California Institute of Integral Studies - San Francisco, CA

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Position: Controller
Department: Finance
Supervisor: VP of Finance and Administration
Statue: This is a full time, exempt level position

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco is a pioneer in integrative higher education, providing interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and applied studies in psychology, philosophy, religion, cultural anthropology, transformative studies and leadership, integrative health, and the arts. The school offers masters and doctoral degrees, as well as a Bachelor of Arts completion degree. We are conveniently located in the SOMA district of San Francisco, which is a quick walk from BART, Muni and other public transportation.


Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Controller is responsible for the overall control of the general ledger, budget reporting and cash management. This position works with department Directors, Program Chairs, and the Institute’s external auditors and is a strong contributor to and leads the day to day accounting operation, develops policies and works to improve procedures and internal control. While the position reports to the VP of Finance & Admin, the incumbent will work closely with other functional areas and academic programs.

 Leads the monthly, quarterly and year-end accounting closes.
 Works closely with the VP in the process of budget development and revision
 Monitors the budget and prepares monthly variance reports
 Participates in all budget discussions at the Institute Planning & Budget Committee and Board of Trustees meetings
 Assists the VP to develop and monitor enrollment and revenue projections
 Monitors all tuition and non-tuition revenue streams and prepares monthly status reports
 Oversees reconciliation of all balance sheet accounts
 Coordinates the financial audit and liaises with the external auditors
 Oversees all compliance reporting requirements with banks, lenders, third parties. Prepares IRS Form 990 Information Return
 Analyzes the income and expenses of auxiliary operations, clinics and public programs
 Supervises accounting staff of 3 full-time and 1 part-time
 Works closely with the Business Office and backs up student accounts or payroll staff when needed
 Advises the Vice President on the financial condition of institutional funds and accounts and on appropriate fiscal procedures
 Consults to Clinics, Auxiliaries and Public Programs on good cash handling and internal control practices
 Compiles data and prepares reports, statements, studies and analyses as required and in a timely manner
 Administers an accounting system for all funds which fulfills internal and external information and reporting requirements and complies with GAAP, GASB, and NACUBO guidelines
 Maintains an up to date knowledge of Jenzabar accounting module
 Performs other duties as needed

 Bachelors degree in Business, Accounting or Finance; Masters degree preferred
 Accounting designation (CPA or CMA) is highly desirable
 5+ years accounting experience in higher education or non-profit entities
 Strong communication and organizational skills
 Supervisory experience
 Detail oriented and results driven
 Excellent understanding of enterprise database systems
 Knowledge of an ERP such as Jenzabar highly desirable
 Advance proficiency with Microsoft Excel is required

Physical Requirements:
This position requires the ability to;
Sit for extended periods of time and the ability to manage repetitive hand/wrist movements while using a computer keyboard and/or the phone.
Bend, squat, stoop, and occasionally walk up several flights of stairs
Lift and/or carry up to 10lbs, occasionally

Working Conditions:
Duties are primarily performed in an office environment at a desk or computer terminal, typically, Monday through Friday.

Note to Candidate:
Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared in an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position. If your job requires driving on behalf of CIIS you will be required to provide proof of a valid driver’s license.


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CIIS is committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio-economic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, or medical condition. We seek to increase the presence, representation and inclusion of U.S. historically under-represented people of color, international, bilingual and bicultural students, faculty and staff.