Executive Director, Research Finance

City of Hope
Irwindale, California
Closing date
Jun 5, 2022

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Life Sciences
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Full Time
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About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment organization for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope's translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin, monoclonal antibodies and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution. AccessHope™, a subsidiary launched in 2019 serves employers and their health care partners by providing access to City of Hope's specialized cancer expertise.

A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked among the nation's "Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report and received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California and in Arizona.

City of Hope's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is key in serving our mission to provide compassionate patient care, drive innovative discovery, and advance vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes in all of our communities. Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures we bring the full range of skills, perspectives, cultural backgrounds and experiences to our work -- and that our teams align with the people we serve in order to build trust and understanding. We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity - in ideas, backgrounds and perspectives; this is reflected in our work and represented in our people.

Position Summary

The Director is the strategic business partner to the City of Hope Research Organization. The Executive Director provides financial insights and analysis tailored to the needs of the Research Leadership group. The Executive Director supports the Vice President by enabling and bringing forward, together with Research Leadership, key insights and decisions at the enterprise level. The Executive Director of Research Finance supports day-to-day financial decision making in the Research Organization and is a trusted advisor to the Leadership. The Executive Director supports the Research Leadership with insights on resource allocation (budgets) and provides tracking for the financial and strategic commitments. In order to do this effectively the Executive Director is also a key member and representative of the enterprise finance function and is responsible for the effective flow and appropriate translation of information.

Research is a key differentiator for City of Hope and plays a very significant role in the strategic aspirations both financially and non-financially. The Executive Director is responsible for enabling the Research Leadership to make decisions with speed and transparency relative to this agenda. It is important to have outstanding communication skills combined with both scientific as well as financial acumen.

Key Responsibilities include:

Financial insights, Analysis and Reporting
  • Structure, analyze and report financial insights both historic and forward looking. Ensure timely distribution of reporting and commentary for enterprise and research leadership purposes
  • Align and maintain a forward looking view on the research portfolio and make transparent size and focus of the investment in terms of resources and budgets.
  • Provide timely input and recommendations to the Research Leadership on risks and opportunities in delivering research specific as well as enterprise key business performance metrics.
  • Collaborate with Enterprise Finance to reflect Research Leadership needs in various enterprise processes and policies (budget, strategic plan, new initiative planning etc.)

Effective Manager & Leader
  • Participate in the identification and development of objectives, goals, and strategy relative to finance as well as for the enterprise.
  • Function as leader in the finance organization while representing the research organization.
  • Assist with formation and execution of the corporate finance strategic priorities.
  • Obtain and maintain necessary healthcare and GAAP related finance and accounting knowledge as well as relevant scientific understanding and knowledge to specific to Cancer research operations.
  • Work closely and effectively with a diverse constituency, including faculty, administrators, and potential external stakeholders in a wide range of disciplines.
  • May direct, supervise, and evaluate the work of dedicated analytical staff. Works with staff to identify and resolve the most complex issues Supports development, engagement and professional growth of the analytical staff
  • This role will be responsible for providing expertise in grant accounting, cost accounting, R & D pipeline/portfolio, capital investments, overheads, and commercialization.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business, or related field
  • Minimum ten years of managerial experience preferably in healthcare.
  • Minimum of eight years of finance experience
  • Minimum of five years of scientific healthcare experience
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)

Preferred education experience and skills:
  • PhD, MBA, or Master's Degree in business, finance or related area

Additional Information:
  • As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research.  City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

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