Financial Officer 3 (Financial Officer, Education)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
Corporate Controller
Financial Officer Organization
Full/Part Time:


The successful candidate will serve as the Financial Officer for the College of Education, reporting directly to the Office of the Corporate Controller with a secondary reporting line to the Dean of the College of Education. Penn State, the Office of the Corporate Controller, and the College of Education is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. As a member of the Dean’s senior leadership team, the Financial Officer will provide leadership in strategic management of financial and budget execution matters for the Dean, as well as for departments, schools, centers, and institutes within the college. Duties include regular financial analysis and reporting, general funds and restricted funds management, financial aspects of post-award research administration, strategic fiscal planning and spending, financial stewardship, budget execution, policy and procedure interpretation, guidance and compliance, oversight of financial systems and related approvals, monitoring budgets to ensure planned resources are available, and coordination of internal audits and risk assessments. This position will also serve as the liaison to central University offices in the areas of finance, payroll, risk management, purchasing and others as needed. The successful candidate will supervise, evaluate, develop, and train assigned staff. This role is also responsible for providing both formal and informal training on policies, procedures and systems across the administrative area. Candidates should demonstrate knowledge in financial and budget management, analysis and forecasting, and financial reporting. Experience and knowledge in institutional research would be beneficial. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus eight years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This position requires a high degree of self-direction, including the ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines with short notice, strong leadership skills, ability to lead and manage teams, and a strong commitment to inclusionary practices which support diversity and equity throughout the University. Strong written, verbal and presentation skills are required to properly advise a variety of people to achieve organizational goals. Ability to manage complex problems crossing multiple functional areas ranging from policy/procedural issues, risk/legal matters, and negotiations. Due to the financial or fiduciary responsibilities of this position, successful completion of a credit history check will be required in addition to standard background checks.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088