Job ID: 136830

Financial Accountant (7735U)

University of California Berkeley

  • Jan. 22, 2020
  • Financial Accountant (7735U)
  • University of California Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Other Administrative Categories
  • Accounting
    Financial Planning/Budget Management

Financial Accountant (7735U)

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley 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. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: January 28, 2020

Departmental Overview

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.


  • Analyzes, monitors and reconciles general ledger accounts and performs variation analysis on general ledger accounts.
  • Prepares, processes and records financial and budget journal entries.
  • Prepares financial and statutory reports.
  • Acts as advisor to other campus units (central and departmental) and Office of the President units on various accounting issues and may become actively involved, as required, to meet objectives and schedules and resolve problems.
  • Prepares year-end schedules for the annual audits and assists with special projects.
  • May include tax reporting; developing, implementing, and monitoring accounting systems, policies, and procedures; and chart of account values definition, maintenance and mapping.
  • Professional development.

Required Qualifications

  • Several years of experience in accounting
  • Thorough knowledge of accounting principles and standards.
  • Ability to independently gather, organize, and perform accounting related analysis.
  • Requires ability to present information in a clear and concise manner both in writing and verbally.
  • Thorough knowledge of financial transactions and financial systems, as well as related policy, accounting and regulatory compliance requirements.
  • Knowledge and ability to recommend business process improvements
  • Proficient in account reconciliations with high volume of financial transactions and data
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office and common desktop/web applications.
  • Proficient in use of enterprise level general ledger applications.
  • Bachelors degree in accounting or related area, such as business administration or finance, with significant formal education in accounting coursework

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of fund accounting
  • Experience in a non-profit organization
  • CPA license

Salary & Benefits

The salary range for this position is $75,000.00 - $80,000.00.

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.

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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