Willamette University, a nationally renowned liberal arts college with three highly-regarded professional schools, invites qualified applicants for the position of Controller. This position will directly report to the Vice President for Financial Affairs. The Controller position manages and continually improves the accounting operations of the university, including the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an appropriate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and procedures designed to mitigate risk. Responsibilities include but are not limited to general ledger, accounts payable, accounts and loans receivable, cashiering, endowment and life income accounting, plant fund accounting, financial reporting, financial statement preparation, audit coordination and accounting systems operations. The Controller has overall responsibility for a system of compliance with laws, regulations, and reporting requirements, including development of policies and procedures.
Willamette University (WU), founded in 1842, is a nationally recognized liberal arts school with graduate programs in law, business and education. WU has earned a national reputation for its academic standards and exemplary citizenship, values that have defined the culture of this campus for more than 160 years. The Willamette University motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born,” captures the essence of this distinguished university. It speaks to our commitment to community service, to the extraordinary collaboration between faculty and students, and to the tradition of service and civic engagement that is typical of our alumni. WU is in Salem, the capital city of Oregon, one hour from Portland, the Pacific Ocean, and the Cascade Mountains. To learn more about our university, mission, faculty, staff and students visit us at www.willamette.edu  .
The ideal candidate should have at least a bachelor's degree in accounting or business administration, and at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience. A CPA with a Masters in Accounting or MBA, higher education experience, and supervisory experience are strongly preferred.
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Compensation package includes the University’s generous benefits package that includes: medical/dental insurance, sick and vacation accruals, 10% employer contribution to defined contribution retirement plan with immediate vesting, tuition remission benefits, and paid holidays.
Application Materials: To review full job announcement, visit http://jobs.willamette.edu/postings/599 . Applicants will be asked to apply online and submit the following documents:
• Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve emphasis.
• Current Resume
• At least three professional references
• Review of applications will begin early January 2013, and continue until finalists are selected. Desired start date is Mid-February 2013.
Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, Willamette University is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.