Associate Controller

Mar 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Associate Controller

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Department: Controller's Office

Position Status: Administrative Exempt Positions

Basic Function:
The Associate Controller is responsible for treasury functions including cash management, banking relationships, and student loans, as well as plant fund accounting including bond compliance, asset capitalization and retirement, and debt service budgeting. This position actively supports the controller during the annual audit and in the preparation of the financial statement of the university. The position directly supervises the senior treasury analyst, the plant fund senior accountant, and the student loan funds staff accountant.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform major role in preparation of annual financial statement of the university, federal OMB Circular A-133 audit, and other compliance audits.
    Manage and report on levels of cash including petty cash maintained within departments
    Serve as primary contact with banking institutions
    As authorized signatory for the institution release wire transfers, sign large check disbursements, authorize federal drawdowns of cash, and approve sale of stock gifts
    Work with IT to ensure university PCI compliance; keep current on knowledge of fraud prevention
    Execute loans for acquisition of equipment and vehicles
    Supervise collection process for student loans
    Oversee accounting for federal Perkins Loan and Institute Loan funds, Trust & Life Funds, and Student Government Association (SGA) funds
    Review accounting for Plant Fund including fixed assets, capital projects, and maintenance analysis
    Manage accounting and record retention required for bond compliance
    Prepare and annually file federal student aid FISAP report
    Manage monthly sales tax filings; maintain state tax registrations
    Develop and document policies and procedures
    Support financial software implementations
    Promote team environment and staff development

    Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field with CPA or MBA preferred.
    Minimum of 5 to 7 years of progressive responsibility in accounting positions, including 3 to 5 years in a supervisory role.
    Experience in higher education financial accounting preferred with knowledge of accounting standards and federal and state regulations applicable to not for profits and universities.
    Demonstrated competency with financial information technology and ability to support systems implementations
    Flexibility and willingness to adapt to change; strong communication skills.

    Posting Date: 03/16/2017

    Open Until Filled: No

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    EEO Information:
    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or disability. We are looking for individuals who value creativity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration.

    Criminal Background Check Statement:
    A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

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    WPI, the nation's third oldest private technological university, established in 1865 by New England industrialists John Boynton and Ichabod Washburn consists of 80 acres set in a safe, residential section of Worcester, Massachusetts—the second largest city in New England—home to 13 colleges, and situated 40 miles west of Boston.

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