Minnesota, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jun 04, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details Position Title Controller Division Finance & Administration Department/Office Finance & Administration Position Summary

TheBusiness OfficeatSt. Catherine Universityinvites applications for aControllerposition. This is a regular, full-time position.

Our Business Office is fast-paced and touches every facet of the financial operations of the university including risk management, treasury, budgeting, financial analysis, financial reporting and traditional accounting services. TheControllerprovides leadership for financial and business affairs including strategic planning and forecasting, collaborating with leaders as a consultative resource for decision-making and issue resolution, and ensuring that our financial operations are in compliance with governmental accounting regulations. Additionally, the Controller leads the financial reporting, accounting services and restricted funds teams and establishes university financial policies and standards.


  • The Controller will interface and present regularly to the University’s leadership and will prepare information and materials for the Board of Trustees. As they key financial leader advising theSVPandCFO, the Controller will provide critical insight and analyses to support strategic planning, goal setting, and key policy and decision making.
  • Serve as financial advisor and engage in strategic planning, President’s Cabinet and University collaboration
  • Engage with the investment advisor on the analysis, recommendations, results and reporting for the endowment & other investments.
  • Develop, maintain and oversee risk management policies and practices which includes implementing insurance strategy and renewal.
  • Direct all aspects of accounting operations including policies, procedures and reconciliations as they relate to general ledger accounting, cash and investment management controls and functions, invoicing and accounts receivable, accounts payable, fixed assets, inventory, payroll and card processing.
  • Oversee pre- and post- audit efforts coordinating resources needed across various impacted departments
  • Maintain compliant and timely debt requirements, partnering with third parties for debt structure and on-going rating status.
  • Oversee and evaluate tuition and collection procedures to minimize potential bad debt.
  • Create an atmosphere that is goal oriented and where objectives are achieved, collaborating in a team environment supporting internal and external partners.
  • Hire, train, coach and mentor direct reports, guiding them in developing position descriptions and performance indicators; reviewing and revising staff position descriptions, and supporting training initiatives.

St. Catherine University in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a comprehensive Catholic university and home to one of the nation’s largest colleges for women, with associate and graduate programs for all genders. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the University integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherineenrolls studentsin certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs in traditional day and evening/weekend/online formats. Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting
  • Five years of increasingly responsible senior management experience
  • Fifteen years of finance and accounting experience
  • Knowledge of nonprofit accounting and higher education administrative support programs
  • Experience managing investment activities including endowment and institutional funds, and experience preparing information for board committees
  • Experience consulting with Advancement on philanthropic giving
  • Strong computer literacy for financial analysis and reporting
  • Expertise in positive, team-based management
  • Experience building strong, effective and respectful relationships
Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree orCPA
  • Experience in private, higher education, higher education, or in a nonprofit business.

We seek creative, adaptable staff who enjoy working in a university climate that promotes cultural diversity, multicultural understanding, and cultural fluency. Consistent with the university’s commitment to women, diversity and social justice, preference will be given to candidates who manifest these themes in their experience and service.

EEO Statement

St. Catherine University is an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion reflects the central value of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to “love of neighbor without distinction” and provides a learning and working environment that is enriched by the diversity of all our members. Individuals of religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, nation of origin, or disability groups that have traditionally had less representation in higher education are encouraged to apply. Should you need an interview accommodation please contact us athr@stkate.eduor 651-690-6565.

Application instructions for STAFF

VisitHEREto apply. Three references and successful completion of a background check will be required for employment. Applications received by June 25, 2021 will be given priority. The posting will close on July 31, 2021.

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
Equal Opportunity Employer / Drug Free Workplace / Tobacco Free Workplace

Our university is a proud member of the Upper MidwestHERCand is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual career couples. For more information and to find other higher education jobs in the Upper Midwest region, visit:

Posting Number 20200067-STAFF Posting Start Date 06/04/2021 Application Deadline 07/31/2021 Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. *What is your highest level of completed education?
    • Some high school
    • High school diploma or GED
    • Some college
    • Associate's degree
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Some graduate school
    • Master's degree
    • ABD
    • Professional degree (e.g., JD, MD)
    • Doctoral degree
  2. *For any post-secondary degree(s), what was your field of study?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. *How many years of full-time supervisory experience do you have that included performance evaluations and time-card approval?
    • None to some
    • 1 year
    • 2 years
    • 3 years
    • 4 years
    • 5 years
    • 6 years
    • 7 years or more
  4. *Briefly describe your experience managing investment activities including endowment and institutional funds.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. *Briefly describe your experience consulting with an advancement or fundraising team regarding philanthropic giving.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. *Briefly describe your experience or exposure to investment, audit, or finance board committees.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. *Have you worked in higher education in a finance or accounting capacity?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. *Are you presently legally authorized to work in the United States for any U.S. employer? Please be aware that St. Catherine University is only able to consider candidates who are authorized to work in the United States.
    • Yes
    • No
  9. *St. Catherine University welcomes applications from candidates who are traditionally under-represented. We are happy to consider candidates who are currently in possession of a temporary work visa, however, please be aware that we do not offer employment visa sponsorship. Will you now or in the future require an employer to sponsor you for an employment-based visa/status in the U.S. (e.g. H-1B status)?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Maybe
  10. *Can you perform the essential functions of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document 1
  2. Other Document 2
  3. Professional Reference Contact Information