October 23, 2018


Cal State LA


Education and Nonprofit




Los Angeles, CA


Another Source’s client, California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA), is recruiting a University Controller. Here’s a little about Cal State LA and the position they are recruiting for:

Cal State LA is a public comprehensive university in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the 23 universities in the California State University (CSU) system. Founded in 1947, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and has more than 28,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic diversity of the area. Join this innovative and energetic campus at the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The CSU system offers a premium benefit package that includes, but is not limited to, outstanding vacation, health, dental, and vision plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.

Under the general direction of the Associate Vice President for Financial Services, the University Controller provides leadership and direction of the Business Financial Services department, and will be responsible for the financial accounting, year-end closing, reporting, tax compliance, and related work for the University and its subsidiary auxiliary organizations. The University Controller plans, organizes, and directs all activities within the accounting/operations of Business Financial Services; develops and implements financial goals, objectives, policies, and procedures; measures accomplishments against stated objectives; complies with and enforces federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; analyzes and modifies accounting functions, systems, and forms; analyzes existing and proposed ordinances, statutes, resolutions, legislation, and other documents for impact on departmental operations; develops plans to meet future departmental needs; coordinates or supervises internal/external audits; implements technology to achieve efficiency, reviews literature to keep current on professional data and information; prepares and administers the department’s budgets; maintains financial staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees; takes actions regarding promotions, transfers, and discipline if applicable, protects operations by keeping financial information and plans accurate and timely; contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.



  • A bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business administration, or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Master’s degree in business or public administration, accounting, or finance preferred.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Higher Education and/or the CSU system experience, and familiarity with PeopleSoft Financial system and specific CSU financial software such as the Common Management Systems.
  • CPA preferred.


  • Must have at least five to seven years of professional accounting or equivalent experience preferably in higher education or at large, complex non-profit organization or hospital, and at least 2 years of supervisory experience is required.
  • Incumbent must have thorough knowledge of:
    • advanced accounting and auditing methods;
    • tax reporting and compliance, principles of governmental fund accounting, including the application of correct accounting treatment and pertinent federal, state and local regulations;
    • governmental accounting standards board (GASB), financial accounting standards board (FASB), statement on auditing standards (SAS), and other standard governmental rules and principles;
    • principles and practices of statistical analysis;
    • principles and practices of sound personnel management and supervision.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and demonstrated ability to use technology in the development of solutions to complex issues.
  • Ability to:
    • plan, organize, direct, and supervise the work of clerical, technical, professional, and managerial accounting personnel;
    • design and improve financial record - keeping systems and procedures;
    • analyze, evaluate, and effectively present findings;
    • communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
    • explain, interpret, and implement governmental accounting principles and internal accounting standards;
    • write a variety of correspondences, including reports regarding internal and external audit concerns;
    • establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, employees, inter-department personnel, the public and outside agencies;
    • act decisively under stressful situations;
    • and an ability and/or interest in working in a multicultural/multiethnic environment.

This position is a 'designated position' in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission. The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, California State University, Los Angeles is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, disability, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. Candidates must demonstrate ability and/or interest in working in a multicultural/multiethnic environment. Certain positions require fingerprinting.

The University actively encourages qualified minorities, women and persons with a disability to apply. Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to

  • complete the employment process and
  • perform essential job functions when this does not cause an undue hardship.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Title IX Employer. Another Source works with their clients, on a retained project basis, to maximize the recruiting process.

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Job Type

Full Time

Career Level

SVP, EVP, VP, Tax Director, Internal Audit Director, Control

Travel Requirements


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