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Associate Vice President for Fiscal Services/Controller

Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC

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Winthrop Position Title:

Associate Vice President for Fiscal Services/Controller

State Title:

Associate Vice President

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Annual Salary/Hiring Range:

$148,000-$160,000; actual salary depends on qualifications.

Job Purpose:

Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs, the Associate Vice President/Controller (AVP/C) provides fiscal leadership and strategic oversight of financial accounting, university business and budgeting processes, and internal controls compliance.

  • Designs and implements systems and processes based on best practices to support the university’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Ensures compliance with local, state and federal regulations and the timely submission of internal and external reports;
  • Fosters a commitment to continuous improvement and outstanding service and works to strengthen collaboration across campus and with external constituencies; and
  • Provides supervisory leadership to accounting services, accounts payable, budget services, payroll services, post-award management and student financial services.

Job Summary:

Provides planning, direction and oversight for the university’s financial operations.

  • Builds and maintains effective, high-functioning, cross-relational teams within fiscal services, including the offices of accounting services, budget services, payroll services, post-award management and student financial services. .
  • Establishes and maintains policies, procedures, systems and internal controls that are based on best practices, support the university’s strategic plan and ensure compliance with state and federal laws.
  • Anticipates changes in laws, rules, regulations and standards affecting higher education and adapts internal processes and controls accordingly.
  • Works with Information Technology to ensure applicable ERP modules are updated, tested and functioning as intended.

Provides leadership and strategic vision to areas within Fiscal Services.
  • Fosters a culture of customer service and high standards of care.
  • Prepares long-range financial, organizational and capital project plans and advises on their impacts.
  • May serve as delegated authority to liaise with trustees, government and other external entities to build relationships and enhance data flow and communication.

Develops positive relationships with key colleagues and stakeholders across campus.
  • Understands the needs of key customers and provides them with the financial and procedural information they need to make informed decisions and achieve their financial, strategic and operational goals.
  • Ensures a customer-service-oriented billing and collection system for student accounts and deposit system for university cash.
  • Develops training for internal customers related to accounting and budget systems.

Ensures timely and accurate financial planning and reporting.
  • Maintains accounting control over all of the university’s financial accounts and ensures the integrity of financial data.
  • Prepares the university’s annual financial statements in accordance with GAAP.
  • Meets external reporting requirements and deadlines, including but not limited to, those mandated by federal and state regulations, the IPEDS Survey and the Board of Trustees.
  • Works with the Budget Office to develop annual budgets and calculate and negotiate the university’s F&A and fringe benefit rates.
  • Oversees the annual audit and serves as the point of contact for any institutional audit.
  • Provides ad hoc analysis and reporting.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration or finance,
  • Seven years of experience in finance, accounting, budget management or related field, and
  • Three years of supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • CPA license or master’s degree in business or accounting and
  • At least five years of experience directing or managing fund accounting and working with GASB accounting and financial reporting standards and FASB reporting, preferably at an institution of higher education.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Summary:

  • Expert knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and government accounting standards and regulations.
  • Working knowledge of the taxes normally associated with a public institution of higher education.
  • Ability to interpret and apply complex guidelines, rules and regulations.
  • Strong financial skills and proven ability to plan and manage capital and operating budgets and support a data-driven decision model.
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills and the ability to think strategically and develop a vision for long-range planning.
  • Proven leader and manager who knows how to motivate a team, support their professional development and create a productive work environment.
  • Exceptional communication skills and the ability to make effective oral and written presentations at the executive level.
  • Must be detail-oriented, possess exceptional time-management and organizational skills and be committed to delivering work on assigned schedules.
  • Strong commitment to transparency, follow through and customer service and the ability to monitor and evaluate service quality.
  • Familiarity with higher education operations and proficiency with ERP systems common to higher education.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals at all levels of an organization.


CPA preferred.

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Employees are not eligible for telecommuting/remote work during their 12-month probationary period. After that time, certain positions may be eligible for telecommuting/remote work at the discretion of the supervisor and in accordance with Winthrop policies.

Posting Number:

2024 082S

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please provide the names and contact information for three professional references in the References section.


* A resume will not be reviewed to determine whether an applicant meets the qualifications outlined in the job vacancy notice (posting).

* Responses to supplemental questions are considered part of the application; failure to respond will result in disqualification.


Ideally situated in the heart of the Carolinas, Winthrop University is a highly ranked public, comprehensive university in Rock Hill, South Carolina, that is committed to be among the very best institutions of its kind.  Founded in 1886, Winthrop offers its students an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement.  Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the “Winthrop Experience,” including the most recent US News & World Report’s ranking of Winthrop as one of the top-10 public comprehensive universities in the South.  

Winthrop Mag fall 2017Today more than 5,000 undergraduate and 1,000-plus graduate students are enrolled at Winthrop University.  The University recruits South Carolina’s most able students as well as highly qualified students from beyond the state whose presence adds diversity and enrichment.  Winthrop prides itself on being the institution of choice for groups traditionally under-represented on many college campuses, providing Winthrop faculty with the opportunity to create a teaching legacy that not only changes individual lives, but reshapes whole family trajectories.

Where we are matters, and Winthrop’s presence is significant.  Winthrop University is an active member of York County and recognized as a key component of the region’s economic growth.  With Charlotte  less than 20 minutes away—and 300-plus Fortune 500 Companies in Winthrop’s backyard—formal and informal community partnerships are numerous, threading through school and business networks. While Winthrop students have options about where they conduct their experiential learning, faculty and staff are privileged to select a residence from neighborhoods large, small, or somewhere in-between.  During holiday, Winthrop faculty find themselves a short drive from either the mountains or the beach.

Included in the National Register of Historic Places, Winthrop’s campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings.  The attractive recreational and research complex area that surrounds Winthrop Lake is home to Winthrop’s 16 Division I men's and women's sports. The physical beauty of Winthrop’s campus is a source of great pride, one that reflects the learning community for which it provides a foundation.  


Whether in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, College of Education, or College of Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop University offers only those degree programs that can be delivered at an exemplary level.  High-impact practices such as first-year experiences, common intellectual experiences, undergraduate research, and global learning are embedded throughout the curriculum, encouraging active teaching and learning.  At Winthrop, faculty—not teaching assistants—are the lead facilitators, class sizes are small enough that teachers know their students by name, and faculty research agendas often include student collaborators. 

Quality student life programs supplement the academic, providing opportunities and services to foster student development along cognitive, personal, and interpersonal dimensions.  Students pursuing lifetime wellness can run alongside their faculty at the Lois Rhame West Health, Physical Education and Wellness Center where members can access a climbing wall, four racquetball courts, a 25-yard pool with 8 lanes, four basketball courts, an 8,000 square foot weight room, 2,000 square feet of cardio space with four additional cardio stations, and two aerobic/activity rooms. 

Inside—and outside—the classroom Winthrop prioritizes a learning environment that produces Winthrop graduates who:

· Think critically and solve problems 


· Are personally and socially responsible 


· Understand the interconnected nature of the world and the time in which they live 


· Communicate effectively 


Faculty and staff who expertly model and teach these competencies are an excellent fit at Winthrop and a critical ingredient in the Winthrop Experience.  We encourage you to review current openings and bookmark our jobs page for future possibilities.






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701 Oakland Ave
Rock Hill
South Carolina

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