This position will report to the Assistant Director of Finance and
Administration. Responsible for a complex portfolio of
approximately 12 Harvard College Observatory Principal
Investigators, including some with appointments in multiple
departments and institutions. Auto req ID
405007 Financial Professional (N)
USA - MA - Cambridge
55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
3+ years sponsored pre- and post-award experience in academic,
healthcare, research, or non-profit setting.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Bachelor's Degree and five years directly related work experience
in an academic environment are strongly preferred. Strong written
and oral communication skills are essential as is the ability to
handle confidential information with discretion. Successful
candidate must have a high degree of attention to detail, be able
to manage multiple tasks and deadlines, shifting priorities, and
interact effectively with a diverse constituency. Strong
problem-solving skills, attention to detail and accuracy, and
commitment to customer service are essential. Computer competency,
including demonstrated proficiency with Excel, is required.
Experience with Oracle financial systems is preferred.
All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources
Harvard College Observatory
35 hours per week.
- Manage all aspects of pre- and post-award grants
- Liaise with external sponsors, FAS Research Administration
Services (RAS), Harvard's Office for Sponsored Programs, and
Harvard's Office for Technology Development on matters involving
federal and non-federal funding. Work closely with financial and
sponsored research staff at the Smithsonian Astrophysical
- Provide PI's and Division Administrators with timely
information and advice on all aspects of proposal preparation and
submissions. Interpret complex regulations and guidelines from
myriad sponsored and non-sponsored funding sources. Interpret
policies, procedures, rules and regulations for PIs and
- Review funding opportunities and program announcements.
- Responsible for the timely preparation and submission of
renewals, resubmissions and reports; approve expenditures and close
out accounts at the department level.
- Responsible for monitoring sub-recipient awards, quarterly
effort reporting, monthly accounts reconciliation, and other
- Assist in training financial and administrative staff
responsible for processing transactions on sponsored awards.
- Advise faculty on complex procurements of major sponsored
purchases including long-term capital expenditures.
- Work with Assistant Director and PIs to manage complex
- Provide complex financial analyses for Associate Director and
- Work on special projects as necessary.
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
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
The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully
vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19
vaccine boosters, as detailed in
Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements
. Individuals may
claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or
religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s
COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of
vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19
Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/
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Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and
belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and
fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to
create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of
talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing
individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities,
life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.