The Controller is responsible for directing the major accounting functions of the district including financial reporting, audits and year-end close process.
Within the scope of college policies and procedures, this position:
Manages, and reconciles budgets for all district programs; provides internal allocation and regulation of funds though requisitions and internal adjustment of funds; reviews and approves journal entries; analyzes and reconciles accounts and makes adjustments and journal entries as necessary
Oversees accounting operations for the district, to include the preparation, review and distribution of internal financial and operational reports, maintains the chart of accounts, general ledger approval queues, and general ledger and accounts receivable user security levels; ensures proper year end closing and setup of the new fiscal year in the accounting system and of other third party software
Prepares audit information and schedules for the external auditors, assists in the coordination of the annual financial audit, implement policy and procedure changes to ensure compliance with laws and regulations
Continually updates professional knowledge and skills
Performs related duties as assigned
General Expectations: Employees are expected to accomplish assigned duties in an efficient, effective and competent manner and to strive for improvement and excellence in all work performed. Additionally, employees must understand the comprehensive role of the community college and cooperate and work harmoniously with students, faculty and staff, and the public. Employees will follow all college policies, rules, regulations and guidelines as they relate to this position.
Cochise College is an EEOE
Education and Experience Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning recognized by the US Department of Education
Preference may be given to individuals with a Masters’ degree in a related field from an accredited institution of higher learning recognized by the US Department of Education
Five years of accounting experience
Current CPA License, CPFO or ability to obtain Post offer, pre-employment background screening required
An equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved may be considered.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Commitment to the community college mission
High level of personal integrity
Knowledge of and ability to follow college policies and procedures
Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines related to assigned work
Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), accounting statements, general ledger and related accounting practices
Knowledge in and ability to use financial analysis and accounting reconciliation methods and techniques
Knowledge of current computer technologies and word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software, specifically Microsoft Office applications
Knowledge of integrated enterprise software, preferably Ellucian Banner Finance
Knowledge of inventory control and asset management methods
Skill utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work
Skill utilizing computerized accounting systems and Microsoft Office applications
Skill analyzing accounting problems and taking corrective action
Skill in effective supervisory principles and practices
Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, and to relate to others in a professional, helpful manner
Ability to give effective public presentations
Ability to relate to a diverse population and to maintain composure when faced with difficult situations
Ability to multi-task and organize, prioritize, and follow multiple projects and tasks through to completion with an attention to detail
Ability to effectively identify and resolve problems and to maintain strict confidentiality related to sensitive information
Ability to analyze problems, identifies solutions, and takes appropriate action to resolve problems using independent judgment and decision-making processes
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other department staff, faculty, students and the public
Ability to work independently while contributing to a team environment
Additional Salary Information: Cochise College offers a comprehensive benefits package to include membership in the Arizona State Retirement System, employer paid health insurance, dental insurance, tuition exemption, tuition reimbursement, 9 holidays/year plus 10 paid days off for Winter Break and more!
About Cochise College
Located in scenic southeastern Arizona, our residents enjoy some of the best year round weather in the nation. With two campuses, three centers and a virtual campus we serve an average of 5,000 students each semester. Cochise College was recently ranked the third best community college in the nation for the second year by Huffington Post and received Arizona’s first Career Preparedness Award. Cochise College offers a comprehensive benefits package to include membership in the Arizona State Retirement System, employer paid health insurance and more!