Washington College is seeking qualified applicants for the Controller position. The Controller plans, organizes, directs, and controls the accounting, payroll and control functions of the College and is responsible for all external financial reporting and financial audits. This position manages the Business Office.
Formulates accounting policy for the College. Develops and implements accounting, external reporting, and control systems responsive to the College's managerial and fiduciary needs.
Coordinates financial systems and procedures. Directs and administers general accounting, payroll, receiving and disbursement of funds, purchasing, short term cash management, similar operational functions, and maintenance and reconciliation of related records. Interacts with all levels of College management and faculty to ensure compliance with established accounting policies and procedures.
Prepares external financial statements and external operating reports. Plans and coordinates year-end audit by independent auditors and related year-end external financial statements and tax returns. Interacts with staff and external auditors.
Meets external reporting requirements. Designs and supervises preparation and distribution of reports as required for internal control and for external reporting purposes. Interacts with staff, department heads, faculty, and outside agencies. Ensures the preparation of the financial portion of the IPEDS Report and EADA report.
Initiates financial analysis and recommendations as appropriate. Provides advice on accounting / financial matters.
Coordinates implementation of long-term cash management policies. Interacts with internal and external entities directly responsible for endowment and other restricted funds. Directs reconciliation of endowment and other restricted fund external balances to internal accounting records.
Coordinates compliance with federal and state grant requirements. Interacts with Grant Administrator, faculty, and staff to meet those requirements.
Coordinates compliance with federal, state, and in-house student loan collection requirements.
Establishes and maintains working relationships with outside vendors providing services to the College, such as, but not limited to, insurance, banking, investments, and auditing.
Directs all personnel matters related to the Business Office, including hiring, performance evaluations, promotions, disciplinary actions, and vacation scheduling.
Plans and schedules work assignments for the Business Office ensuring proper distribution of assignments and adequate resources for completion of assigned tasks.
Maintains the accounting procedures and practices for the College.
Acts within scope of authority and consistent with College objectives, guidelines, policies, and practices.
Keeps abreast of current trends and practices in relevant accounting and management fields.
For Business Office staff:
Develops short- and long-range operating objectives; reviews existing organizational structure and staffing requirements; recommends and implements changes as needed.
Provides appropriate supervision, including communication of clearly defined job responsibilities, adequate training and development, and provision for backup.
Monitors performance of staff and provides prompt and objective coaching and counseling in managerial and technical matters. Reviews and approves performance appraisals initiated by subordinates of their staff. Evaluates subordinates.
Assures that effective communications are maintained within areas of responsibility. Where appropriate, informs staff as to plans and progress. Conducts staff discussion sessions at regular and frequent intervals.
Assures that necessary coordination within the area of responsibility is occurring and that coordination of the assigned area with those of other College departments is taking place.
Ensures optimum performance of Controller-related functions campus wide. Recommends and implements techniques to improve accountability, maintain internal control, increase efficiencies, cuts costs, take advantage of opportunities, and maintain state-of-the-art practices.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree and C.P.A. required. Master’s degree in Accounting, Business, or related field preferred.
EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Minimum of five (5) years' experience in a non-profit professional accounting environment, college/university accounting experience preferred.
Minimum of two (2) years' experience as a Controller or senior officer in a Controller's office with responsibility for accounting functions; preferably with an annual operating budget of at least $20 million.
Working knowledge of manual and automated accounting systems, well developed financial analysis capabilities, and demonstrated proficiency in computer and management information systems.
Demonstrated administrative and supervisory skills.
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills.
Comfortable performing multifaceted projects in conjunction with normal activities.
Strong analytical and reasoning abilities.
Superior accounting, computer, and numeric skills.
Participative management style; advocates team concept.
Well-developed interpersonal skills; ability to get along well with diverse personalities; tactful, mature, and flexible.
Ability to establish credibility and be decisive; but able to recognize and support the organization's preferences and priorities.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
Results-oriented; ability to balance with other organizational considerations.
How to Apply:
When applying please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references through our on-line portal. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Washington College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse cultural environment, and encourages applications from women, people of color, disabled persons, members of the LGBTQ community, and veterans.
About Washington College
Among the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a proud history of educating leaders since its founding in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, Washington College provides a truly distinctive education to a student body of approximately 1,450 undergraduates students. Washington College is located in historic Chestertown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, 90 minutes from Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. The 112-acre campus main campus is augmented by an additional 10-acres on the Chester River. The College takes full advantage of its proximity to the nation’s capital and to the educational and co-curricular opportunities presented by the Chesapeake Bay. The College has established three centers of excellence, which highlight key aspects of its identity: the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the Center for Environment & Society, and the Rose O'Neill Literary House. It is also home to the Sophie Kerr Prize, the nation’s largest undergraduate literary prize.