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Date: July 20, 2020

Description: Under the supervision of the Vice President for Finance, the Controller is responsible for leading and managing the accounting activities of the College. The Controller supervises the Finance office, which includes student accounts, accounts payable, payroll and accounting. The Controller is responsible for ensuring that the accounting records are maintained in accordance with GAAP, effective controls are maintained, risk mitigated and that the College uses its resources effectively and efficiently.


  • Provide leadership and oversight for the daily operations of the payroll, student accounts, accounts payable and general accounting areas within the finance office
  • Prepares and provides monthly and year end financial statements (internal and external)
  • Monitors and controls the fiscal policies and procedures of the College, ensuring compliance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the IRS and any other applicable regulations. Protects assets by establishing, reviewing and enforcing internal controls
  • Oversees and manages daily cash activity. Acts as the College’s liaison with the bank for day to day treasury operations
  • Plans, coordinates and acts as primary contact for the annual financial audit and also the Uniform Guidance audit of federal funds
  • Manages the financial component of federal grants and federal loan funds including monitoring and reviewing of expenses, governmental reporting and timely drawdowns of funds
  • Assists with preparing budgets
  • Provides support and financial information in response to needs of various constituencies including departmental chairs, senior management and Board of Trustees
  • Ability to create and maintain positive relationships with all internal and external constituents
  • Additional job related duties as assigned


  • Minimum requirements for this position include a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with between 5 and 7 years of experience in a similar position or field.
  • Must have accounting experience in higher education, a current CPA license, 3-5 years of supervisory experience, along with excellent verbal and written communication skills, and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,200 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority, and seeks to recruit, retain and promote a diverse workforce.

Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College features a Liberal Arts in Practice general education curriculum and aspires to “be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning.”

Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of employees, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression. Hartwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to broadening “the understanding, awareness, and appreciation of diversity among all members of the Hartwick community.” Women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Hartwick College is committed to providing a safe and secure educational environment. Employment at Hartwick College is therefore contingent upon a successful background check on every new employee. Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check.

Hartwick College is committed to a diverse candidate pool, values an inclusive workforce and workplace environment, and wishes to minimize or eliminate the impact of implicit bias during the search and hiring process.

To apply for the Controller position, please complete the online application via the link below. All applicants are asked to submit the following materials with their online applications:

  • A cover letter;
  • A resume;
  • A Diversity Statement that addresses how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity will support Hartwick College’s Diversity Statement (; and
  • The names and contact information for three references, with annotation regarding how the reference is related to you and your work (at least one of your references must be from a current and/or previous supervisor).

Applications may also be mailed to the Office of Human Resources, Hartwick College, P.O. Box 4020, Oneonta, NY 13820 or faxed to 607-431-4329. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.




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Posted: 10/5/2020
Application Due: 12/4/2020
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