City of Hope Director, Research Finance in Monrovia, California

Job ID: 13141

Job Title: Director, Research Finance

This position is part of our Research Operations team!

About Research Operations:

City of Hope’s Research Operations team works collaboratively to provide timely and excellent operational and regulatory services to basic, translational and clinical research programs with the shared purpose of fulfilling the organization’s scientific mission.

To learn more about our Research Operations services and team please visit

Position Summary:

The Director of Research Finance supports basic and translational research, serving as a principal advisor to the Senior Director of Research Administration on matters related to research finance.

In addition to accounting, budgeting, and development of management reports, primary responsibilities include creation and implementation of policies, procedures, and internal controls. S/he works closely with research and finance leadership to ensure achievement of financial performance goals in alignment with City of Hope’s research goals. S/he will be a financial professional with significant managerial experience, preferably in an academic or non-profit space. S/he will possess a bachelor's degree, with an MBA or CPA preferred.

Key Responsibilities include:


  • Lead and coordinate the development of the annual operating, capital, and grant budgets for research, including multi-year financial projections that are aligned with and support the strategic priorities of the research enterprise.
  • Prepare special analyses and reports that support research budget and financial priorities.
  • Proactively monitor research departments and financial transactions to assure budget and policy compliance; identify and apply corrective actions as necessary.
  • Identify and/or reallocate resources for strategic research projects and priorities.

Financial Management/General:

  • Work with other departments to ensure compliance with sponsor regulations, streamline workflows, and improve processes to improve efficiencies while maintaining an atmosphere that fosters the research mission of the organization.
  • Manage other critical day-to-day compliance and operational processes for the research enterprise, including: expense review/approval, capital expenditures, new project setups, etc.
  • Interact, establish cooperative working relationships, and communicate effectively with co-workers and personnel in other departments, particularly Research Operations units, Corporate Accounting, Philanthropy, and Corporate Finance.
  • Prepare routine and ad hoc special financial analyses and reporting to support COH’s research enterprise. Lead development of financial summaries for monthly close.
  • Assist with ongoing review of internal processes to streamline or create new more efficient processes; assist in executing process changes and assist with overseeing to completion.
  • Actively participate in enterprise-wide system improvement initiatives.
  • Participate in high level meetings to meet the strategic goals of research.
  • Represent the organization in various civic, community and professional organizations at the local, state, and national level as required. Establish working relationships with appropriate organizations and individuals.
  • Maintain professional growth and development and keeps abreast of latest trends in area of expertise.


  • Provide guidance and leadership to subordinates and to departmental business personnel to increase the competencies of the organization and to ensure compliance with regulations and internal policies
  • Provide leadership in the recruitment, selection, evaluation and development of key staff in the unit.

Cost Analysis:

  • Work with Corporate Finance to report on revenue and expenditure analyses for research.
  • Work with Senior Director of Research Administration to design, develop, and implement management reports that provide concise and accurate financial status assessments at various levels of detail.
  • Direct and participate in the preparation of selected state and federal reports and audits as needed.
  • Responsible for the negotiation of indirect cost rate for the institute.


  • Partner with Philanthropy and Corporate Accounting to establish workflows and appropriate administration and reporting of philanthropic funds including restricted gifts and endowments as these relate to research including the creation and administration of permanent gifts/endowment records, compliance with donor restrictions, institutional policies and federal and state regulations.
  • Oversee disbursement and spending of philanthropic funds for research.

Minimum Education, and Skills Required for Consideration:

  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Must have 5 or more years of progressive financial management experience in a large, complex organization.
  • Must have a Sound financial background in an academic or non-profit setting.
  • Must be detail-oriented with strong problem-solving skills.
  • Must have the ability to work closely and effectively with a diverse group of administrators; strong interpersonal and leadership skills; proven ability to effect and influence change through a collaborative and inclusive style.
  • Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
  • Must Exhibit flexibility while influencing others to improve processes and implement changes.
  • Anticipates needs, responds quickly, provides guidance and support, monitors and follows up as required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication

Preferred Education and Skills:

  • Master’s Degree or CPA
  • Experience at a non-profit and/or higher education medical center is preferred.

About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world.

City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, withcommunityclinicsthroughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report . Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields ofbonemarrowtransplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthroughcancerdrugsbased on technology developed at the institution.

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.

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