ATSU - Controller, Accounting Services

A.T. Still University
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 15, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

A.T. Still University's Finance Office is seeking a Controller, Accounting Services for the Kirksville, MO campus. The position reports to the Associate Vice President for Finance. The Controller, Accounting Services has management oversight over all aspects of corporate accounting services and maximizes return on financial assets by establishing financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and with financial management techniques and practices appropriate for institutions of higher education.


  • Guides financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures
  • Protects assets by establishing, monitoring and enforcing internal controls
  • Manages the accuracy and productivity of day-to-day activities of accounts payable, cash disbursements, cash receipts, gift and credit card receipting, fixed asset records, general accounting functions, etc.
  • Ensures month-end and year-end close process is completed accurately and timely
  • Ensures quality control over financial transactions and financial reporting
  • Monitors and confirms financial condition by conducting audits; providing information to external auditors
  • Maximizes return, and limit risk, on cash by minimizing bank balances; making investments
  • Develops and documents business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls and continuous process efficiencies
  • Provides status of financial condition by collecting, interpreting, and reporting financial data
  • Prepares special reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends
  • Complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating future legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; filing financial reports; advising management on needed actions and/or areas for improvement
  • Maintains financial staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees
  • Maintains financial staff job results by coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies
  • Interfaces with outside audit firm(s), banks, investment firms, casualty/liability insurance agent(s), credit card companies, and collection agencies, etc.
  • Researches technical accounting and tax issues for compliance
  • Manages and complies with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings
  • Additional controller duties as necessary

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance and CPA required
  • Seven years or more of varied types of accounting experience and supervision of staff
  • Thorough knowledge of basic accounting procedures, general ledger functions, month-end/year-end close process and experience with creating financial accounting statements
  • In-depth understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Experience with tax regulations and compliance
  • Must be self-motivated with a collaborative style, and possess excellent analytical, research, organizational and verbal/written communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to interact with upper management and capability to present and explain financial data and analysis to both finance and non-finance audiences
  • Must be detail oriented to ensure accuracy and quality of output while meeting work deadlines
  • Continuous improvement mindset
  • Team-oriented approach to work and success
  • Hands-on experience with accounting software packages and strong MS Excel skills
  • Must support the mission and values of A.T. Still University

Preferred Qualifications

  • Accounting experience with private higher education institutions
  • MBA or Master of Accountancy
  • Proven working experience as a financial controller
  • Experience with Microsoft GP Dynamics ERP, Microsoft Management Reporter and XLerant BudgetPak software
  • Successful candidates for any staff, faculty or administrative position at ATSU will be subject to a pre-employment background check

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