Assistant Controller - Financial Reporting

Job description

Vacancy Open to:

All Candidates

Employment Type:

Permanent - Full-time

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Classification Title:

Accounting Manager - Advanced

Working Title:

Assistant Controller - Financial Reporting

Salary Range:

$87,177 - $99,783

Anticipate Hiring Range:

$87,177 - $99,278

FLSA Status:



Business Affairs


Financial Services (Adm)

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Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Primary Purpose of Position:

Manage the University’s strategies, policies, people, processes, technologies, compliance, controls, and reporting related to capital assets, including accounting for construction projects.
Lead annual financial report preparation and audit and manage other required and requested financial reports. Serve as subject matter expert on financial reporting for the University.

This position reports to the Controller and manages two direct reports/areas – Financial Reporting and Fixed Assets – with a total staff of approximately 7 FTE.

Minimum Education/Experience:

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, finance or other discipline related to the area of assignment with twelve (12) credit hours of accounting coursework and three (3) years of professional accounting experience, of which at least one (1) is supervisory; or equivalent combination of training and experience. Some positions may require additional credit hours of accounting coursework. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

University Preferred Qualifications:

Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in Accounting, Business, Finance or other degree closely related to the area of assignment with twelve hours of accounting and six years of progressive accounting experience, three of which must have been supervisory in nature.

Essential Job Duties:

Oversee University’s financial reporting processes. Ensure that University financial statements and reports are prepared timely and accurately. Oversee management of University’s plant funds and accounting/reporting of all fixed assets.

Maintain and apply extensive knowledge (and demonstrate commitment to continuous learning, self-awareness, and performance) in the following areas:

•Generally accepted accounting principles relevant to higher education and North Carolina (including OSC, OSBM, OSA, and UNC SO policies) and applicable GASB standards. Maintain working knowledge of applicable FASB standards.

•Finance-related technologies, including our ERP (Banner), NCAS, spreadsheet and word processing software, reporting tools, and document imaging system

•Reporting and fixed asset processes, internal controls, and governing requirements, including UNC system Business Process Standards.

This position serves in a key leadership role. Direct management of the reporting and fixed asset units independently of direct supervision:

•Establish clear expectations and direction to meet departmental goals; involve employees in strategic planning and implementation and in development of policies and procedures.

•Maintain positive and collaborative working relationships with other peers and colleagues, including others in Financial Services, Research, Library, campus business officers, etc.

•Allocate staff and technology resources and prioritize projects to meet program goals. Mentor and coach staff to meet identified competencies and support career development (includes effective recruiting, training, performance management, and delivery of timely feedback).

•Provide technical supervision and training of staff. Review and approve documents and reports of more complex/unique issues.

•Implement solutions, including technology solutions, as needed; collaborate with OneIT, perform risk assessments, balance compliance with materiality, and enable business process management. Track outstanding projects and see them through to completion.

•Communicate complex ideas and interpretations of rules/regulations internally and externally as needed, in a way that facilitates correct interpretation, mutual understanding, and resolution of any issues.

•Anticipate and remain alert to potentially problematic situations. Proactively define and present solutions.

•Complete all HR and other administrative duties to run the reporting and fixed asset units.

Other Work Responsibilities:

Actively support Financial Services/Controller’s Office mission, vision, and values statements and goals; lead by example.

Serve as subject matter expert/technical resource for customers.

Lead a customer service culture.

Communicate strategically and collaboratively: lead administration of training sessions, key communications via listservs, and collaborative meetings with other departments

Departmental Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education:

Strong supervisory and leadership skills with a focus on creating a team that operates with the highest level of integrity and service and in the best interest of the University.

Required skills include:

•significant experience in and knowledge of GAAP and GASB

•expertise in financial reporting and accounting/reporting for fixed assets

•ability to collaborate and foster teamwork within and across departments

•innovation, resourcefulness, and results-driven

•demonstrated leadership skills and abilities

•proven track record of quality and integrity

•knowledge of and commitment to equal employment opportunity, diversity, and inclusion

•ability and willingness to delegate effectively and to hold direct reports accountable

•strong interpersonal relationship and listening skills

•skilled decision-maker, with transparency in decision-making and management; ability to make good, consistent, and fair decisions (based on facts and data)

•excellent oral, written and presentation skills

•ability to handle multiple priorities effectively to ensure projects are delivered timely, accurately, and professionally

•Master’s of Accounting or CPA is strongly preferred.

•Experience in higher education and/or complex institutions and/or governmental organizations is preferred.

•Professional accounting experience is desired.

•Three years of experience supervising professional staff is preferred.

•Advanced skills with spreadsheet and word processing software is desired.

Necessary Licenses or Certifications:

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Work Location:

Reese 420B

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Special Notes to Applicants:

Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application.

  • These documents are used to evaluate your written communication skills as well as supporting documents of your knowledge, skills, abilities, education and professional experience.

Please ensure your full range of knowledge, skills, abilities, experience and education are listed on your application.

  • Do not write ‘see resume’ on your application when completing the job duties section.

If you answer the questions at the end of the application, please ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences to support your answers (see job duties section of previous employment).

  • Failure to answer the questions at the end of the application will not preclude your application from consideration, but it may result in your application not receiving full consideration of your knowledge, skills, abilities, education and experience.




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Job No:
Posted: 4/24/2021
Application Due: 7/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time