Senior Director, Clinical Research Finance

Job Details

Job ID:

10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445

Clinical Research

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Hybrid: 2-3 days onsite/week


The Senior Director, Clinical Research Finance oversees the financial activities and reporting (>$100M in extramural support) of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s (DFCI)/Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center’s (DFHCC) clinical research portfolios. The Senior Director oversees the offices and associated activities of Medicare Coverage Analysis, Budget and Sponsored Negotiations, Financial Reporting, Accounts Receivable and Collections, Clinical Research Accounting & Information Systems Reporting, and Financial Audit.

The Senior Director is responsible for applying General Accounting Principles to coordinate all clinical research financial activities across DFCI/DFHCC, including but not limited to expediting study start-up, reconciliation of receivables, aligning financial operations to bolster collaborations with extramural partners, team development, and standardization of financial operations and reporting across DFHCC.

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


  • Oversees the offices and associated activities of Medicare Coverage Analysis, Budget and Sponsored Negotiations, Financial Reporting, Accounts Receivable and Collections, Clinical Research Accounting & Information Systems Reporting, and Financial Audit.
  • Leverages DFCI’s Clinical Trials Management System (CTMS) to improve financial operations and reporting.
  • Works with DFCI’s Finance and Accounting offices to align clinical research financial activities with Institutional policies and procedures. Develops and deploys standard operating procedures based on industry guidance and national best-practices.
  • Manages and executes clinical research audit activities, financial reporting, performance metrics, strategic direction and operational goals with DFCI/DFHCC leadership.
  • Structures the clinical research finance team to meet the demands of increasing clinical trial volume, associated regulations, and institutional benchmarks (E.g. study start-up).
  • Serves as the primary point of contact with Department and Disease Center faculty and administrative leadership related to clinical research financial reporting and portfolio financial management.
  • Partners with Disease Center Leadership, develops and deploys a standardized process and business case development for onboarding additional clinical research staff, infrastructure development (capital requests), and resource allocation.


  • 12-15 direct reports, oversees a team of 20+


  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA), Health Administration (MHA), or related field required.
  • 10 - 15 years of experience leading clinical research financial reporting and operations in an academic medical center required
  • Strong background in accounting and financial operations required
  • CPA preferred


  • Strong knowledge of accounting and financial operations
  • Demonstrated command and application of General Accounting Principles in clinical research finance
  • Ability to lead and develop teams
  • Process Improvement & Reengineering skills
  • Clinical Trials Management System and Financial Accounting Systems deployment and optimization
  • Financial Reporting
  • Management of awards/projects/collaborations with mixed funding sources: industry sponsors, institutional support, and federal awards managemen

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

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