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Associate Vice President - Operational Effectiveness (Finance)

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Feb 13, 2023

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Executive, Other Executive
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Full Time

Associate Vice President - Operational Effectiveness (Finance)

About the Opportunity

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.


The Associate Vice President, Operational Effectiveness for Finance (AVPF) provides direct support to the Vice President for Finance in ensuring that the finance and accounting team provides high value services and supports to Northeastern stakeholders both in Boston and across University's broader Global University System. The AVPF will be a strategic partner with the Northeastern Senior Leadership Team and finance division leadership to support the achievement of Northeastern's strategic objectives. The AVP will be responsible for designing and implementing scalable business processes and associated metrics to enable the delivery of high-quality Finance related services to the Northeastern community and for leading analysis and strategic projects. The ideal candidate for this position will be a strong project manager with a proven track record in navigating complex, multi-level challenges, an ability to cultivate myriad stakeholder relationships and an appetite for leading fast paced change.


At least 8 years of relevant, progressive professional work experience and a Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

  • Supervisory experience required.

  • Proven track record of effective leadership and ability to navigate complex issues and drive strong performance results in a fast paced, distributed environment.

  • Strong analytical and systems thinking necessary to interpret data to inform goals and strategy, as well as build and strengthen infrastructure.


  • Master's Degree, CPA or equivalent experience in accounting or related field. Incumbent will be expected to continue upgrading knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to keep abreast of regulation/policy changes and trends in higher education.

  • Previous experience in delivering Mergers & Acquisition engagements across all of phases of the M&A lifecycle including due-diligence, pre-close, and post-merger integration.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial systems such as Workday, Banner, general accounting principles, spreadsheet application (i.e., Microsoft Excel), word processing (i.e., Microsoft Word), cost reporting, budget forecasts and analysis, and preparation of budget reports. Working knowledge of budgeting and accounting within a university environment.

  • Ability to manage myriad relationships, facilitate collaboration across functional departments, and provide counsel to senior leaders.

  • Aptitude for strategic thinking with an understanding of the impact that different approaches have on team and organizational culture and performance.

  • Entrepreneurial spirit to thrive in a fast-paced, fluctuating and achievement-oriented environment.

  • Commitment to Northeastern's Academic Plan.


  • Manage and lead key strategic projects in collaboration with the Vice President for finance and other finance division leadership to support Northeastern's organization priority initiatives. Project manage cross-functional work, especially those requiring rapid-response or other issues resolution; develop project plans and support decisions with data analysis.

  • Lead the review and transformation of financial processes and systems to support global activity within the Network University System. Provide overall leadership and subject matter expertise in the implementation of the Finance business processes such as budgets, business asset tracking, capital projects, cash management, grant management, and procurement.

  • Provide strategic direction to Finance technology ecosystem including ensuring successful execution of the multi-year, phased finance transformation project. Collaborate with finance internal consulting, Information Technology Services (ITS) and subject matter experts to ensure all key financial processes and reporting needs are built into the systems in a way that can be entered, updated, and administered efficiently by end-users.

  • Provide analytics support to finance departments in developing and tracking key performance indicators and modeling the financial structures needed to support Northeastern's growth. Collaborate with the Office of Financial Planning, Strategy and Analytics on analysis of strategic initiatives. Findings will be presented to Northeastern University Senior Leadership to guide decision making processes.

  • Lead cross functional operating teams evaluating and implementing integration for new mergers or acquisitions.

  • Lead ad-hoc projects in areas such as capital structures, finance function integration, accounting, tax, treasury, and finance information technology to meet organizational goals.

  • Actively cultivate cooperative and productive relationships with key constituents across the University. Manage consulting relationships, as needed.

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    Additional Information

    Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

    Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more 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

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