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Program Manager, Risk and Compliance Services

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Assessment, Accreditation, and Compliance
Financial Administration


Job Summary
Reporting to the Institutional Risk and Compliance Officer, the Program Manager, Risk and Compliance Services, is responsible for supporting the Institutional Risk Management (IRM) program and administration of the University's anonymous reporting hotline.

Position Description
Financial Administration (FAD) is dedicated to advancing Harvard University's teaching and research mission by stewarding its resources; providing support, guidance, and consultation; ensuring compliance with University and federal guidelines; mitigating risk; pursuing operational excellence; and promoting the financial health of the University.

Harvard University seeks a collaborative, organized, and strategic individual to be its Program Manager, Risk and Compliance Services (PMRCS)

Reporting to the Institutional Risk and Compliance Officer, the person in this position will partner with a team of risk leaders to implement Harvard's Institutional Risk Management (IRM) program which provides a structured process for identifying, assessing, prioritizing and managing risks across various levels of the University. The person in this position will be directly responsible for risk awareness building initiatives including the IRM Symposium, an annual event which brings together hundreds of stakeholders from across Harvard to network with one another and learn from experts and leaders in key risk areas germane to the University.

The PMRCS will also be responsible for establishing and implementing an organizational framework to coordinate and systematize the University's compliance efforts in order to achieve efficiencies, reduce risk, and encourage the highest ethical standards of conduct. The person in this role will develop and foster close relationships with compliance owners in Harvard's central administration and schools to ensure that legal and regulatory obligations are identified, communicated, tracked, and effectively implemented. The Program Manager, Risk and Compliance Services will also administer the University's Anonymous Reporting Hotline including case management and awareness-building activities.

Typical Core Duties:
  • Working with Harvard schools, central administration units, and university-wide affinity groups/committees to conduct risk assessments and develop plans to manage (i.e., treat, transfer, tolerate or terminate) key institutional risks
  • Maintaining a compliance universe, identifying new and overlooked compliance areas, and conducting compliance assessments using a risk-based approach
  • Planning and executing the annual IRM Symposium in addition to other educational programs and awareness initiatives that promote risk management practices, ethical principles and compliance obligations
  • Staying abreast of current events, applicable laws, regulations, and trends so that the University responds in a timely fashion to changes in the higher education risk and compliance landscape
  • Coordinating the Anonymous Reporting Hotline case management process in collaboration with other university officials in order respond appropriately to reported concerns and issues
  • Performing other related duties as required
Basic Qualifications
Basic Qualifications are the minimum threshold a candidate must meet in order to be considered for this role.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 7 years' experience in a financial, compliance or audit role
  • Supervisory experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
The following Additional Qualifications are strongly preferred. If you meet some, but not all, you are still encouraged to apply; we value employees with a willingness to learn.
  • Risk management, compliance certification, and/or Juris Doctor are pluses
  • Project management experience and skills
  • Events management experience a plus
  • Experience in a University setting a plus
  • Demonstrated leadership and facilitation skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, advanced excel skills
Working Conditions

FAD actively supports hybrid work where business needs allow. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, and VT). This position will be hybrid requiring 1-2 days a week onsite.

Additional travel to campus may be necessary based on business needs and the nature of work. Examples include bi-annual or quarterly Town Halls, critical business meetings or other work events. Advance notice will be provided. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Additional Information

Please provide a cover letter with your application.

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:
Within and across the University, we aim to be exemplary colleagues, trusted partners, valued advisors, and agents of positive change.

Within our own community, we aspire to: 

  • Engage with respect, honesty, and integrity 
  • Cultivate equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging 
  • Welcome innovation, collaboration, and flexibility 
  • Enjoy our work, grow professionally, and aim for the extraordinary 

 Learn more about Financial Administration ( and our eight reporting units.

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Job Function
General Administration

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
360058 Admin Offcr/SrIndiv Contrib

Work Format
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)

Risk Management & Audit Services


Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

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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