Primary responsibilities include producing and managing financial
reports and related processes. Accountable for accurate and timely
preparation of audited financial statements and all tax returns.
Accountable for developing an expert level of understanding of all
balance sheet line items in order to provide expert guidance and
continued enhancements of processes, as well as regulatory changes.
Ensures proper accounting and execution of transactions related to
capital projects, endowment, debt, and on-going university
operations. Coordinates the Board of Trustees Audit Committee
agenda and presents the university financial statements, 990 and
990-T tax return.
Serves in the absence of the Controller, with responsibility for an
understanding of the financial operations, general ledger policies,
procedures and regulations. Accountable for representing the
accounting office and finance division on a variety of committees
with a diverse range of faculty, staff, or students.
Other specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited
to: managing compliance with donor restrictions; responsible for
fixed asset inventory and depreciation system; monitoring
compliance with NYPMIFA ; preparing audit lead schedules, financial
statement and footnotes; monitoring private business use and
unrelated business income activities; provides accurate financial
information for surveys and reports; and serves as the liaison
between external audit and tax firm and the university.
Responsible for the effective supervision of staff. Understands
multiple cultural frameworks, values, and norms, knows and applies
best practices in diversity and inclusion practices, strategies,
systems, policies, etc. Ensures selection and hiring of high
quality employees in accordance with university policy as an
affirmative action employer; ensures appropriate distribution of
work assignments and high quality of employee work product; ensures
fair and accurate performance assessments and feedback to include
identifying areas for professional development and documenting and
conducting disciplinary measures. Responsible for ensuring fair and
accurate decisions regarding employment status (hire, promotion,
salary increases, termination); ensures the creation of effective
opportunities and programs for employee mentoring, development and
sustained performance in a culturally appropriate manner.
Professional Experience/ Qualifications
- Minimum of 3 years working experience in higher education
accounting or knowledge of not-for-profit accounting.
- Ability to manage chart of accounts.
- Demonstrated experience managing and developing diverse
- Experience with process evaluation and redesign when
- Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
- Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, tax
compliance and audit.
- A strong service commitment, with the ability to balance controls
while meeting the need of his/her constituents.
- Strong problem solving skills and the ability to research and
- Strong leadership skills with the ability to communicate both
verbally and in written forms.
- Spreadsheet skills necessary to prepare, analyze and present
- A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
- A commitment to the University’s sustainability mission.
Banner or other electronic database management account system
A bachelor’s degree in business, accounting or finance.
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any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their
race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin,
marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information,
being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking,
familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is
an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from
historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with
disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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