Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Director, Research Accounting in Brookline, Massachusetts

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

Reporting to the Controller and Senior Director of Research Finance, the Director has primary responsibility for establishing and overseeing a control environment for post-award financial management of all federal and non-federal sponsored research grants awarded to DFCI. Responsibilities include the development and assessment of strong internal controls, system enhancements, federal regulatory compliance, policies and procedures, and financial reporting to various funding agencies. Responsible for leading all external (Uniform Guidance), internal, and desk audits related to grants. In addition, this position is responsible for overseeing and managing recruitment, professional advancement and development, outcome measures and performance evaluation of Research Accounting staff.

  • Responsible for the coordination of the annual DFCI Uniform Guidance audit. 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.

  • Oversees cash management of all sponsored activities which includes requesting funds via the federal letter of credit cash management system, and fostering collaboration with the Research Billing team regarding invoicing, accounts receivable aging, deposits, and cash postings.

  • Tracks developments in laws and regulations pertaining to financial management of federal and state awards, and develops or updates policies and procedures in response.

  • Responsible for the continuous improvement of processes and systems to ensure internal controls are effective and compliant.

  • Promotes a knowledgeable and informed research community and reduces institutional and individual risk through educational programs, policies, procedures and other mechanisms. Develops educational programs that specifically address financial compliance, sponsor regulations, research funding compliance, and research portfolio management.

  • Leads and/or participates in standing meetings of department research administrators as well as task forces to identify issues and implement solutions in a timely manner, enhance processes, and facilitate coordination and communication.

  • Attends and participates in local conferences and communicates the knowledge gained at conferences and seminars to Research Accounting, Research Administration, and the research community at large.

  • Serve on appropriate institutional committees as necessary.

  • Perform other duties as needed.

  • Undergraduate degree in business, finance or accounting required, advanced degree, (e.g. MBA) preferred.

  • 8-10 years experience in a post-award accounting environment in a scientific or academic health care setting, including a minimum of 5 years of experience in key leadership and management roles.

  • Demonstrate strong leadership capabilities, team spirit, and excellent communication, problem solving, and customer service skills.

  • Knowledge of NIH and other federal research sponsor grant administration requirements, 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.

  • 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 within a diverse constituency, including faculty, administrators, state policy makers, and the private sector in a wide range of disciplines.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

Job ID: 2018-10013

Grade: 26

External Company URL: www.dana-farber.org