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||Position Summary: Duties of the Controller include stewardship of the university’s financial accounts/records, preparation of its financial statements (both GAAP and Management), tax filings and compliance, ensuring effective internal control systems and presentation of various financial and non-financial reports and interpretation of data to senior leadership and Trustees. The Controller must demonstrate strong knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, pertinent federal, state, and local laws and have extensive experience with and skill in enterprise information/accounting systems (general ledger, endowments, accounts payable, payroll, etc.) as well as spreadsheets and databases.
The Controller reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer and serves as a leader in the Financial Accounting Services Office overseeing the University’s accountants, accounts receivable, and payroll staff and processes.
A bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business or closely related field is required. An advanced degree in accounting, finance, business or closely related field is preferred. CPA licensure is preferred.
Seven (7) or more years of progressively responsible experience in large, complex organizations including accounting and managerial experience is required. Accounting and managerial experience in the finance division of a higher education institution or other non-for-profit is strongly preferred.
A suitable combination of education and experience may be substituted for minimum requirements.
• Demonstrate an attitude and behavior that reflects the values and mission of the department and University.
• Manages accounts payable, payroll, general ledger, cash management, auditing, investments, budgeting, finance, and taxation functions according to generally accepted accounting principles.
• Institutes internal controls according to established accounting principles and guidelines.
• Ensures timely and accurate preparation of university tax and information returns, forms, and schedules.
• Ensures timely and accurate remittance of all university financial obligations, liabilities, and payments.
• Prepares periodic reports on investments, cash balances, and cash flow and makes recommendations to the Chief Financial Officer for efficient and effective utilization of the university's financial resources.
• Manages all university audit(s) processes, including adjusting journal entries, and work papers. Promptly responds to auditor requests, and communicates audit results to the university board of trustees, senior management, and as further prescribed by university guidelines.
• Develops and maintains accounting and financial systems that integrate the budgeting and strategic planning processes of the institution.
• Assists the Chief Financial Officer by collecting, organizing, and analyzing financial data for preparation of various routine and ad hoc reports and statistical data outlining the university's financial position in areas of income and expenditure based on past, present, and forecasted operations.
• Direct efforts to maintain Ellucian Banner Finance and Finance Self-Service modules. Work in concert with the various university departments responsible for Banner modules that interface with the university's finance system.
• Develops and maintains effective working relationships with peers, subordinates, other university departments and the public
• Develops a competent, productive and efficient departmental staff through effective supervision, training, motivation, and professional development.
• Supervises 3 direct reports in accounting, accounts payable and payroll.
• Encourages a culture of transparency and collaboration in the accounting and finance division.
• Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses.
• Contributes to the overall success of the university by performing other duties as assigned.
• Strong controllership skills including the documented ability to successfully manage external and internal audits
• Advanced financial planning skills
• Ability to think strategically while consistently delivering operational and managerial reports with a high degree of accuracy and timeliness
• Ability to bring clarity to complex and technical issues
• Extensive knowledge of GAAP and fund accounting
• Ability to plan, conceptualize and make sound business decisions
• Must exercise considerable independent and professional judgment in matters of significance
• Strong problem solving skills
• Strong critical thinking skills
• Strong planning and project management skills
• Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations verbally and in writing
• Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships
• Ability to work independently
• Strong supervisory skills to lead and manage the accounting, payroll, purchasing and accounts payable teams in Financial Accounting Services
• Manual/finger dexterity enough to operate a computer keyboard and other office machines
• Near vision enough to read written communications and computer display screens
• Adequate hearing to communicate effectively in person and by phone.
• Must use computer keyboard at least seven hours per day.
• Work is primarily indoors, but at times may be required to be in an outdoor environment when traveling between campus buildings or off campus.
• Will be exposed to frequent noise caused by telephones and office machines.
• Standard office hours are 8: a.m. to 5: p.m. Some overtime may be required.
• Off-campus, state and regional travel may be required.