Associate Accounting/Financial Director – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Capitalizing on over 140 years of history and tradition in downtown Los Angeles, the University of Southern California (USC) has embarked on an unprecedented period of expansion. USC is now poised to take its place as the preeminent research institution of the 21st century and we are looking for skilled, motivated professionals to help forge the future of higher education.

The USC Finance Division, USC Payroll Services is seeking an Associate Accounting/Financial Director to join its team.


The Associate Accounting/Financial Director is responsible for directing multiple financial departments typically through designated managers or directs a central key financial department with authority to establish policies and procedures that affect university-wide departmental/financial processes. The position is typically located in financial services and directs staff and activities of a major segment of university financial operations.

The Associate Accounting/Financial Director:

  • Directs multiple financial services departments or directs a central key financial department with authority to establish policies and procedures that affect university-wide departmental /financial processes. Directs subordinate staff in short and long-term planning, setting of goals and strategies, development of departmental policies and procedures, regulatory interpretations and interface, and ongoing evaluation of operational effectiveness.

  • Directly or indirectly manages all staff assigned to department(s), usually through subordinate managers and supervisors. Determines staffing needs based on short and long-term plans and goals. Reviews and endorses and/or approves recommendations for hiring, staff raises, promotions and reclassifications. Approves/disapproves all work guidance actions within unit. Approves plans for staff training and professional development activities.

  • Develops and administers budgets in conjunction with subordinate managers. Monitors fiscal performance to plan and looks for variances or trends. Approves major expenditures and budget adjustments, as authorized.

  • Resolves problems referred by staff and provides policy and regulatory interpretations as needed. Responds to requests from senior administrators and other university officials for advice and technical expertise.

  • Maintains responsibility for the fiscal integrity of all financial reporting and operations. Directs the preparation and distribution of financial reports. Meets with direct reports on a regular basis for status reports and to assist with policy, procedural or regulatory interpretation and problem resolution.

  • Directs the development, maintenance and enhancement of electronic systems to support operations. Coordinates with other university offices to ensure compatibility of related systems.

  • Directs the development, documentation and communication of policies and procedures with university-wide application as well as internal operating policies, procedures and guidelines.

  • Manages special projects of significant complexity or financial impact. Oversees research and data analysis. Develops conclusions and recommendations and guides the formatting of results. Makes final presentation to senior administrators.

  • Maintains professional currency through active participation and leadership in associations and committees both internal and external to the university.

  • Develops and implements security related procedures such as office opening and closing routines, recognition of duress signals and key controls. Coordinates security activities with university Public Safety Department. Promotes and maintains standards for security conscious awareness and behavior. Maintains knowledge of university’s crime prevention and suppression programs and services. Ensures dissemination of security related information to staff.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

  • In the event of an emergency, the employee holding this position is required to “report to duty” in accordance with the university’s Emergency Operations Plan and/or the employee’s department’s emergency response and/or recovery plans. Familiarity with those plans and regular training to implement those plans is required. During or immediately following an emergency, the employee will be notified to assist in the emergency response efforts, and mobilize other staff members if needed.

The work schedule for this position is 8:30am – 5:00pm however, work schedules may change at any time to accommodate business needs. This is a hybrid position which requires one day in the office per week and an optional four remote days.


The ideal candidate for the position of Associate Accounting/Financial Director meets the following preferred criteria:

  • Master’s Degree

  • 10 years of relevant experience


Candidates for the position of Associate Accounting/Financial Director must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • 7 years of directly related accounting experience including supervision or management in a large private university or organization.

  • Combined experience/education as a substitute for minimum education

The annual base salary range for this position is $154,805.72 – $175,000.00. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

About USC Finance Division:

USC Finance Division is a diverse group of innovative and talented professionals who provide high quality services in support of education and research at USC. The Finance Division is comprised of the following departments: Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Financial and Business Services, Office of the Comptroller; Office of Budget and Planning, Treasury, and Health Plans; Facilities Planning and Management, Audit Services, Risk Management, and Information Technology Services.

USC Finance Division values integrity, excellence, diversity, equity, and inclusion, well-being, open communication, and accountability.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.


Minimum Education:
Bachelor’s degree
Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience:
7 years
Preferred Education:
Master’s degree
Preferred Experience:
10 years
Minimum Field of Expertise:
Directly related accounting experience including supervision or management in a large
private university or organization.

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