Chief Financial Officer
GENERAL JOB FUNCTION
The Controller is responsible for the direction of fiscal
affairs. This senior position manages the accounting records and
functions within the University. Performs and supervises a variety
of specialized and/or technical accounting functions.
EXPECTATIONS (Responsibilities include, but not
- Commitment to the University mission.
- Coordination, assessment, and direction of the University
Fiscal Programs and various departments, which include Accounting
Services, A/R, and A/P.
- Administration, quality, and enhancement of the financial
systems and operations of the University while ensuring the highest
degree of integrity and internal control.
- Development implementation of sound fiscal policies and
- Development, implementation, and maintenance of the annual
University budget and periodic forecasts. Distribute budget reports
to supervisors on a weekly/monthly basis.
- Preparation of advanced journal entries related to month end
- Preparation and review the University’s monthly financial
statements, doing so in an accurate and timely manner.
- Review of university bank accounts; reconcile payroll and
health insurance bank accounts
- Recording and reporting the University controlled Endowment
- Closing of accounting records at year-end and preparation of
the annual audit schedule
- Coordinate with outside auditors on the annual audit.
- Approval of University purchases, including property,
equipment, and supplies.
- Acquisition and maintenance of University contracts.
- Assist HR with the acquisition and analysis of University
- Assist students in matters of financial obligations to the
University, doing so with the highest degree of integrity and
- Compliance with various state and federal guidelines and
- Preparation of semi-monthly and monthly payroll and associated
reporting and journal entries, when the Director of Human Resources
- With the CFO, coordinate communication with the University
board, finance and audit committees.
- With the CFO, prepare managerial costs analysis on contribution
margin and drive financial performance.
- With the CFO, assist and manage the risks of the
- Train and develop staff to assume greater roles, including
ultimately the Controller.
- Other duties/tasks as may be assigned and/or requested by the
DECISION MAKING AND MANAGEMENT
- Exercise executive judgment and assume responsibility for
decisions, consequences, and results having an impact on people,
costs, and/or quality of service within the
- Position directly supervises the Accounts Payable Associate,
the Staff Accountant, the Staff Accountant II and Veterans Liaison,
the Supervisor of Accounts Receivable, and the Postmaster.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Required: Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, CPA, and three to
four years of related accounting/payroll experience
- Preferred: Graduate degree in business (accounting or MBA)
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
- Must have poise, even temperament and willing to accept all
- Must possess interpersonal skills to interact with students and
parents, faculty and staff
- Computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Great Plains,
Asset Keeper, Management Reporter, and/or similar experience with
accounting related software.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Organization, record keeping and reporting skills
- Ability to prioritize duties
- Multi task oriented
- Professionalism and confidentiality
- On a regular and continuous basis exercise administrative
judgment and assume responsibility for decisions, consequences, and
results having an impact on people, costs, and/or quality of
- Demonstrated experience in the accounting field, preferably in
- Proven record of three (3) or more years of experience in a
strong administrative/management role, preferably at the
- Demonstrated financial management skills.
- Demonstrated leadership skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and communicative skills.
- Desire and potential to become the University’s CFO