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Associate Director, Risk and Compliance Services

Cambridge, MA
Type: Full-Time
Posted: 07/01/2021
Financial Administration


Job-Specific Responsibilities
Harvard's Financial Administration Department (FAD) is responsible for the stewardship of the University's finances, including related business processes and technology.  FAD is dedicated to supporting the teaching and research mission of the University by providing outstanding financial services to the Harvard community; by providing support, guidance, and consultation; by working to ensure compliance with University and federal guidelines; by mitigating risk; and by promoting the financial health of the University. 

Job Summary:

Responsible for the support and ongoing enhancement of the University's Institutional Risk Management (IRM) program and for the advancement of risk management practices across the institution.


Risk Management and Audit Services (RMAS) is a department within Harvard University's Financial Administration that assists University management in identifying, managing, and mitigating risk by providing the following services: Financial, Operational, Compliance and Construction and Information Technology Audit, Enterprise Risk Management, Risk Strategy and Insurance, and Administration of the Anonymous Reporting Hotline.

The Associate Director of Risk and Compliance Services is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the IRM program and for the engagement of leadership in risk mitigation discussions.  S/he is responsible for advancing the consideration of risk into planning and decision-making processes and will consult and influence risk committees established at various levels of the University.  S/he creates and implements opportunities for sharing information about the risk management program, the consideration of risks inherent in the organization, and the promotion of risk management best practices to create a community of risk managers.

Additionally, the Associate Director is responsible for developing and implementing a compliance framework that leverages existing structures and organizations to support institutional compliance obligations. S/he develops and fosters close relationships with various stakeholders in central administration and in the Schools who manage compliance programs or who have a significant role in compliance efforts, to support the development of risk-based business practices and training for meeting compliance requirements. 

The Associate Director is also responsible for managing the University's anonymous reporting hotline and developing programs to promote awareness and use of the mechanism.

The Associate Director will be responsible for other duties as required.

Typical Core Duties
  • Responsible for effective staff management for a group or team of employees, including hiring and orientation, training and development, workflow and performance management, and the promotion of an inclusive and innovative work environment
  • Create, develop, and implement University Risk Management Program
  • Direct the development and implementation of policies, procedures and training programs designed to ensure that the institution complies with all laws, regulations and government contract/grant requirements
  • Establish and execute risk-based audit and compliance business plans to assess the adequacy of internal accounting and administrative control systems
  • Ensure the institution's assets are properly safeguarded and accounted for and operations are in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and contract/grant provisions
  • Support strategic planning discussions and manages change initiatives in the Risk Management and Audit Services department
  • Manage quality assurance program in compliance with the rules established by the Institute of Internal auditors
  • Collaborate with University-wide leadership to develop processes, policies and procedures
  • Ensure financial compliance with University policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations
Basic Qualifications
  • Master's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 10 years' experience in a financial, compliance or audit role
  • Supervisory experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, advanced excel skills
Certificates and Licenses
  • Certified Public Auditor or Certified Public Accountant Preferred
Working Conditions
Interview and onboarding activity for this position may be conducted via telephone & Zoom video conferencing, based on the department's current presence on campus.

If you accept our offer and join the team, your position will be based on our campus in Cambridge, MA. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you will begin your work remotely. The remote nature of this job is only temporary, and all remote work must be performed within the United States. We currently expect that you will work remotely until Fall, 2021. Once the University and your supervisor determine that it is appropriate, you will be required to move your work location to the Cambridge campus or a state in which Harvard is registered as an employer as a condition of continued employment.

Financial Administration Department is currently developing hybrid workplace models which actively support remote work (within a Harvard registered state) where business and team needs allow. Any remote scheduling of your work, agreed to by your supervisor, will need to be in a state in which Harvard is registered as an employer as a condition of continued employment.  Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will may discussed during the interview process.

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 COVID-19 Vaccine Information webpage:

Harvard continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff and students, as well as the wider community. Information and details can be found via Harvard's Coronavirus Workplace Policies website:
Additional Information

Please provide a cover letter with your application and upload as one document.

Please note:

  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening. 
  • We are unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship. 
  • This position has a 90-day orientation and review period. 

More about FAD:
FAD is committed to an engaging and diverse culture, strong values, and client partnership. The department is led by the Vice President for Finance (VPF), is comprised of eight reporting units: 

  • Office of the Controller 
  • Office of Finance and Administration 
  • Office of Financial Strategy and Planning 
  • Office for Sponsored Programs 
  • Office of Treasury Management 
  • Risk Management and Audit Services 
  • Strategic Procurement 
  • Capital Planning and Project Services 

For more about the Financial Administration Department and its 8 reporting units, see:

Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging:
Harvard's commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging is rooted in our belief in drawing on the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity. Our community strives to uphold these beliefs by honoring the rights, differences, and dignity of others and embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values. Harvard aims to foster a campus culture where everyone can thrive, a key to which is ensuring that we each experience a sense of inclusion and belonging.

Total Rewards:
Harvard's Total Rewards Program is designed to attract, retain, and reward the performance of talented employees. As a Harvard staff member, you enjoy many perks that come with working for one of the top employers in Massachusetts, including:

Flexible work environment: FAD supports flexible work arrangements where business needs allow.

Time off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans.

Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

Harvard University Employees Credit Union: Our employees credit union provides a complete line of services for all your financial needs.

Transportation: 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

Wellness options: A variety of programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services.

Access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Learn more:

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Job Function

USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
F0360M Audit Mgt VI


Risk Management and Audit Services

Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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EEO Statement
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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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