Cumberland University
Tennessee, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 13, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support, Financial Affairs, Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time



POSITION TITLE:                 Controller

DEPARTMENT:                     Fiscal Affairs

SUPERVISOR:                       Chief Financial Officer

FLSA Status:                           Exempt



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 limited to):

  • 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 procedures.
  • 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 close.
  • 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 Fund.
  • 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 insurance programs.
  • Assist students in matters of financial obligations to the University, doing so with the highest degree of integrity and impartiality.
  • Compliance with various state and federal guidelines and reporting.
  • Preparation of semi-monthly and monthly payroll and associated reporting and journal entries, when the Director of Human Resources is unavailable.
  • 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 University.
  • Train and develop staff to assume greater roles, including ultimately the Controller.
  • Other duties/tasks as may be assigned and/or requested by the supervisor.



  • Exercise executive judgment and assume responsibility for decisions, consequences, and results having an impact on people, costs, and/or quality of service within the department/division.
  • 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.


  • 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)


  • Must have poise, even temperament and willing to accept all assignments
  • 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 service
  • Demonstrated experience in the accounting field, preferably in higher education.
  • Proven record of three (3) or more years of experience in a strong administrative/management role, preferably at the senior-level.
  • Demonstrated financial management skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communicative skills.
  • Desire and potential to become the University’s CFO

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