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Financial Analyst

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Business and Financial Services
Harvard Graduate School of Design


Job-Specific Responsibilities
Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Finance, the financial analyst will play a key role in the strategic planning of the Graduate School of Design by contributing to new and existing management reporting efforts. These include budgets, monthly forecasts, variance and ad hoc analyses, and restricted fund usage. The analyst will also have the opportunity to lead projects to build and improve financial infrastructure across the GSD.

Serving as an expert on GSD financial data and systems, the analyst will gain a working understanding of departmental budgets, short- and long-range forecasts, endowment commitments, and fund balances. Leveraging this expertise, the analyst will support strategic decision-making and problem-solving by school leadership, modeling the financial implications for different courses of action.
The analyst will routinely interact with administrative leadership, and will assist department managers with their financial planning efforts, budget analysis, and monthly reporting. The analyst works collaboratively with the Finance Office staff in a team environment.

GSD staff are currently working remotely; once in-person operations resume, there is potential flexibility for this role to work remotely some portion of the week.

Additional Responsibilities:
  • Develops and produces various financial reports and dashboards; provides in-depth data review and analysis
  • Manages the commitments and usage of all GSD gift and endowment funds
  • Facilitates submission of departmental budgets and forecasts; reviews and consolidates submissions; primary responsibility for the online Harvard University Budget System (HUBS)
  • Helps prepare submissions to the University's Finance Office, including multi-year financial plan, annual budget and capital plan, and quarterly forecasts
  • Informs and trains GSD colleagues on financial policies and systems
  • May serve as back-up for other financial operations
  • Performs additional job-related duties as they evolve
Typical Core Duties
  • Conduct complex financial analysis and update financial models and projections
  • Analyze and project budgets and financial activity for multiple programs
  • Provide technical advice and problem resolution for a school/unit financial community
  • Enhance, produce and distribute unit-specific planning materials; develop and produce materials to facilitate annual budget planning and financial monitoring of budget-to-actuals at the local level
  • May consolidate local budgets to facilitate the upload process
  • Review financial data and explore options for report development within University financial applications
  • Ensure financial compliance with University policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 5 years' relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • MBA or other relevant graduate degree (e.g., Master's in Accounting or Finance) a plus
  • Relevant work experience includes financial analysis and budget management within a complex, collaborative organization
  • Extensive experience using Excel; strong quantitative and analytical skills
  • Strong customer service skills and ability to build effective working relationships across the GSD and the University
  • Ability to construct and then interpret large sets of data; strong understanding of data management and how to use financial data/systems strategically to solve problems and support business decisions
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to translate technical analyses into high-level recommendations
  • Highly organized and detail oriented; ability to effectively manage time and prioritize across multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to learn quickly, work independently, and cope effectively with change and ambiguity
Working Conditions
Work is performed in an office setting.

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:

Additional Information
In order to be considered for this role, a cover letter is required. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States now and in the future. We regret that we cannot sponsor a work visa.

The Harvard Graduate School of Design is passionate about fostering a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment. Applicants of all race, ability, gender expression and identity, sexuality, religion, education, class, national origin, and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a modified manner - including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work.

Job Function

USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
F0957P Financial Analyst III



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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