Jobs at BGC

The Berkeley Geochronology Center (BGC) is a small (fewer than 15 permanent FTE) non-profit scientific research institution with an annual budget of ~$3M. BGC has a nearly 30-year history of quantifying the history of Earth and its biota, including humankind. BGC is located in Berkeley, close to the University of California campus. 



The Business Manager will manage or oversee Accounting/Finance, Human Resources, Grants Management, and Administrative Operations.  The Business Manager is supported by an Administrative Assistant and the Laboratory Manager, and reports to the Director.

  • Finance: Oversees management reporting, payroll, forecasting, analysis, budget and the BGC’s banking relationships and backs up accounting functions as necessary.

  • Grants Manager: Oversees pre- and post-award activities on both federal and private grants and contracts, program projects, and annual external audits.

  • Human Resources: Assists in recruiting, on-boarding and off-boarding, salary and benefit administration, employee relations and overall HR administration.

  • Operations: Assists in facilities management, oversees insurance, file management and records.






This position reports to the President/CEO.  The Business Manager’s role is to support the President and the Board of Directors in all fiscal and administrative functions associated with the organization’s internal operations and external relations.  This position, under Board approval, establishes and implements policies and procedures to ensure efficient business administration within BGC and compliance with statutes, codes, and regulations associated with those business functions.  Specific areas of responsibility include all aspects of financial management, accounting, banking, human resources (payroll, personnel, and benefits management, etc.), general business office administration, contract and grants administration, and supervision of Business Office.  This position also has responsibilities to the organization’s Board of Directors, including working with the President to prepare the annual projected budget, making financial reports to the Board, and other functions as needed.


This position includes responsibilities as the Grant Manager (GM), whose role is to support proposal submission and post award management processes.  Understands, implements, and manages accounting policies and procedures related to grants.  Has an in-depth, working knowledge of complex bookkeeping practices and accounting experience (using QuickBooks) to support accounting for all grant operations.  Has Single Audit experience.  Prepares and submits annual Indirect Cost Rate proposal and negotiates rates.






  • At least 5 years of increasingly responsible accounting experience (nonprofit).

  • Experience performing annual/single audits and working knowledge of accepted accounting principals (GAAP) to ensure compliance with auditing standards.

  • Experience and knowledge of federal, state, and local compliance polices and regulations including auditing standards or ability to learn.

  • Experience managing grants and contracts.

  • Experience initiating and maintaining computer systems for tracking, analyzing, and reporting financial data.

  • Experience identifying administrative problems, goals, and objectives, evaluating alternatives, recommending and implementing solutions as appropriate.

  • Have an organized and systematic nature, efficient and productive with a goals and objectives orientation.  Must be a self-starter.

  • Competent in QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel (able to create reports and complex spreadsheets including basic and advanced formulas) and other common computer skills (Word, email, internet).

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.

  • Able to communicate with vendors, visitors, and co-workers in a pleasant and courteous manner at all times, with maturity, good judgment, and professionalism.




  • Experience working in non-profit organizations

  • Experience with grants administration, particularly National Science Foundation, and federal Single

  • Audit.

  • Experience hiring and supervising administrative staff.

  • Familiarity with U.C. Berkeley accounting and administration.


Compensation will be in the range $85K-$95K, depending on qualifications and experience, generous benefits include full medical and dental plans, life insurance, and 403b retirement plan with 10% employer contribution vesting in 3 months.


The Berkeley Geochronology Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.


Applications will be reviewed immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled. Starting date is negotiable, with ability to start May 1 preferred.


Please submit a letter of application, a resumé, and contact information for three references to




  • Excellent Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, Life)

  • 403(b) with 10% employer match

  • Training and Career Development

  • Generous Paid Leave

  • Negotiable flex-time and/or partial telecommuting

  • Collegial, inclusive work environment