Accounting and Fiscal Services at UC Irvine is comprised of several units that support critical campus business operations: General Accounting, Contracts & Grants Accounting, Tax Compliance & Reporting, Accounts Payable, Payroll & Accounting Systems, Financial Services, and Internal Controls. The Associate Controller will have direct responsibility for the functional and administrative activities of the following units: General Accounting, Contracts & Grants Accounting, Accounts Payable and Tax Compliance & Reporting. Responsibilities for these units include: 1) providing leadership, direction, coaching and support; 2) ensuring an effective, productive, customer-service oriented environment, which focuses on the effective use of limited University resources. The Associate Controller will take a key leadership role, by partnering with the Controller, upgrades of the new financial system (KUALI). Other system upgrades and implementations may also be under consideration. The Associate Controller will also work closely with the Controller on improvement of the campus accountability structure and internal control environment. The Associate Controller is expected to be a leader outside of the Accounting and Fiscal Services department through participation in campus-wide and UC-wide activities aimed at improving business processes and will act on behalf of the Controller when he/she is not available.
B.S. or B. A. degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field. California licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), CMA, or CIA. Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience with oversight and control at a level exercising considerable independent judgment and authority. Expert knowledge of accounting principles and practices, e.g. GAAP, GASB, and Governmental Audit Standards, and of accounting and financial techniques and methods. Knowledge of principles and processes for providing quality accounting services, including assessing customer needs, developing quality standards for services, monitoring performance and evaluation of customer satisfaction. Demonstrated ability to analyze complex data, work in a complex accounting environment, and exercise sound judgment in making decisions with broad organizational impact. Demonstrated skills working with others to formulate policies and programs and to arrive jointly at decisions or solutions to multi-faceted problems. Ability to assess a broad spectrum of organizational needs and job-related demands, establish priorities, delegate, and manage multiple projects simultaneously. Demonstrated project management skills to successfully lead the planning, development and deployment of a highly visible and complex enterprise financial system with a complicated matrix of stakeholders and customers, limited resources, and firm deadlines. Demonstrated experience deploying an enterprise financial system in a large higher education or similar organization. Experience in effectively functioning with technology in a networked environment interacting with centralized legacy financial systems and tools. Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and to maintain active and continuous liaison with technology professionals in the Office of Information Technology and other campus units. Knowledge of team dynamics, ability to work in a team setting, and lead a group of people with disparate opinions and views to a consensus decision-making model. Ability to lead by example, modeling a caring, collaborative, and open culture and environment which values the individual, teams and teamwork, ethical conduct, exemplary customer service, and quality results. Ability to work collaboratively with individuals and groups of employees to incorporate their ideas, adapt to their needs, and engage them in support of actions and decisions, which are appropriate from a management point of view. Ability to be open to questioning of decisions made and exhibit openness to alternatives without displaying defensive behavior: attitude and self-confidence, which allows reversal of decisions based on new information or greater understanding. Skill in concentrated, determined, and sustained action toward attainment of established goals. Ability to maintain equanimity in the face of resistance, indifference or hostility, to disarm anger and constructively handle complaints. Ability to maintain neutrality, confidentiality and high ethical standards. Ability to function effectively in crisis situations, sustaining a reasoned and temperate approach. Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership techniques, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) or other advanced degree in the field(s) of finance and/or management. Experience in directing highly regulated financial closing activities in a university/public setting.
Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.
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