Vice Dean of Administration and Finance, Penn Nursing

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Vice Dean of Administration and Finance, Penn Nursing

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.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Vice Dean of Administration and Finance, Penn Nursing

Job Profile Title
Vice Dean of Administration

Job Description Summary
The Vice Dean of Administration and Finance reports to the Dean of the School of Nursing and functions as a senior member of the Dean's leadership team and as a key contributor to strategy development. The Vice Dean supports the School's educational and research programs and day to day operations. A visible and influential leader within the school and at Penn, the Vice Dean serves as the School's Chief Operating Officer, holding senior managerial and fiduciary responsibilities in all financial matters, including a budget of nearly $100 million. The Vice Dean directs School-wide administrative and financial operations with oversight of administration, finances, facilities, operations, computing and information technology, faculty and staff affairs. The Vice Dean represents the Dean and serves as a spokesperson for the School to the executive and financial levels of the University.

Job Description
  • Serve as a senior member of the Dean's team and a key contributor to, and developer of, strategic decisions. Oversee School-wide budget with operations, budget planning, capital planning, funding priorities, financial analysis and managerial oversight responsibility for maintaining and ensuring the solid financial position of the School. Attend the Dean's Advisory Group meetings and be an active participant.
  • Lead, manage and contribute to the professional development of the 4 direct reports: Director of Business and Finance, Executive Director of Computing and Information Technology and Facilities Planning, Chief People Officer and Program Coordinator of Office of Administration. Work closely to ensure business process improvement in all areas and operational efficiencies across the School. Partners with leaders to oversee the operations, budgeting and strategic direction of other administrative functions including the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Nursing Research (this office has a dotted line to the Vice Dean), the Office of Institutional Advancement, and academic departments.
  • Direct the overall planning and organization of the School of Nursing including: strategic planning, policy implementation and development, new initiatives, organizational development and resource allocation. Ensure compliance with internal and external agencies, inclusive of federal and non-federal sponsored programs.
  • Assessment of budget implications of new and continuing initiatives to ensure sustainable finances; advise Dean, Associate Deans and Department Chairs on the impact of resource allocation decisions and commitments. Develop long-term plans and/or models to project the impact of changes or new assumptions affecting the school's human, financial and space resources.
  • Demonstrates and utilizes exemplary planning, collaboration, communication and benchmarking in problem solving. Exhibit visionary, visible, exemplary and inspirational leadership in words and actions. Delegate effectively while maintaining appropriate oversight and focus on both the short- term goals and long-term strategies of the School.
  • Embodies the School's Guiding Principles for Learning and Working Together: Embraces Diversity and Inclusion; Treats Others with Respect; Acts with Empathy, Engages in Dialogue to Learn; Strives for Excellence of a good citizen in actions with colleagues at the School of Nursing and throughout the University. Communicate naturally, frequently and effectively.
  • Perform additional duties and responsibilities as assigned


A Master's Degree or higher and over 10 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

A successful Vice Dean 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 constraints. The person will have a successful track record of leading and motivating a staff of highly driven professional and administrative personnel. The Vice Dean must possess a high energy level and an optimism with an orientation toward action, but with a comfort to work in ambiguity. The person will be data-driven, but not risk averse, and must be able to encourage trust and transparency by their actions. Experience in an academic environment with a strong emphasis on education and research is preferred.

The successful candidate will have a record of leading multiple functions within a complex organization, preferably within higher education. The School of Nursing requires a Vice Dean 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.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Nursing

Pay Range

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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Welcome to the University of Pennsylvania! Penn is the largest private employer in Philadelphia and is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation.  

Across our 12 highly-regarded schools, more than 25,000 students, and more than 4,000 faculty members, we become one university: a wide-ranging, ever-changing community that draws its strength from a multitude of races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, historical traditions, ages, religions, disabilities, veteran status, interests, perspectives, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Penn carries on the principles and spirit of its founder, Benjamin Franklin: entrepreneurship, innovation, invention, outreach, and a pragmatic love of knowledge. Franklin's practical outlook has remained a driving force in the university's development. To learn more, visit About Penn



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