University Controller

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC

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Four-Year Institution

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Functional Title:

University Controller

Position Type:


Position Eclass:

E2 - SAAO II 12 Month Leave Earning

University Information:

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

The University Controller’s Office serves the campus community as well as federal, state, and other entities by providing administration of the general ledger, disbursement processing for payroll and accounts payable, and receipt processing for all University funds. Financial reporting duties are performed.

Position Summary:

The primary purpose of the University Controller is to provide service to the campus community by developing and maintaining a highly motivated and competent staff and by managing the automated and manual financial systems which provide essential services to the University.

The University Controller is responsible for the management direction, and development of the General Accounting, Payroll Accounting, Accounts Payable, Foundation Finance, Fixed Assets, and Cashiers Office functions. These primary functional areas provide services for payment processing; internal and external financial reporting; financial accounting; financial data control; fixed asset accounting; payroll processing for faculty, staff, and student employees; cashiering; student accounts and loans receivable, and other accounting services. The Controller will play a role in developing a more robust managerial reporting capability.

The University Controller provides oversight, management, and coordination for multiple interrelated automated financial systems such as the Banner HR payroll system, the Banner Finance system which is composed of financial accounting and accounts payable systems, the financial reporting system, the cashiering system, and the student accounts receivable system as well as microcomputer applications.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree and an equivalent amount of education and experience with an emphasis in accounting course work. CPA licensure is required.

Additional Required Certifications, Licensures, and Certificates:

CPA license is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

- MBA preferred.
-Demonstrated strong skills in management, administration, oral and written communications, interpersonal skills, and planning.
-In addition to formal education, at least 10 years of progressive experience in operations of accounting and related functions, supervision of staff, and management of staff is required.
-Experience in Higher Education Institution is preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants are required to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References

Applicants are required to upload a list of references of at least three (3) professional references that includes:
  • Name
  • Company Name
  • Type of reference (Professional, Supervisor, Colleague, Academic or Personal). One (1) of those references will need to be a current or previous supervisor.
  • Email Address
  • Contact Phone Number

Applications are not successfully submitted until an online confirmation number has been received at the end of the application process.

Recruitment Range:

Commensurate with experience

Org #-Department:

Office of the Controller - 56202

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For Best Consideration Date:


Open Until Filled:




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Key Responsibility:

Operational Responsibilities

Essential Tasks:

Outstanding Customer Service skills are required.

Responsible to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance for all University accounting, financial reporting, payroll, and cashiering development and operations.

Key functional accounting resource for approximately 200 departments/units in the University community and Internal Control Officer.

Provides oversight and manages accounting and reporting operations totaling over $200 million in current operating revenue, plus state appropriation and over $400 million in current operating expenses; provides oversight and manages University payroll totaling almost $300 million and servicing 2,500 faculty and staff members in addition to student and temporary employees. Provides oversight and manages cashiering and student accounts and loans receivables for student population in excess of 20,000.

Provides management, direction, and development of complex financial systems and uses independent judgment to provide accounting services within the framework of policies and procedures established by federal, state, and campus levels. The University Controller is the key resource in the development of, implementation of, and adherence to University policies and procedures. Will help develop robust managerial reports and dashboards.

Primary contact with the Office of the State Controller (OSC) concerning the comprehensive Statewide Accounting System and ensures the University accounting and reporting interfaces are properly developed and maintained to provide essential information and reports.

Provides oversight, management, and coordination of allotment accounting function which is crucial for resource and expenditure planning.

Responsible for ensuring the accounting services for faculty, staff, and student payroll processing and reporting, invoice payment and travel reimbursement process, allotment accounting, financial accounting, and reporting and financial data control, fixed assets, student accounts collections and reporting, student loans collections, and reporting and other University needs are efficiently and effectively provided.

Work in accounting and related functions requires accuracy and the degree depends on the nature of the particular report or analysis. Errors may result in violation of internal policies, external regulations, or general statutes, which could result in audit findings for the University.

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Key Responsibility:

Service, Representation, and Managerial

Essential Tasks:

The University Controller works with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance in training and educating University personnel necessary to support financial systems, policies, and procedures.

Provides professional accounting expertise to the University community by interpreting and communicating accounting principles and practices as promulgated by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

Assists in directing and maintaining effective communication with the University community by resolving unique issues and interpreting and explaining complex policies and procedures.

Provides management for accounting operations to enable the University to have efficient and effective financial systems to provide essential services to students, faculty, and staff.

Responsible for providing timely and accurate financial reporting to University management and external entities.

The University Controller represents the Finance and Administration division in accounting matters to the University community at the request of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.

Assists the Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration in representing the University in accounting matters to UNC System Office, the Office of State Budget and Management, and federal agencies.

Is the primary contact in communicating with the Office of the State Controller (OSC) and the Office of State Auditor. This involves policy interpretation and implementation for financial reporting, taxation, financial audit, and other significant issues. Also provides feedback to the OSC on proposed regulations.

The University Controller receives written and oral instructions from the Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. Written communication is also received from the Office of State Controller, UNC General Administration, and other governmental entities regarding regulatory or reporting changes.

The University Controller uses the UNC Greensboro Policies and Procedures Manual, State Budget Manual, Office of State Controller Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual, UNCG Human Resources Policy Manual for Staff Employees, Payroll Administration Guide, UNC Greensboro Payroll/HRS Users Guide, and the Ellucian Finance and Human Resources Users Reference Guide.

The University Controller has contact with the campus community and external entities. The Controller is the primary representative of the accounting function on issues involving other offices including the Office of Human Resources, the Budget Office, the Provost Office, Information Technology Systems, and other offices.

The University Controller represents the University on issues involving the Office of the State Controller and the Office of State Auditor. The University Controller maintains contacts with the financial staff of other UNC System universities.

The Controller works with staff to discuss operational issues, regulatory requirements, proposed improvements, and other matters.

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Key Responsibility:

Development and Operational Management

Essential Tasks:

The University Controller is responsible for recommending improvements in University policies and procedures to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.

Assists in development and implementation of automated financial systems involving generating ideas to design effective methods of operation. Works with a project team in coordinating system design, implementation, and operation, defining duties and responsibilities of staff members to effectively utilize the system; train and educate staff members.

Provides oversight and management in the development of financial systems and interfaced components to ensure systems integrity and proper internal controls.

Responsible for coordinating systems development to adhere to requirements of the Statewide Accounting System administered by the Office of the State Controller.

Establishes and realizes goals and objectives for accounting and related functions which provide direction and progress and which are consistent with division and University standards.

The University Controller accomplishes duties and tasks as requested by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.

Provides management and direction to ensure the efficient and effective processing, reporting of accounting and related systems by determining appropriate methods and standards of operations. Provides insight, independent judgment, and counsel to staff managers; and by coordinating communications with the University community, other universities, as well as state and federal agencies.

Responsible for ensuring that the accounting and related systems fulfill processing and reporting needs of the University, community, state and federal agencies, and other entities.

Assists in maintaining proper interface with budgetary controls and provides oversight and coordination to ensure that the management of the allotment of state appropriation is effective in planning University resources and expenditures.

Maintains an effective organizational structure for the accounting area to provide growth for staff members and best utilize their knowledge and abilities.

The University Controller must be knowledgeable in regards to standards, rules, and regulations of professional governing entities, UNC System Office, the Office of State Budget and Management, the Office of State Controller, the Office of State Auditor, other state agencies, the Social Security Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, other federal agencies, the financial industry, and other entities to ensure that the University’s accounting, reporting, payroll, and other systems are functioning appropriately.

Has oversight and management responsibility for publication of the University’s annual financial report submitted to the Office of State Controller and audited by the Office of State Auditor as well as responsibility for ensuring that the proper systems and procedures are used for information compilation and reporting using the Statewide Accounting System of OSC and the University’s Banner Finance System. The University Controller also provides direction to ensure that monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting requirements to the University community, UNC System Office, the Office of State Budget and Management, and other entities are met.

The University Controller works with Foundation Finance to blend the University Endowment funds into UNC Greensboro’s Annual Financial reports.

The work function can change due to new reporting requirements, systems implementation, information requests, regulatory changes, or other factors. The University Controller must respond to the dynamics of change by coordinating necessary procedural modifications.

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Key Responsibility:

Personnel Responsibilities

Essential Tasks:

The University Controller independently manages the accounting and related functions. Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance, the University Controller is responsible for management of accounting, accounts payable, payroll, financial reporting, foundation finance, fixed assets, and cashiering. The Controller recommends policy changes and implements procedural improvements.

The University Controller is responsible for staff development and training; plans, prepares, and conducts or delegates the presentation of materials and information for internal sessions to inform and educate staff members in policies, procedures, and system operations. The Controller is responsible for conducting performance evaluations of staff members with a direct reporting line and monitoring the performance evaluation process of all accounting staff members.

The University Controller works to resolve any personnel issues in and among the staff to ensure proper staff performance, to minimize impact on operational effectiveness, and to maximize staff morale. The Controller is also responsible for the recruitment, development, and retention of motivated, professional, and competent staff.

Physical Effort:

Hand Movement-Repetitive Motions - F, Hand Movement-Grasping - F, Holding - F, Finger Dexterity - C, Vision-Skilled Trades - C, Reading - C, Writing - C, Eye-hand coordination - C, Vision-Color Distinction - F, Vision-Preparing/Analyzing figures - C, Vision-Visual inspection - C, Vision-Measuring/Assembling at distance close to eye - O, Hearing - C, Talking - C, Standing - O, Sitting - F, Walking - F, Lifting-0-30 lbs. - O, Lifting-30-60 lbs. - R, Lifting-60-90 lbs. - R, Pushing/Pulling - O, Climbing-Stairs - O, Climbing-Ladders - R, Bending - O, Squatting - O, Crawling - R, Reaching - O

Work Environment:

Driving - Car/Truck - O, Inside - F, Outside - O, Overtime - O


UNCG at a Glance

Founded in 1891, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the largest and most diverse state university in the Piedmont Triad. Standing apart from other universities, the UNCG community is joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make. 

With more than 19,400 students and 2,500 faculty and staff, UNCG is the largest state university in the Piedmont Triad and has an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion. The campus has grown to include 30 residence halls and 30 academic buildings on 210 acres.

UNCG takes pride in being a learner-centered public research university. The College of Arts & Sciences and seven professional schools offer 79 undergraduate majors, 65 master's programs and 30 doctoral programs.

The university holds two classifications from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as a “research university with high research activity” and for “community engagement” in curriculum, outreach and partnerships. More than $35 million in grants and contracts for research and creative activity are awarded to faculty members annually. Among the most prominent of UNCG's research initiatives are the Gateway University Research Park and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. Both are partnerships with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Globalization of the curriculum has expanded opportunities for international education, through new programs such as the UNC Exchange Program and the Lloyd International Honors College. In addition, innovative signature programs such as Building Entrepreneurial Learning for Life (BELL), Communication Across the Curriculum, Undergraduate Research and Freshman Seminars enhance the student experience.

As a cultural leader, UNCG offers concerts, lectures, dance and theater performances, exhibitions at the internationally known Weatherspoon Art Museum and readings by nationally known authors. In athletics, Spartan teams compete in nine women's and nine men's sports in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. With ethnic minority students making up 26 percent of the student body, UNCG is the most diverse of the UNC system's historically white campuses.

Although much has changed, some things remain the same. The university motto — “Service” — continues to be a guiding principle put into practice through all aspects of university life.

UNCG Schools and College of Arts & Sciences

The University's Academic Affairs Division consists of seven academic schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School and the Lloyd International Honors College. The names below are the ones currently in use. In some cases, the names have changed since the academic units were founded. The schools and their dates of establishment are: Graduate School 1921-22;College of Arts & Sciences 1969, Lloyd International Honors College 2005, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering 2007, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business & Economics 1969, School of Education 1921, School of Health and Human Sciences 2011, School of Music, Theatre and Dance 2010, and School of Nursing 1966.

Achievements & Accolades

UNCG is garnering national attention and awards for its challenging academic programs, supportive environment and engaged community. Take a look at some of our latest accomplishments and meaningful contributions on campus, in the community and around the globe. Curious about more accolades, achievements, our student body, faculty and staff excellence and other signs of our success? Find out more at UNCG Now:

Challenging Academic Programs

U.S. News & World Report ranked three UNCG online programs among the best in the nation in the 2015 list of Best Online Programs.

UNCG’s slate of online programs has earned a top 10 ranking for affordability from

The graduate program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies has earned a Top 10 ranking by the The HDFS Report.

Supportive Environment

UNCG is a Military Friendly School for the fourth straight year, putting it in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide that are doing the most to support veterans and ensure their success.

UNCG is ranked among the best colleges for your money nationwide by College Factual, a new site that guides students through the college selection process.

The Education Trust singles out UNCG among the nation’s universities for its success at closing the gap in graduation rates between black and white students.

Engaged Community

For the fifth year in a row, UNCG has earned the “Tree Campus USA” designation for promoting healthy trees and encouraging the spirit of conservation. 

UNCG’s innovative dynamic mailbox system has been honored as one of University Business Magazine’s Models of Efficiency.

For the eighth consecutive year, UNCG is highlighted on Washington Monthly’s list of American universities that contribute most to the public good.

Careers at UNCG

UNCG is committed to the creation of an inclusive, collaborative and responsive university by attracting, retaining and developing a diverse community of talented individuals in support of the university's mission.

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