Job Description

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Hiring Pay Scale
$100,000 - $125,000 / Year
Torrey Pines Center North
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Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, M-F

#126711 Financial Manager

Initial Review Date: Wed 11/29/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/20/23 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/29/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Position will remain posted until a suitable candidate has been identified.

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by 11/29/23.



The Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) organization supports, facilitates and promotes the world-class research enterprise at UC San Diego by a) providing essential services and resources that enhance research and other creative endeavors, b) enabling partnerships and collaborations among researchers at UC San Diego and between UC San Diego and government, industry and other research enterprises, c) developing infrastructure and policy that promote innovation, an entrepreneurial culture, communication, and compliance for the UC San Diego research enterprise, and d) promoting research excellence by embedding the values of equity, diversity and inclusion at the core of everything we do.

The organization fosters research across disciplines by enhancing the research experience through effective stewardship of resources, policies, compliance and expertise, and by developing tools and educational programs as the responsible steward of the campus research enterprise. The Office of Research Affairs and Innovation (ORI) is the central VCR office with direct oversight for all VCR operational, administrative and public relations/communication functions and for core units including Research Scholars, Research Ethics, Government Research Relations, Research Initiatives, Research Proposal Development, International Outreach, and multi-disciplinary campus research (Organized Research Units). Other enterprise-wide research support departments under the Vice Chancellor for Research include Contract and Grant Administration, Innovation and Commercialization, Research Compliance and Integrity (including IACUC, Export Control, Conflict of Interest), the Animal Care Program and the VCR Service Core.


Under the direction of the Director of Business Operations, this position is responsible for leading complex budgeting, financial, and analytical functions. Applies advanced professional concepts to perform complex technical analysis to understand past performance and determine present and future performance and / or resource allocations. Responsible for providing analytical support for highly complex budget, financial, and resource projects dealing directly with major department managers. Performs the gathering of budgetary and resource requirements information during planning stages, such as the annual budget process. Performs complex financial or resource research and studies. Independently responsible for the financial management of extramural awards administered under ORI. Develops and makes recommendations on internal policy / procedural changes that affect functional area. Serve as point of contact and independently research and resolve fiscal and administrative questions and issues from ORU MSOs. Trains fiscal staff and maintains an effective team environment.

Submission of a cover letter is strongly encouraged for a complete application.


  • Advanced degree in related area and at least 8 years' experience, or equivalent experience/training.

  • Advanced knowledge of finance policies, practices, and systems. Advanced skills and advanced knowledge of principles and practices of fiscal planning and analysis, budgetary systems, and organizational management. Advanced knowledge and applications of principles and practices of fund accounting. Comprehensive knowledge of not-for- profit financial reporting systems sufficient to comprehend Budget, Financial, and Staffing applications.

  • Advanced ability to effectively present complex finance related information both verbally and in writing in a clear and concise manner.

  • In depth ability to use multiple spreadsheet and database software tools to gather information for specialized, complex financial analysis, fiscal management, and financial reports. Proven ability to research, collect, process, validate, and interpret complex financial and budgetary data from diverse sources such as the Governor's Budget, corporate allocations, budget and operating ledger systems, and corporate financial reports. Advanced computer technology skills and problem-solving in financial modeling, analysis, budgetary management, and other administrative functions and situations. Advanced expertise using computer software, such as Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, and PowerPoint.

  • Advanced knowledge and ability to work effectively and participate in teams and workgroups. Experience in leading and participating in cross functional teams. Ability to successfully establish and maintain positive and goal-oriented working relationships with a diverse population.

  • Ability to identify, collect, and analyze information from multiple sources. Strong demonstrated experience in forecasting; managing complex, cross-functional resources; identifying opportunities; and developing innovative long-term strategies. Proven ability to analyze complex fiscal issues and information, recognize potential impact, identify alternative solutions and creating strategies to solve them.

  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities. Ability to constantly re-prioritize large volumes and communicate clearly and in advance when timelines and deliverable are impacted.

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of internal control practices and their impact on protecting resources. Ability to perform detailed audits of budget, staffing and fund transfer data to ensure policy compliance and accuracy. Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion.


  • This position is eligible for a Hybrid flexible work arrangement, which could include a non-standard work schedule, and/or the ability to work off-site part of the time.

  • Employee must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends.

  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on background check results.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $71,000 - $160,000 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $34.00 - $76.63

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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