University of Pennsylvania PCI CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 83-30548


School Name Provost's Center

Org Penn Center for Innovation

Posted to the Web 12/01/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade UNG

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule M-F

Months 12

Position Length Ongoing

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 Office of the Provost provides direction on all facets of the University’s academic mission, including education, faculty, research, online learning, global initiatives, admissions, athletics, student life, and arts and culture. The Provost’s Center aggregates programs and offices designed to support University operations, including: the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and its reporting departments (Penn Center for Innovation, Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, University Laboratory Animal Resources, and Regulatory Affairs), the Office of the Chaplain, the Graduate Student Center and Family Resource Center, the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, College Houses and Academic Services, New Student Orientation, the Office of Student Conduct, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and all of the University’s arts organizations (Penn Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Arthur Ross Gallery, and University Art Collection). It also includes interdisciplinary academic centers and institutes that are more appropriately housed centrally than in an individual school, including the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Center for Neuroscience and Society, the Penn Institute for Urban Research, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Kelly Writers House, and Weiss Tech House.


The PCI chief financial officer position reports directly to the AVP and Managing Director, with a dotted line to the Associate Provost for Finance & Planning, and is accountable for all of the financial and administrative operations of the Penn Center for Innovation (PCI), including the development of a comprehensive finance and operations strategy, appropriate metrics and controls related to the implementation of that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to make the most efficient use of PCI financial resources and managed assets, to report accurate financial results and oversee the entirety of PCI’s administrative operations. The PCI chief financial officer will coordinate closely with the AVP and Managing Director in order to provide independent leadership with regard to these vital areas of responsibility.


Master’s degree in accounting, finance or business administration, and 10+ years of progressively responsible experience for a major company, major university or health system or division of a large corporation or institution or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Must be able to demonstrate expert proficiency in financial planning and strategy, managing income and expenses, budgetary planning and expense management, promoting continual process improvement, and forecasting. Should have experience in partnering with an executive team and have a high level of written and oral communication skills. Previous experience supervising, preferably a large team, a significant plus. Detail-oriented self-starter with the ability to manage multiple, complex projects and interact appropriately with individuals across the entire organizational chart. Independent leader with strong work ethic; ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines. Team player and team builder. Working knowledge of intellectual property protection methods, licensing practices, contract law, as well as government laws/regulations relating to technology transfer within industry and/or academia a plus. Additional weight and preference will be given to candidates with an MBA in Finance and holding Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accounting designations. Strong computer skills.All interest, referrals and applicants can go as well as submit application here.

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.

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