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Assistant Director - Fiscal Compliance

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Dec 6, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Financial Affairs, Grants & Contracts
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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder is a Tier One, nationally competitive research university with a $1.86B annual operating budget. The Campus Controller’s Office (CCO) provides critical support to the mission by ensuring fiscal responsibility, accurate financial reporting, and compliance with laws, regulations, policies/procedures, and contract requirements. At CU Boulder, we value ethical decision-making and behavior, integrity, transparency and accountability!

The Assistant Director of Fiscal Compliance reports directly to the Controller and is primarily focused on campus-wide internal controls that support compliance and is responsible for developing and implementing the annual internal review plan that will identify areas of financial and operational risk.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The CCO maintains and supports the university's fiscal responsibility through accurate financial accounting and reporting in compliance with laws, regulations, policies/procedures and contract requirements. We provide oversight, assistance and training in financial stewardship for the Boulder campus.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Fiscal Compliance Process Excellence

  • Develop and implement an annual CU Boulder internal review plan.
  • Identify, mitigate and ensure the campus maintains of compliance with federal, state, and university regulations, rules, law, policies, and guidelines.
  • Draft and introduce proposals to the AVC and Controller regularly regarding new regulation, rules, law, policies, and guidelines.
  • Present risk findings and issue formal recommendations in written reports to senior management.
  • Conduct follow-up assessments of the implementation status of recommendations previously issued internally or by CU System Internal Audit External Audit agencies. Track all recommendations and the implementation progress in a quarterly status report.
  • Based on previous audit and review trends and analysis, expand reviews to similar high risk areas.
  • Develop and implement exception reports to detect possible compliance issues in order to identify and mitigate risks based on a continual assessment of the control environment.
  • Takes initiative to work directly with schools and colleges to understand the control environment and make recommendations for improvement as applicable.
  • Identify and communicate compliance trends from Internal Audit findings or internal reviews in a generic manner to the AVC and Controller.
  • Responsible for the campus-wide annual Fiscal Certification and financial consultation for the Disclosure of Interests processes.
  • Serve as liaison to the Boulder campus for all CCO policy and procedure to strengthen the fiscal and financial health of the campus and the university.
  • Develop and communicate CCO policies and procedures; solicit feedback from CCO customers as a means of improving current policies; identify, review and incorporate emerging and hot topics into current policy.

University Satisfaction

  • Assist the AVC and Controller in the liaison role between the Boulder campus and CU System Internal Audit in managing the campus response on newly issued reports and formal follow-up to previously issued audit reports as applicable.
  • Coordinate with senior management in other campus departments, such as the offices of Financial Aid, Contracts and Grants, Research Integrity, Athletics Compliance, and Budget to identify systemic reconciliations issues that require further internal review of the sources causing the balancing item(s).
  • Works closely with Bursar, Registrar, Financial Aid, Budget, Office of Contracts and Grants, Athletics, academic units and other campus departments to ensure compliance priorities are met within a constantly evolving, sophisticated, and driven environment.

People Development

  • Maintain a current working knowledge of relevant federal, state, and university rules and regulations.
  • Maintain knowledge of professional audit standards, policies, and auditing concepts.
  • Develop and maintain a productive and cooperative working relationship with campus personnel, Internal Audit, and external colleagues.
  • Develop training, guidance, policies and procedures related to compliance and fiscal oversight.

Infrastructure Improvement

  • Maintain a solid understanding of the university’s information systems and working environment.
  • Extract, review, and analyze financial data records and information in the university’s information systems to detect possible errors and irregularities.
  • Use the Office of Data Analytics and other budget and finance resources to best meet internal review priorities of the university.
  • Develop and manage the financial policy life cycle for the Boulder campus, including but not limited to: policy development, approval, modification, communication, and sunsetting.
  • Manage and provide updates to the policy website as needed.

Other duties as assigned.

What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement . New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

This is a hybrid position with a mix of remote and in-person work. Our anticipated start date is March 14, 2022.

What We Can Offer

  • The hiring pay range is $95,000 to $110,000, relocation is available.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require

  • At least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
  • At least 5+ years of professional, job related experience.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to lead and guide decision-makers towards sound and ethical fiscal and business practices.
  • Ability to effectively scan the environment to recommend to the AVC and Controller areas for review in order to reduce risk to the University.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Well-honed facilitation skills that allow for the constructive approach to critical situations.
  • Experience in ethical decision-making and inspiring others in ethical decision-making.
  • Possess strong interpersonal and human relations’ skills.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, and meet deadlines, work under pressure, and prioritize multiple projects or tasks.
  • Possess comprehensive personal computing skills and ability to access sophisticated relational databases.
  • Possess superior analytical abilities and skills to address sophisticated problems or issues and to propose logical solutions.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • A master’s degree or CPA, CFE, or FCPA certification is preferred.
  • Prior experience at a Higher Education Institution or State of Colorado Agency.
  • Knowledge of higher education funding and accounting. Ability to understand the impacts of enrollments, federal grants, indirect costs, tuition and fee structures, and auxiliaries on higher education budgets.
  • Knowledge of relevant OMB Circulars, administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements for federal awards.
  • Ability to understanding the internal control structure of the University and design programs to test compliance.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by December 10, 2021 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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