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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: September 24, 2019.
The mission of the UC Berkeley Controller’s organization is to deliver full accounting services and related systems for operations and controls in the areas of General Ledger, Capital and Cash Accounting, Payroll, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Cash-Handling, and Contracts and Grants Accounting. Customer groups served include faculty, staff and students, all University departments and any outside entities that have a business relationship with the University.
The Financial Accounting and Controls unit in the Controller’s Office has campus-wide responsibility for operational support, reconciliation, analysis, problem solving and reporting in the functional areas of AP, AR and cash-handling. Staff is responsible for providing systems, policies, procedures and training to ensure accurate and timely recording of campus financial transactions.
The Financial Accountant 4 position performs accounting functions such as preparing, processing, and recording financial and budget journal entries and analyzing, monitoring, and reconciling financial information to substantiate the financial position and the changes in financial position of the campus. Also involves preparation of financial reports to meet internal and external reporting requirements. May include tax reporting. May include activities relating to developing, implementing and monitoring accounting systems, policies and procedures. May include definition and maintenance of chart of account values and mapping of financial data to Office of the President’s chart of accounts coding.
Apply advanced accounting concepts to perform highly complex technical analysis and reconciliation of general ledger balance accounts.
Identify areas for improvement and propose change in processes and accounting treatment.
Conduct research to fully understand business processes between multiple systems to be able to resolve outstanding reconciling issues.
Perform variance analysis and provide explanations on various general ledger accounts.
Provide reports and analysis to support audit inquiries.
Assist in implementation, testing, data validations, and maintenance efforts for Berkeley accounting and other related systems.
Acts as advisor to other campus units (central and departmental) and Office of the President units on various complex accounting issues and may become actively involved, as required, to work on ad hoc projects by preparing schedules and resolving problems.
Ability to contribute to and provide critical analysis for implementation of special projects due to a change in GASB regulations or OP requirements. May include activities relating to reviewing complex transactions and proposes accounting entries.
Bachelors degree in accounting or related area, such as business administration or finance, with significant formal education in accounting coursework.
Has advanced knowledge and understanding of accounting function.
Has ability to independently gather, organize, and perform accounting related analysis through compiling of information from a variety of sources.
Requires ability to present complex accounting information and recommendations in a clear and concise manner both in writing and verbally.
Independent judgement and strong organization and communication skills.
Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
Thorough knowledge of financial transactions and financial systems, as well as related policy, accounting and regulatory compliance requirements.
Has knowledge and ability to recommend business process improvements.
Must be proficient in account reconciliations with high volume of financial transactions and data.
Must be proficient in use of Microsoft Office and common desktop/web applications.
Must be proficient in use of enterprise level general ledger applications.
Preferred 7 years of accounting experience
Has knowledge of fund accounting
Has non-profit organization experience
Salary & Benefits
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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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