The Controller serves as the University’s chief accounting officer and is responsible for providing the leadership, direction, coordination and management oversight of all functions associated with general accounting and reporting, grants accounting, payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable including but not limited to the development and implementation of financial accounting processes, policies and procedures for the University. The Controller is also responsible for maintaining the University’s financial accounting systems, internal controls, and records to ensure the integrity of financial reporting.
Required Qualifications and Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting
At least 10 years of professional experience in higher education or similar institutions required
Knowledge and experience with data analytics
Experience with complex financial analysis
Supervisory experience w/increasing levels of responsibility
Experience in or responsibility for financial statement preparation\Grant accounting and Federal grant management experience
Preferred Qualifications and Education:
Masters in Accounting or MBA
Responsibilities – Essential Functions:
Provide leadership, financial integrity, guidance, direction for all functions of the Controller’s office. The following functions report to the Controller: Financial Reporting, Financial Assurance, Treasury, Accounts Payable, Payroll and Student Accounts.
Direct (create, refine, review, revise) all accounting objectives, policies, and procedures.
Manage fund accounting and financial reporting, ratios, payables, receivables and payroll activities, including all applicable monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports and statements.
Ensure accurate debt, investment, and cash related accounting activities.
Review and negotiate the University’s indirect cost proposal/rate.
Safeguard University assets; establish and monitor internal controls and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) regulations and guidelines.
Prepare the university’s annual financial statements in conjunction with an independent CPA firm and meet other external reporting requirements.
Maintain chart of accounts and determines the proper classification of accounts.
Ensure compliance with externally-imposed financial recording and reporting regulations, including tax issues and audits.
Manage banking relationships, operating investments, endowment investments, daily tracking and recording of cash operations, and annual cash flow projections. Support bond issuance processes.
Coordinates internal audit activities with third-party audit/consultant firms.
Supervise Controller’s office and related staff including development of objectives, performance reviews, etc.
Other duties, including cross-department/division collaboration teams, as required.
Responsibilities – Non-Essential Functions:
Knowledge of audit functions – operational, compliance, and financial.
Ability to design and implement business processes, systems of internal controls and management reporting structures to facilitate decentralized management and control of funds at the department and division levels.
Ability to orchestrate multiple activities simultaneously through to completion.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external University stakeholders as well as accounting department staff.
Oversee financial training materials and provide training to individuals with various levels of financial expertise.
Ability to learn new systems, develop financial/accounting procedure/process changes and then lead the change process.
Ability to identify problems, anticipate changes in laws/rules/regulations/standards in higher education and develop solutions, and implement change.
Demonstrated commitment to excellent customer service.
Knowledge of accounting standards related to not-for-profits, universities, and federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
Internal Number: Job no: 493342
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