University of Iowa Controller and Assistant Vice President

University of Iowa
Iowa, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 21, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Iowa Controller serves as the principal deputy to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), representing the CFO as necessary, and contributes to several cross-functional initiatives to enhance the delivery of financial services across the University. These initiatives involve collaborations with other areas that report to the: Senior VP Finance, Executive Vice President and Provost, Information Technology Services, Director of Financial Management & Budget, University Human Resources Office, UI Health Care and with collegiate and auxiliary unit business officers. This position is considered essential for the effective long-term operation of the university. The University of Iowa Controller oversees seven financial units and supervises nine direct reports and indirectly oversees forty-seven full-time staff and manages an annual budget of $4.8 million. In addition, University Payroll and Workforce Operations is co-managed with the Chief HR Officer with a staff of sixteen and budget of approximately $1.5 million.  This position is intended to work closely with the Chief Financial Officer over the next several years for succession planning and business continuity.


Specific Job Duties Include:


  • Provide overall leadership and management to the Financial Services team by supervising and providing guidance to direct reports and their staffs responsible for the Offices of: Accounting & Financial Reporting, Capital Asset Management, Capital Project Accounting, Financial Analysis, Grant, Contract & Gift Accounting, University Tax Office.
  • Work in coordination with Chief HR Officer through a dual reporting relationship with University Payroll and Workforce Operations. 
  • Serve as the chief accounting officer. Maintain a system of financial controls necessary to safeguard University resources.
  • Participate actively and provide expert assistance in the strategic development and operation of the University's financial information systems.
  • Oversee the preparation of the University's Annual Financial Report and other financial presentations as needed.


For a full job description, please send an e-mail to Megan Walker, HR Recruiter, at


To apply, go to and search for Requisition ID 20003648.


About the Controller’s Office:


The Controller’s Office, a division of Finance and Operations, is comprised of several departments that provide a wide range of business, IT, financial, compliance, accounting and reporting services on behalf of, and for, the university community. These services are essential for the University of Iowa to pursue its mission of teaching, research, and public service. 

Staff enjoy working with one another and are committed to providing the highest quality business, accounting, tax and financial reporting that fosters integrity and accountability while maximizing efficiency, accuracy, and productivity.


The University of Iowa:

The University of Iowa is one of America's premier public research universities.  Founded in 1847, it is the state's oldest institution of higher education and is located in Iowa City.

A member of the Association of American Universities since 1909 and the Big Ten Conference since 1899, the University of Iowa is home to one of the most acclaimed academic medical centers in the country, as well as globally recognized leadership in the study and craft of writing. Iowa is known for excellence in both the arts and sciences, offering world-class undergraduate, graduate, and professional academic programs in a wide variety of fields. Iowa draws nearly 32,000 students from more than 100 countries and all 50 U.S. states, and employs about 29,500 faculty and staff.


For more information about the University of Iowa go to


Iowa City:


The university is located along the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City, a city of some 77,000 people (170,000+ in the metro area). Iowa City is less than four hours from Chicago and within five hours of Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City, readily accessible via interstate highways and a regional airport 30 minutes away.

Iowa City is considered one of the best places to live in the country. After just one visit, you'll see why. 

Our campus seamlessly blends into downtown Iowa City, which makes it easy to get wherever you need to go. In fact, most first-year classes are located within the same three-block radius. And the center of it all is just across the street from a lively downtown with all the restaurants, entertainment, and amenities you'd find in a big city.  Iowa City is a bicycle friendly community with a number of biking and hiking trails in the area. Iowa City is both a destination for artists from around the world and the home of Hawkeye sports. Whatever you're interested in, there's a place for you in Iowa City .All of this activity lives in one accessible, welcoming place.




  • A Master's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting or an equivalent combination of related education and experience.
  • Progressive experience (typically minimum of 10 years) in accounting and related business administration.
  • Demonstrated leadership, supervisory skills, and insight to lead a dynamic and talented staff.
  • Working knowledge of GASB standards and GAAP accounting principles.
  • Strong communication and coalition building skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Strong proficiency in MS Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint



  • Extensive knowledge of accounting theory and information systems associated with an advanced degree or CPA/CMA.
  • Experience in the development, implementation, and ongoing utilization of automated financial systems.
  • Experience with the operation of a major comprehensive research University
  • Experience with federal/state tax, payroll and research regulations.


Application Details:


To apply, go to and search for Requisition ID 20003648.

In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.


Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.


Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.