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California State University, Chico - Research Foundation
  • Position Number: 1416643
  • Location: Chico, CA
  • Position Type: Financial Aid

POSITION: Financial Director
Full-Time / Benefited / Salary / Exempt


EMPLOYER: CSU, Chico Research Foundation - an auxiliary organization of CSU, Chico

DEPARTMENT: Foundation Administration

COMPENSATION: $90,000 - $120,000 per year, DOE

The CSU, Chico Research Foundation is seeking an experienced and analytical Finance Director to drive the Foundation's financial operations. The ideal candidate should possess strong analytical skills, good strategic thinking, excellent communication skills, exceptional numerical proficiency, and strong leadership skills. The successful candidate must be able to guide financial operations, develop effective financial strategies, ensure compliance with accounting regulations, and collaborate with and maintain effective working relationships with the University and Foundation teams, faculty, students and external constituent groups.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Under the general supervision of the Foundation Executive Director, recommends and implements financial policy for the Research Foundation and (in accordance with a contract for services) the University Foundation, develops financial statements and accounting reports in accordance with GAAP, ensures the integrity and completeness of financial and accounting systems and, in general, serves as the financial service-delivery and resource person for the two foundations.

Examples of responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Oversees all accounting operations
Develops policies and procedures pertaining to the financial management of the corporation
Provides a variety of contract gift administration services to the University Foundation
Supports financial oversight related to sponsored programs functions managed through the Foundation
Provides financial information and reports for the Foundation and its component divisions and projects
Provides financial analysis of Foundation operations to campus managers, Foundation Board members, and University officers
Remains current in knowledge of accounting principles and issues involved in grants and contracts administration, gift administration, and entrepreneurial operations
Remains current in the area of taxation (e.g., UBIT issues, Non-Resident-Alien)
Prepares non-profit corporation tax working papers (e.g., 990)
Assesses the data processing, computing, and financial communications needs of the organizations and its users
Coordinates and prepares financial statements and prepares for various audits
Coordinates and prepares the budget schedules for the annual budget packet for the corporation
Administers the financial and audit components of the employee benefit plans (e.g., 403(b), health insurance)
Prepares materials for, attends, and presents at the Board and Committee meetings of the Research Foundation and University Foundation as needed
Communicates effectively and earns/maintains the trust and cooperation of the constituencies that work with or are affected by the CSU, Chico Research Foundation
Presents information to many diverse individuals and groups via excellent written and oral communication skills
Promotes and maintains an atmosphere of excellent internal and external customer service
Supervises, leads, and motivates Foundation accounting teams to produce quality performance and results within tight timeframes in a fast paced environment
Other duties as assigned

Minimum of five years, full-time experience in a senior financial management role
Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, business administration, or closely related field
CPA license desirable, but not required
Experience in administration of grant and contracts (sponsored programs) desirable, but not required
Experience with the financial administration of a university auxiliary corporation desirable, but not required
Must be able to successfully clear a DOJ/FBI fingerprinting check (Live Scan) prior to employment

BENEFITS: Benefits include employer paid life insurance ($50,000) and long-term disability; options for health, dental and vision insurance; FSA; 14 paid holidays including 1 personal holiday; vacation accrual (up to 24 days/year); sick leave accrual (12 days/year); employer contributions to your 403(b) retirement plan (up to 8% based on years of service).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Application and announcement can be located on the Foundation website. In order to be considered, applicants must submit the following:
CSU, Chico Research Foundation application
Cover letter
Current resume
3 professional letters of reference
Names and contact information for 5 professional references

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled. Application review begins April 4, 2019. Applications received after April 3, 2019 may not be considered. Applications can be submitted:

CSU, Chico Research Foundation
25 Main Street, 2nd Floor suite 206
Chico, CA 95928-5388

CSU, Chico Research Foundation
25 Main Street, Suite 206
Chico, CA


(530) 898-3391

For questions, please contact the Research Foundation Human Resources office:

BY PHONE: (530) 898-6811 or VISIT OUR WEBSITE:

The employer is the CSU, Chico Research Foundation, a non-profit corporation serving as an auxiliary organization of California State University, Chico. Employment is considered to be at-will.

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The CSU, Chico Research Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. It is the Research Foundation's policy to hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All new employees must provide proof of identity and authorization to work. Prospective applicants with a disability may request and receive reasonable accommodation during the application and selection process.

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