Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and CFO, this position is responsible for the leadership and management of financial accounting and reporting, financial systems, cash management, accounts payable, purchasing, grants management, payroll, and non-student accounts receivable. The Controller has the overall responsibility for the integrity of the College’s financial records.
The Controller will maintain accounting records, oversee financial and management reporting and monitor budget performance, develop and administer internal financial policies and procedures, evaluate and institute appropriate internal controls, ensure compliance with applicable Federal and state laws, and provide support on other related fiscal and accounting matters.
The position prepares financial reporting packages for presentation to the Finance & Facilities Committee, the Audit Committee, and the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Oversees and directs the general accounting, financial reporting and analysis, grants management, accounts payable, purchasing, non-student accounts receivable and payroll operations;
Responsible for the cash management of all operating funds of the College including endowment, investment and debt service;
Coordinates the preparation of the year-end financial statements and related schedules, footnotes, and tax return schedules; Responsible for compliance with tax laws and regulations;
Coordinates the preparation of the College’s Annual Operating and Capital budgets and prepares presentations for senior management, the Finance & Facilities Committee and the Board of Trustees. Monitors departmental and divisional budget performance throughout the year; Communicates with departments and vice presidents as needed when budget compliance is in question;
Participates in strategic planning discussions and prepares financial analysis to support the College’s Strategic Plan;
Prepares financial models for new program development;
Responsible for the accurate and timely development and dissemination of financial information in support of effective decision making. Prepares all necessary financial reports and analyses necessary to keep the Vice President of Finance & CFO currently informed;
Responsible for maximizing the utility of the Colleges Financial Systems (Banner Financial Software) to support effective use of financial information through the development, upgrade and maintenance of robust system functionality and reporting features to meet complex and changing information requirements;
Serves the campus community by providing financial guidance, offering information and training on financial systems and processes. Seeks to learn how the Controller’s office can better meet divisional needs for information and assistance;
Responsible for the development, review and implementation of fiscal policies and procedures for the College; Establishes and maintains financial controls to monitor and protect College resources;
Coordinates with the Development Office to ensure the proper accounting for pledges, gifts, endowments, and scholarships;
Ensures that appropriate account reconciliations are performed, documented and reviewed on a timely basis;
Responsible for oversight of fulfillment of financial obligations to college employees and vendors with a strong internal control environment.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Supervises and coordinates all Business Office functions including Assistant Controller, Grants Management, Payroll, Accounts Payable, and Purchasing. Direct supervision of four employees and department headcount of eight.
Bachelor’s degree is required, with a preferred emphasis in accounting, master’s degree and a CPA is highly desirable.
5-10 years progressively responsible financial management experience is required, preferred within a private higher education institution or not-for-profit entity. In-depth knowledge of GAAP, FASB and other financial principles. Experience with the Banner system or integrated database system is desirable.
Strong excel and analytical skills. Strong demonstrated leadership and supervisory experience. Collaborative work style but able to enforce College policies when necessary. Proactive communicator. Demonstrates follow through and attention to detail.
Internal Number: S00001P
About St. John Fisher College
St. John Fisher College is a private liberal arts college located in Pittsford, NY. St. John Fisher College was founded as a men's college in 1948 by the Basilian Fathers and with the aid of James E. Kearney, then the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester. The College became independent in 1968 and coeducational in 1971. Today, Fisher is an independent, liberal arts institution in the Catholic tradition of American higher education.
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