Executive Director/ Controller

Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Nov 02, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Under the direction of the CFO and Vice President of Financial Operations, oversees the University’s General Accounting, Payroll, Financial Reporting, Grants Accounting, Accounts Payable, and Federal and State Tax Reporting. Responsible for the income and expenses of University funds. Maintain current knowledge of GASB, FASB, and other GAAP pronouncements that affect the University’s financial operations. Ensure best practices in internal controls over financial systems and reporting. Implement policies and procedures to provide accurate and complete financial data for the University.

1. Formulate, establish and implement policies, procedures and internal control for effective and efficient fiscal operations including timely and accurate maintenance of the general ledger.
2. Create systems which result in University compliance with applicable fiscal laws, rules and regulations.
3. Provide all financial statements, management’s discussion and analysis, and footnotes for the annual report, supplemental statements, bond fund reports and compliance program financial reports.
4. Manage the University’s external audit and financial reporting process by ensuring that proper accounting methodology, techniques and policies are adopted. Act as the administrative contact point for the independent auditor’s examinations and coordinate the audits for the University.
5. Manage the University’s cash-flow and related forecasting. Oversee the recruitment, training, and management of assigned staff.
6. Provide executive leadership, consultation, and support to senior administrators and unit leaders on University-related accounting, compliance and fiscal control issues.
7. Interface with Board of Directors and Advisory Committees as needed to support collaborative efforts.
8. Implement policies and procedures for the proper fiscal administration of grants and contracts.
9. Ensure timely and accurate payments to vendors providing goods and services to the University.
10. Establish and implement appropriate controls for the management of University’s purchasing card and travel card programs.
11. Ensure University compliance with bond covenants, make required transfers and payments, and provide internal and external agency bond-issue reports as required.
12. Remit filing of required governmental reports by the appropriate deadlines.
13. Perform other related duties as assigned.

The position requires the discharge of all job responsibilities and duties in full compliance with all applicable state mandates, university rules and Federal regulations. Position entails cooperation with the directives and initiatives of the Office of Compliance and its efforts to promote a culture of compliance throughout the university.

Bachelor’s Degree in Finance or Accounting from an accredited four-year college or university and CPA required.

MBA in Finance or Accounting preferred.
Minimum of ten years progressive experience in financial management, preferably in higher education, including financial planning reporting, and analysis, forecasting, audit and budget. Experience with Banner, PeopleSoft or similar system for university financial accounting and ledger applications. Demonstrated leadership experience and ability.

1. Strong time management skills with ability to prioritize and work on multiple assignments.

2. Knowledge of and a demonstrated ability in strategic planning, quality improvement processes, and human resource management, strong organizational, problem solving, and analytical skills.

3. Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Access, and Word.

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