Special requirements- For full consideration, applicants will be asked to provide a diversity statement (What is your experience working to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?).
Telecommuting- While this is a remote/hybrid position, candidates must reside in California.
UC Vaccination Policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinationsarerequired for Covered Individuals under the Policy. Covered Individuals include all employees, students, or trainees who physically access a University facility or program in connection with their employment, appointment, or education/training.
Covered Individuals do NOT include employees who work 100% remotely with NO expectation that they will physically access any University location or program at ANY time. If 100% remote work ends, the employee is subject to policy.
INITIAL REVIEW DATE (IRD)
UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit.
The IRD for this job is: 04-18-2023
ABOUT UC SANTA CRUZ
UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.
University Relations supports the teaching, research, and public service of UC Santa Cruz by making and keeping deep, heartfelt connections. Building enduring relationships among students, alumni, faculty, donors, and others is the lifeblood of our work and helps to make UC Santa Cruz a thriving community of knowledge, inquiry, public service, and social mobility.
We are a welcoming group of ambitious and creative professionals pursuing our mission in support of the university's overarching purpose. We take our work seriously because we care - but we don't take ourselves too seriously! The University Relations culture is lively and dynamic; we value collaboration; and our staff is resourceful, enthusiastic, and hard-working.
The division is a fun, friendly, and open place, and our colleagues are supportive of and positive about each other's goals and aspirations. We often jump in to help where needed, rolling up our sleeves to get the job done. We dare to approach challenges as opportunities. We seek creative ways to overcome obstacles, at times with limited resources, while keeping our eye on the objective: helping students achieve their goals, providing crucial public service, and advancing life-changing research and discovery.
We hope you are inspired by what we do and are excited to contribute to our mission. We are looking for candidates who do great work, and we hope they come from a number of different backgrounds and experiences. We aspire to build an increasingly diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. We encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet every qualification for the position but possess transferable skills and experiences.
Reporting to the Vice Chancellor, University Relations, the Executive Director (ED) of Finance and Operations provides leadership in business and financial operations; human resources; space planning and facilities management; and central administrative support. The ED leads efforts in planning, organizing, allocating, and controlling the financial and human resources needed to meet University Relations and campus program goals and objectives. The ED serves as a key thought-partner with UR leadership, ensures smooth and timely divisional operations and, in partnership with the Sr. Director of Human Resources and Talent Development, oversees activities and initiatives that support employee learning and growth.
The ED serves as Controller/Treasurer of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation and Alumni Council: the Foundation is a separately incorporated nonprofit benefit corporation with over $150 million in assets, organized to accept and administer gifts of cash, securities, real and personal property in support of the university and directed to the UC Santa Cruz Foundation as its steward of investments. The ED provides high level support to the Chairs of the Finance and Investment Committee and Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation.
The ED supervises the financial staff who are responsible for University Relations finance and budget functions as well as the UC Santa Cruz Foundation and Alumni Council. The ED works with staff to manage the permanent divisional $20+ million budget as well as developing and managing the capital campaign budget.
The ED recommends changes to policies and establishes procedures that affect University Relations and the Foundation. The ED works on complex issues of diverse scope where analysis of situation and/or data requires evaluation of a variety of factors, including an understanding of current business, financial, and investing trends. The ED provides guidance to subordinates to achieve goals in accordance with established policies. Erroneous decisions or failure to achieve goals results in additional costs and personnel, serious delays in schedules, and misstatement of divisional, campus, and Foundation financial positions.
Under the direction of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation's Board of Trustees and Administrative Leadership, the ED develops objectives and manages the activities of over $150 million of assets of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation and campus gifts with a broad scope of specialized accounting functions including: endowment and trust accounting (over 370 funds affecting campus-wide departments), approximately $55 million in monetary transfers a year, daily cash management, valuation of balance sheet assets, and general accounting. Currently the Foundation's assets are directly invested under the management of the Chief Investment Officer of the Regents of the University of California. The ED coordinates the external audit of the Foundation as part of a UC-wide contract to annually audit each of the UC's foundations, collaborating with the Foundation Accountant to provide testing material, documentation and analyses for use by the external auditors.
Requires expert knowledge in analyzing and understanding technical, legal, and financial documents; financial reporting, audit and tax requirements; interpreting and recording investment and trust activity. Problem solves with campus-wide departments UCOP Treasurer's Office, Campus Central Accounting Offices, and Fund and Gift Administration Departments. Directly works with and coordinates activity with external business partners including Custodian banks and Investment Managers, Trust Administrators, External Auditors and tax consultants. The ED has responsibility for the Foundation financial systems and their integration with campus and UC financial systems. In addition to the above mentioned, this position requires strong managerial and leadership skills as well as expert accounting knowledge and professional experience for developing processes and procedures to ensure account standards and practices are in compliance with GAAP, GASB, Statements on Auditing Standards (SAS) and the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA).
Budgeted Salary: $142,100 - $160,000/year. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience. Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary above the posted range. The salary shown above is the budgeted range the University reasonably expects to pay.
No. of Positions: 1
Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits
Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
Shift Includes: Day
Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment
Job End Date: None
Work Location: Scotts Valley. While this is a remote/hybrid position, candidates must reside in California.
30% - UC Santa Cruz Foundation Controller/Treasurer
Foundation Senior Support - serve as primary Foundation financial liaison between the campus and Board of Trustees; responsible for timely, accurate recording and reporting on the financial activities of the Foundation and responsible for the proper discharge of the Foundation's fiduciary obligations. Provide senior staff support to Investment & Finance and Audit committees of the Board of the Trustees, including attending quarterly meetings, assisting with the development of the agenda and oversight of the preparation of investment performance and asset allocation reports, balance sheet and income statements, and other ad hoc reports for the Committee and Board review; implement the decisions of the Investment and Finance Committee, involving the investment and management of short-term cash and the prudent investment of approximately $150 million in endowment funds. Manage annual audit preparation for Foundation external auditors.
20% - Divisional Budget
Maintain the integrity of the divisional and Foundation budget reporting and tracking systems through supervision and oversight of budget and fiscal staff and protocols; function as chief budget liaison for resource allocations. Manage the $20+ million annual operating budget that integrates the eight departments of UR, variable fund sources, and the separately incorporated UC Santa Cruz Foundation (assets of $150 million). Work with divisional budgetary staff to develop annual divisional budget requests, respond to ad-hoc requests for funds from department manager, which impact the budget. Propose budget allocations based on UR and campus program goals and objects for approval by the Vice Chancellor.
20% - Divisional Human Resources
Work with Senior Director of HR and Talent Development to deliver an effective human resources program including recruitments, appointments, merits, promotions, leaves, salaries, records access and labor relations, ensuring actions are consistent with established campus and UC policies and guidelines and with divisional practice and precedent. Work with UR management and campus units to interpret policies and procedures, designs and implements processes, resolves problems and provides consultation and analysis for various human resources programs and issues. Oversee the Staff Award and Recognition Program including award allocation and tracking. This program includes the Incentive Award Program, Local Award Program and the Student Employee Recognition Award Program (SERAP).
20% - Divisional Operations
Oversee establishment of goals, performance standards, operating policies and procedures, and evaluation of divisional budgetary and financial processes. Coordinate divisional Remote Forward policies and practices. Identify, integrate, and provide strategic direction and planning for divisional resources, and conduct analytical studies on a wide- range of financial, administrative, personnel and operational activities, programs and proposals. Oversee the maintenance of delegated signature authority and system access forms. Plan for University Relations space needs, both on and off campus. Evaluate current space needs and make recommendations for future needs, making accommodations for current and proposed new staffing. Work with staff to manage and oversee large facility moves on behalf of University Relations. Serve on various campus committees to represent UR's interests and strategic plans.
10% - UC Alumni Council Controller
Collaborates with Foundation and Alumni Council Accountant to support financial processes of Alumni Council including maintaining checkbooks, bank accounts, and investments; reconcile bank statements; determine disposition of funds; prepares General Ledger reports; coordinate Alumni Council financial review with external CPA firm; and prepares tax forms.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Strong demonstrated leadership ability with ability to manage a complex program and also interact effectively with staff at all levels within the university. Strong customer service focus.
Extensive knowledge of human resources policies and generally accepted accounting principles, fund accounting, financial reporting, internal control systems, cost accounting, and budgeting and financial analysis, preferably in an institution of higher education.
Strong strategic thinker with ability to examine issues and plans, and develop analysis with a long-term perspective. Knowledge and firsthand experience in continual process improvement and system analysis. Proven ability to establish proper internal controls, and create effective systems and procedures for business transactions.
Successful experience identifying and solving challenging budgetary, financial, human resources, and management-related problems, with the ability to provide concise, incisive information to multiple units, senior management and the Vice Chancellor.
Excellent interpersonal and verbal / written communication skills to interact effectively and maintain a good working relationship with a diverse group of individuals at all levels of the organization.
7-10 years experience in financial policies, practices and systems; budgeting and reporting techniques; fund accounting; human resource planning; accounting and bookkeeping.
Demonstrated negotiation skills.
Advanced computer skills, including but not limited to Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Adobe Professional, general ledger systems, financial systems, Client Relationship Management systems, and reporting tools.
Significant experience in financial statement preparation and analysis.
Significant experience with general ledger accounts, funds, and sub-funds; and providing external auditors with complex account and fund analyses within time-sensitive constraints.
Experience with audit procedures and government reporting requirements for non-profits.
Demonstrated experience and knowledge in securities, investments, including knowledge of asset types and classifications, valuation techniques, calculation and understanding of rates of return.
Ability to maintain security of Foundation and Alumni investments and confidential donor information.
Experience in a university or nonprofit setting, knowledge of GASB and nonprofit budgeting.
Experience with a nonprofit general ledger accounting system.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
Ability to work long periods of time at a computer with or without accommodation.
Must be able to work remotely from a home office and be able to fulfill requirements of the UCSC telecommuting agreement.
Will be required to work a hybrid work schedule, days of the week and number of days to be determined, and be able to fulfill requirements of the UCSC telecommuting agreement.
Ability to work a variable schedule.
Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as directed.
Ability to respond to emergencies after hours as necessary.
Ability to travel to multiple work locations on and off campus.
Ability to maintain appearance and conduct suitable for working in a professional setting.
The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.
All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.
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The University of California is an Equal Employment 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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; https://jobs.ucsc.edu. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
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