Associate Vice President, Financial Administration/Comptroller
Job Location Normal, Il 61790
Posting date 10-26-2018
The Associate Vice President (AVP) & Comptroller will direct and manage the financial, personnel, policies, and operations of the University's administrative units which include general accounting, financial reporting, grant accounting, treasury management & reporting, student billing, cashiering, and collections, tax, capital asset management, payroll, procurement, risk management, accounts payable, and financial internal control process compliance.
The AVP & Comptroller will serve as the chief accountant of the University and ensure compliance with all applicable University, state and federal regulations and policies and provide financial stewardship, vision and innovation to implement best practices in support of the University's strategic plan; projections, capital planning, investments, bonds and other treasury issues.
The AVP & Comptroller will be expected to drive a culture of accountability, consistency and equity. An entrepreneurial spirit is required for this position, along with a commitment to providing a high level of customer service.
The selected candidate must have excellent interpersonal, communications and relationship- building skills and be able to lead a staff of over 50, with six direct reports. The ability to understand and engage in trends and issues facing institutions of higher education, a global perspective, and a clear understanding of the keys to future success are required, along with the ability to be resourceful, organized, results oriented, and to utilize sound judgment in making decisions. The ability to influence and motivate others and to work in a very fast-paced environment is essential for success at Illinois State University.
1. Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or related field.
2. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification, active or inactive license.
3. Minimum of 15 years of management-level experience in accounting, finance, and fiscal administrative support services roles.
4. Minimum of 5 years of management-level experience in higher education accounting, audit and finance related areas.
5. Knowledge of governmental and higher education accounting standards, methods, and procedures.
6. Demonstrated strategic thinking and long-term planning ability to develop and execute the vision for each administrative unit under supervision.
7. Strong commitment to continuous process improvement principles and actions.
8. Experience in leading organizations through culture change in Higher Education environments
9. Exceptional leadership presence, including the poise to deal effectively with senior level executives, government officials, investment communities, and colleagues.
10. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively.
11. Unimpeachable integrity, fairness, and trustworthiness.
12. Significant experience in the coordination of internal and external audits along with accurate preparation of audit documentation.
13. Excellent analytical and presentation skills.
14. Familiarity with relevant state and federal statutes and regulations.
15. If this position is Security Sensitive or if you are subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy, employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
1. Master in Business Administration or similar graduate degree.
2. Minimum of 5 years of management-level experience in accounting, audit, and finance related areas in one or more private sector entities.
3. Knowledge and experience with fiscal and administrative policies and procedures governed by the State of Illinois.
4. Experience needed to represent the University's division of finance and planning on various committees and initiatives in order to provide financial and operational support.
5. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership to all administrative unit staff under supervision giving clear direction and guidance to direct reports, delegating assignments, reviewing staff productivity, and mentoring staff to ensure high-quality accounting and financial reporting.
6. Demonstrated ability to review and strengthen financial and accounting controls to ensure proper stewardship and protection of the University's financial resources.
7. Demonstrated ability to formulate and enforce policies and procedures.
8. Self-confidence, a positive 'can-do' attitude, and the ability to function in a fast paced and high expectation environment.
9. A self-starter with a sense of urgency, a strong work ethic and the ability to prioritize and adapt to changing circumstances in an entrepreneurial environment.
Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.