The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of universities and other institutions that operates astronomical observatories and telescopes.
Reporting directly to the CFO, the Corporate Controller will serve a critical role supporting AURA’s mission. The ideal candidate will have accounting and financial management experience in federal government services and contracting marketplace to direct and manage AURA’s corporate accounting activities. This role will coordinate AURA’s accounting practices, across all of the Centers, ensuring compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), provide accurate and timely reporting of AURA’s financial position, emphasize proper internal controls while supporting business objectives and the strategic plan. Provide the leadership to create an environment and culture of continuous process improvement throughout the accounting and financial function and all related activities.
Provide timely and accurate monthly financial statements for internal customers; responsible for all quarterly and annual financial reporting within the organization.
Design and implement consolidation methodology in Deltek Costpoint in order to shorten the monthly, quarterly and annual close cycle.
Manage the corporate treasury function, including ensuring the bank reconciliations are prepared and reviewed monthly and investment gains/losses are monitored.
Prepare all intercompany accounting related transactions.
Lead technical accounting research and activities and ensure company financial statements are recorded in accordance with GAAP; assess impacts to existing processes and accounting.
Manage and coordinate the external audit and annual tax preparation process as well as present findings to the Audit Committee.
Prepare financial support for and act as liaison for ad hoc audits by government agencies. Ensures internal controls are appropriately refreshed and documented to support these efforts.
Ensure compliance with all tax reporting requirements including income tax, sales tax, and employment taxes.
Manage the year-end close process, audit preparation and on-site audit work for annual external financial statement audit. Work closely with CAS and STScI accounting teams and audit personnel to ensure that all audit tasks are completed with accuracy and timeliness.
Create and prepare financial reports for the CFO to deliver to the Board of Directors.
Support the annual budgeting processes as necessary.
Assist in the development, implementation and documentation of new accounting and finance policies and procedures to improve the efficiency and accuracy and ensure consistency across the organization.
Other duties as assigned
Master’s Degree required; active CPA license
Minimum of 12 years of progressive experience, including in a leadership position
Familiarity using Deltek Costpoint to manage day-to-day operations
Established expertise of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) including experience with not-for-profit accounting and financial reporting standards
Knowledge and understanding of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
Demonstrated knowledge of the OMB Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance), Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and/or Cost Accounting Standards (CAS)
Ability to drive process improvement; excellent oral and written communication skills.
Experience working in a multi-cultural environment, in an international organization and/or in a high technology industry sector
Experience implementing ERP software and managing the associated organizational change
Results oriented with a high level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information
Excellent management abilities, adept leader capable of inspiring and motivating teams through change, and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels, orally and in writing
Experience using Deltek Costpoint’s COGNOS reporting
Experience using Deltek’s multi-currency/multi-company
Fluency in Spanish
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.
The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl.
The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Must possess - sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files; b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.
Must possess – 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately
Travel may be necessary in or outside the contiguous United States.
AURA offers an excellent benefits package, competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a stimulating work environment.
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The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and three international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the NSF’s NOIRLab, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA.
As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws.
Internal Number: CORPO03803
About The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and three international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA.