The Bursar reports to the Chief Financial Officer and provides leadership and direction for all activities of the Business Office. The position is responsible for the management, oversight and administration related to all student account and college receivables, billings and charges, refund management, payment systems, payment plans, collection activities, student account tax compliance and reporting, and all activity within the Business Office.
The position requires the ability to work collaboratively and constructively as a team member among multiple departments, as well as with students, employees, and any other person requiring assistance from the Business Office.
The position requires independent judgment based upon a thorough understanding of operating policies and procedures and activities of the college. The individual is expected to be able to work independently, however, general supervision is provided.
Responsible for all processes, systems and work flows relating to the Business Office. Includes ongoing review of processes and make recommendations for improvements and changes.
Provide direct supervision of several direct reports and ultimately all Business Office personnel.
Knowledgeable of all functions, processes and work flows within the Business Office.
Responsible for timely billing of all student and sponsor accounts to ensure timely payment. Ensure all tuition, room and board, and any other charges are recorded timely and accurate.
Responsible for all sponsor and third party billing and collection. Works with Payment Manager in collection and payment application of sponsored accounts.
Responsible for the management of the college’s payment systems including land-based cashiering and e-Commerce functions to include, but not limited to, payment plan administration, electronic billings and related interface with the student accounting software.
Prepares reports and provides documentation to departments and/or students, as required or requested and prepares documentation for related audits, internal or external.
Assists students and departmental personnel with account-related questions and dispute resolution.
Responsible for coordination of transfers of financial aid to student accounts.
Responsible for timely generation and distribution of monthly/periodic billing statements to students and sponsors.
Acts in the best interest and the College and students, and carries out responsibilities with due care, integrity, and diligence.
Interact with College departments and personnel to create innovative enhancements for business processes and productivity improvements.
This job summary is not meant to be all-inclusive of every duty and responsibility required by the employee in the position.
Please include a cover letter with your application materials for this position.
Benefits include free dependent in-seat undergraduate tuition and/or 75% tuition reduction for online classes, Tuition Exchange program for eligible dependents with dozens of partner institutions, phenomenal employer retirement contribution upon eligibility, generous paid leave, excellent health and dental insurance coverage, and exceptional, dedicated colleagues.
The offer of employment and assignment to duties is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check. The information may include, but is not limited to, academic, residential, achievement, performance, attendance, disciplinary, employment history, credit history, driving history, and criminal history of public record.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Columbia College is an equal opportunity employer.
Five or more years of supervisory experience
Prior experience working in a business office preferred
Prior experience working with student accounts preferred
Internal Number: 599
About Columbia College
Founded in 1851, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs.
Originally founded as Christian Female College, the college was the first women's college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature. The college changed its name to Columbia College in 1970 when it transitioned from a two-year women's college to a four-year coeducational college. Though Columbia College has retained a covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since its inception, the college is a nonsectarian school welcoming students of all religious denominations.
Through its network of campuses in 35 nationwide locations, the Day Campus and Evening Campus in Columbia, Mo., and the Online Campus, the college serves more than 29,000 students annually.
In addition to offering associate and bachelor's degrees, the college also offers master's degrees at the main campus, selected extended campuses and online.