Job Location:
Berklee College of Music – Boston

Job Description:

The Senior Financial Systems Manager is responsible for the optimal management and administration of institution-wide financial information. Systems. S/he partners with ITS and other administrators across the campus to ensure sound financial and accounting information management. In addition, s/he develops strategy for system improvements, oversees the implementation of business systems, and provides day-to-day operational support for finance operations. 


  • Responsible for strategizing, managing, developing, updating, and ensuring the optimal operation of institution-wide financial and accounting system applications, including Workday, Adaptive Planning, Pilbara Insights, etc.

  • Responsible for working with the IT Services department and external consultants on upgrades, implementations, and maintenance of financial systems.

  • Ensure custom report, query, and dashboard capabilities are implemented in order to comply with required reporting standards, in addition to the financial reporting requests from senior leadership. 

  • Review and create the implementation specifications to develop and maintain efficient financial accounting and business processes.

  • Be the institution-wide subject matter expert pertaining to all automated financial and accounting information systems.

  • Provide leadership to cross-functional teams in addressing financial or systems issues.

  • Participate in the change board meetings and developing user documentation including FAQs, Job Aides, Operational Guides, Online Content, etc.

  • Partner with business process administrators and technical support staff to implement and maintain the highest standards of financial data management and reporting. 

  • Work with ITS and functional subject matter experts to design and test integrations between Workday and all other external systems.

  • Leverage business knowledge and expertise to identify and recommend opportunities for process improvements, advise stakeholders on options, risks and any impacts on other processes or systems.

  • Partner with business process administrators to develop and implement new financial and accounting processes.

  • Stay abreast of industry changes, continuously seeking opportunities for improvements and policy changes to enhance efficiency and user experience.

  • Monitor institutional needs relative to information system capabilities and develop strategies to meet changing demands.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both verbal and written formats as well as to create and maintain positive, productive working relationships with both technical and non-technical personnel

  • Ability to operate independently, work within time constraints, and set priorities among multiple task assignments

  • Excellent judgment and strategic skills for ensuring mutually positive outcomes, balancing internal priorities with client objectives

  • Strong interpersonal, motivational, and consensus-building skills, as demonstrated by successful applications analysis and design, systems implementation, and project management experience

  • Experience managing constant, competing demands and limited resources with a positive, can-do attitude

  • Experience building and developing intra- and inter-departmental teams and teamwork


  • Bachelor’s Degree in finance, accounting, or related field. Advanced Degree preferred.

  • 7+ years’ experience with progressive management responsibility in financial information systems and financial operations.

  • Working knowledge of automation/programming and expertise in managing data in relational databases, and the application of data visualization tools.

  • Expert understanding of financial operations and the ability to identify problems or gaps in the financial systems, solve problems in a creative manner, and implement opportunities for improvement.

  • Knowledge of Workday Financial software. Knowledge of Adaptive Planning software preferred.

  • Ability to create automated reports, utilize business intelligence tools, and design and implement complex modeling tools.

  • Open to learning processes and can translate that knowledge to IT teams.

  • Ability to work with people from different units as required to help address financial or system issues.

  • Ability to enact change quickly

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Equal Employment Opportunity at Berklee: 

We support an inclusive workplace where everyone excels based on personal merit, qualifications, experience, ability, and job performance.  Berklee affirms that inequality is detrimental to our faculty, staff, students, and the communities we serve. Our goal is to make lasting change through our actions. Berklee is committed to providing fair and equitable consideration of all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, place of birth, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, or status as a member of the armed forces or veteran of the armed forces, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

As part of this commitment, Berklee will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Human Resources Team at hroperations@Berklee.edu or call 617-747-2375.

Berklee is committed to increasing the diversity of our institution, community, and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.

*Currently enrolled Berklee students are not permitted to apply for staff or faculty positions.*

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