Assistant Controller – Auxiliary Services

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Los Angeles
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Finance/Accounting, Full Time

Job No: 530335; 08/31/2023

Assistant Controller – Auxiliary Services

California State University, Los Angeles, invites applications for the above Administrator II position.

The University: California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. We offer nationally recognized programs and our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, and service.


As a federally recognized Hispanic-serving (HSI) and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-serving institution (AANAPISI), Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff can thrive.

The Position: Under general direction of the University Controller, the Assistant Controller- Auxiliary Services is a strategic partner in the fiscal administration of California State University, Los Angeles, and its Auxiliary Organizations. The Assistant Controller is a hands-on and participative leader who develops and directs an internal team that supports the Controller and the campus’ Auxiliary Organizations in the areas of accounting, financial reporting, audit, and tax. This role also assists with year-end legal and GAAP reporting and partners with and compliments the other campus business departments and operations. The incumbent participates in all aspects of supporting of the mission and goals of California State University, Los Angeles, and its Auxiliary Organizations. The incumbent plays an active role in partnering with other campus business units and operations relating to the day-to-day business 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. Responsibilities include, but not limited to: manage, oversee, and provide effective management of the university and Auxiliary Organizations day-to-day accounting, finance, business operations and related planning functions; maintaining timely and accurate financial statements and reports in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Financial Information Reporting Management System, capital project capitalization and fixed asset accounting of the university and Auxiliary Organizations; develop, implement, and provide oversight and direction for the preparation of a variety of communications, presentations, and processes for campus business managers, administrators, and campus auxiliary organizations; direct and manage the annual external financial audits of the Auxiliary Organizations; oversight of bank reconciliations, accounts payable, accounts receivable, billing, indirect cost allocations, chargebacks, trust fund accounting; document/maintain complete and accurate supporting information for all financial transactions; maintain financial accounting systems for cash management; maintenance of the general ledger tree and structure; asset management, and capital projects accounting; analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all segments, and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting; coordinate and lead annual financial statement audit processes with internal and external auditors; facilitate an environment that motivates, empowers, and inspires commitment from employees; provide support and guidance to direct reports, ensuring the successful completion of their responsibilities; ensure report to staff are properly trained in the performance of their responsibilities; oversee the University's tax compliance with respect to nonresident aliens (NRA); which primarily include foreign national students and scholars; determine tax status of NRA students and scholars, determine appropriate tax treaty benefits, and ensure proper withholding and reporting; oversee the University's compliance with all other tax requirements; including, but not limited to, Form 990 & 990-T filing for auxiliaries, Form 1098-T review in collaboration with Student Accounting and Cashiering, preparation of Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) data to the Chancellor's Office for system-wide reporting, preparation of Form 1042-S for payments made to foreign nationals and possessory interest reporting; review California Department of Tax and Fee Admin Sales and Use Tax returns and Diesel Tax returns accuracy; in conjunction with filing the required returns, serve as liaison between the University and Federal and State agencies and resolve issues and answer questions regarding tax regulations; communicate and advise appropriate members of the campus community regarding tax law and aid in the preparation and presentation of training sessions on a regular basis; attend continuing professional education to remain current on new tax laws and issues, and research as appropriate to determine tax liability to the University; act as a liaison with all external agencies, including the Chancellor's Office and State Controller regarding tax related issues; assist in preparation of GAAP financial statements in the GASB reporting model format for the CSU; prepare statement of Net Position; Statement of Revenue, Expenses, and Changes in Net Position; supporting Notes, Schedules and documentation; assist in the reconciliation of university Asset Management module to Legal and GAAP modules, including the tracking of CWIP; oversee the monthly financial aids reconciliations; oversee the preparation of the annual FISAP report; and perform other job-related duties and special projects as requested by management.

Required Qualifications & Experience: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, finance, public administration, business administration, or a related field; an equivalent combination of experience and education sufficient to perform the essential job functions and provide the required knowledge and leadership. Five to seven years of increasingly responsible professional accounting and finance experience, including two to three years of administrative and supervisory responsibility. Extensive working knowledge of GAAP financial statement models according to FASB and GASB including governmental fund accounting. Demonstrated knowledge and experience providing accounting and fiscal management leadership in a complex, decentralized organization. Demonstrates knowledge with nonprofit fund accounting and institutionally related foundations. Ability to: plan, organize, direct, and supervise the work of clerical, technical, and professional 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; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, employees, the public and outside agencies. Incumbent must demonstrate an interest or ability in working in a multicultural/multiethnic environment. 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 may apply for the position.


California State University, Los Angeles, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California. As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Desired Qualifications: Master’s degree in related field; CPA License; experience with fund driver, Raiser’s Edge, and People Soft financial System; and higher education and/or the California State University system experience is preferred.

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary range is $4,583 - $14,713/monthly. A comprehensive benefits package is provided.

Appointment: The Administrator II appointment will be made under the guidelines for management and supervisory employees of the California State University.  All rights and benefits associated with this appointment are governed by the Management Personnel Plan.


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. 

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin on 9/14/2023 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received. A completed online Cal State LA employment application is required. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

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.

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.

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 (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause an undue hardship. We are an Equal Opportunity/Title IX Employer.

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