Financial Analyst
Harvard Graduate School of Design
United States

Financial Analyst
Harvard Graduate School of Design


     Independently perform diverse financial analysis for a school/unit and assist department management with their financial planning efforts, budget analysis and monthly reporting.


F0957P Financial Analyst III

Job-Specific Responsibilities

     Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Finance, the financial analyst will play a key role in the strategic direction of the Graduate School of Design by contributing to new and existing management reporting efforts. These include budgets, monthly forecasts, variance / ad hoc analyses, restricted fund usage, research projections, and capital plans. 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, faculty planning, and endowment commitments and 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 faculty and 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.

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 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

  • A well-written cover letter is required in addition to a resume
  • 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
  • Strong quantitative, computer, and analytical skills, primarily using Excel and PowerPoint
  • 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
  • Experience with Oracle budgeting and reporting applications a plus

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in an office setting

Additional Information

In order to be considered for this role, a cover letter is required in addition to a resume

Job Function Finance 
Location USA-MA-Cambridge
Deparment Finance
Time Status Full-time
Union 00-Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Salary Grade 057
Pre-Employment Screening Education, Identit

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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