University of Pennsylvania EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FISCAL OPERATIONS in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 40-25557


School Name Perelman School of Medicine

Org DM-Gene Therapy Program

Posted to the Web 07/07/2017

Posted Job/Salary Grade 031

Employment Type Exempt

Hours 40.00

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule 8:00-5:00

Months 12

Position Length Contingent Upon Funding

Position End Date

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.


Under the administrative direction of the Director of the Gene Therapy Program and the PSOM Vice Dean of Finance and Administration, the Executive Director, Fiscal Operations (EDFO) will establish and maintain GTP’s complex budget and forecasting processes, as well as finance and budget policies and practices in accordance with University policy. The EDFO is responsible for the management of financial resources, capital assets, budgeting, development of reports for internal and external audiences, the maintenance of financial fund records, and for assessing the accuracy of financial records and the effectiveness of internal controls. The EDFO shall manage the Office of Fiscal Operations, directing the work of its professional staff with a significant focus on financial planning and analysis. The EDFO shall build or provide complex financial models and databases for Management to analyze its financial performance and/or to project/model the resources it needs to meet its future scientific objectives. The position requires essential communication to ensure that financial goals and results are known, managed, adjusted, and achieved. The EDFO shall assure compliance with all University fiscal policies, as well as those associated with all funding sources, including public (e.g., NIH) or private (Sponsored Research) and at all times comply with state and federal laws and regulations.


Education and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) specializing in finance, accounting or similar field with at least 7 years of broad finance experience including 5+ years experience working in a biopharmaceutical or related industry required; R&D experience highly preferred. Must have P&L experience and have led the development and implementation of budgeting and forecasting processes in a complex, dynamic environment. Strong experience operating in a fund accounting environment and have managed in a complex, multi-project organization. S/he should have experience leading the finance function (accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting), as well as experience developing revenue projections, financial models and budgets, managing audits, and financial reporting in internal and external formats.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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