Reporting to the Executive Director of Research, the Director Research Finance is responsible for establishing and overseeing a control environment for post award grant and financial management for federal, foundation and industrial sponsors. Responsible for overseeing and managing recruitment, professional advancement and development, outcome measures and performance evaluation of Research Finance staff. In addition, this position leads the uniform guidance audit.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES / DUTIES:
1. Represents BMC as the Institutional Signature Authority for all research related financial reporting, prior approval requests and other post award documents.
2. Responsible for the completion of the annual Boston Medical Center Uniform Guidance audit, and the annual State UFR Audit.
3. Oversees cash management of all sponsored activities which includes requesting funds via Federal letter of credit cash management system, invoicing, AR aging, deposits, ACH and wire transfers and postings.
4. Develops and implements policies governing the conduct of grant and contract financial management.
5. Provides guidance and leadership to administrative personnel, research investigators and support staff in matters relating to the administration of research at the laboratory, departmental, and institutional level.
6. Maintains the research space and equipment databases for regulatory purposes, and assist senior management with strategic decisions regarding space allocation.
7. Develops and implements policies and procedures to meet both Federal Audit and institutional regulations. Assists in identifying vulnerabilities through internal audits and reviews and develops strategies in response.
8. Promotes a knowledgeable and informed research community and reduce institutional and individual risk through educational programs, policies, procedures and other mechanisms.
9. Develops programs that specifically address financial compliance, sponsor regulations, research funding compliance, and research portfolio management.
10. Leads and/or participate in standing meetings of department research administrators as well as task forces in order to identify issues and implement solutions in a timely manner, enhance processes, and facilitate coordination and communication.
11. Attends and participates in local conferences and communicates the knowledge gained at conferences and seminars to Grants Administration.
12. Supervises 10 direct reports, including training, delegating tasks, overseeing daily activities, mentoring, guiding through demonstration of best practices and offering opportunities for professional development. Prepares performance evaluations, submits timesheets; responsible for hiring, disciplining and processing terminations in accordance with established polices.
13. Serve on appropriate institutional committees as necessary.
At least 12 years of experience in a scientific or academic health care setting, with at least 10 years of experience in key leadership and management roles.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
Extensive experience with the operational and financial management of sponsored research grants management required, including but not limited to:
· Knowledge of NIH and other federal research sponsor grant administration requirement, current and emerging research administration issues and trends, grants and contracts from foundations and government agencies, federal appropriations and research funding processes, and roles of federal and other sponsors in research and development.
· Demonstrated planning and management experience.
· Strong quantitative, analytic and problem solving skills to evaluate all aspects of the situation and make appropriate and timely decisions.
· Superior leadership, mentoring, staff development, communication, facilitation and customer service skills. Collaborative work style and ability to work in a matrix environment
· Demonstrated ability to work closely and effectively with a diverse constituency, including faculty, administrators, state policy makers, and the private sector in a wide range of disciplines.
We will provide consistently excellent and accessible health services to all in need of care regardless of status and ability to pay. Our vision is to meet the health needs of the people of Boston and its surrounding communities by providing high quality comprehensive care to all, particularly mindful of the needs of the vulnerable populations, through our integrated delivery system, in an ethically and financially responsible manner.