University Controller

April 18, 2019


CSU San Bernardino


Education and Nonprofit




San Bernardino, Calif.


California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually.

Cal State San Bernardino is listed among the best colleges and universities in the western United States, according to The Princeton Review, Forbes and U.S. News and World Report, in their respective annual rankings.

This position offers a competitive salary and attractive benefits package including a tuition assistance program within the CSU. Benefits include but are not limited to: a vacation accrual, paid holidays; excellent choice of medical, dental and vision insurance, long term disability coverage, life insurance; and retirement benefits.

The University Controller has the overall responsibility for the accuracy, integrity, and maintenance of the University financial records, promoting timeliness of financial transactions, preparation of financial reports, and providing services, consultation and training to the campus community:  faculty, staff, and students.  The incumbent communicates accounting matters to the University Community and ensures fiscal accountability, adequate internal controls, advocating and analyzing regulations, legislation, and Chancellor's Office directives to ensure compliance.  The incumbent works closely with the Campus Budget Director to ensure the accuracy, integrity, and maintenance of the financial records, promoting timeliness of financial transactions, preparation of financial reports that may impact the university financial positions.

The University Controller oversees the following departments; Financial Services, Accounting Services, Student Financial Services and Accounts Payable.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Leadership & Management:
    • Develops and executes the vision for the Financial Services units, including identifying process improvements and people development opportunities.
    • Ensures proper staffing and training for the Financial Services units and evaluates employee performance
    • Effectively manage Financial Services fiscal/budget resources.
  • Fiscal & Budget Management:
    • Researches accounting and tax issues impacting the University.
    • Works with tax accountant and accounting manager to facilitate the preparation and submission of the University's UBIT and other tax information for filing by the Chancellor's Office (consolidated filing).
    • Works with external auditors to facilitate the audit of the University's annual financial statements.
    • Overseas the preparation and review of the periodic financial statements in accordance with GAAP, GASB and FASB and other applicable standards.
    • Implements and maintains a system of internal controls to ensure the security of the University's assets.
    • Ensures accounting records are maintained appropriately.
    • Provides guidance and consultation to management and staff at all levels across the organization on matters of internal controls, operating efficiencies and process improvement initiatives related to university fiscal operation.
    • Provides support to Finance & Administrative Services on special projects as needed.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business required; Master’s degree and/or CPA license strongly preferred
  • 7+ years accounting experience, 5+ years of supervisory experience
  • Strong technical knowledge in Fund Accounting, GAAP, GASB & FASB pronouncements
  • Have worked with an integrated ERP System required (i.e. Great Plains, Oracle, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, SAP or equivalent)
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills to create models as needed for the Accounting team and presentations for senior leadership
  • Strong tax knowledge preferred

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

  • Excellent management and leadership skills required
  • Excellent process improvement skills required
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner with senior management throughout the University and California State University System
  • Ability to multi-task and thrive under pressure; high attention to detail and the ability to execute multiple initiatives against time constraints
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented environment

Supervisory responsibilities: 

This position has supervisory responsibilities for Financial Services units.

Supplemental information:

The successful candidate is required to complete a background check prior to assuming this position.

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.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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Job Type

Full Time

Career Level

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



Travel Requirements


Contact Name

Lindsay Brown

Contact Phone

+1 206-707-7421