The Senior Director for Administration and Finance at the new Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University will be a leader in designing, building, and managing the systems, practices, and operations that support a dynamic organization and high-performing team.
Building on the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, the University-wide Center aims to strengthen city leadership and governance, and serve as a hub of world-class programs, teaching, and research on cities. The Center will bring together faculty, students, and expertise from around Harvard to engage in continuous interaction with practice.
Reporting to the Executive Director, working closely with faculty leadership, and serving as a key leader in our Center, the Senior Director for Administration and Finance will bring a passion for enabling the success of colleagues and advancing operational excellence. We seek an accomplished leader with the vision and skills to establish goals, implement initiatives, and establish procedures that ensure top-notch internal and financial operations - and enable us to develop and empower our organization. We are committed to building and fostering a diverse and inclusive team of staff, students, and faculty, and we seek candidates who share our commitment and values.
The Senior Director's responsibilities span:
Finance and Budgeting. Manage finance operations and budgeting (budget approximately $20 million per year) for the organization. Lead administration of the Center's budget reporting, forecasting, financial analyses, and maintenance of financial controls. Ensure user-friendly processes that support payment transactions in accordance with school policy. Advise and serve as a partner to senior management in making high-quality strategic decisions regarding resource allocation.
Human Resources. Lead the Center's operations with respect to recruitment, appointments, onboarding, and performance reviews. Establish processes that elevate the team's professional development and training. Serve as an advisor and strategic partner to managers on human resources issues such as job scoping, capacity analyses, and hiring. Advance practices that foster diversity, inclusion, and racial equity. Serve as primary liaison to HKS Human Resources.
Information Systems and Strategic Operations. Oversee the Center's information technology and systems infrastructure, including its customer relationship management system, internal knowledge management, file-sharing, classroom technology, and instructional technology – ensuring that our systems support our ability to deliver efficiently and with excellence. Lead initiatives to reconfigure systems as needs evolve – and ensure the team is trained.
Office and Remote Office Management. Ensure that the physical and virtual infrastructure supports the team and provides a first-rate experience for those engaging with it. Manage issues related to workspace, audio/visual infrastructure such as web and video conferencing, and facilities. Manage capital projects and physical space.
Harvard Process and Policy/Research Administration. Advise senior leadership to ensure compliance and manage risk while positioning us to deliver on our mission. Liaise with other heads of Finance, Research Administration, and Operations across HKS and Harvard University regarding process improvement, policies and procedures, and related initiatives. Lead staff training on related functions.
Contracting. Oversee the Center's contracting with external vendors and freelancers.
As a key leader in the organization, the Senior Director will also model and seek ways to:
Foster and contribute to a culture of excellence grounded in learning, problem solving, and teamwork;
Collaborate with colleagues to identify recommendations for process improvements;
Collaborate and problem-solve with colleagues throughout Harvard and Harvard Kennedy School, ensuring that design decisions are supportive of the larger mission of the school;
Help managers protect the work-life balance of their teams; and
Establish standard operating procedures that support the Center and its staff, and operational excellence, in ongoing operations.
We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide Visa Sponsorship.
Harvard University requires pre-employment references and background checks.
Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.
This position is a fully benefits-eligible two-year term appointment, with a strong possibility of renewal.
Please note: This is an in-person/on campus position based in Cambridge, MA, with possible flexible work options.
Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University's
Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible relevant work experience
Must have supervisory experience
Experience in creating and leading inclusive, welcoming organizational culture that leverages diversity and brings out the best in all members of the organization
Understanding of systems, governance, and decision-making in a University environment
A minimum of three years of experience with finance, controls and budgeting, including the ability to read, understand, and act on complex financial reports
A passion for internal operations, enabling the success of others, and problem-solving
Demonstrated success in launching, implementing, or improving systems or standard operating procedures
A strong track record in developing, supporting, and leading teams
An ability to manage multiple activities simultaneously, delivering on commitments and operating with speed, accuracy, and strong judgment
Entrepreneurial with an enthusiasm for doing whatever it takes to get the job done
An ability to drive to big-picture goals while maintaining strong attention to detail
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills that will resonate with colleagues of diverse backgrounds
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University seeks to strengthen teaching and research about pressing ethical issues; to foster sound norms of ethical reasoning and civic discussion; and to share the work of our community in the public interest.
Widespread ethical lapses of leaders in government, business and other professions prompt demands for more and better moral education. More fundamentally, the increasing complexity of public life - the scale and range of problems and the variety of knowledge required to deal with them - make ethical issues more difficult, even for men and women of good moral character. Not only are the ethical issues we face more complex, but the people we face them with are more diverse, increasing the frequency and intensity of our ethical disagreements.
Given these changes in the United States and in societies around the globe, the Center seeks to help meet the growing need for teachers, scholars, and leaders who address questions of moral choice across many of the professions and in public life more generally, and promotes a perspective on ethics informed by both theory and practice. We explore the connection between the problems t...hat professionals confront and the social and political structures in which they act. More generally, we address the ethical issues that all citizens face as they make the choices that profoundly affect the present and future of their societies in our increasingly interdependent world.