Full-time

US Division

HQ: Waltham, MA

EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER (EDC)
EDC is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and development firms.  EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with both public and private partners, we strive for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives.
 
EDC is committed to diversity in the workplace.
 
EDC’s Zero Suicide Institute in the U.S. Division’s Injury, Violence, and Suicide Prevention Portfolio has an opening for a Zero Suicide Institute Financial Manager (Center Finance Manager II), reporting to the Zero Suicide Institute Associate Director for Business, in Waltham, MA.
 
The Zero Suicide Institute at EDC (http://zerosuicideinstitute.com/about-us), via a fee for service model, guides organizations in their implementation of Zero Suicide by providing consultation, training, and resources to make suicide care safer.  The programmatic approach of Zero Suicide is based on the realization that suicidal individuals often fall through the cracks in a sometimes fragmented and distracted health care system. A systematic approach to quality improvement in these settings is both available and necessary to improve the care that suicidal individuals receive in health care settings.  EDC provides the technical assistance, resources, training, and consultation, and implementation support to health care systems adopting a Zero Suicide approach.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The person in this position is expected to communicate clearly and courteously; to develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and funders; and to work respectfully with EDC colleagues. The job requires adherence to EDC policies & procedures.
 
Responsible for advising the Zero Suicide Institute Director and management team on business matters related to the Center’s fiscal viability, including annual projections, forecasting, profitability, contractual and other issues, as well as financial oversight of all projects and G&A expenditures, the Zero Suicide Institute Financial Manager (Center Finance Manager II):
• Reviews and approves budgets for Zero Suicide Institute proposals and contracts
• Completes data entry process for all budgets into EDC’s systems
• Provides administrative support to comply with the Zero Suicide Instititutes accounting needs
• Collaborates with project/contract leads to monitor spending
• Conducts monthly analysis and reporting on Zero Suicide Institute financial performance and business metrics
• Develops and monitors Zero Suicide Institute G&A and contract budgets, identifies over- or under-spending, bringing any issues to the attention of Zero Suicide Institute leadership for action
• Monitors terms and conditions of major contracts and agreements and ensures that invoices are submitted and paid in a timely fashion
• Reviews and approves transactions and business documents
• Maintains center resources, personnel information, contacts, proposals, contracts, and publications
• Maintains contracts for faculty; ensure they follow EDC procedures for payment of invoices and expenses
• Participates in portfolio, institute, and related meetings as needed
• Performs other duties as assigned
 
The Zero Suicide Institute Financial Manager (Center Finance Manager II):
• Develops and implements systematic process improvements that support the tracking and management of evolving Zero Suicide Institute products and services within the EDC infrastructure
• Navigates the complex overlap of federally-regulated EDC funding streams to ensure a comprehensive representation of the Zero Suicide Institute business
• Serves as liaison with Accounting and Office of Sponsored Programs to facilitate budget development, the proposal process, and project/division financial management processes
• Works with clients as needed to finalize and execute contracts for Zero Suicide Institute products and services
• As designated by the Zero Suicide Institute Director, works closely with directors of certain large grants, contracts and centers to ensure that the Zero Suicide Institute comes in on budget by:
                          • preparing cost-to-complete projections
                          • providing guidance and oversight on  financial management
                          • participating, as appropriate, in resolution of financial issues
• Works with Business Services on various tasks including hiring, space planning, orientations, and center-wide meetings
• Models standards — of accuracy, timeliness and adherence to policies & guidelines — that enable others to perform with due diligence
• In conjunction with project and center directors, may train and oversee work of junior project staff to develop contract estimates and monitor expenditures
 
 
 
QUALIFICATIONS
This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills.
 
Candidates should have the following knowledge, abilities, and personal characteristics:
Project Leadership: Experience and ability to plan, lead, and manage projects including the ability to take initiative and manage multiple time-sensitive tasks simultaneously and prioritize tasks appropriately in a fast-paced environment.
Content Knowledge: Knowledge of the financial management and accounting practices. Familiarity with behavioral health systems is a plus.
Relationship Building: Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and partners over long distances. Experience engaging with funders diplomatically and strategically, including navigating funder requests.
Communications: Strong written and verbal communication skills. Able to communicate effectively with diverse audiences at different stages of readiness, with other EDC colleagues, and with funders. Strong written and presentation skills, including preferably experience designing and facilitating webinars and other virtual events.
Collaboration: Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others across the team and the larger project. Experience working with diverse audiences a plus.
Personal Qualities: A professional who excels in a mission-driven, rapidly evolving environment. Someone who exhibits flexibility, enthusiasm, responsiveness, aptitude for details, a positive attitude, creativity, strategic and analytical thinking, self-motivation, attentiveness to cultural differences, and problem solving skills, as well as the ability to be proactive and to produce quality work under tight deadlines.
 
Specific requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree
• Master’s degree strongly preferred
• At least 6–8 years experience in financial management, specifically in developing and managing budgets in a sponsored research and non-profit environment
• Previous experience developing business plans
• Demonstrable proficiency using Excel & other spreadsheet applications and Internet
• Knowledge of the rules and regulations of funders
• Ability to take initiative and to manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines; attentiveness to detail
 
Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume. The cover letter should be a succinct statement of interest to include highlights of relevant qualifications and experience for the role desired, and should not exceed two pages. The resume should not exceed three pages. Candidates selected for an interview may be asked to provide writing samples and salary requirements. Note: applications without requested items will not be considered.
 
 
CONTACT
EDC, 43 Foundry Ave, Waltham, MA 02453
No phone calls, please
 
Posted:  10/5/17
 
As an EOE/AA employer, EDC does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and veteran or disability status. EDC is a smoke-free workplace.