Director of Finance

This position has been filled.

The School of Information seeks a director of finance to manage its financial operations.

The Director of Finance will serve as the I School’s divisional financial leader (DFL) and be the School’s primary owner of all finance operations for the unit, as well as serving as our liaison with the Campus Budget Office, the Controller’s Office, and ERSO, our Berkeley Regional Services partner. This position is responsible for operating budget submissions, monitoring and controlling sub-unit budgets, fiscal close, SAAS115, and fiscal projections and reporting for the dean and other internal and external stakeholders. The director will solve a wide range of issues and demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

Key Responsibilities

40% — Direct, initiate, design, and provide analysis, summary reports, and background materials for CAO and dean including annual resource allocation approaches, trended future requirements, operating forecasts, sources and uses, etc., that have a significant impact on individual or multiple departments. Perform strategic planning and modeling, analyzing and forecasting staff and faculty salary budgets, C&G, gifts and endowments, or user fees, making recommendations for maximizing financial or other resource outcomes.

40% — Perform highly complex financial functions for both internal school and external campus constituents. Examples include operating budget and forecast, fiscal close, reserve analysis, program performance actuals, campus tax computations, and management of I School’s Chart of Accounts. Other duties as assigned.

10% — Act as liaison with Campus Shared Services to ensure excellence in financial transactions.

10% — Apply finance and accounting concepts to resolve issues, oversee business process procedures, and make policy recommendations. 

    Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience/training.
    • Advanced knowledge of GAAP accounting principles, budgeting, and financial processes, policies, and procedures.
    • Extensive experience with Microsoft Office and common desktop/web applications; advanced knowledge of Excel, Smart View, and data visualization concepts.
    • Strong interpersonal skills, analytical skills, service orientation, active listening, critical thinking, attention to detail, ability to multi-task in a high volume environment, organizational skills, effective verbal and written communication skills, sound judgment and decision-making; ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
    • Advanced ability to communicate financial information to non-finance professionals.
    • Professional discretion and excellent business acumen.
    • Leadership skills to provide guidance, coaching, and mentoring to professional and support staff. 

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training .
    • Extensive experience with campus financial data management and reporting systems, including BFS, BearBuy, and Cal Planning, Cal Reporting, Cal Answers. Ad hoc reporting capability preferred.

    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.

    Salary & Benefits

    For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

    Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. 

    The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $95,300 to $136,700 annually, not to exceed $178,100. This is a 100% FTE career position eligible for full benefits.

    How to Apply

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    First review date for this job is September 27, 2023. The position will remain open until filled

    Diversity Statement

    Please include, as part of your application a brief (1–2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.

    Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that “every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive."

    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.

    At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

    About the School of Information

    The School of Information (I School) advances knowledge and practice everywhere humans interact with digital technologies. Through interdisciplinary research and teaching we are committed to expanding access to information and to improving its usability, reliability, and credibility while preserving security and privacy. Our faculty conduct research in human-computer interaction (HCI), security and privacy, applied data science, and technology in developing regions.

    We currently offer three professional master's degrees and an academic doctoral degree. Our Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) program trains students for careers as information professionals and emphasizes project-based learning. Our Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) program is an online degree designed for working professionals with career goals in the emerging field of data science. The newly launched Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS), also offered online, offers a holistic approach to cybersecurity and prepares students for professional careers in cybersecurity. Our Ph.D. program equips scholars to develop solutions and shape policies that influence how people seek, use, and share information.

    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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

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    Last updated:

    November 6, 2023