Associate ControllerFull Time/Part Time:
Finance and AdministrationDepartment:
Accounting & ControlAccountabilities:
Primary responsibilities include producing and managing financial reports and related processes. Accountable for accurate and timely preparation of audited financial statements and all tax returns. Accountable for developing an expert level of understanding of all balance sheet line items in order to provide expert guidance and continued enhancements of processes, as well as regulatory changes. Ensures proper accounting and execution of transactions related to capital projects, endowment, debt, and on-going university operations. Coordinates the Board of Trustees Audit Committee agenda and presents the university financial statements, 990 and 990-T tax return. Name:
Serves in the absence of the Controller, with responsibility for an understanding of the financial operations, general ledger policies, procedures and regulations. Accountable for representing the accounting office and finance division on a variety of committees with a diverse range of faculty, staff, or students.
Other specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: managing compliance with donor restrictions; responsible for fixed asset inventory and depreciation system; monitoring compliance with NYPMIFA; preparing audit lead schedules, financial statement and footnotes; monitoring private business use and unrelated business income activities; provides accurate financial information for surveys and reports; and serves as the liaison between external audit and tax firm and the university.
Responsible for the effective supervision of staff. Understands multiple cultural frameworks, values, and norms, knows and applies best practices in diversity and inclusion practices, strategies, systems, policies, etc. Ensures selection and hiring of high quality employees in accordance with university policy as an affirmative action employer; ensures appropriate distribution of work assignments and high quality of employee work product; ensures fair and accurate performance assessments and feedback to include identifying areas for professional development and documenting and conducting disciplinary measures. Responsible for ensuring fair and accurate decisions regarding employment status (hire, promotion, salary increases, termination); ensures the creation of effective opportunities and programs for employee mentoring, development and sustained performance in a culturally appropriate manner.
Ability to conduct complex financial analysis. Ability to summarize results into formats and visualizations that are easy to consume and understand. Ability to interpret and provide meaningful insights of complex financial analysis. Demonstrated ability to analyze and ensure accounting functions are performing to high standards.Name:
Resident expert on enterprise accounting software. Ability to use financial systems and information to support production of analyses and reports and respond to surveys. Expert level of knowledge related to entering data, performing system audits, crafting complex reports, and interpreting. Ability to provide training on complex systems.Name:
Demonstrated ability to understand GAAP and fund accounting and the difference between the two. Knowledge of accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll. Demonstrated ability to make and reconcile journal entries. Demonstrated ability to reconcile complex GL feeds such as endowment and plant. Demonstrates campus-wide expertise on the most-complex accounting and tax issues across all areas of the University. Demonstrated ability to provide sound guidance on all matters related to the accounting department (e.g. personnel, policies, processes, regulatory, etc.). Demonstrates expertise in managing compliance with donor restrictions. Name:
Demonstrated awareness of post issuance bond compliance. Demonstrated expertise in the review and compliance of endowment fund accounting and unitization. Demonstrated expertise in capital project accounting. Demonstrates a deep understanding of a fixed asset inventory and depreciation system. Name:
Demonstrated ability and expertise in managing all aspects of financial statement audits, including preparing audit lead schedules, financial statements and footnotes. Expert in accounting systems and all aspects of GL system, GAAP and FASB standards. Expert in sales tax law and tax preparation. Demonstrates a current understanding of private business use and unrelated business income. Name:
Demonstrated ability to communicate and train campus community on policies and procedures in non-accounting terms. Ability to develop collaborative relationships across a diverse range of constituents to ensure financial needs are addressed.Name:
Demonstrated ability to establish and provide oversight of strong internal controls, including policy and procedure development. Ability to audit and address concerns at all levels.Name:
Demonstrated knowledge of Colgate managerial processes and requirements, to include: Name:
Demonstrated ability to fairly and accurately assess employee performance in accordance with university practices. Demonstrated understanding of federal and state EEO/AA regulations, university HR policies and guidelines, and institutional values related to diversity, equity, and inclusion sufficient to effectively select new employees, recommend pay actions, determine employment status and initiate or approve employee changes in status.
Demonstrated ability to select, develop and retain high performing diverse work teams, to include:
Demonstrated ability to collaborate, coordinate, develop, enrich and provide leadership development opportunities across a diverse range of individuals.
Demonstrated skill in the development of employee skills, performance and behaviors within diverse teams. Demonstrated ability to effectively coach and communicate with employees on issues of pay, performance and development in a culturally appropriate manner. Demonstrated ability to consistently identify, hire and retain high performing employees in accordance with the university’s affirmative action program
Demonstrated ability to negotiate cultural differences, conflicts, tensions, or misunderstandings and helps others do the same.
Demonstrated knowledge of programs, policies, and best practices that ensure equity and achievement of organizational DEI objectives in a variety of areas.
Personal Accountability for ResultsDescription:
Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.Name:
Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.Name:
Problem Solving and Decision MakingDescription:
Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.Name:
Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.Name:
Leadership and TeamworkDescription:
Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.Name:
Creativity and InnovationDescription:
Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.Name:
Diversity and InclusionDescription:
Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.Name:
Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.Professional Experience/ Qualifications:
- Minimum of 3 years working experience in higher education accounting or knowledge of not-for-profit accounting. Preferred Qualifications:
- Ability to manage chart of accounts.
- Demonstrated experience managing and developing diverse teams.
- Experience with process evaluation and redesign when warranted.
- Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
- Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, tax compliance and audit.
- A strong service commitment, with the ability to balance controls while meeting the need of his/her constituents.
- Strong problem solving skills and the ability to research and resolve problems.
- Strong leadership skills with the ability to communicate both verbally and in written forms.
- Spreadsheet skills necessary to prepare, analyze and present financial results.
- A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
- A commitment to the University’s sustainability mission.
Banner or other electronic database management account system experience preferred. Education:
A bachelor’s degree in business, accounting or finance.Certifications:
CPA certification, required.Requisition Number:
WeekdaysJob Open Date:
07/13/2021Open Until Filled:
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