Senior Administrative Director

Ariadne Labs is seeking a Senior Administrative Director (AD) to be part of the three-person executive team that will lead the organization at this pivotal time in its history.  The AD, reporting to the Executive Director and partnering with the Deputy Director (DD), will drive administration and operations to support Ariadne’s continued evolution from start-up to established and deeply impactful health systems innovator.  The AD will lead and oversee a team responsible for sound finances, talent management, and operations, enabling growth to increase current revenues and improve efficiency over the next three years. They will serve as a strategic thought partner to the Executive Director and the DD as they jointly bring Ariadne into its next phase of designing, testing, and supporting the spread of healthcare innovations for patients at their most critical moments. 

The Organization. Founded in 2012, Ariadne Labs is a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH) and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH). Its mission is research and discovery to drive scalable solutions for better care at the most critical moments in people’s lives everywhere. Ariadne’s work is achieving a massive impact across millions of lives touched nationally and internationally, and it has grown rapidly as a result–from 15 staff and researchers in 2012 to 112 today, with a budget of $27 million, working on 30 projects across 26 countries, to design, test, and spread innovations that measurably produce and scale better healthcare across numerous clinical areas particularly childbirth, surgical care, primary care, and at the end of life.

Position Description

The Role. The AD will report to the Executive Director and has overall responsibility for aligning the Lab’s resources and energies with its mission, working with the ED and the DD on setting programmatic long-range and strategic priorities, and fostering partnerships across the University and externally. They have supervisory responsibility for: the development and execution of Ariadne’s financial management strategy; oversight of financial operations (operations and grant accounting, procurement, budget planning, and monitoring); and development and execution of a revenue growth strategy (from philanthropic, foundation, government, and private sector sources), including development and management of business partnerships and related contracts. In addition, the AD leads talent strategy, acquisition, and development at all levels of the Lab and oversees internal operations functions including facilities and IT management. The AD has a core charge to maintain strong and vital relationships with Ariadne’s parent institutions (HSPH and BWH) to ensure compliance with their policies and procedures and will represent Ariadne Labs to external partners and funders as needed by the ED.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an energetic executive who is aligned with Ariadne’s mission and has significant administrative leadership experience in an agile leadership environment, particularly in health care and/or a university research & development environment. This individual will have an aptitude for developing and implementing strategies in administrative and financial management, revenue strategy, and business development to support growth and maximize revenues; managing staff capacity; initiating and implementing transformational change, and owning and creatively solving problems to sustain a highly efficient and effectively run center.  The ideal candidate will be comfortable contributing to high-level strategy while also rolling up her or his sleeves to get work done. We seek a pragmatic, hard-working, excellent communicator to work in this matrixed environment. This is a hands-on role that requires a level of flexibility and pragmatism attuned to the near and long-term goals of the organization.

The ideal candidate is a mission-driven individual with substantial leadership, institution-building, transformational change, and management experience, as well as a demonstrable track record of accomplishment. Additionally, the ideal candidate is technically adept and has a track record of successfully establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with a range of individuals.  They also have the demonstrated ability to partner effectively with leadership team members, lead and develop leaders, and motivate and coach staff.

 Ariadne’s core values are stewardship of our mission, work, and resources; respect for, and development of all our people; effective and efficient teamwork and collaboration in all we do; pursuit of excellence in all activities with a dedication to continual improvement; and a commitment to diversity and inclusion in our work and community. Additional characteristics of leaders who are most successful at Ariadne Labs include: service orientation, humility about the limits of one’s own expertise and experience, intellectual curiosity, agility, self-discipline, and attention to detail.


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required
  • 8+ years of related, progressively-responsible financial and/or administrative experience required
  • Leadership and supervisor experience required    

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of 1 year from the date of hire with the possibility of extension based upon grant funding.

PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, MA and in order to be on Harvard payroll, you must reside in one of the following states – MA, NH, RI, ME, CT, VT, NY, MD, or CA. Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to be determined, this interview process and position will take place in a slightly modified manner – including virtual interviews and a combination of remote and on-site onboarding and work. On-campus/in-person work is expected, though, upon the start date – in accordance with approved COVID-related guidelines and protocols.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

  • A strong grounding in operations, human resources, financial accounting, analysis, and budget & planning
  • Familiarity with sponsored research including accounting and reporting responsibilities for grants and contracts
  • Knowledge of federal and foundation grants as well as applicable federal regulations
  • Develop, administer, and forecast realistic budgets
  • Experience in managing external partnerships and developing revenue strategy and processes to evaluate and track partners
  • Understanding of and comfort with  navigating contract and legal issues, including IP and HR
  • Knowledge of technical systems and platforms supporting financial accounting and reporting
  • Alignment and attunement with Ariadne Labs’ mission, vision, and values
  • Thinks creatively and solves problems by working effectively with multiple constituents in a way that facilitates quick resolution and optimizes outcomes
  • Strong interpersonal communication and collaboration skills and conceives of and leads Ariadne Labs’ administrative and financial strategy and operations in the spirit of customer service for a diverse set of research- and action-oriented programs
  • Humility and pragmatism
  • Sound judgment and experience serving as a strategic advisor to executive leadership
  • Strong analytical ability and facility at identifying and correcting problems as they occur with a calm demeanor
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Meets deadlines and juggles multiple priorities
  • High ethical standards and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • A seriousness about work paired with a sense of humor and an ability to have fun partnering with colleagues to advance a shared mission

The following cultural competencies are also preferred:

  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity
  • Experience fostering and reinforcing an environment that values unique experiences, cultures, backgrounds, and goals

To apply please visit the Harvard Careers Website and search Requisition #59873BR