6439 University Controller (Administrator III), University Controller's Office

San Diego, California
Starting salary will range from $130,000 to $160,000 annually. Salary placement will be determined b
Sep 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution




San Diego State University is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of historically underrepresented groups.

Initial review of applications will begin on October 16, 2017. To receive full consideration, apply by October 13, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.  The online application should be completed in detail. Completion of the online application is required for consideration; a resume alone will not suffice. 

For more information on San Diego State University, please click here.


Position Information


This position is in the Management Personnel Plan (Administrator III) and earns management benefits including medical, dental, vision, $100,000 life insurance plan, and the CalPERS pension plan.  For more information on benefits included for this position, please see the benefits summary.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible, at will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but may vary based on operational needs.

The Controller is responsible for the effective oversight and management of Accounting Services, Accounts Payable, and Financial Reporting. Duties include interpretation and application of fiscal policies and procedures in accordance with federal, state, CSU system, and university regulations and policy. The Controller manages the integration of the university finance system (Oracle) with financial operations and actively analyzes financial information for management oversight in conjunction with the budget office and other University entities. The Controller works collaboratively with internal and external constituents to ensure efficient use of University resources while providing a high level of customer service.

The Controller is responsible for the integrity and accuracy of the financial accounting system and is responsible for the preparation and submission of financial reports for both internal and external customers. The incumbent will define and work with technical and functional departments to implement solutions to meet the financial reporting needs of internal as well as external constituencies.

The incumbent will develop talents and expertise of staff and recruit and retain a diverse staff of well-qualified and high-performing professionals; consult with and advise University management, faculty, and staff on financial issues; recommend alternatives in creating and implementing University-wide  financial  policies  and  procedures; and establish  and  monitor appropriate procedures and systems to assure necessary controls on all financial transactions ensuring an appropriate internal control environment for the University. The Controller directs and coordinates the annual closing of the accounting records, develops and maintains strong collegial contacts throughout the University and with nationalprofessional organizations, and understands how various stakeholders throughout the University value and use the services provided by the Controller's Office.

The Controller’s Office also represents the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs, in his capacity as the Chief Financial Officer of the campus, to the campus auxiliary organizations in order to ensure that auxiliary audits are conducted in accordance with CSU requirements for inclusion as component units in the financial statements of the CSU.

The incumbent is responsible for the Controller's areas budgets which include the University’s operating fund allocations, revenue-based accounts, cost recovery accounts, and internal service funds.

For more information regarding University Controller's Office, please click here.


Compensation and Benefits


Starting salary will range from $130,000 to $160,000 annually. Salary placement will be determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources. CSU Classification Salary Range: $60,864 - $206,916 per year.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.




Minimum Qualifications 

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in accounting or a related field.
  • Minimum ten years of progressively responsible experience in the finance area in higher education, including managing a large and diverse staff.
  • Experience leading an implementation or major upgrade to an ERP suite which includes general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and procurement.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite including Excel and Word.
  • No less than two years of being responsible for a substantial audit engagement. “Substantial” means an organizationally-complex auditee, multiple audit staff, andconsolidated statements which include MD&A or similar disclosures. Must includeresponsibility for reviewing client-prepared audit schedules, financial reports, andfootnotes.

Preferred Qualifications and Specialized Skills

  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel which enable review and analysis and support the production of reports with both summary and detailed information.
  • High-level critical thinking skills which enable the incumbent to quickly and accurately determine potential areas of risk or concern for the University regarding data and/or activities.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills which enable the Controller to effectively manage the team of managers and staff within the areas of responsibility as well as develop and maintain relationships with colleagues across the campus and other campuses and the Chancellor's Office.
  • A master's degree in accounting, finance, or a related field.
  • Certified Public Accountant.
  • More than three years of experience in the audit practice of a major public accounting firm.
  • Experience in data query tools.
  • Expertise and experience in applying accounting standards for higher education (GASB preferred).


Application Procedures


To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page.  You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button. If you need assistance completing your application, please click here

Applicants with disabilities requiring assistance may call (619) 594-7099. 

General Information

All management and executive employees shall be required to provide a written statement to the appropriate administrator of any and all outside employment. Employees shall also provide a written statement of outside employment if a written request by an administrator is made.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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