Assistant Comptroller, Fiscal Affairs

Nov 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Department Summary: Bridgewater State University's Department of Fiscal Affairs provides stakeholders and the campus community with timely, relevant and accurate fiscal reporting in accordance with federal, state and other laws and regulations. The Fiscal Affairs Department oversees the areas of general accounting, student accounts and fiscal functions of the University and the University's component units.

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Comptroller, the Assistant Comptroller is responsible for providing daily, functional support to ensure that the University's official accounting records are properly maintained in accordance with external laws and reporting requirements, internal policies, and generally accepted accounting principles. Primary responsibilities include training, developing and coordinating the work efforts of assigned accounting staff, implementing and maintaining accounting policies and procedures, ensuring the accuracy of the University and component unit's financial records and the production of various financial statements and reports. Functions include general accounting, grant accounting and other assigned fiscal related services and integrating these services with the operations of the University and component units consistent with the laws, rules and regulations of the Commonwealth. The Assistant Comptroller assists the Comptroller with the financial reporting needs which respond to the strategic needs of the University and revisions to accounting standards, as well as preparing and responding to the University and component unit's audit requests. The Assistant Comptroller also provides direct support to the Comptroller as well as to the Division of Finance and various University Departments.

Essential Duties: Supervision Received: The Assistant Comptroller works under the direct supervision of the Comptroller of Fiscal Affairs. Supervision Exercised: Exercises supervision of various professional, non-professional and student personnel in Fiscal Affairs. Serves as first line supervisor for the personnel of the Fiscal Affairs Office. Core Duties: 1. Oversees the daily operations of accounting and financial reporting for the University; performs daily and monthly accounting and financial reporting tasks for the University and component units; assists the Comptroller in the oversight of all financial reporting to ensure the integrity of financial data and stewardship of donor restricted funds. 2. Assists in the assessment of internal controls for the University and component units to include the development and maintenance of updates to the fiscal policy and procedures manuals. 3. Assists the Comptroller with the preparation and execution of the annual independent financial statement audit for the University, Foundation and Alumni Association to include preparation of the University's annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Assists the Comptroller with any and all other audits or reviews that are required. 4. Assists in preparation of fiscal reports for internal and external constituents. 5. Manages computerized general ledger, chart of accounts, accounting records and reconciliations for both the University and its component units. 6. Assists with cash management, cash flow and investment activities of the University and component units. 7. Ensures accuracy of transactions entered into the Commonwealth's MMARS system (Massachusetts Management Accounting and Reporting System) for the University. Oversees the fund activity and reconciliation of the MMARS system to the University general ledger; to include preparation of the final/annual cash basis reconciliation. 8. Works collaboratively with other University departments, and state agencies which include but are not limited to: the University's Project Review Committee, DCAMM (Commonwealth's Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance) and MSCBA (Massachusetts State College Building Authority) in the planning and accounting for capital projects and related debt. 9. Perform other related duties and special projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications: 1. Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance; 2. Minimum 5 years of professional work experience; including 1 year minimum supervisory experience 3. Knowledge of GASB and FASB standards; 4. Demonstrated abilities in fiscal control and proven supervisory and leadership skills; 5. Experience with computerized accounting systems and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets; 6. Ability to effectively resolve sensitive fiscal issues and maintain confidentiality and data security at all times; 7. Strong time management and planning skills required to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously while adapting to changes in business requirements in a fast-paced environment; 8. Excellent research and documentation skills. 9. Strong attention to detail, analytical capability and professional judgment are required.

Preferred Qualifications: 1. Knowledge of Massachusetts laws, regulations, accounting policies and procedures preferred; 2. Master's degree in Accounting, Finance or Master's in Business Administration preferred; 3. Certified public accountant, Certified fraud examiner, or experience in public accounting; 4. Knowledge of Ellucian Banner preferred; 5. Familiarity with the Commonwealth MMARS system preferred; 6. Experience in the Higher Education preferred.

Physical Demands: Bridgewater State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employee with disabilities. Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 5 pounds.

Special Conditions: Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.

EEO Statement: Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.

Salary Range: $70,000- $80,000

Special Instructions: Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position: *a minimum of one (1) employment history entry. *a minimum of three (3) professional reference entries.

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