Reporting to the VP for Finance, the Comptroller is accountable for all Vermont Law School accounting policies and procedures; for overseeing the maintenance of accounting ledgers and the preparation of financial statements and managerial reports in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. This position is accountable for analyzing actual results against budget and for developing and implementing new/revised accounting procedures/systems. The position is relied upon to advise the VP of Finance on strategic initiatives funding, and monitors the funding of proposed strategic initiatives; The Comptroller directs the operations of the Business Office.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Develops and monitors cash controls and accounting policies and procedures. Reviews, analyzes and revises internal control systems, providing documentation and training as necessary.
Reports financial status and responds to questions from the administration, trustees, and outside financial institutions.
Develops consolidated statements and various management reports to comply with outside regulatory agencies and to provide the administration and trustees with timely information; manages annual audits and coordinates preparation of annual form 990 providing all necessary schedules to tax preparer.
Oversees the completion of fiscal sections of annual questionnaires from ABA, IPEDS, NEASC, and Independent Law School Group.
Reviews budgets for grant proposals, ensures systems are in place to document the meeting of restrictions; approves accounting entries.
Coordinates the preparation of the annual budget, analyzes impact of budget requests, project revenue, and produces reports for management; analyzes actual results against budget and researches variances; interacts with departments on an on-going basis to provide guidance on budget and accounting policies
Manages cash, investments, stock gifts, gift annuities, charitable remainder unitrusts, and reconciles contributions receivable and pledge payments. Works with Offices of Institutional Advancement and Financial Aid to ensure proper recording of pledges and donations.
Oversees the maintenance of accounting ledgers and the preparation of financial statements and managerial reports according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles; makes management estimates relating to normal entries (depreciation rates & methods, discount on contributions receivable, accounts receivable allowances, etc.).
Evaluates significant accounting adjustments and the impact of adjustments on records, reports, and year-end results.
Coordinates and works with outside audit firm on year-end audit. Prepares financial statements in accordance with GAAP.
Manages the overall operation of the Business Office including supervising and training a staff of four.
Collaborates with the Financial Aid Director and work closely with the Financial Aid department to achieve positive student outcomes while maintaining compliance with federal regulations.
Helps to staff the Budget and Finance, Investment and Audit Committees of the Board of Trustees.
Education, Skills & Experience:
In-depth knowledge of accounting principles and techniques such as that gained from a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting; CPA preferred;
Thorough knowledge of rules of various regulatory agencies as they relate to higher education’s operations, services, and investments, and the required forms, reports, and filings.
Knowledge of computer systems and associated accounting/financial software packages and very strong analytical skills.
Excellent interpersonal communications and at least one year supervisory experience.
Vermont Law School (VLS) is a private, American Bar Association-accredited law school located along the banks of the beautiful White River in central South Royalton, VT. The Law School offers the nation's premier environmental law program, and it is currently ranked #1 in Environmental Law by U.S. News and World Report (no lower than #2 since rankings began in 1991). The school offers several degr...ees, including Juris Doctor, Master of Laws (LL.M) in Environmental Law, Master of Environmental Law, Master of Laws in Energy Law, as well as dual degrees with a diverse range of institutions, including the University of Cambridge, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and the University of Vermont, offering more courses in the field than any other law school in the country.
Vermont Law School is distinguished by the character of the students, faculty, and staff who have chosen to learn, teach and work here. From its founding, VLS has consistently drawn individuals from across the country and the world with a passion for public service, a concern for justice, and an interest in pursuing legal education as a means to make a difference in the world. It is not surprising that Vermont Law School has risen to the top as a place to study environmental law and a place to work.
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