Chief Financial Officer (0212U) - CDSS

San Francisco
Sep 01, 2020
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Chief Financial Officer (0212U) - CDSS 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: IMMEDIATE REVIEW

Departmental Overview

The Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS) is a dynamic, innovative new structure at UC Berkeley that represents a once-in-a-generation transformation. The Division brings together faculty, researchers, and students from computing, statistics, the humanities, and social and natural sciences, mirroring the cross-cutting nature of data science and redefining the research university for the digital age. Core to the Division is a commitment to examining how the digital revolution affects equity and opportunity—and building the capacity to respond to these challenges. CDSS connects the Data Science Education Program, School of Information, Departments of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences and Statistics, the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, and the Data Science Commons. The Division is responsible for growing Berkeley's broad-based data science education program, including classes and programs serving thousands of undergraduate students a year.

CDSS is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. CDSS is interested in candidates whose previous experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion.


30% Creates, maintains, and reports on operational and capital budgets and budget processes, staffing, and financial planning of labor and non-labor activities. Analyzes annual and multi-year budget reports for departmental operating budgets and assists in making projections. Identifies current and anticipated problems, develops solutions, recommends actions, and implements decisions. Formulates strategic plans to utilize current resources fully, obtains new resources when appropriate, and responds to either temporary/permanent budget reductions or allocation of new funds. In collaboration with Division colleagues, determines the financial component of the annual TAS budget process, coordinating and reviewing the Academic Personnel, Curriculum Planning and Student Services data. Creates and updates financial models for decision support of new revenue-generating programs and initiatives. Assesses the impact of university academic policies for the Division and integrates faculty recruitment plans into provisional financial plans. Prepares documentation for start-up funding and manages/reports on financial liabilities as a result of commitments. Creates startup and retention worksheets for new faculty. Orients new faculty to campus purchasing and tracks spending over the years.

30% Establishes and recommends changes to policies which affect units or the organization. Performs highly complex financial or resource research and studies for both internal department and external campus constituents. Engages in campus financial planning and initiatives. Works with the campus to review the division's financial status and maintain the budget process. Represents the Division on business affairs to the institution community. Acts as a liaison between the Division and campus central units, including the Budget Office, General Accounting, Capital Projects, Disbursements, and Business. Contracts. Establishes internal financial controls and ensures financial procedures are within compliance with UC policies and procedures, conducts financial analyses, assessing the adequacy of the full range of resources, identifies problems areas and troubleshoots to identify resolution strategies. Establishes a process for the ongoing monitoring of budget-to-actuals and meaningful financial management reporting within the division. Utilizes various campus systems to resolve complex financial and budgetary issues: Berkeley Financial System (BFS), Cal Planning, CalAnswers, and other sources and tools. Builds the annual Forecast and Operating Budget in CalPlanning. Performs quarterly variance analysis at L4 and L3 levels and make adjustments to the Forecast throughout the year.

15% Interacts with senior management. Within CDSS, counsels senior management (CAO/COS, Associate Vice Provost, Associate Deans, department chairs, and managers) on making budgetary trade-offs to meet Division's strategic priorities given financial landscape. Incumbent is responsible for working with leadership in central campus and other academic units.

15% Manages, through subordinate supervisors and technical leads, the coordination and implementation of activities of a section or department with responsibility for results in terms of costs, methods, and employees. Leads a team of less-experienced analysts and administrative professionals. Develops goals and objectives for Finance team, provides leadership and training to the staff, plans and implements systems, procedures and services, develops ad-hoc reports and control measures, and deals with a variety of complex and unusual problems. Troubleshoots problems and conflicts; provides additional staff training as required. Ensures that business processes, procedures, service delivery and records management are uniform, consistent and efficient. Oversees and performs all management functions, including recruitment, training and coaching, employee development, conflict resolution, and performance management. Assesses training needs for peer managers/or supervisors, and other staff in areas such as sound financial practices, new business systems, and use of financial software or other tools that will improve fund management. Supervises or oversees Admin. Officer 3 as well as planned Project/Policy Analyst 4 positions and conducts annual reviews.

10% Frequently interacts with subordinate supervisors, customers, and / or functional peer group managers. Facilitates various activities between functional areas, other organizational units, or customers.

Required Qualifications
  • Comprehensive knowledge of finance and budget policies, practices and systems; budgeting and reporting techniques; fund accounting; human resource planning; accounting and bookkeeping.
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively across the organization at all levels; ability to interact with diverse populations.
  • Client services oriented; good listening, critical thinking, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge and understanding of internal control practices and their impact on protecting University resources.
  • Expert knowledge of common analytical tools used within the UC financial community including Excel, Smart View, CalAnswers, Cal Planning, etc
  • MBA or MPA desirable.
  • Professional certification preferred.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
  • Starting salary commensurate with experience.

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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