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Chief Accountant

Community College of Rhode Island
Warwick, RI

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Position Title:

Chief Accountant


Controller's Office

Position Category:

Staff - NonClassified

About CCRI:

The Community College of Rhode Island is the states only public comprehensive associate degree-granting institution. We provide affordable open access to higher education at locations throughout the state. Our primary mission is to offer recent high school graduates and returning adults the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional and personal growth through an array of academic, career and lifelong learning programs.

At CCRI, we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse campus community. We strive to hire and retain culturally competent faculty and staff members who reflect the demographics of our state and our increasingly diverse student population.

We believe that our diversity is our strength. We celebrate, support and thrive on the diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives that are represented across our four campuses.

We are OneCCRI, working together to prepare learners to achieve their highest potential.

To learn about what employees value at CCRI and what it means to work here, please read about our Guiding Principles and watch videos of our employees doing what they do best:

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Assistant Controller, the Chief Accountant oversees the proper functioning of grants, contracts, compliance, internal controls, assists with fixed assets, supervises staff as needed, provides departmental support.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Commitment to CCRI’s Mission:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy and mission of a comprehensive community college.
  • Work collaboratively with others and provide quality customer service in a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Provide training to the many departments that supply information to the controller’s office for processing.
Grants and Contracts:
  • Prepare and/or supervise the preparation of various financial statements and reports for the College, the Board of Governors, internal and external auditors, and others both internal and external to the College.
  • Account for Federal, state, and third-party grant projects, including set-up, maintenance, billing and close-out.
  • Transfer or coordinate the transfer of College funds.
  • Perform or coordinate all functions relating to non-student receivables.
  • Perform or coordinate all general ledger and related sub-ledger accounting activities of the College including but not limited to:
- Ensuring the proper functioning of the College’s computerized finance system, including implementation, updates and improvements.
- Ensuring the accuracy of all data input into the College’s and third party computerized financial and other management systems.- Preparing or coordinating the preparation of schedules and reconciliations needed to ensure that financial systems are in balance.- Coordinating the set-up, maintenance, invoicing, and closeout of federal, state, and private grants and contracts.- Preparing, assisting with and/or coordinating the preparation of schedules, analyses, projections, reports, financial statements, and tax returns as required.- Ensure that appropriate data is collected throughout the funding cycle and report data and outcomes to external and internal stakeholders according to timeline requirements.Compliance:
  • Participate in the development, documentation, implementation, and improvement of policies, procedures, and processes.
  • Responsible for following policies, procedural requirements, and meeting deadlines for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Review, assess and audit compliance and controls.
  • Assist in the development, documentation, implementation, and improvement of financial policies and procedures.
  • Manage record retention and maintenance, as needed.
Fixed Asset Administration:
Assist in maintenance of fixed asset accounting.
  • Perform physical inventory of fixed assets.
Departmental Support:
  • Account for federal, state, and third-party grant projects, including set-up, maintenance, billing and close-out, as needed.
  • Prepare accounting entries and other schedules for the College’s auxiliary operations (dining and bookstore), as needed.
  • Attend in-service and other job-related trainings.
  • Work collaboratively with others in a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Participate in departmental and cross-functional teams and special projects.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting or a related field
  • Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience working for an organization with a complex, integrated, automated management information system with the ability to prepare and adjust trial balances and financial statements.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel as well as advanced working knowledge of Banner or similar ERP system required.
  • Strong interpersonal, communications, organizational, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with teams in a deadline and detail-oriented environment.

Competencies and Desired Qualifications:

The most suitably qualified candidate will possess the following:

  • Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, or Master’s degree in Business Administration.
  • Experience in a college or non-profit agency setting with grant and contracting accounting.
  • Experience in grant and contract billing.
  • Experience developing reports with ARGOS, COGNOS or similar reporting tool.
  • Experience in fixed asset accounting.
  • Audit experience and familiarity with FASB/GASB accounting principles.





Pay Grade:

PSA 13

Salary Information:

Salary commensurate with education and experience


Full-time employees enjoy an array of benefits, including:

• Comprehensive Health Benefits and Rewards for Wellness Incentives
• Paid Time Off
• Parental Leave
• In-State Tuition Waivers
• Legal Care Insurance

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Collective Bargaining Unit:


Reports To:

Assistant Controller

Permanent/Limited position:


Academic/Calendar Year:


Work Schedule Information:

Non-Standard; 35 hours per week

Campus Location:

Primarily located at the Warwick Campus

Civil Service List position:


Environmental Conditions:

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Number of Vacancies:


Application Open Date:


Application Close Date:


Posting Number:


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Special Instructions to Applicants:

To ensure full consideration, complete application materials should be received by May 20, 2022, 11:59 PM (EST). Applications will not be accepted after the closing date.

Finalists will be required to provide official college transcripts.

If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact Human Resources at 401-825-2311. TTY: 401-825-2313.

Disability Accommodations:

CCRI is committed to ensuring the full participation of all applicants throughout the recruitment process. If you should require an accommodation during the application process, please notify the Department of Institutional Equity and Human Resources prior to the closing of the posting by calling (401) 825-2311.

EEO Statement:

CCRI is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

We recognize that diversity and inclusivity are essential to creating a dynamic, positive and high-performing educational and work environment. We welcome applicants who can contribute to the College’s commitment to excellence created by diversity and inclusivity.

CCRI prohibits discrimination, including harassment and retaliation, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or status as a protected veteran. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination shall be referred to the College’s Title IX Coordinator at: [email protected]

The Jeanne Clery Act requires institutions of higher education to disclose campus policy statements and crime statistics. Our annual report is available here:


Community College of Rhode Island, the largest public, two-year, degree granting college in New England, offers educational opportunities for all Rhode Islanders and is the state’s only public comprehensive associate degree-granting institution.community_college_of_rhode_island1.jpg

The College provides a variety of career, technical and academic programs at four main campuses in Warwick, Lincoln, Providence and Newport. A secondary Providence Campus is located in the historic Shepard Building in the heart of downtown Providence and courses are also offered at a satellite facility in Westerly.

CCRI offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs to its approximately 18,000 students and its non-credit classes for workforce training or personal enrichment through the Center for Workforce and Community Education receive more than 32,000 registrations annually.

Thirty percent of recent CCRI graduates who are continuing their education at least part time are attending more than 50 colleges or universities across the country and also are working at least part time. More than 92 percent of recent graduates are employed, continuing their education or a combination of both.community_college_of_rhode_island3.jpg

Community College of Rhode Island grants the Associate in Arts (A.A.), the Associate in Science (A.S.), the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), the Associate in Applied Science in Technical Studies (A.A.S.-T.S.) and the Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degrees. Several one-year certificates are also awarded.

CCRI opens its facilities for public use, sponsors programs on issues of public concern, and offers workshops and seminars for small businesses, for government agencies and for individuals seeking to improve their skills or enhance their lives.

In every sense, CCRI strives to be Rhode Island's community college meeting the educational needs of the people of this state.community_college_of_rhode_island2.jpg


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