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Finance Specialist

Cal Performances
Berkeley, California
from STEP 1 $27.19/hour to STEP 15 $37.26/hour.
Closing date
Feb 3, 2023
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Cal Performances is seeking to fill a career position of Finance Specialist.

Cal Performances presents and produces outstanding artists from the Bay Area, the United States, and around the world in performances and community programs which promote excellence, innovation, diversity, education, and community involvement, with the fundamental belief that the arts are vital to our society locally, nationally, and internationally.  In support of these goals, Cal Performances is committed to maintaining top-quality programs and facilities for our artists, audiences, the University and community. 

Student Musical Activities (SMA) has been an integral part of Cal Performances since 1987.  For over one hundred years, the various units that comprise SMA (The Cal Marching Band, The UC Jazz Ensembles, and the UC Choral Ensembles) have served the University through the many contributions of its student members.  This organization offers its students many extra-curricular opportunities ranging from performance to musical instruction and training, as well as experience in student leadership and arts administration. 

The Finance Department of Cal Performances and Student Musical Activities is responsible for fiscal management and budgetary oversight for these two organizations, representing a combined annual operating budget of over $20 million.  Funds are derived from a variety of sources, including earned income, individual and corporate gifts and grants, federal, state and local grants, endowment income and a variety of university-based funding sources.  The finance department provides key financial and analytical support for Cal Performances departments, including fine arts programming, education and community programs, public relations, publications, development, marketing, box office, operations, facilities, information systems, human resources and administration.

This position is a key member of the Finance Department for Cal Performances and Student Musical Activities and is primarily responsible for procurement and payment processing for the departments.  In this capacity, the incumbent acts as a first line resource for department managers regarding university purchasing, travel & entertainment, professional services contracts, risk management and insurance, and real estate policy and procedures.  The incumbent also assists with key reconciliation/financial control and related activities, and will assist to the Finance Manager with budget, quarterly forecasts, and monthly reports and analysis as required.


*Denotes essential functions

Procurement & Payment Processing

Specific duties include:

*Provide full procurement and payment processing services including preparing/processing requests for purchase orders (LVPO, blanket, business contract, membership, entertainment, and general reimbursement), requisitions, procurement card transactions, interoffice charges, travel voucher reimbursements, student awards, invoice approval/voucher payment processing and lien closure requests in a timely and efficient manner consistent with University and department policies and procedures.

*Work closely with department managers, staff, external vendors, and central campus support units to ensure that requested goods and services are received timely in order to meet critical event-driven timelines. 

*In conjunction with other Finance department staff, develop and maintain Finance Department Procedures Manual, with particular emphasis on documentation of financial controls. Develop and deliver department training to department managers regarding University purchasing policy and departmental procedures.

Reconciliation/Financial Control

*Responsible for execution of back end financial controls for Cal Performances. Independently review and reconcile the following key accounts on a monthly basis:

  • BFS income accounts v. Cal Performance’s ticketing/donor management system; Pending gift accounts for Cal Performances and Student Musical Activities; Journal transfers from UC Berkeley Foundation; BFS ledger activity for payroll related expenditures; Interoffice charges by recharge vendor; Postage stamp inventory; and Other accounts identified as high risk by the Finance Manager.

*For each of the above, research key discrepancies as appropriate and report any identified control weaknesses to the Finance Manager.

*Manages Cal Performances and Student Musical Activities department-specific BFS ledger codes. These codes are used internally to track event profitability (Chartfield 1) and provide functional income and expense detail (Chartfield 2) unique to a performing arts organization.

Budget, Forecast & Reporting Assistance

*Assist the Finance Manager with development of Cal Performances and Student Musical Activities annual operating budgets and quarterly forecasts and assisting managers with Cal Answers and other reports as needed to manage budgets and costs.

*Assist with implementation of a new management reporting process.

Departmental Back-Up

*Provide back-up coverage for the other Finance Department job duties in the case of vacations, illnesses, leaves, vacant positions, or during peak transaction volume periods such as month end, fiscal year end or when multiple events are scheduled in Cal Performances venues.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of University fund accounting policies and procedures or equivalent work experience in a non-profit or public sector work environment or equivalent education;
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of financial applications. Working knowledge of campus systems such as BFS general ledger, CalAnswers, and other campus financial applications, preferred. Demonstrated skills with office productivity software applications, including Microsoft Office and Google G-Suite applications;
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of specific campus requirements for professional services and consultant agreements, vendor purchasing contracts, insurance requirements, and transportation service contracts;
  • Knowledge of current customer relations and quality service techniques, including negotiation, persuasion and strong communications skills is required in order to interact successfully with arts-focused department managers and staff, external vendors, and central campus support staff; Ability to perform research regarding best practices of similarly situated organizations (both within the Berkeley campus, other UC campuses, and other major university art presenting organizations) and analyze/recommend changes to existing processes;
  • Ability to develop and deliver brief training sessions for staff and managers regarding campus financial and administrative systems procedures and internal Cal Performances and Student Musical Activities-specific processes;
  • Accuracy and careful attention to detail in a high volume, interrupt-driven environment is required.  Ability to perform multiple assignments simultaneously, prioritizing tasks with competing deadlines, and under minimal supervision;
  • Initiative and ability to work independently and as part of the Cal Performances Finance Team to achieve overall University and organizational objectives;
  • Analytical, investigative and problem-solving skills to collect data/information, analyze and interpret, and prepare conclusions and recommendations;
  • Prior exposure to or willingness to learn about budgeting/forecasting techniques;
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience, appreciation, or familiarity with artists and art forms strongly preferred;
  • Ability to successfully pass background investigation and be fingerprinted; and
  • Occasional overtime required.

Other Information:

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is from STEP 1 $27.19/hour to STEP 15 $37.26/hour. This is a non-exempt position and is eligible for overtime.

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The mission of Cal Performances is to produce and present performances of the highest artistic quality, enhanced by programs that explore compelling intersections of education and the performing arts.


Cal Performances is the performing arts presenting, commissioning and producing organization based at the University of California, Berkeley. The origins of Cal Performances date from 1906, when stage actress Sarah Bernhardt appeared at the William Randolph Hearst Greek Theater to help rebuild public morale after the devastating San Francisco earthquake and fire in April of that year.

Over the subsequent century, Cal Performances grew to become the largest, multi-discipline performing arts presenter in Northern California, and one of the largest university-based arts presenters in the United States. Traditional and non-traditional artists regularly appear on or near the UC Berkeley campus in the theaters and concert halls managed by Cal Performances, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Wynton Marsalis, Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Mark Morris, Yo-Yo Ma, Philip Glass, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Merce Cunningham, Pina Bausch, Bill T. Jones, Peter Sellars, and Robert Lepage; as well as artists based in the San Francisco Bay Area like John Adams, Lou Harrison, Margaret Jenkins, Paul Dresher, Kronos Quartet, Joe Goode, Kaila Flexer, Jon Jang, and Sarah Cahill. Cal Performances is also instrumental in facilitating the touring of large ensembles from abroad, and has hosted such companies as the Grand Kabuki Theater of Japan, the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies, Lyon Opera Ballet and Orchestra, the Kirov Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Berliner Ensemble, the Beijing People’s Art Theater, the Gate Theater of Dublin, Les Arts Florissants, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and Nederland Dans Theater, among others.

Cal Performances presents over 100 performances annually in five venues—Zellerbach Hall, Zellerbach Playhouse, Hertz Hall, and Wheeler Hall on the UC Berkeley campus, and First Congregational Church of Berkeley—and in site-specific locations and other spaces. The performances range among Modern and Classical Dance, Theater, Instrumental and Vocal Recital, Early Music, Opera, Chamber Music, Jazz, New Music, World Music, Dance & Theater, and a speaking series. Cal Performances serves some 150,000 patrons annually through performances and arts education, residency and community programs.

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