able to identify areas of opportunity, improvement, or change. They work closely with the AVP for Budget and Planning, SVP for Budget and Planning, SVP for Research, and all Directors under the Provost Research and Burlington divisions.

Provost Research fiscal responsibilities include handling financial transactions, reconciling monthly budget statements, preparing quarterly forecasts, and submitting the annual summary and detailed budget plans. They will produce regular and ad-hoc reports for multiple Senior Vice Provosts, department heads, and others to enable the strategic use of university funds. They will prepare complex financial analyses by tracking and forecasting account balances and manage fiscal year closings to ensure balanced budgets. The Associate Director provides support to academic units to ensure accurate and timely funding transfers in support of faculty research awards and other cost share transactions.

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 7-10 years of financial/accounting experience, preferably in higher education.

  • Experience with Microsoft Excel required; experience with relational databases, and Banner financial system 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 a small but effective team.

  • Ability to demonstrate a strong commitment to exceeding client/customer expectations.

    Salary Grade:

    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.

    To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

    To apply, visit


Similar jobs

Similar jobs