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The Rausser College of Natural Resources (RCNR) Dean's Office provides a varied menu of services to faculty, students, and staff in its four academic departments, an augmented graduate group, and several centers/facilities on the Berkeley campus and locations off-site, under the leadership of the Dean. RCNR encompasses basic and applied aspects of biological, physical and social sciences, and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The College oversees an estimated annual state budget of about $90 million. By consolidating and streamlining services in areas such as Academic Personnel, Human Resources, Finance, and Facilities Administration, and working in partnership with Berkeley Regional Services, RCNR assists departments and investigators to smoothly navigate through the campus administrative process and focus on the research that inspires and motivates them.
This position is in the Finance group and provides leadership and expertise in strategic planning, management, and oversight of all financial operations for units within the College. The incumbent insures that proper internal controls and accountability are in place with respect to the financial activities in order to guarantee compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and university policies and regulations. The position involves developing, interpreting and implementing financial concepts for financial planning, resource planning (dollars), and control of organizational budget. Analyze and prepare recommendations for financial plans, including annual resource allocations, future requirements, and operating forecasts. The position reports to the Director of Research and Extension.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: October 18, 2021
Applies professional concepts to perform moderate to complex financial or resource analysis to understand past performance and determine present and future performance and / or resource allocations.
Advises department managers, Chairs, Dean and Center/Facility Directors on financial strategies and devises creative approaches to resource allocation and management to achieve programmatic goals.
Provides analytical support to the department managers Chairs, Dean and Center/Facility Directors for complex budget, financial, or resource analysis projects, and prepares reports required by central campus offices and UCOP. Examples include annual Recharge SelfCertifications, campus Reserve Analysis project, and REEPort.
Prepares appropriate data and reports descriptive of the budgetary and fiscal character of the College and its respective entities for use in analysis and annual reporting to funding agencies.
Coordinates and implements department/center/facility budget allocations.
Conceives of and maintains department chart of accounts, other data management tools, and related business processes.
Reviews, analyzes and proactively makes and implements recommendations that improve the effectiveness of the College's chart of accounts.
Independently gathers information as needed to perform complex financial and resource analysis.
Analyzes, prepares and summarizes recommendations for financial and / or resource plans, including annual resource allocation approaches, trended future requirements, operating forecasts, sources and uses, etc.
Designs and analyzes monthly and/or quarterly budget and expense reports, summarizing data and documenting trends for the College's entities.
Monitors compliance with legal, systemwide, federal, and campus policies and procedures.
Advises administrative officers to ensure that budget and finance policies are properly implemented.
Applies professional concepts to provide monthly or quarterly projections, analyzes spending patterns, and recommends adjustments.
Prepares, reviews, and / or approves financial transactions.
Documents procedures for financial activities.
Ensures that the appropriate internal controls are addressed, maintained and strengthened to protect University resources.
Reviews, processes, approves, monitors & reconciles financial data and transactions utilizing broad knowledge of campus, federal and state policies and procedures to assure audit standards compliance and effective deployment of resources.
Processes inter-campus and interlocation fund transfers.
Provides guidance for college units or departments on undergraduate & graduate student awards paid from college or departmental endowment funds.
Manages course material fees.
Works closely with Research Administration to recover deficits that were written off from faculty research funds to department funds.
Provides departments, centers/facilities support in the areas of business process analysis and design, system or procedure testing and implementation, documentation, security, workflow, and customer feedback.
Serves as resource to departments, centers/facilities, and college units by providing leadership and extensive knowledge base to allow the unit to function at maximal effectiveness.
Reviews and interprets University, departments, and centers/facilities business policies and processes in the areas of budget and accounting.
Thorough knowledge of finance policies, practices, and systems.
Ability to independently gather required information to organize, and perform financial analysis assignments.
Proven ability to effectively present information verbally and in writing in a clear and concise manner.
Proven ability using spreadsheet and database software for complex financial analysis, fiscal management, and financial reports.
Proven interpersonal skills with peers throughout the organization; strong service orientation and critical thinking skills; and attention to detail.
Proven ability using organizational skills to multi-task in a high volume environment.
Ability to adapt to changing priorities.
Ability to function as a member of a team.
Ability to quickly learn or have knowledge and understanding of internal control practices and their impact on protecting University resources.
Excellent analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Thorough knowledge of or ability to quickly learn university, state, and federal policies for fund management, procurement, finance, payroll, contract and grant administration and recharge unit operations, and the systems that support them.
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:
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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