Tech Transfer Accountant

Job Details

Job ID:

10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Remote: occasional time on campus


This position's work location is fully remote with the expectation of being onsite 1-2x/month as needed. The selected candidate may only work remotely from a New England state (ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI).

The Technology Transfer Accountant II is a key member of the Accounting and Finance function of the Belfer Office for Dana-Farber Innovations (BODFI).  With support from their manager and senior members of the BODFI Finance team, the role helps provide day-to-day post-award management of  industry Sponsored Research funding awarded to DFCI researchers through contracts negotiated by BODFI.  In doing so, this role safeguards all DFCI industry funds while maintaining sound fiscal controls and compliance according to the terms and conditions set by each industry sponsor. 

In addition, this position is responsible for numerous general accounting functions that involve preparation, analysis and reconciliation of BODFI’s accounting records, internal and external financial reports, and accounting policies and procedures.  This role provides assistance to BODFI Finance and Operations management in the implementation of any new or modified accounting systems and in the coordination and preparation for audits.

This role reports to the Senior Finance and Operations Manager and works closely with BODFI’s Licensing Professionals, Business Analyst, DFCI Department Project Leaders and Department Grants Management Specialists (DGMS), Principal Investigators (PIs) and Centers; and with DFCI’s Research Accounting and General Accounting departments.

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


  • Responsible and accountable for all aspects of the set-up and post-award management of an assigned portfolio of industry Sponsored Research Agreements (SRA).
  • Assists in the preparation of all interim, monthly, and annual financial reporting for BODFI management to track the status of all industry Sponsored Research funding in assigned portfolio.
  • Assists in the preparation of detailed reconciliations and analyses for assigned duties and special projects, some of which may be in collaboration with DFCI General Accounting and/or Research Accounting.
  • Works closely with DGMS and with BODFI Licensing Professionals to ensure that SRAs funded by specific industry sponsors are compliant with respect to project set-up, receivables tracking, reporting obligations and close out and completion.
  • Will perform other related duties as needed and assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Accounting, Finance or business related field.
  • 3 years of related work experience, preferably in the health care industry or a non-profit organization.


  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting principles and practices
  • Technical and professional accounting skills; strong reconciliation skills; the ability to work in computer-based, automated accounting systems, accounting procedures and control systems
  • Ability to proactively define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw informed conclusions and report to BODFI management
  • Ability to effectively communicate with individuals at all levels in and outside of DFCI
  • PeopleSoft skills highly desirable
  • Highly motivated, self-directed individual with strong interpersonal and analytical skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail is paramount
  • Possesses understanding of DFCI policies regarding management of  industry Sponsored Research and other BODFI financial matters as appropriate
  • Ability to maintain favorable working relationships with a wide variety of professional groups
  • Ability to multi-task and function as an integral member of the team
  • Must possess a customer-service philosophy
  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and may be an active participant on various committees and project teams
  • Performs primary duties independently and identifies problem areas or situations
  • Able to handle reconciliations, and prepares summaries of important points
  • Is proactive when discovering variances and after researching, reports situation to Manager.


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.

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 characteristics protected by law.

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