Financial Analyst, School of Public Health (7709U) 9851

San Francisco
Aug 13, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Financial Analyst, School of Public Health (7709U) 9851 About Berkeley

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 8/26/2020

Departmental Overview

The School of Public Health (SPH) at UC Berkeley (UCB) is recognized for its educational and research excellence, consistently ranking among the top public health schools in the country. The mission of the School is to develop, adapt, and apply diverse disciplines for the promotion and protection of the health of the human population. The School carries out this mission with programs of teaching, research, and service. The School serves approximately 1,100 students and serves approximately 1,000 other UCB students who participate in SPH courses. The academic structure of SPH consists of a single department and six divisions (Community Health Sciences, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology/ Biostatistics, Health Policy Management, Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, and Interdisciplinary). In addition to the Divisions, the School supports 30 research centers, many of which cut across the entire campus.


This vacancy provides the opportunity for a mid-level financial analyst to join the School of Public Health at a pivotal time for the School. Firstly, SPH welcomed a new leader, Dean Michael Lu, in July 2019 and there are multiple new initiatives already underway. Secondly, in light of the current COVID-19 global pandemic, there has been a new light shone on the importance of public health research and education. The Finance team at SPH plays a critical role in support of the School's mission by ensuring financial excellence and supporting strategic resource allocations and business planning.

The incumbent will manage the finances of the School's six academic divisions (listed above) and provide financial and business analysis support to the School's Educational Operations group (effort will be split 75/25 between these two areas of responsibility). Financial oversight of the academic divisions of the School involves budget creation and monitoring, monthly reporting to Division heads, variance reporting, ledger maintenance (e.g. payroll corrections, journals), customer support, financial operations (e.g. reconciling pcard expenditures, tracking new gifts received), business planning and ad hoc special projects. The Financial Analyst's work in support of the Educational Operations group (a team that provides operations support to the School's academic functions) will include external reporting (e.g. pulling data for the School's accrediting body), analyses in support of academic decision making (e.g. costing out academic teaching), budget support for academic units under Educational Operation group's purview, as well as financial operations support (e.g. submitting or approving journals).

As a member of the School of Public Health finance team, this position will provide guidance, leadership, and expertise in strategic planning, management and oversight for the School's financial operations. The position involves developing, interpreting and implementing financial concepts for financial planning, resource planning (dollars), and control of organizational budget to include daily operational tasks and approvals. In addition, the incumbent analyzes and prepares recommendations for financial plans, including annual resource allocations, future requirements, and operating forecasts.

Required Qualifications

  • 5+ years of working experience in accounting/financial analysis
  • Experience in finance, accounting, financial transactions, systems and policy.
  • Thorough knowledge of general and fund accounting principles
  • Demonstrated ability to independently gather, organize, and synthesize data and perform financial analysis assignments.
  • Budgeting and variance analysis experience.
  • Strong communication skills. Presents information in a clear and concise manner both in writing and verbally.
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Excel, as well as other common desktop/web applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to approach work with a structured plan, meet deadlines and prioritize effectively.
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills, attention to detail.
  • Strong customer service skills.

  • Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Higher education or non-for-profit experience.
  • Familiarity with restricted fund types, including gifts, endowments, contracts and grants
  • Proficiency in UC Systems, such as Oracle Hyperion, Essbase and People Soft. At UC, the systems known as: BFS, UCPath CalAnswers, CalPlanning.

    Salary & Benefits

    Hiring Range: $82,000 - $88,000 annually. 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.

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