University Controller

December 7, 2018


Cal State Maritime


Education and Nonprofit




Vallejo, CA


Cal Maritime ranked #1 in Western Regional Public College in the new 2019 U.S. News and World Report List. Established in 1929, Cal Maritime, a campus of the California State University system, is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located on a scenic waterfront site in Vallejo, the campus serves a student population of approximately 1100 undergraduates and 50 graduate students.

As a part of the CSU system, this role has a premium benefit package includes outstanding health, dental and vision plans; life and disability insurances; pension (CalPERS); tuition fee waiver; and 14 paid holidays per year.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Vice President and CFO, Administration and Finance, the University Controller & Director of Fiscal Affairs is a strategic thought-partner in the financial administration of California State University Maritime Academy and it’s Auxiliary Organizations (California Maritime Academy Foundation, Inc. and The Associated Students of California Maritime Academy, Inc.). The University Controller is a hands-on and participative leader who develops and directs an internal team that administers the University’s and Auxiliary Organization’s day-to-day finance, accounting, business operations and related planning functions. The incumbent serves as the Chief Accounting Officer and directs the accounting and fiscal reporting of the University and its Auxiliary Organizations.

This role participates in all aspects of institution-wide planning in support of the mission and goals of California State University Maritime Academy and plays a critical role in partnering with the University’s executive and senior leadership teams in strategic decision-making and operations. The incumbent will also actively engage in California State University system-wide and other higher education initiatives and committees. The incumbent maximizes and strengthens the internal capacity of a well-respected, high-impact higher education institution.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Financial Management Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Accounting Information
  • Technology
  • Administration/Operations


Required qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree.
  • Current CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
  • At least 7 years of progressive experience in accounting-related financial management
  • Extensive knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Demonstration of significant experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial reporting, financial control, debt management, and audit coordination for an organization
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of matters relating to accounting and finance, including government regulations and accepted internal financial control practices
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience providing accounting and fiscal management leadership in a complex, decentralized organization
  • Familiarity of federal student financial aid annual reporting requirements, and quarterly grant reporting requirements
  • Demonstrated knowledge of nonprofit fund accounting and institutionally related foundations
  • Demonstrated diplomatic leadership and interpersonal, communication and relationship building skills necessary to working proactively across the University, both horizontally and vertically
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills necessary to prepare and communicate clear and concise correspondence and reports to audiences at all levels of the organization, including the ability to translate financial concepts to programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds
  • Ability and competence in implementing and managing automated financial systems including those involving electronic commerce; experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software
  • Proficient with current word processing and spreadsheet software programs, web browsers, query tools, integrated financial systems and/or other types of records management systems
  • Demonstrated skill in the development of a team environment and the professional development of managerial subordinates; demonstrated commitment to training programs that maximize individual and organization goals across the organization including best practice financial activities
  • Ability to work with great autonomy and exercise independent judgment in the discharge of duties
  • Demonstrated personal qualities of integrity and credibility
  • Ability to value diversity of thought, backgrounds and perspectives
  • Ability to anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters
  • Skilled in utilizing data driven strategies at the institutional, division and unit levels to evaluate and assess financial, accounting and related programs and services, focusing on improvement

Preferred qualifications:

  • Masters’ degree in Business Administration, Management, Accounting or related field
  • Direct experience working effectively within governmental, higher education/academic shared governance or 10 to 15 years of corporate or non-profit experience
  • A demonstrated, successful track record in grants management Dedication to the mission of California State University Maritime Academy

Special conditions:

Physical, Mental and Environmental conditions: Mainly sitting with minimal walking and standing. Involves lifting of lightweight objects limited to 15 pounds.

Background check: A background check (including a criminal records check and fingerprinting) must be satisfactorily completed 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.

Mandated reporter: 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 revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

Designated position: 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.

Eligibility to work: Applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the United States within three days of the date of hire.

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