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The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) is seeking a Controller to play a key role in managing our accounting operations, collaborating closely with the Executive Director, CAA Board, and department managers. We are seeking an experienced, senior-level accounting professional who can manage the accounting team, oversee the relationship and compliance with the external audit firm, and provide timely and accurate monthly reports.

Founded by University of California Berkeley alumni in 1872, CAA is one of the most respected alumni associations in the nation, representing a global network of more than a half million UC Berkeley graduates. CAA is a membership-based, independent 501(c)(3) organization governed by a Board of Directors comprised of alumni volunteers. While closely partnering with and with a mission of supporting UC Berkeley, CAA operates independently from the university. CAA is a long-standing, financially stable, self-funded, nonprofit organization with a $17M operating budget, two locations, seven revenue-generating business units, and has multi-million dollar assets and reserves. In compliance with state and federal regulations, we complete a thorough financial audit and file a Form 990 annually. 

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Controller oversees the CAA accounting department and manages the day-to-day accounting operations and compliance. The Controller is ultimately responsible for ensuring the integrity of CAA’s internal controls and accuracy of the financial data. CAA uses accrual-based accounting. As of June 2024, the department has 3.5 FTEs.

The Cal Alumni Association seeks candidates whose previous experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion and to increasing the participation of individuals from groups historically underrepresented in higher education. We are looking for applicants who demonstrate an understanding of and the ability to build relationships with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. 

Supervision: This position reports to the Executive Director, with strong coordination with the CAA Board VP Finance and Finance Committee.


  • Ensure regulatory and GAAP standards compliance required of all accounting and financial reporting functions. Adhere to internal IT policies, accounting controls, and payroll requirements. Communicate accounting policies to CAA staff.
  • Oversee all aspects of the general accounting day-to-day operations. Manage the accounting department staff, provide task assignments with clear deadlines, and train as needed. Complete required employee performance reviews.
  • Provide timely monthly reports to the Executive Director, department managers, and Board Finance and Audit Committees.
  • Coordinate annual audit for financial statements, Form 990 filing, internal controls and external reporting. 
  • Oversee semi-monthly payroll and ensure payroll accuracy. Work closely with the Human Resources department on payroll compliance changes and staff onboarding and offboarding. 
  • In collaboration with the senior management team, develop CAA’s annual budgets and forecasts.
  • Oversee cash flow planning and ensure availability of funds. 
  • Provide financial oversight of CAA’s investment portfolio, scholarship endowment programs, and fundraising.
  • Treasury and cash management including cash, asset, and investment reporting. Oversee cash management, investment management, and asset management. 
  • Manage and maintain relationships with auditors, bankers, investment managers, actuarial consultants, insurance brokers, and government agencies.
  • Remain up to date on nonprofit audit best practices and state and federal laws regarding nonprofit operations. 
  • Contribute toward CAA’s overall success by participating as a member of the senior management team in the development, implementation, and oversight of organization-wide accounting policies and procedures.
  • Identify and implement policy and accounting system process improvements.
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting. 
  • Ensure documentation, implementation, and adherence of accounting, internal controls, and contract management policies and procedures. 
  • Manage business insurance policies, renewals, and any claims.
  • Educate CAA staff on accounting and payroll policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Professional financial certification such as CPA or CMA highly preferred
  • 10+ years of financial, treasury, accounting, and strategic management experience, with demonstrated increased responsibility over career. Nonprofit industry experience highly preferred. 
  • 5+ years of experience at a senior managerial level in a $10+million organization.
  • Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in accounting, business administration, and/or finance, or related field. 
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills, including Visual Basic knowledge, and Google Sheets
  • Expertise in QuickBooks and Intuit payments. Ability to manage and willingness to learn CAA’s accounting and other finance-related software platforms. Experience with Google Workspace, AvidXchange, and is a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent internal customer service skills, with the ability to build relationships and trust with all staff. 
  • Strong background and ability to effect systems change/process improvement in a multi-faceted small business environment. 
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet critical deadlines, and cover staff out sick or on vacation.
  • Ability to successfully take on multiple projects and challenges through completion. 
  • Must have excellent personal credit history.
  • Must pass verifications, credit, motor vehicle report, and FBI/DOJ criminal background checks.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position, with an annual salary of $150,000-$185,000. CAA offers generous healthcare benefits, 403(b) plan with a company match, and generous vacation and holiday paid time off. CAA staff, while not University of California employees, are also eligible for many UC Berkeley professional development and staff programs, as well as discounts. CAA is a friendly, team-centered, and professional environment. We are committed to creating a culture where all staff feel welcome.

To Apply

This retained search is managed by Mary Law of Mary Law Executive Search, the California leader in placing nonprofit Finance and HR professionals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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COVID-19 Temporary Adjustments

The Cal Alumni Association is preparing for our return to the office. Staff will be expected to work a hybrid schedule, with some jobs required to work onsite a majority of the time depending on job duties. Staff will be required to take a COVID-19 test on campus through University Health Services, and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or request an exception due to disability, medical or sincerely held religious belief. 

Our Operating Principles

We are especially interested in hiring a candidate who will commit to building a workplace that:

  • Fosters personal accountability and empowerment
  • Inspires personal integrity and a commitment to ethical standards
  • Builds trust and mutual respect
  • Fosters effective communication
  • Conducts work that is inspirational, innovative, forward-thinking and adaptable
  • Reinforces teamwork
  • Offers constructive feedback and coaching
  • Shares a common commitment to vision/goals
  • Nurtures a positive outlook
  • Affirms diversity
  • Allows for an aesthetic, healthy and accommodating physical workspace.


For Our Full-time Employees:

CAA offers an excellent health care and supplemental benefits packages, 403(b), a generous paid time-off benefit, and more. We have a friendly, relaxed but professional environment, and we pride ourselves on our team approach.

Health Care Benefits:

  • CAA employees are required to contribute 10% of their total medical premium for the employee and 20% for any eligible dependents.
  • CAA pays 100% of the premiums for Dental and Vision benefits for the employee and any eligible dependents.

Paid Time Off Benefits:

  • Vacation: 16 days/year for first 2 years of service, 18 days/year after completing 2 years of service, 21 days/year after completing 5 years of service.
  • Sick time: 12 days/year
  • Holidays: 11 total per year
  • Paid time off between Dec 26 and Dec 31
  • Birthday Holiday: 1 Day off

Professional Development:

  • As affiliates to UC Berkeley, CAA employees are eligible to participate in many of the on-campus professional development workshops, seminars and professional networks available to UCB employees. Please note that this does not include undergraduate or graduate courses offered to students.
  • CAA has a partnership with UC Berkeley Extension that offers our employees a discount on enrollment fees.

Financial Benefits:

  • 403(b) retirement savings plan with a company match
  • Supplemental Insurance with 100% of premiums paid by CAA:
    • Life Insurance
    • AD&D Insurance
    • LTD Insurance
  • Option to purchase supplemental insurance plans from AFLAC

Commuting and Parking:

  • If you’re a commuter, consider taking advantage our pre-tax public transit commuter benefit. You can load your Clipper Card or pay public transit fare with pre-tax dollars.
  • Cal Bear Pass: Take advantage of UCB’s partnership with AC Transit. The partnership offers a cost savings of up to 70% off the standard monthly bus pass rate! CAA employees are eligible to purchase an AC transit pass at the faculty/staff discount rate with pre-tax payroll deductions.
  • UCB Campus Parking Permit: As affiliates to UCB, our CAA employees are eligible to purchase a campus parking permit at the faculty/staff discount rate with pre-tax payroll deductions.

Access to Campus Programs and Discounts:

  • Eligible to join the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) at the Faculty/Staff discount rate
  • Special campus events
  • Free admission to the University Art Museum
  • Discount tickets for Cal Performances, Pacific Film Archive, and Hertz Hall
  • AirBears: wireless internet access on campus