The newly created Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability develops and promotes durable, effective, and equitable solutions to the climate change challenge confronting humanity. The Institute pursues its mission by strengthening the Harvard-wide community of scholars, students, practitioners, and staff working toward climate solutions by providing a home for research, teaching, and engagement in climate and related environmental issues.
The Analyst, Finance and administration position offers an opportunity to contribute to the development of this groundbreaking new organization, and to enrich one's skills and experience by contributing to decision-making about its future direction. The position holds strong potential for career advancement.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Analyst will be responsible for a variety of financial tasks: financial analysis, planning, forecasting, and reporting; assisting the Executive Director in developing and monitoring budgets; managing procurement and payments; developing processes for managing the accounting of financial transactions using financial software and university systems, and representing the Salata Institute in collaborating with Finance and Administration in the Office of the President and Provost, and conducting essential operational functions.
The Analyst will also be responsible for significant aspects of the Institute's operations, including the administration of matters that pertain to visiting scholars and the Institute's fellows. This work will require collaborating with colleagues on matters such as facilities planning and procurement.
As part of the Institute's core team and one of the first employees of the recently created Salata Institute, the Analyst will also be expected to contribute to the growth of this new organization by helping to develop business processes, as well as to cultivate a mission-driven organizational culture of collaboration, creativity, respect, diversity, and inclusion. It is essential that the person in this position have a strong work ethic, be flexible and adaptive to change, and demonstrate professionalism and enthusiasm for the endeavor.
Job-Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Supports the Executive Director in the development of the Institute's annual budget.
Monitors operational expenses and revenues.
Evaluates quarterly results, operating budgets, and analyzes multi-year financial plans, and provides guidance to the Executive Director on matters, including the strategic use of endowment and unrestricted funds.
Develops hypothetical scenarios and conducts financial analyses that inform decision-making.
Manages financial closings.
Prepares and delivers presentations on the Institute's budget and financial outlook to the Institute's leadership and other stakeholders.
Develops processes for managing the accounting of financial transactions using financial software.
Manages procurement and payments.
Represents the Salata Institute in collaborating with Finance and Administration in the Office of the President and Provost and with other colleagues in central finance division.
Supports the administration of matters pertaining to the Institute's visiting scholars and fellows.
Assists the Salata Institute's Fellows (1-2 per year) in accessing University services and providing information and support that facilitate their temporary relocation to the Cambridge, MA area.
Serves as the liaison to Harvard Schools on matters concerning the appointment of visiting scholars.
Coordinates annual exempt salary increase program and performance management compliance and reporting.
Serves as the Salata Institute's liaison to Human Resources and on employment issues.
Collaborates with colleagues in the Harvard Kennedy School to address any facility issues that arise.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
Minimum of 5 years' relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
The following qualifications are strongly preferred. If you meet some, but not all of them, you are still encouraged to apply; we value employees with a willingness to learn.
Demonstrated interest in climate change and sustainability.
MBA (or other relevant professionals/graduate degree) is a plus; Note: An MBA with prior consulting experience, or extensive financial analytics experience in a complex environment, can offset the required years of experience indicated above.
Strong analytical, problem-solving, written oral communication, and organizational skills, including experience presenting to senior leadership.
Familiarity with Harvard's financial and reporting systems (i.e., Oracle financial applications, including AP, HCOM and PCard; HUBS; People Soft; and Concur).
Warm, enthusiastic and approachable work style.
Work is performed in an office setting
Please note hybrid workers must reside in a state where Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA).
Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage. Harvard University Health Services employees and other health care individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University's COVID-19 Information Website.
Please provide a cover letter with your application.
The position is based on the Harvard University campus with the option of working remotely part of the week.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening. Harvard University is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship. This position has a 90-day orientation and review period.
This is a two-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal.
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Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
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