Organization and Hierarchical Trees


Berkeley leadership starts with our Chancellor which oversees seven organizations, each of which is led by members of the Chancellor's Cabinet as well as Deans and Academic Leadership of Schools, Colleges, and L&S Divisions. Our Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP) serves as the Chancellor’s leading senior executive responsible for UC Berkeley’s day-to-day operations, working closely with the Chancellor to develop and implement the vision and priorities for the campus. As Provost, our EVCP is UC Berkeley’s chief academic officer, responsible for the planning, development, implementation, assessment and enhancement of all academic programs, policies, and supporting infrastructure. These activities are carried out in partnership with the Academic Senate under UC Berkeley’s principles of shared governance.

Supporting the EVCP in these efforts is a team of Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts, Deans, and professional staff, all devoted to sustaining Berkeley's public mission and commitment to both access and excellence.

Please reference UC Berkeley's leadership and organization charts for more information.

Data and Reporting

While the organizational structure described above reflects working titles and reporting relationships, our data is organized into organizational trees, which are hierarchical representations of the financial structure of the university.

Org Hierarchy L1-L7

The university is grouped into organizations of similar activities (schools, colleges, campus support) across campus, within organizations by divisions, and within divisions by departments.

For example, the organizing unit, COLLE - Colleges, is level 2 or L2.

Within COLLE - Colleges, there are three Divisions, which are level 3 or L3:

  • 1_CENVD – Col of Environmental Design
  • 1_CO1NR – College of Natural Resources
  • 1_COCHM – College of Chemistry

The next level of detail is Department, which is level 4 or L4. Within 1_COCHM, there are three Departments:

  • 1_COCHM – College of Chemistry
  • 1_CCHEM - Dept of Chemistry
  • 1_CDCDN – Coll of Chem Dean

In all, our organizational hierarchy has seven levels, L1-L7.

DeptID is lowest level of detail

The lowest level of detail is the DeptID at level 7 or L7. Each department uses one or more DeptIDs. The DeptID allows a unit to identify and manage its own transactions and resource balances. DeptID values can also be grouped by discipline and unit to allow financial activity and budgets to be viewed at all levels in the campus organization. Individual components of the structure (Org Nodes and DeptIDs) are represented via a five digit code.

Org tree reflects financial management and reporting needs

Each division’s organizational tree should reflect the financial management and reporting needs of the organization. The Office of the Vice Chancellor Finance reviews and approves all proposed changes to the organizational tree.

Please reference Organization Tree Reports for the most current information.

Learning Topics

Campus Deliverables

There are no specific deliverables, but as a best practice, a new finance professional should reach out to colleagues on their team to understand their own organizational leadership and hierarchical trees.

Policies that govern the work

If you have determined that a change to your organizational tree is needed, a summary of the high-level org tree change process is available on the CFO website. All org tree change types including Org Node and DeptID movements are available following fiscal close through November. Please review the org tree calendar and supplemental job aid for the timeline of allowable org tree changes throughout the year.

Note: Once reviewing the forms, if you plan to request an Org Node change or Entity Hierarchy redesign, please contact and explain what you would like to change before completing the request form because these changes are typically more complex and involve longer consultations.

Please submit questions and requests for changes to the org tree to

Roles and responsibilities

  • All inquiries and changes related to the org tree must be submitted by a DFL.

  • If changes involve multiple divisions, approval and signature may also be required from a Dean, Vice Chancellor, designate or other DFL.

Systems used

The Org tree is used by all systems that report on entities.