Applications are being accepted for the position of Controller, reporting to the Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer. The Controller is responsible for establishing the appropriate environment to ensure controls are created and maintained to safeguard assets, including financial, reputational and physical assets. Additionally, the Controller ensures proper recording of assets, liabilities, funds, revenues and expenses in compliance with GAAP, applicable laws, regulations, College policies and donor requirements. This position is responsible for the annual external audit, and oversight of preparation of all federal and state financial reports, including timely preparation of materials and filing of reports. The Controller also assists the Vice President in coordinating and organizing budget preparation and various internal financial reporting activities.
Cornell College: Cornell College is a nationally ranked, highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college of 1,200 students distinguished by its One Course At A Time curriculum. One Course At A Time offers unparalleled academic rigor and focus, flexibility for experiential study, and highly personalized mentoring—attracting a diverse student body that is intellectually curious, academically motivated, adventurous, and passionate. Cornell is one of 40 colleges featured in “Colleges That Change Lives,” was identified by the New York Times as one of 20 "stealth powerhouse" colleges, and is one of only 270 colleges in the United States to host an active chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Founded in 1853, Cornell was the first campus named entirely to the National Historic Register. It is located in the picturesque town of Mount Vernon, Iowa– a town distinguished by its vibrant local art scene and recognized by Frommer’s as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns.”
Qualifications: Bachelors degree in Accounting / Finance (CPA preferred). Minimum of six years supervisory experience in a complex environment with a minimum of $20 million in annual revenue. (Higher education and/or not-for-profit accounting experience preferred)
The successful candidate will be an optimistic leader who has
-Excellent technical accounting skills and knowledge (GAAP, fund accounting, endowment accounting, accounts payable and payroll)
-Ability to understand, develop and communicate information needs of senior staff and provide meaningful reports and analyses.
-Understanding of systems and procedures to support internal control and external reporting and compliance requirements. -Ability to streamline accounting processes to reduce time and increase accuracy of accounting records.
-Strong sense of service orientation, with a proven ability to effectively communicate decisions and educate in the process.
-Personal attributes - energetic, optimistic, competent, ethical with the ability to develop a deep sense of trust, can engage people in a dynamic work environment, visionary about leading improvements in the accounting processes, ability to nurture opportunities for collaboration, ability to cultivate and maintain informal relationships across the College that are mutually beneficial, ability to motivate people by a purpose worthy of their efforts, excellent oral and written communication skills, excellent organization and problem solving skills.
-High level of professionalism and integrity with a demonstrated ability to work productively with, and gain confidence of, all areas of the College.
-Ability to maintain focus, successfully execute against plans, and bring timely closure to activities, tasks and projects.
-Proficient in MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Word (required); (Microsoft Dynamics / SunGard PowerCAMPUS preferred)
-Has proven experience in developing others—providing coaching and offering assignments that challenge and foster skills. Must have excellent track record in building and leading effective teams.
-A passion and commitment for the work, culture, and mission of Cornell College
Candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, and names and contact information of five references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications and nominations should be sent to:
Vickie Farmer, Director of Human Resources
Email (preferred): firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail: Cornell College
Attn: Human Resources
600 First Street SW
Mount Vernon, IA 52314
Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. Cornell complies with Iowa’s Smoke Free Air Act. Cornell utilizes E-Verify and requires satisfactory completion of a background check.