Director- Office of Research Administration & Finance

Northeastern University

Director- Office of Research Administration & Finance

Requisition Number: STFR003921

Division/College: Finance

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time


The Director for the Office of Research Administration and Finance has the overall responsibility for providing strong leadership and a strategic vision for the University post award team. This person will create a service-oriented culture that promotes excellence, integrity, stewardship, teamwork and continuous improvement through the use of effective change management.

Research at Northeastern University
New research awards exceeded $130 million for 2016 - an increase of 168 percent since 2006. There have been 188 external research awards of $1 million or more since 2006.

In 2016, Northeastern was designated as an R1 research university by the Carnegie Classification System, joining those U.S. universities recognized for the highest level of research activity. Northeastern closed the 2016 fiscal year having attracted external research support of just over $130 million with research expenditures totaling $98 million. The greatest percentage of growth came in the security area, a direct consequence of a multi-year strategy to build this area by identifying alternate funding opportunities. Identifying the constrained environment for federal research, Northeastern has increased its industry and foundation support from 6 percent of total research in 2011 to 25 percent in FY2016. Federal agencies provided 72 percent of external support for research - the three largest being the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (26% of the total), the National Science Foundation (NSF) (17%), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) (5%).
Northeastern is well positioned to continue to grow its research funding. University researchers submitted 1,238 proposals for almost $827 million in FY2016, compared to 750 proposals for $389 million in 2011. Million-dollar-plus proposals increased from 98 to 216 during the same period.

Perhaps the most tangible expression of Northeastern's commitment to research is construction of a $250 million Integrated Science and Engineering Complex opened in April 2017 which includes 200,000 square feet of research and support space.

A University on the Rise
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a private global, experiential research university. Grounded in its signature co-op program, Northeastern today provides unprecedented experiential learning opportunities around the world. Northeastern has roughly 18,000 full-time undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students that hail from all 50 states and 125 countries around the world. Northeastern offers majors and concentrations in over 100 undergraduate programs and over 160 graduate programs, ranging from doctoral programs to graduate certificates, in nine schools and colleges, as well as select advanced degrees at the regional campuses in Charlotte, Silicon Valley, Seattle, and soon in Toronto, Canada.

A Culture of Service
This position leads, and develops a team of eleven grants administration professionals across all aspects of post award grants administration. A key success factor for this role is the development of effective professional relationships with internal constituents, including PI's/Faculty, Senior Leadership, and administrators as well as external sponsors/agencies. A key service provided by the team that this position leads is reporting of information, both in ad hoc and standard report forms. The Director motivates the team to provide high quality and timely service to the university research community including communications and training on all aspects of post award grants compliance. Demonstrated ability of creating and maintaining a culture of service is essential for a candidate to be successful in this position.

Compliance and Stewardship
In addition to a service-oriented culture, this role must treat effective compliance as an equal priority. Compliance with all applicable laws and regulations is essential, as well as leading the adoption of best practices to promote continuous improvement ensuring that the highest quality standards are met. The Director has the overall accountability for all fiscal management of externally funded sponsored projects from federal, state and private sources. This includes the accurate invoicing and timely collection of funds due to the University. Implementation of change is led from the Director's office, with efforts ranging from updates to university policy to process changes that ensure compliance with laws and regulations.

Role in the Organization
The Director regularly liaises with the pre-award Research Administration function, as the two operations are in constant contact with one another. The goal of the two units is the seamless provision of administrative service to the University's researchers and their support personnel. The basis of interaction can span from service on individual grants to institution-level technology solutions and coordination of changes to the service mix or service model. Technology enablers play a growing role in the Research function at Northeastern. The successful Director candidate will demonstrate success in specifying technology requirements, and contributing to successful system implementation projects.

This position coordinates with the Controller's Office on all internal and external financial audits and reporting. This position is also responsible for leading all aspects of F&A rate development including proposal preparation and negotiation with the university's Federal cognizant agency as well as development of the proposal and negotiation for the Fringe Benefit Rate.


• Visionary with excellent leadership and change management skills

• 15+ years direct experience in post award administration

• BS/BA or related field; MBA, a plus

• Comprehensive technical knowledge base of Federal OMB Circular A-110, A-21, A-133 and Uniform Guidance

• Experience in F&A rate proposal development and negotiation

• Extensive experience working with Federal agencies/departments in particular NSF, HHS, ONR, NASA, DOE, Homeland Security and with Commonwealth of MA

• Excellent managerial, analytical, problem solving skills with a high attention to detail

• Proven customer service skills

• Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to interact with both senior management and subordinates

• Demonstrated skills as a team builder who knows how to get the most from his/her team and develop team members for long-term, mutual success

Additional Information:
This position will require a criminal background check.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: Careers@Northeastern

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.


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