The Controller reports to the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for overseeing and managing the business office and for planning, organizing and directing the accounting and financial reporting activities of the College. With a professional staff of two, the Controller assists the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in the preparation and monitoring of departmental budgets, overseeing financial audits, ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations, and providing strong financial leadership and management.
Desired qualifications include demonstrated experience in all areas of responsibility; a commitment to the environmental stewardship mission of the college; a desire to engage deeply in the community life of students, faculty, and staff; and an appreciation for and interest in life and the outdoors in spectacular rural northeastern Vermont.
Competitive candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting or equivalent and five or more years of related work experience. Experience in a higher education setting is strongly preferred.
The successful candidate will have:
Thorough knowledge of financial, accounting and administrative policies, practices and procedures particularly as they apply to non-profit, private, higher education;
Strong knowledge of the internal controls necessary to ensure the integrity of financial transactions within the College;
Hands-on experience with Blackbaud Financial Edge/Raiser’s Edge or similar accounting systems;
Experience with Microsoft Excel and the ability to create and manage financial models;
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills;
Excellent communication skills and the ability to succeed in a highly collaborative work environment;
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
Ability to organize, coordinate and direct multiple projects and a desire to roll up one’s sleeves;
Understanding of federal and state laws that govern higher education and reporting requirements;
A high level of professional integrity and the ability to lead by example.
Financial reporting and internal controls including assisting in budget preparation and analysis, cash; management, compliance requirements and coordination of internal/external audits and tax return preparation;
Working constructively with departmental budget managers to assure accurate and prudent uses of resources;
Management of the business office including account reconciliations and general ledger, accounts receivable, payroll, purchasing and accounts payable functions;
Managing and mentoring business office professional staff;
Oversee student billing and collections;
Preparation, analysis and presentation of timely and accurate financial reports;
Record keeping and reporting for restricted funds such as endowments, restricted gifts, grants and scholarships and the expenditures related to them.
Position remains open until an appointment has been made. Candidates should send the following materials electronically: cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, and contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without candidate permission. Application letters should be addressed to Peter Merrill, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and submitted to Ms. Nancy VanWinkle, Assistant to the President, at email@example.com Phone: (802) 586-7711 x 111
Sterling College is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, national origin or sex in violation of Title VII. Sterling College prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants for employment and students on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status.
Founded in 1958, Sterling College is the leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship and rural place-based education. The College was among the first liberal arts colleges in the United States to focus on sustainability through academic majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, and Outdoor Education. Sterling is among the smallest colleges in the United States with 18 full time faculty, 38 staff, approximately 142 undergraduate and 136 continuing education students. Sterling is home to the innovative School of the New American Farmstead and the Wendell Berry Farming Program, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and is one of only nine federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation.