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Director of Finance (7710U)
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jan. 14, 2020
Title Director of Finance (7710U)
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Financial Planning/Budget Management
    Business & Administration

Director of Finance (7710U)

About Berkeley

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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: January 24, 2020

Posting will be open until filled.

Departmental Overview

The College of Chemistry is comprised of:

  • The Department of Chemistry
  • The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Both disciplines provide the opportunity and means for meeting major scientific and technological challenges, such as addressing climate change, increasing the world's food supply, synthesizing new materials, and discovering and delivering important drugs. The college prides itself on a balanced approach to science, with research areas ranging from experimental to theoretical.

The College of Chemistry's Finance and Administration Unit within the Dean's Office is responsible for all budgeting, financial accounting, recharge, receiving, and systems design for the College. The Director of Finance oversees all of these functions and ensures that analysts are independently responsible and accountable for the work they are assigned while coordinating data and financial management with unit managers. These responsibilities include developing, interpreting and implementing financial reporting, policies and procedures, financial and resource planning, and training and mentoring within a complex and matrixed organization.

  • Works collaboratively with department and unit managers to set financial strategy for the College and to develop, execute, monitor, and report on the College's operating budget of $32 million and overall budget of over $60 million (including contracts and grants).
  • Oversee and manage all aspects of the College's budget planning and preparation, including long-range planning and analysis of budgetary implications of academic and administrative programs.
  • Develop tools and techniques for timely and efficient financial reporting and management to ensure that the College achieves its financial goals and complies with the requirements of Campus and external authorities.
  • Provides financial analyses and reporting to the dean and advises the dean on funding strategies for faculty recruitment and retention, capital projects, recharge activities, and departmental operations.
  • Assesses the impact of university academic policies for the College and integrates faculty recruitment plans into the College's financial plan.
  • Prepares documentation for start-up funding and manages/reports on the College's financial liabilities as a result of commitments.
  • Guides and trains unit and departmental supervisors and managers on how to align operations to achieve fiscal balance.
  • Reviews the College's financial status with the dean on a regular basis to address negative issues and foster informed and effective decision-making amongst leadership.
  • Reviews and approves all non-sponsored financial transactions on behalf of the College and ensures that financial processing functions are performed with accuracy and efficiency.
  • Ensures compliance with SAS-115 auditing standards and establishes internal financial controls.
  • Supervises analysts to perform departmental budget allocations, develop and maintain data management tools and related business processes.
  • Serves as the primary advisor to departmental leadership concerning allocations and executes intercollege allocations.
  • Executes complex analyses, projections, and trend reports.
  • Advises on how to address anomalies and variances and proposes recommendations to mitigate issues.
  • Collaborates with the Executive Associate Dean to manage the finances and operations of 9 recharges, which include Liquid Air, Storeroom, Amenities, Engineering Services, MicroLab, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Xray, Molecular Graphics, and the Pitzer Center. A different supervisor manages each unit, which requires that the Director understand the needs, strengths and opportunities of each unit to appropriately guide it.
  • Develops and works collaboratively with managers to implement innovative solutions to highly complex recharge and self-supporting operations, including policy recommendations to align operations with financial targets, and improve data systems and user interfaces.
  • Analyzes and summarizes recommendations for financial and/or resource plans, including annual resource allocations, projected future requirements, and operating forecasts.
  • Oversees the analysts in performing the monthly billing and collection activities for the College's recharge units to ensure timely operations.
  • Represents the needs of the College and other academic units on the Campus' Recharge Committee.
  • Represents the College on Campus committees and acts as a liaison between the College and Campus central units including the Budget Office, General Accounting, Recharge Committee, Capital Projects, Disbursements, and Business Contracts.

Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated knowledge of finance policies, practices and systems and can d

emonstrate thorough knowledge and expertise in the area of general accounting and fund management.
  • Ability to identify and accurately analyze information from a variety of sources.
  • Demonstrates ability to present complex finance related information in a clear and concise manner, both in writing and verbally, including the ability to translate numbers to individuals with little financial experience.
  • Able to adapt and learn quickly a number of electronic systems, and demonstrate a proficiency using Microsoft Office and other business applications.
  • Is able to work independently and multi-task work while overseeing and managing the work of others. Able to balance competing and conflicting priorities and demands to meet internal and external deadlines.
  • Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals who have disparate expectations and experience to effectively align the objectives of the College and University.
  • Demonstrates strong business ethics and sound judgement.
  • Demonstrates ability to influence others with whom the position has no authority.
  • Possesses strong inter-personal skills and ability to work effectively across the organization at all levels.
  • Client services oriented, has excellent listening, critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training preferred.
  • Professional certification preferred.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

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

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:
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