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Harvard University Assistant Director of Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts

58436BRAuto req ID:58436BRJob Code:F1357M Research Admin Mgt III PrPs Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Assistant Director of Research AdministrationSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Previous experience supervising staff is desirable.

  • Advanced Accounting or Business Degree preferred.

  • Must be self-directed and able to prioritize duties and meet multiple deadlines.

  • Must be able to use a high degree of judgment and make sound independent decisions.

  • High level of attention to detail and ability to multitask is required.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills are essential.

  • Needs to be able to work independently with minimal supervision, and handle complex and confidential information with discretion.

Additional Information:This position is based in Boston and some in-person on-campus work will be required, and flexible/remote work is an option. Any remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA*, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, RI, and VT). Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. *Note: Harvard employees working in California must be exempt.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements ( . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • 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, all coverage begins as of your start date.

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

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

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

  • Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.

  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Department:GeneticsPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Finance School/Unit:Harvard Medical School 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.Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required

  • Minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience

  • Advanced knowledge of sponsored research regulations

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office setting

Position Description:

As department leader, the Assistant Director of Research Administration brings to the position extensive experience with the grant-making cycle and the ability to design, implement and monitor workflow processes and procedures. The ADRA will also be responsible for helping to build internal competencies and confidence of the grants managers within the department. The Assistant Director of Research Administration is responsible for providing technical expertise for both pre- and post-award grants management in a fast-paced and dynamic research environment.

We are looking for someone with excellent interpersonal communication skills. The Assistant Director of Research Administration will partner with the faculty in applying for potential funding opportunities. They will review all

pre-award submissions prior to signing off by the department manager. They will interpret and advise research staff and Faculty on the university, federal and sponsor policies and guidelines relating to research administration. They will be responsible for generating and providing pre- and post-award financial metrics and analysis to Faculty and department managers. They will have signing authority for department standard grants and subcontracts.

They will work in the department leadership to develop and implement departmental grants management training and coordinate the training of new hires, including documentation and implementation of departmental best practices. They will serve as direct supervisor for 2 business office staff members.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values (