Assistant Controller & Director of Financial Accounting & Controls (0687U) 24631

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California
Mar 13, 2018
Apr 12, 2018
Finance Industry
Corporate Finance
Contract Type

Job Title:

Assistant Controller & Director of Financial Accounting & Controls (0687U) #24631


Job ID:




Main Campus-Berkeley


Full/Part Time:







General Accounting


About Berkeley


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Departmental Overview


The Controller's Office provides oversight of various University financial services including financial accounting and controls, accounts receivable, accounts payable, contracts and grants accounting, and payroll.


Our mission is to:

Deliver efficient and effective financial services

Support decision-making based on timely and accurate financial information

Provide best practice financial guidance and consultation

Promote accountability and the management of risks

Be an advocate for sensible policies and practices


The Director of Financial Accounting & Controls provides leadership, direction and management for the campus’s financial accounting and reporting, which must comply with accounting principles issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and UC policy. This involves directing the Financial Accounting and Controls unit which has functions such as analyzing, monitoring, preparing and reconciling financial information to reflect the condition of the campus and the provision of financial and other statistical data to control campus operations. The unit also prepares financial reports to meet internal and external reporting requirements; assesses, develops, and monitors internal controls, including centrally-performed reconciliation and analysis and campus divisions’ financial reporting reviews; and coordinates certain campus tax matters and reporting, such as unrelated business income tax. Activities also include developing, implementing and monitoring: a) accounting systems used campus-wide, including the general ledger, which is the system that is the basis for the campus’s financial reporting; b) financial accounting and reporting policies; and c) related procedures.




• Lead and manage a flexible team that anticipates and is responsive to the changing needs of the Controller’s Office, the campus and the Office of the President (OP). Ensure appropriate staffing to accomplish the unit’s work. Through subordinate manager, oversee accounting assignments that are of diverse scope, including journal entry preparation, reconciliations and analyses, debt financing draws, state appropriation claims, chart of account maintenance, fiscal close coordination, and financial reporting, across various fund groups and functions.

• Direct staff hiring, training, supervision, and performance management of approximately fifteen staff.

• Works with HR Business Partner on employee relations issue, ADA ,FMLA and workers compensation

• Provides leadership, direction and managerial oversight

• Selects, trains, supervises, motivates and handles performance management of approximately fifteen staff.

• Approves timesheets and vacation requests

• Holds regular staff meetings and one on one meetings with direct reports

• Develop and implement business process, system and service enhancements to support campus-wide and system-wide objectives and requirements. Act as the functional owner of the general ledger for the campus. Collaborate with other central offices, including Information Systems and Technology, and campus departments. Oversee development, testing, implementation and training efforts.

• Prepare financial analysis for strategic campus decision-making and monitoring, including the financial position and profitability of the campus. Design and implement procedures that support compliance with changing accounting standards. Evaluate complex transactions to determine proper financial accounting, including related organization and component unit analysis. Coordinate the annual external financial, Uniform Guidance and NCAA audits. Provide support for campus management representation letter for the annual external financial statement audit.

• Assess internal controls using Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) framework. Implement controls and monitor activity for financial accounting functions, including division financial reporting reviews. Evaluate new systems and processes for appropriate controls.

• Provide tax coordination and support to other Controller’s Office and campus departments. Consult with OP’s Tax Services. Compile and submit to OP the campus’s Unrelated Business Income Tax reporting.

• Demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions, completing analysis and developing recommendations across the spectrum of responsibilities.

• Maintain strategic partnerships with key stakeholders at the campus, OP, other UC campuses, and possibly other universities. Interact with senior internal and external personnel clients on matters of some significance to the accounting organization. Institute and maintain proactive communications for the campus community. Maintain an effective web site to assist campus departments.

• Develop and implement strategic plan, including objectives, goals, strategies, and plans (OGSP) for Financial Accounting and Controls consistent with the OGSP of the Controller’s Office. Manage unit performance and progress toward goals using metrics and deliverables, implementing corrective actions as needed to achieve results. Normally receive little instruction on day-to-day work, with general instructions provided on new or unique assignments.

• Work on other projects as assigned by Controller.


Required Qualifications



• Bachelor degree in accounting.

• Public accounting and higher education experience preferred.

• CPA certification preferred



• 10+ years of financial accounting management experience.

• At least 5 to 7 years of experience managing direct reports.

• Demonstrated understanding of and experience in financial accounting and reporting, business and systems operations, internal controls and tax regulatory compliance requirements.

• Advanced knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), including Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) standards.

• Ability to manage and lead high performing team with focus on critical goals and delivery of high-quality results and customer service. Provides guidance and direction for achievement of objectives.

• Ability to organize and coordinate multiple projects and assignments and establish appropriate priorities and deadlines.

• Ability to evaluate productivity and efficiency, apply business rules, establish standard operating procedures and identify and develop improvements and/or streamline processes.

• Must have advanced skills using Microsoft Office and common desktop/web applications.

• Experience working with a wide array of complex financial systems and databases.

• Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships in diverse multi-cultural environment.

• Auditing experience.

• Position requires advanced inter-personal skills and ability to work effectively across the organization at all levels.

• Skills must include sophisticated service orientation, strong management skills, leadership skills, sound judgment and decision-making, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and effective verbal and written communication skills.


Salary & Benefits


For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:


How to Apply


Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.


Equal Employment Opportunity


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