Finance Assistant (4722C) 7349
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The College of Chemistry is one of the founding colleges at Berkeley. Established in 1872, the College is consistently ranked as the best chemical sciences program in the world. Comprised of two departments, Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, its faculty represent some of the world's leading experts in the areas of nanotechnology, alternative energy, climate change, increasing the world's food supply, synthesizing new materials, and discovering and delivering important drugs.
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 Finance Assistant assists with the monthly processing of recharges, financial journals and various monthly reports. The top candidate will also assist with the development, calculation and review of the College recharge rates and submission of the annual self-certification.
- Assists with financial processing functions, which may include posting of monthly recharge transactions, financial journals, and other pass-through activities.
- Prepares A/R billing invoices to outside customers. Monitors workflow and operations of recharge activity.
- Reconciles, researches and resolves discrepancies in financial data identified by SAS-115 ledger verification process.
- Review encumbrance reports and research status of open purchase orders. Follow up with vendors and/or end users as needed.
- Documents processes and procedures for financial activities.
- Prepares ad-hoc reports and analyses to include summaries of financial transactions, such as analysis of recharge billing statements by project, customer, time period, etc. for management review and decision-making.
- Prepares other financial journals as needed.
- Assists with the development, calculation and review of the College recharge rates and submission of the annual self-certification.
- Provide financial support to external revenue generation initiatives.
- Reconcile credit card transactions with event registrations and submit receipts through the Campus Deposit System.
- Compile and maintain financial and census data for strategic reporting.
- Functions as a resource to CoC support staff for basic financial account maintenance, such as establishing/inactivating speedtypes.
- Assists with other CoC Financial Services functional area(s), which may include Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Billing and/or Cashiering, and Budgeting.
- Assists with various administrative duties as needed.
- Effectively addresses difficult and complex customer inquiries.
- Delivers quality customer service to various constituencies to include internal department/campus clients and external vendors.
- Assists with researching, developing, and implementing new and changing business processes. Assesses internal compliance with federal and state requirements and policies.
- Keeps abreast of regulations and best practices concerning financial accounting and services through Campus information and/or trainings.
- Applies basic knowledge of database architecture and programming concepts to analyze and redesign financial systems to meet business needs.
- Basic knowledge of financial or accounting concepts, processes, policies and procedures.
- Experience with common desktop/web applications, including demonstrated competence in Microsoft Office software and Google platform
- Strong analytical and mathematical skills.
- Ability to adapt and learn quickly a number of electronic systems and other business applications.
- Ability to present information in a clear and concise manner, both in writing and verbally.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with faculty and staff, including individuals from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds.
- Ability to research and resolve problems, and follow through on projects and assignments to completion with general supervision.
- Ability to balance competing and conflicting priorities and demands.
- Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, reliability and initiative in seeking and implementing solutions to common problems.
- Possess good judgment and know when to escalate issues for resolution.
- High school diploma and/or equivalent experience/training.
- Knowledge of or ability to learn common campus-specific systems and programs (BearBuy, BFS, Cal Answers).
- Knowledge of or ability to learn University policies and procedures.
- Experience in a professional office environment.
Salary & Benefits
This is an hourly (step rates), non-exempt position.
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.
This is a full-time (40-hours per week), limited (temporary) position for 6 months.
This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Clerical & Allied Services Unit (CX) between the University of California and Teamsters Local 2010. The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/cx/index.html
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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