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Controller

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Dean College
Location
Franklin, MA

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Category:: Administration/Staff
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Department:: Accounting Office
Locations:: Franklin, MA
Posted:: Jan 24, 2024
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-Time Fiscal Year
Position ID:: 172032

About Dean College:


Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity to discover and exceed their greatest aspirations. A personal and transformative community since 1865, Dean tirelessly inspires our students to unimagined heights through personalized support and integrated delivery of academic, co-curricular and experiential learning. Our graduates are lifelong learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership.


Recognized as a Top Regional College by U.S. News & World Report for eleven consecutive years and named a College of Distinction for five consecutive years, Dean serves approximately 1,200 full-time students and 400 part-time students and offers more than 50 combined bachelor's and associate degree programs and specializations, as well as a robust schedule of continuing studies, and certificate programs throughout the year.


Dean College is perfectly situated in Franklin, Massachusetts, which is conveniently located between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island and is accessible to Boston by commuter rail. The Dean College/Franklin station is only a five-minute walk from campus. Approximately 87 percent of the College's student population lives on campus.


Dean provides a supportive academic environment that thrives on hands-on engagement and exceptional teaching. This community-wide commitment of always going the extra mile for students is known as The Dean Difference. Outside of the classroom, students participate in 16 athletic teams and more than 30 on-campus groups and organizations.


Ninety-six percent of our bachelor's degree students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within 12 months of graduation. Alumni are hard at work in top-ranked graduate programs and are employed by organizations such as Universal Studios, Dell Technologies, Liberty Mutual, Kraft Sports + Entertainment, the Boston Ballet, and more.


What is The Dean Difference?
The Dean Difference isn't any one thing. It's not a program or a professor. It's not a single class or a club. It's the way our academics support networks and community overlap, interweave and magnify each other. Our difference unites us. It's our secret formula. It's the nucleus around which we orbit. It isn't one thing, it's everything



Job Description:


Under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer (CFO), the Controller is an integral part of the financial leadership team with management oversight of accounts payable, payroll, sponsored program accounting, and general ledger activity. The Controller ensures the completeness, accuracy, and integrity of the financial records, reporting, and tax obligations of the College. As one of the primary contacts for the financial services partners of the College, the Controller monitors and manages the institution's liquidity and cash positions.



Job Duties:


  • Interprets College policies and practices. Writes and implements clear and informative procedures to ensure that the policies and practices are followed.
  • Develops and implements staff training and development programs for assigned personnel.
  • Ensures that all expenditures, allocations and distributions are performed in accordance with rules, regulations, and other mandates of the College's Board of Trustees and other pertinent agencies through the administration of the General Ledger.
  • Directs and coordinates the periodic accounting close (month/quarter/year-end), including coordinating with all functional areas, supervising journal entry activity, account reconciliation, and analysis.
  • Performs general ledger account and financial report maintenance in the College accounting system.
  • Prepares financial reports which summarize and forecast College economic and financial activity and financial position in areas of revenues, expenditures, and net assets based on past, present, and expected operations.
  • Serves as custodian and ensures the safeguard of College financial assets, and develops, implements, and controls the College cash management operations.
  • Manages and initiates Title IV financial aid, government, and other grant and fund draw downs.
  • Develops and implements procedures for the perpetual maintenance of the College's fixed assets and directs determination of depreciation rates to apply to fixed assets.
  • Advises management on desirable operational adjustments due to federal, state, and local codes and regulations.
  • Arranges for and serves as the College's liaison for external and federal audits of the College's official records, general ledgers, and accounts.
  • In conjunction with the CFO, prepares reports required by regulatory agencies, e.g. IPEDS, NECHE Data First Forms, Form 990, Form PC, and 5500 filings.
  • Provides management with timely reviews of the College's financial progress of its various programs and activities. Ensures the integrity and security of the College's financial systems and data and, in concert with the technology staff, implements related upgrades and modifications.
  • Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources.
  • Reviews and approves payroll and payable disbursements with occasional backup for Accounts Payable and Payroll processing.
  • Maintains scholarship and annuity gift databases, unitization schedules, and assists in stewardship reporting.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Managerial and Supervisory Responsibilities:


  • Manages the finance staff e.g., Assistant Controller, Accounts Payable, Payroll, and Coordinator of Accounting Services.


Requirements:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting required.
  • CPA or Master's Degree preferred.
  • 10 years of relevant accounting experience required.
  • Excellent working knowledge of accounting principles, methods, and standards for non-profit entities with the ability to adapt established methods to varied accounting transactions, required.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, etc.) required.
  • Experience using Ellucian Colleague preferred.
  • Strong technical computer, analytic skills, and attention to detail required.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills with the demonstrated ability to work as a collaborative team player required.


Additional Information:


Dean College is an equal-opportunity, Title IX institution and pledges to recruit, select and promote diversity by providing equality of opportunity in higher education for all persons, including faculty and staff with respect to hiring, continuation, promotion, and applicants for admission, enrolled students and graduates without discrimination or segregation.


The College is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students, faculty, and community members. All employment decisions are made on a non-discriminatory basis.


Dean College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.


This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in College programs, services, and activities. A pre-employment background screen is required for all employees.



Application Instructions:


Please submit your Resume/CV, Cover Letter, all unofficial transcripts; and contact information of three references. (PLEASE NOTE: Applications that are incomplete will not be considered).


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URL: www.dean.edu

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Working at Dean College

Dean College is an exciting place to work, learn, and grow! Dean ranked 23rd in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report forBEST REGIONAL COLLEGE - North category, the eighth year in a row of being ranked. Dean also ranked 12th in same report for Best Value Schools. In addition, Dean has been nationally recognized as a College of Distinction based on four distinctions - engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes.

Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition in which all students deserve the opportunity for academic and personal success. A uniquely supportive community for 153 years, Dean has woven together extensive student support and engagement with exceptional teaching and innovative campus activities. Our graduates are lifetime learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility, and demonstrate leadership. This is The Dean Difference.

Dean serves close to 1,200 full-time students and close to 400 part-time students, offering bachelor's and associate degrees as well as a robust selection of certificate and short-term credential programs.

Dean College is situated in Franklin, Massachusetts, which is conveniently located between Boston and Providence. Approximately 90 percent of the College's student population lives on campus in one of 13 residence halls.

 

Dean provides a supportive academic environment that thrives on student engagement and exceptional teaching. The Dean Difference is exemplified through each student's commitment to their professional futures, social responsibility, and leadership. Outside of the classroom, students participate in 15 varsity sports and more than 40 on-campus groups and organizations.

Ninety-six percent of our bachelor's degree students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within 12 months of graduation. Alumni are hard at work in top-ranked graduate programs and are employed by organizations such as Universal Studios, Dell Technologies, Liberty Mutual, Kraft Sports Entertainment, the Boston Ballet, and more.

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