Associate Dean of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Penn
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. As an employer Penn has been ranked
nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes
who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.
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.
Posted Job Title
Associate Dean of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Penn Dental
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Job Description Summary
The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) seeks an experienced and
collaborative financial leader as the next Associate Dean of
Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Penn Dental Medicine
(PDM or School). Established in 1878, Penn Dental Medicine is among
the oldest university-affiliated dental schools in the nation. The
PDM community includes 858 students, 495 faculty, and +325 staff
who advance the School's mission to transform global oral health
and well-being through exceptional clinical care, innovation,
education, and research. PDM's impact on the Philadelphia community
is profound, with a patient base of over 43,000 receiving 165,000
treatment visits in its dental centers and practices each year and
over 65,000 hours of clinical care provided by faculty and students
in community settings. PDM views research and scholarship as a
central component of excellence in instruction and patient care; in
line with this focus, the School received $27.9 million in research
funding in FY22.
As a member of PDM's senior leadership team, the next CFO will have
the opportunity to shape strategy and accelerate the impact of one
of the nation's preeminent schools of dentistry. The CFO reports
directly to the Morton Amsterdam Dean of PDM and holds senior
managerial and fiduciary responsibilities in all financial matters.
The CFO oversees PDMS's $130 million budget (FY22) with $30 million
in clinical revenue, which includes operations, budget planning,
capital planning, funding opportunities, financial analysis, and
managerial oversight responsibility for maintaining and ensuring
PDM's solid financial position. The CFO will have a close working
relationship with PDM's leadership team and serve as PDM's
spokesperson to the executive and financial levels of the
This is an exciting opportunity for a technically competent,
astute, and entrepreneurial individual with deep financial
knowledge and an understanding of the dynamic higher education and
healthcare environments. The CFO will be an excellent manager,
communicator, and collaborator who works effectively with
chairs/department heads, faculty, and staff to resolve challenges
in financial processes that impede efficiency and effectiveness.
The CFO will also assess and develop SOPs that are shared across
departments and work with the senior administration and department
chairs to establish key performance indicators that maximize the
ability of the School to succeed in its mission. The CFO must
maintain a commitment to the highest ethical and professional
standards while consistently exercising sound judgment.
The ideal candidate for CFO will possess strong financial skills,
including an understanding of academic and clinical budgets and
knowledge of clinical operations and finances. They will be
inclined toward action while being flexible and comfortable working
in ambiguity. They will be data-driven but not risk-averse and must
be able to encourage trust and transparency through their actions.
The ideal candidate will have a successful track record of leading
and motivating a staff of highly motivated professionals and
The successful candidate will hold a master's degree or more and
over 10 years of progressively responsible strategic leadership
experience overseeing financial and administrative functions within
a university setting. An MBA is preferred.
A successful Associate Dean/CFO will be sensitive to and able to
adapt to the unique culture of a university environment with both
its spirit of academic independence as well as administrative
The School of Dental Medicine requires an Associate Dean/CFO with
vision, proven leadership ability and a strategic and innovative
thinker. This position requires strong negotiation, communication
and listening skills. The incumbent must have a strong professional
presence and the ability to influence others. Proven experience in
an optimization methodology such as LEAN, Six Sigma is highly
Additional experience/qualifications to be considered:
- Knowledge of current and emerging issues, trends, and
strategies in higher education finance, with familiarity of
private/nonprofit finance and accounting is required.
- Knowledge of clinic operations preferred.
- Candidates must have a deep understanding of financial and
budgeting operations, and proven talent for the development and
execution of long-term financial strategy.
- Demonstrated ability to operate successfully in a constantly
changing, fast-paced environment.
- Demonstrated emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills,
initiative, self-motivation, practical learning skills, enthusiasm
and an ability to complete multiple tasks in a timely and accurate
- Work requires ability to ensure adherence to all policies and
procedures of university.
- Experience in public speaking, business presentations, meeting
management and business correspondence.
- Proven experience relating to external constituencies such as
governing boards, legislative bodies, public, and other funding
agencies and donors is required.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity in all of its forms, with
the proven ability to interact effectively with diverse groups with
sensitivity and tact is essential.
- An understanding of state and federal regulations governing
higher-education institutions and knowledge of Pennsylvania
university or state policies and procedures is highly
- Strong working knowledge of healthcare/clinic/dental practice
and management, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and
non-profit accounting to include a history of continuing education
Salary range is $175,000 - $250,000 (will commensurate with
The University of Pennsylvania has retained Isaacson, Miller, a
national search firm, to conduct the search.
Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and
continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries,
nominations, referrals, and applications (resumes with cover
letters) should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the
Dan Rodas, Partner
Amy Segal, Partner
Karen McPhedran, Managing Associate
Gigi Mensah, Associate
Nicole Sancilio, Search Coordinator
The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented
students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The
University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative
action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without
regard to 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. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the
Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal
Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin
Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215)
898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
School of Dental Medicine
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications,
experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the
requirements of the position, as well as internal and market
factors and grade profile.
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
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made.
Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the
requirements of the job.
- Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn
offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health,
dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your
family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending
accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care
expenses with pre-tax dollars.
- Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition
benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get
tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also
eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
- Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to
help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and
Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a
pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment
options through TIAA and Vanguard.
- Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a
substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the
year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal
affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with
family—whatever your personal needs may be.
- Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth
Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family
members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the
costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community
or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you
won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to
underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always
provide proof of good health and are subject to
- Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to
supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing
demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide
variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health,
your family, and your work-life balance.
- Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an
array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and
- University Resources: As a member of the Penn community,
you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as
cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the
University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our
arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at
Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest
music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn
Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member
of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the
excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these
activities for free.
- Discounts and Special Services: From arts and
entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great
deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and
cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission
and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy
substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars
from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie
tickets, and admission to theme parks.
- Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer
creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance
between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use
of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job
- Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable
loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or
currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for
closing costs or home improvements.
- Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible
employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal
adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up
to two adoptions in your household.
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