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Assoc Vice Pres of Finance - Controller

Ursinus College
Collegeville, PA, US

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Summary and Scope of the Position:

The AVP of Finance - Controller is responsible for all accounting operations of the College.  The Controller reports directly to the Vice President for Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer and works closely with the VPFA & CFO in formulating and administering policy and procedures pertaining to all fiscal matters of the College.  

The AVP - Controller will serve in a leadership position during an exciting period of change for the College. This leader will manage accounting operations, financial close and statements, and external financial reporting, as well as provide reliable and substantiated accounting guidance on US-GAAP-compliant industry practices. The ideal candidate leads by example and enjoys developing and motivating a team as well as being a stellar partner within the organization.

The AVP - Controller makes recommendations for improving College-wide financial management, directs financial audits, ensures compliance with state and federal regulations, and provides strong leadership and management skills while effectively supervising staff and building an effective team.


Specific Responsibilities:                                                                                                            

  • Oversee the daily accounting, financial systems, and reporting operations at the College to include G/L, A/R, Payroll, Endowment, Post Award Grant Accounting including but not limited to weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual processes (e.g., payroll, monthly close, endowment portfolio and post award grant management, etc.).
  • Provide expertise in the evaluation of new standards and pronouncements to determine their applicability, and leads the formulation, coordination, guidance, and implementation of applicable accounting policies, standards, and systems ensuring compliance with federal and not-for-profit accounting and reporting standards, laws, and regulations.
  • Establish, monitor, and enforce internal controls over financial operations and reporting to ensure timeliness and accuracy and oversees timely resolution of audit findings.
  • Oversee and manage the annual financial statement audits, serving as the primary liaison with the external auditors or other governing agencies.
  • Responsible for the development and distribution of quarterly and monthly financial statements as well as the review of processes to ensure timely and accurate financial information, to include statement of activity, statement of position, statement of cash flows, and cash flow projections.
  • Oversee the production of the College’s tax returns and ensures timely and accurate reporting to the IRS Form 990s, 1099s, 1042s, indirect cost rate agreement, debt covenant reporting, and reports related to Federal appropriations and grants.
  • Manage all regulatory requirements related to finance and accounting activities and reporting.
  • Responsible for development, coordination, and maintenance of all internal and public-facing financial reporting operations and support the CFO in regular financial reports to the President’s Council and Board of Trustees.
  • Advise senior leadership and department heads on accounting, reporting, tax, and other financial management activities.
  • Establish priorities and goals for the accounting staff, develops process workflows to achieve operational excellence.
  • Lead the recruitment, selection and training of personnel to build a high performing team to carry out all accounting and financial systems and reporting functions.
  • Works collaboratively with vice presidents, deans, directors, chairpersons, department heads, and others responsible for managing departmental budgets in the College’s management reporting system.
  • Document accounting policies and procedures and train staff throughout the organization in alignment with compliance standards and best practices.
  • Collaborates with the VPFA and third parties regarding treasury functions of the college (cash, investments, endowment, debt).
  • Qualifications:                                                                                                                     

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent from an accredited institution in finance, accounting, higher education administration, or related field. Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 - 7 years of progressively responsible accounting experience, with at least 2 of those in a leadership capacity.  
  • Higher Education experience preferred.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills, able to lead a team effectively to achieve desired results.
  • Knowledge of and experience with PC hardware and Microsoft Office software—particularly Excel and Word.
  • Deep knowledge of internal controls necessary and ability to structure processes and staff appropriately to ensure segregation of duties. 
  • Personal attributes including detail orientation, excellent communication, listening and problem-solving skills, service orientation, ability to relate well to Board members, faculty, administration and staff and the ability to work independently.
  • Ability to communicate complex financial information to non-financial leaders clearly and meaningfully.
  • Other Duties:

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

    Job responsibilities and activities may be modified or changed at any time with or without notice.  Job descriptions will be audited periodically by the Ursinus Human Resources department to ensure they are up-to-date and reflect the essential responsibilities and duties of the job.



    Interested candidates should hit the apply button.   Once you create an applicant account, you will be prompted to upload your cover letter, resume, and a list with contact information for three references to the applicant database.  

    Ursinus is an EO/AA employer.  Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.



    About Ursinus College

    • Founded in 1869
    • First admitted women in 1880
    • 1,650 students from 35 states and 12 countries
    • 20% students of color
    • 12 to 1 student-faculty ratio
    • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
    • All students and faculty are issued laptop computers
    • Nationally renowned First-Year Experience, including the Common Intellectual Experience(CIE) Freshmen Seminar
    • Over 60 courses of study, including a variety of interdisciplinary programs.
    • The Center for Science and The Common Good offers students the opportunity to focus on the intersection of science and society.
    • Idyllic 170-acre campus 25 miles from Philadelphia
    • Member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Watson Foundation list, Project Pericles, Bonner Leader Program
    • Member of Project DEEP, the Annapolis Group, the Centennial Conference
    • Home to the Berman Museum of Art
    • U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrpreneurial Studies

    The College's most important assets are its faculty and staff. From time to time, a variety of job opportunities are available, both part-time and full-time. Ursinus is an ideal workplace where there are excellent resources and benefits and, of course, great people. The campus is beautiful and the students keep you young.

    Ursinus College is committed to the celebration of and respect for human diversity.

    Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law with respect to all aspects of employment.

    Ursinus College complies with all federal, state, and local statutes and regulations governing employment practices.

    Ursinus College is an equal employment/affirmative action employer.

    All employees are expected to abide by Ursinus College’s equal employment/affirmative action policy.

    Specifically, in matters affecting employment and application for employment, the College will take affirmative action to ensure that each employee and applicant, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, or disability (except as limitations may be mandate by law) is accorded equal treatment with respect to terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, and opportunities for advancement. The College will make good-faith efforts to enhance employment opportunities for minorities and women compatible with the availability of qualified candidates in relevant employment markets in which Ursinus College is able to recruit.

    Ursinus College is committed to the celebration of and respect for human diversity.  We believe that human beings derive meaning and purpose through their membership in groups as well as through their common humanity and their uniqueness as individuals.  Intellectual and personal growth are enhanced by understanding and appreciating the similarities and differences among groups and individuals.

    The celebration of, and respect for, human diversity at Ursinus is based on the following:

    • The principles of freedom and the quality of individuals as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
    • The practical goal of preparing students to make significant contributions in an emerging global community.  All communities -- local, national and global -- are stronger and richer to the extent that individuals within them are able to communicate and to affirm life-enhancing values.
    • Individuals whose education has been grounded on mutual understanding and the celebration of human diversity are best prepared to contribute to the making of a just and equitable society.

    This statement on human diversity should inform and guide the Ursinus College community as it establishes and implements educational and administrative policies and practices.  These ideals seem especially relevant to those policies and practices that touch upon race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation and gender, and all other aspects which tend to differentiate human groups.

    In making this statement on human diversity, Ursinus College at the same time acknowledges the primary importance in an educational community of the diversity of ideas expressed in the pursuit of truth by all reasonable and free minds in an atmosphere of intellectual openness.

    This statement on human diversity at Ursinus College has been developed in the context of the mission statement of the College and the institutional values generated by the mission.

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