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Associates Vice President & Controller

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The University of Miami is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. At the U, we are committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service. Through our values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Teamwork (DIRECCT) we strive to create an environment where everyone contributes in making UM a great place to work. We are one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County; home to more than 13,400 faculty and staff from all over the world.

Reporting to the Vice President - Chief Financial Officer, who reports to the University’s Executive Vice President for Business and Finance - Chief Operating Officer, the Associate Vice President - Controller (AVP-C) is responsible for the Controllership function of the University of Miami. The AVP-C is the University’s principal accounting, financial reporting, internal controls, and tax executive. The AVP-C leads a staff of approximately 50+ FTEs and is responsible for creating an environment which promotes innovative and sound policies and practices that balance controls, compliance, and customer service in financial reporting, general accounting, property accounting, and internal controls over related business processes.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The major roles of this position include service as:

  • The University’s principal accounting executive in charge of accounting records, policies, systems, and procedures, and enforcement and maintenance thereof. He or she prepares and/or approves all accounting and financial reports.
  • The University’s chief controls officer. He or she provides for the protection of University assets by establishing and maintaining adequate internal controls, regardless of where the organizational responsibility for implementation and/or operation of controls lies. The AVP-C advises the Vice President - Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Business and Finance - Chief Operating Officer of the costs and risks of internal control weaknesses.
  • The University’s designated tax official, responsible for monitoring, compliance, and advice to appropriate University offices, including oversight of the preparation of all tax reporting and presentation of form 990 to Board for approval.
  • Serves as a core member of the Finance Leadership Team, charged with delivering outstanding customer service to the campus community, enabling sound financial management, implementing innovative business solutions, and optimizing staff performance and development.

The AVP-C maintains responsibility for:

  • Coordination of all financial audits of the University and its components by external parties.
  • Coordination and preparation of material for the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Board and the Finance Committee of the Board, presenting audited and unaudited financial statements and explanations of transactions and variances, including publication of monthly GAAP financial statements within ten business days, as well as University tax returns.
  • Providing inspired leadership to the University and those supervised by this position, setting high standards of professional conduct and competence, and furnishing the leadership necessary to assure an optimum level of staff and staff expertise. This includes performance evaluations, career planning, training, and allocating resources to accomplish objectives of the activities directed by this position.
  • Providing strategic thinking and leadership to improve financial policies, systems, and processes, improving service delivery, reducing costs, and maintaining effective controls.
  • Establishing programs to ensure controls are created and maintained to safeguard University assets, including financial, reputational, and physical assets. Oversight of University-wide training and communication regarding accounting and internal control. Providing timely training to all University personnel who initiate accounting transactions, the AVP-C is responsible for ensuring training for the office and the University is ongoing and current.
  • Working collaboratively with financial planning and analysis, treasury, and UHealth finance teams.
  • Representing the Controller’s Office on University committees and task forces, such as those driving Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems implementation and re-engineering business processes.
  • Preparation and monitoring of budgets for activities supervised by this position.
  • Staying abreast of new developments, trends, and the regulatory environment, including accounting standards and government guidelines, and addressing and communicating these changes proactively and strategically, as appropriate. Maintaining current knowledge of areas of responsibility via participation in educational and training seminars.


The ideal candidate for this position will possess a balance of managerial, domain-specific, leadership, and communication skills. A number of qualifications and competencies are critical:

  • A strong sense of service orientation, with proven ability to balance controls and compliance and effectively communicate decisions and educate in the process.
  • A high level of professionalism and integrity with a demonstrated ability to work productively with, and gain confidence of, all levels of an organization; the ability to maintain focus, successfully executes against plans, and brings closure to activities, tasks, and projects.
  • Excellent technical accounting skills and knowledge (including FASB, IRS regulations, etc.).
  • The proven ability to successfully lead a group of professionals with emphasis on the ability to manage a culturally diverse workforce; an excellent track record in building effective teams.
  • Demonstrated skill in creating a shared vision for the organization, leading and inspiring staff to execute the organization's commitment to the University and its diverse constituencies.
  • The ability to understand and direct the information needs of management and provide meaningful reports and analyses; proven ability to develop, maintain, and communicate accurate reporting of financial information; understanding of necessary systems and procedures to support internal control and external reporting and compliance requirements.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills coupled with negotiation skills necessary to formulate policies and programs and arrive jointly at solutions with clients and stakeholders.
  • Excellent relationship management abilities characterized by the ability to manage through influence and persuasion at all levels of an organization.
  • Demonstrated success as a supporter of diversity in the broadest sense of the word; a willingness to value the differences each person brings to the University.
  • Personal attributes conducive to success in a highly decentralized environment, including ethics, integrity, patience, flexibility, adaptability, persistence, and tact.


  • An undergraduate degree in accounting, business, or finance and current CPA licensure are required; an MBA or other advanced degree in accounting, finance, business, or related field; experience preparing consolidated financial statements for large, complex organizations; experience making presentations to senior and executive management; and experience with implementing ERP systems, preferably Workday, and re-engineering business processes.
  • Strong working knowledge of GAAP, FASB, NACUBO FARM, IRS regulations, and other pertinent regulatory standards.
  • The successful candidate will possess a minimum of 10 years of experience as a senior professional accountant plus experience in a senior management role within a large, sophisticated environment, preferably in a higher education setting or academic medical enterprise.


For more information, please contact Brandon Gilliland, Vice President - Chief Financial Officer, at [email protected]. University of Miami is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution M/F/D. The university promotes cultural diversity with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation and religion. Apply online. Position #5545981

JOB REQUIREMENTS: The University of Miami is home to some of the brightest minds in the world. We are committed to educating and nurturing students, creating knowledge, and providing service to our community and beyond. The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental benefits, tuition remission, vacation, paid holidays and much more. The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Come join us!

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Posted: 3/7/2018
Application Due: 5/6/2018
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