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Director of Finance

Position Title: Director of Finance
Supervisor: Director of Dumbarton Oaks
Department: Finance
Grade: 59, exempt
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week


Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, in Washington, DC, is a research institute, museum,
and historic garden located in Washington, D.C. and affiliated with Harvard University. The research
institute supports scholarship in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian Studies through
an international fellowship competition, scholarly meetings, exhibitions, and publications. The museum
and garden welcome thousands of visitors every year.

The Director of Finance will work closely with the Director, Executive Director, and department heads to
provide excellent stewardship and to ensure the efficient financial management of the organization.
Dumbarton Oaks is supported by an endowment and has revenues from garden admission, the museum
shop, an annual concert series, and several publication series. The Director of Finance will lead a team of
four finance professionals to support these diverse activities and provide financial oversight of significant
capital projects. This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced professional with proven
leadership skills and a strong collaborative ethic to contribute to the mission of a non-profit organization
that supports the humanities and arts.

Key responsibilities

• Serve as senior financial advisor to the Director and Executive Director.
• Oversee all accounting, cash management, procurement, benefits and payroll functions and
internal controls, with support of Finance team, to ensure that systems are in place for accurate
and compliant operations.
• Lead the Finance team: provide guidance, track performance, and recommend training and
professional development opportunities as appropriate.
• Manage accounting practices and policies; fiscal controls; maintenance of fiscal records; and the
preparation and distribution of financial statements and reports. Oversee the preparation and
distribution of monthly reports to departments to enable accurate tracking of expenses.
• Develop and present financial reports and updates to the Director and Executive Director,
the Harvard FAS Finance office, and the Divisional Dean Office.
• Oversee the financial aspects of capital planning and financing of capital projects.
• Work with the Director and Executive Director to prepare and submit the annual operating budget
and forecasts, including communication of annual budget guidelines, and collaboration with
department heads to prepare and track unit budgets throughout the fiscal year; ensure proper
budget management and strategic stewardship of restricted accounts.
• Ensure compliance with GAAP, Harvard University and FAS policies and procedures, and
external regulations and tax codes as appropriate; implement SAS112 internal control
requirements; serve as liaison to the University for annual audit requests; work with the
University tax office in the preparation of the 990 and other related DC tax filings.
• Ensure the effective and appropriate use of University and local systems; maintain Dumbarton
Oaks chart of accounts and security for system access.
• Coordinate and collaborate regularly with other Harvard University administrative offices as
• Undertake additional assignments as directed by the Director of Dumbarton Oaks.

Supervisory responsibilities

Lead a team of four full-time finance professionals. Manage two direct reports.

Basic Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
• Minimum of 8 years' relevant work experience
• Supervisory experience

Additional Qualifications

• MBA (Master’s degree in a business, financial or related field or equivalent work
experience), CPA or equivalent, with at least 8 years' financial management experience
and 5 years of experience as a senior budget/finance officer.
• Experience working in a higher education environment (including grants and
fellowships), or non-profit institution highly desirable.
• Experience with construction accounting desirable. Strong knowledge of accounting and
fund accounting; high-level analytical skills; ability to provide financial forecasts and
models; deft use of financial software. Excellent communication skills; ability to exercise
discretion and show independent judgment and initiative. Demonstrated ability to
motivate, develop, and lead a team.

To apply:

This position is open until filled. Please forward résumé and cover letter detailing relevant
qualifications by clicking the link below.

Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)