Job Requisition Number: 24261. Berkeley is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation. The law school has produced leaders in law, government, and society, including Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren, Secretary of State of the United States Dean Rusk, Attorney General of the United States Edwin Meese, United States Secretary of the Treasury and Chairman of the Federal Reserve G. William Miller, and former Solicitor General of the United States Theodore Olson.
At Berkeley Law, we are committed to excellence in education and scholarship, as well as equality of opportunity. We believe we have a responsibility to use our substantial intellectual capital to help solve real-world problems and to create a more just society through clinics, research, and policy engagement. We believe that a Berkeley Law degree is a tool for change, both locally and globally, and that we should be educating the leaders of tomorrow. We maintain an environment that nurtures academic and personal growth, respects a diversity of ideas, and stimulates independent thought and critical reasoning.
The Assistant Dean for Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) has overall responsibility for financial and business services for the School of Law. The CFO, in conjunction with the Dean and Sr. Assistant Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, provides strategic direction and overall financial management for division-wide financial planning, analysis, controls and budgeting, strategic planning, business services and institutional research functions. The position ensures that Berkeley Law’s considerable resources, with an annual budget of more than $95 million and endowments in excess of $250 million, are deployed in the most efficient manner possible in support of Berkeley Law’s education, research, and service missions. The CFO contributes directly to projects of major strategic significance and the position demands a comprehensive understanding of the legal education marketplace in order to serve as a key contributor in formulating the division’s strategic and financial plans.
The UC Berkeley, School of Law is internationally recognized as a leader in legal education and one of the UC System’s largest and most dynamic professional schools with an annual budget in excess of $95 million distributed through more than 450 funds of all types (student fees, self-supporting program revenues, contracts and grants, gifts and endowments). In this environment, the Chief Financial Officer establishes operational objectives and work plans, and delegates assignments to subordinate managers.
Responsibilities include: •Leads financial planning and analysis, the development of the annual operating and capital budget, and maintains a multi-year financial model. Oversees development of quarterly financial reporting throughout the organization. Makes decisions, sets objectives, and directs subordinate analysts and managers on the law school’s program of financial management, business operations, institutional strategy and accreditation, and deploying the division’s financial, human and intellectual assets to the greatest advantage. Responsible for maintaining integrity of campus budget systems through supervision and oversight of budget staff and business services staff, and direction of audit and compliance activities at the Law School.
•Manages all general ledger accounting activities and reporting functions for the school working with subordinate analysts to assure the integrity of the fund management structure for the school. Oversees research administration and support as well as coordinates with general accounting and other UCB financial units as necessary.
•Responsible for representing financial and strategic interests of the Dean and Law School in working with campus and UCOP partners, associate deans, faculty committees, senior management and other chartered special project groups and initiatives on efforts of key strategic importance to the Law School (examples include the creation of faculty compensation plans, the overhaul of financial aid programs, the creation of a new campus support model for professional education, developing new financial models, etc.)
•Regularly interacts with the Dean and senior management on matters concerning the full spectrum of educational and operational activities at the Law School which includes five degree programs, 15 research units, six clinical education centers, and more than 40 independent departments.Knowledge/Skills: •Expert knowledge of all financial policies, practices and systems, including fund accounting, external financing, cash flow operations, long-range fee planning, business operations, human resource planning and strategic planning methods and techniques. •Highly developed verbal and written communication skills. •Ability to develop and/or distill complex financial, operational or strategic analyses into easily understandable products and actionable recommendations. •Position requires exceptional political sensitivity and interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively across and outside the organization at all levels. •Strong leadership skills, supervisory experience, and ability to work with a team and develop consensus in sensitive and confidential situations. •Client services oriented, active listening, critical thinking and analytical skills. •Ability to multi-task and prioritize responsibilities. •Ability to inspire, organize and direct the activities of subordinate managers, professionals and peers within the organization.
Education/Training: •Advanced degree in Business Administration, Accounting or related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.