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Associate Vice President for Finance/Controller

Sarah Lawrence College
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jan 26, 2024

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Executive, Other Executive
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Full Time

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Associate Vice President for Finance/Controller

Job Description
The Associate Vice President for Finance/Controller is responsible for leading and managing the day-to-day financial operations of the College. This position reports to the Vice President for Finance and Operations and supervises a total of 7 FTEs.

Essential Duties Summary
The responsibilities of Associate Vice President/Controller include the following:

  • Supervise general accounting, student accounts, and accounts payable activities.
  • Ensure the accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of all the College’s financial transaction.
  • Implement and maintain a strong internal control system.
  • Implement systems of cash flow management and reporting, which includes monitoring and providing for institutional cash needs and shepherding the College’s banking relationships.
  • Prepare and analyze periodic internal and external financial reports.
  • Plan, prepare and supervise the annual and A-133 audits of the College’s financial statements.
  • Supervise and review preparation of required Federal and State tax returns - 990, 1098, 1099.
  • Prepare and file annual sales tax returns as required.
  • Prepare and review of monthly and quarterly reconciliations.
  • Oversee the College’s investments and endowment funds in collaboration with the College’s External Chief Investment Officer, Commonfund.
  • Record and report on the College’s fixed assets, reserves, and unrestricted and restricted gifts and endowments.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President for Finance and Operations, Assistant Vice President for Finance, and other members of the Vice President’s staff, in the development, reporting, and analysis of the annual, capital and multi-year budgets.
  • Prepare and present reports to the Board of Trustees, senior leadership team, faculty, staff and students.
  • Collaborate with the other direct reports to the Vice President for Finance & Operations in the conduct of their work including carrying out, recording, analyzing, and reporting on activities.
  • Respond to informational requests from stakeholders including financial institutions, credit rating agencies, accrediting agencies and professional associations.
  • Support financial reporting and analysis for other departments of the College, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Finance and Operations

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or related field and a CPA designation required
  • Masters Degree (Business, Accounting or Finance) preferred
  • Substantial accounting/financial leadership experience in Higher Education, or a similarly complex not-for-profit organization and directly applicable/comparable senior-level controllership experience including:
    • Fund accounting;
    • Grant management and reporting;
    • Cash/treasury management;
    • Endowment accounting and reporting;
    • Cost control and variance analysis;
    • Successful supervision of accounting and financial staffs;
    • Management of external and internal audit functions; and
    • Substantial cash/treasury management.

  • Ability to lead, motivate, organize, and manage diverse staff team effectively.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, especially as applied in Higher Education or the Non-Profit sector.
  • Working knowledge of computerized accounting general ledger and information systems, as well as spreadsheet and database software.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and manage a strong internal control environment.
  • Working knowledge of treasury management in higher education including funds origination and disbursement methodologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare detailed/reliable cash flow projections.
  • Ability to prepare and communicate comprehensive, detailed financial analyses.
  • Ability to analyze policies/practices, develop new and amend existing policies/procedures to improve internal controls and enhance asset preservation and effectiveness.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written and listening), including the ability to effectively communicate complex financial concepts and materials to various non-financial audiences.
  • Willingness and ability to contribute to effective strategic planning.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Requirements for Employment

Posting Number: S00362P
Open Date:
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Salary: $150,000-$190,000

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Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Founded in 1926 and consistently ranked among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country, Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, our historic campus is home to an inclusive, intellectually curious, and diverse community.

Talented, creative students choose Sarah Lawrence for the opportunity to take charge of their education. In close collaboration with our dedicated, distinguished faculty, students create a rigorous, personalized course of study and connect their passions across a wide array of disciplines. They graduate knowing how to apply the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking necessary for life after college.

At Sarah Lawrence, students spend more time one-on-one with award-winning faculty than do students at any other college in the country

Sarah Lawrence College occupies 44 wooded acres in Yonkers, NY, near the Village of Bronxville—just north of New York City. A 30-minute train ride from the Bronxville station takes students into Midtown Manhattan. Learn more about the area

The iconic college campus, located just north of New York City, is not the only reason to work at Sarah Lawrence College.

As a Sarah Lawrence employee, you will join a warm, challenging, and diverse community that offers both quality of life advantages and tangible, valuable employee benefits.

When you work at Sarah Lawrence, you:

  • Receive outstanding benefits, such as medical, dental, and vision plans that exceed the standard plans offered by many companies and institutions, and an exceptional retirement plan through TIAA-CREF.
  • Have unparalleled educational opportunities, such as tuition benefits on campus for employees, their spouses, and their children; discounted tuition to the College’s renowned nursery school; and tuition benefit programs for dependent children who attend other colleges.
  • Have continuous opportunities for advancement, as it is College policy to fill vacancies by promotion or transfer whenever possible.
  • Enjoy boundless cultural experiences, including readings, lectures, music, theater, film screenings, dance performances, art exhibitions, and a state-of-the-art library, free to employees.
  • Have free access to the 48,000-square-foot Campbell Sports Center, with a six-lane pool, modern weight/fitness training center, squash courts, gymnasium, indoor track, outdoor tennis courts, and fitness classes, open to employees seven days per week.
  • Have several on-campus options for meals, plus off-campus discounts at local restaurants and stores.
  • Work in a convenient location close to all major highways, easily accessed from the Metro-North Harlem line, and 35 minutes from mid-town Manhattan.
  • Enjoy free parking on campus, a 10% discount at the college bookstore, and a 35-hour office workweek, with flexible summer hours for office staff on Fridays.


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