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Senior Financial Analyst

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. 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 Employers By State in 2021.

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
Senior Financial Analyst

Job Profile Title
Accountant/Financial Analyst Senior

Job Description Summary
The Senior Financial Analyst, reporting to the Director of Financial Operations in the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics (DRIA), is responsible for a broad array of business and financial functions, including performing complex financial analyses, monitoring budgets, financial transactions, cash flow, and serving as a point of contact with university partners. As a member of the DRIA finance team, the Senior Financial Analyst will be responsible for submitting various NCAA and Federal reports including an annual GAAP financial submission in accordance with NCAA guidelines; working with external and internal auditors to adhere to annual agreed-upon procedures; and managing annual budget, five-year plan, and quarterly forecast processes, incorporating strategic initiatives, economic trends and operational effectiveness.
This position is responsible for providing high-level analytical support and development of financial models and scenarios as a key input for strategic planning decisions. In addition, the Senior Financial Analyst will provide leadership, guidance, and support to staff members through effective goal setting, performance management, and professional development.

Job Description


  • Work with department/unit heads to establish budget goals and five-year plans, ensure budgeted goals are met, oversee forecast revisions, and provide clear communication to department/unit heads. This includes preparation of budget reports for executive leadership, understanding and communicating potential risks or opportunities, and recommending improvements to the budget and forecast process.
  • Responsible for completion and submission of the annual NCAA GAAP report, annual federal Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) submission, and various other NCAA reports. Work with external and internal auditors to adhere to annual agreed-upon procedures.
  • Provide financial analysis for relevant issues that could impact the Division and manage the Division's reporting to support business needs. Create ad-hoc reports to analyze financial information and develop recommendations.
  • Monitor transactions and report financial results for purchase orders, travel reimbursements, p-cards, journal entries, tax calculations, payroll related transactions, and other payment forms including inter-university transfers.
  • Manage Division deliverables, liaison with other university departments for business related transactions, provide leadership, guidance, and support to staff members through effective goal setting, performance management, and professional development. Attend campus meetings and trainings to keep abreast of new information regarding financial processes.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


A Bachelor's Degree and 3 to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Degree in Business, Public Administration, Finance or Accounting preferred. CPA preferred. Experience with budget development and analysis or accounting, within an academic or non-profit environment is required.

Proficient knowledge of Excel is required, particularly proven ability to create spreadsheets, manage, and analyze data using pivot tables, charts, and graphs is required. Working knowledge of Hyperion, Smart View, and Workday preferred. The candidate must have thorough knowledge of financial, budgetary, and procurement procedures.

Must have experience in problem solving, independently determining method for completion of new projects, and be able to work through tasks concurrently.

Application Requirement:

A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Division of Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics

Pay Range
$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

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.

University Benefits

  • 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 underwriting.
  • 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 professionally.
  • 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 structures.
  • 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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