At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.
We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.
The Assistant Vice Chancellor & Controller is a senior level staff position at UC Berkeley and has campus-wide responsibility for the oversight of accounting activities and financial services. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Finance & Chief Financial Officer, the Controller oversees the Controller's Office, whose 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 risk; and be an advocate for sensible policies and practices. The Controller, through subordinate management, develops and monitors internal control environment; interprets and implements policies; develops and issues internal and external reports; and oversees financial systems. The Controller collaborates with various campus financial stakeholders in different divisions and schools as well as the UC systemwide Controller at Office of the President. The Controller advises the Vice Chancellor for Finance and other campus leaders on accounting best practices and leads problem-solving for related areas and projects that impact the campus.
The Controller directs accounting and financial operations involving over 4,000 active extramural funds, about 385,000 individual AP invoices/expenditures totaling $760 million, payroll totaling $1.3 billion per year for 31,000 employees (academic and staff), cash handling deposits exceeding $1.2 billion per year, and loans and receivables of $900 million per year. The Controller has authority, as delegated from the Chancellor to the Vice Chancellor, over the operation of controls designed to ensure sound and ethical business practices and compliance with existing policies/procedures as well as accounting laws and practices.
Develops and executes the vision and the objectives for the Controller's unit.
Through subordinate managers, has overall accountability for Controller's Unit objectives and evaluates performance towards meeting goals.
Has full responsibility for personnel-related matters. Sets clear and measurable goals. Provides professional development opportunities. Manages performance issues.
Has wide-ranging accounting-related experience, uses professional accounting concepts and standards and campus objectives to manage complex accounting issues and assignments.
Researches accounting and tax issues impacting the campus.
Facilitates the preparation and submission of the campus' financial statements and other filings.
Ensures that the accounting records are maintained accurately.
Provides advice and consultation on matters of internal controls, operating efficiencies and process improvements related to fiscal operations.
Partners with leadership within VC Finance and across campus to share information, clarify policy, coordinate financial best practices, and communicate key process and policy decisions to campus.
Provides leadership for a variety of ad hoc initiatives, including but not limited to financial system improvements, new system implementations, process enhancements, accounting structures for new business models and relationships, etc.
Internal and external contacts often pertain to accounting and financial reporting matters of significance to the department and campus.
Represent UC Berkeley in system-wide projects, initiatives and working groups.
Leads other senior managers to establish campus strategic plans and objectives and advises senior management of opportunities, risks, and external audit activity.
Provides training and communications to all stakeholders about the financial operation, policies and procedures and related projects and services.
Leads the campus through policy and/or systems changes by practicing excellent change management techniques.
Significant number of years of progressively responsible accounting / business / finance leadership experiences in a complex, matrixed environment.
Extensive experiences and in-depth knowledge of accounting and internal controls best practices, policies, procedures, and systems to be the campus expert and leader.
Strong knowledge of GAAP, GASB, and/or FASB; all of the above preferred.
Expert ability to recommend as well as research, interpret, and apply policies and procedures and ability to determine a course of action based on these guidelines.
Expert level analytical and detailed orientation skills to synthesize interfacing policies and information.
Exceptional collaborative skills and political acumen. Position requires expert inter-personal skills and ability to work effectively across the organization at all levels.
Skills must include sophisticated service orientation, sound judgment and decision-making, critical thinking, and creative problem solving.
Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.
Expert leadership and management skills; demonstrated success in people and resource management as well as ability to set strategy and lead / motivate / coach high performing organizations to meet goals.
Outstanding ethics demonstrated by an uncompromising commitment to integrity, ability to confront highly sensitive issues and maintain objectivity.
Experience with an integrated ERP system.
Has expert knowledge of campus and/or industry systems and practices.
Has expert skills needed to assume responsibility for the overall operational success of the function.
Experience and knowledge of fund accounting.
Bachelors degree in accounting, business, finance, or related area, CPA, and/or equivalent experience/training.
PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain management experience preferred.
Experience on a project implementing or upgrading an ERP system a plus.
Experience leading / managing accounting or financial services within higher education.
Experience and knowledge of contracts and grants accounting for research and fundraising.
Advanced degree and/or certification in related area.
Salary & Benefits
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Application review will begin in mid-June 2020. The position will be open until filled.
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
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see: