The Controller is responsible for organizing, assessing, and improving the University's system of accounting and financial controls, external reporting, audit, and compliance with all related University and government regulations and policies. The Controller directly supervises accounts payable, accounts receivable, student accounts, tax reporting, and compliance with federal, state, and local laws related to higher education organizations. The position coordinates monthly and fiscal year-end close and prepares the University's monthly and annual audited financial statements, corporate tax returns, and other regulatory reporting.
This position is responsible for cultivating and maintaining the institution's Catholic identity and its mission to empower graduates to transform society. As a member of the Newman community, the staff member will join with the institution's sponsors, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC Sisters), to witness God's love in Mission to empower others, foster oneness, celebrate life, form right relationships, and walk as compassionate companions. Additionally, this position contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other faiths, cultures, or backgrounds.
Position is full time (40hrs) and works 12 months per year. Paid time off and benefits starting after first 30 days. Approximately 20 days off with pay for observed holidays/breaks with an additional 2 weeks of vacation time accrued per year. Tuition waiver for employee, spouse and eligible dependents after one year of employment.
1. Determine departmental goals and provide education and training to ensure all staff are equipped to meet the requirements of their job; oversee any disciplinary actions necessary within the department.
2. Manage and review the University's daily accounting functions, perform analytical reviews of financial information, record and analyze fixed assets, and review accruals, revenues, expenses, and payroll functions.
3. Prepare necessary federal tax returns, Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System Finance Survey and other related financial surveys and reports as required and according to established deadlines.
4. Serve as the liaison and primary University contact with the independent auditors during the audit period, assisting with the completion of the financial statement, A-133 and 403(b) audits.
5. Participate in strategic and organizational planning as well as make recommendations for major business decisions.
6. Collaborate to provide innovative approaches to developing and implementing policies and processes; assist in system-wide implementations/modifications of the enterprise system; implement processes for compliance of internal controls; and support of the mission and the values of the University.
7. Articulate complex accounting and finance information through effective written and oral communications that can be understood by varying audiences.
8. Ensure the university remains compliant with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), applicable local, state, and federal regulations.
9. Manage all long-term debt for proper accounting, compliance, debt payments and reporting; assist with any bond issuances or refunding.
Required Qualifications and Certifications:
1. Master's degree in accounting or a related field and/or CPA designation.
2. 7 or more years of full charge supervisory experience, with demonstrated ability and experience in higher education fund accounting or similar complex not-for-profit fund accounting, including endowment and grant accounting, financial statement creation and 990 reporting.
3. Ability to focus on the intricate details of each job assignment, be well-organized, highly motivated, able to prioritize effectively and to manage conflicting demands.
4. Strong analytical research and time management skills and a very high degree of commitment to work.
5. Hands-on background in strategic and operational planning, as well as budget development.
6. Professional, courteous demeanor and appearance; ability to engage positively and work professionally with students, faculty, staff, and administration; and represent the University professionally to the Board of Trustees and public.
7. Demonstrated experience and knowledge of payroll processing, and tax and benefit regulations reporting.
1. Experience with ERP system conversions and chart of account revisions.
2. Public accounting experience.
3. Experience overseeing annual financial statements audit, A-133/single audit.
4. Excellent oral and written skills and excellent use of grammar and composition; the ability to communicate comfortably with staff, students, colleagues, trustees, and external constituents.
Successful candidates will be required to pass a background and credit check. Position is open until filled.
For questions, contact Newman University Human Resources at [email protected] or (316)-942-4291 ext. 2202.