Rice University (www.rice.edu) seeks a highly motivated leader with excellent strategic, operational, and interpersonal skills and deep domain expertise to become the Assistant Controller for Research and Cost Accounting. The Assistant Controller will be a key member of the Controller’s senior leadership group and will be expected to envision, create, and sustain a best-in-class infrastructure that advances the institution’s missions in teaching, research, and innovation.
Elevating Rice’s research achievement and reputation is a key goal of Rice’s strategic plan, Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade (https://v2c2.rice.edu/). The Assistant Controller for Research and Cost Accounting leads and directs the office that is responsible for the administration of the post-award functions for over $165 million in sponsored research programs. Those funds come, in large part, from seven federal agencies, several state agencies and multiple foundations and corporate sponsors.
Reporting to the Controller, the Assistant Controller manages a staff of 16 who are responsible for the accounting, financial reporting and post-award administration of sponsored projects and the preparation of cost studies, including the Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Cost Study, Fringe Benefit Rate Study, and Cost Accounting Standards Disclosure Statement (DS-2). S/he is responsible for fostering an environment which promotes innovative and sound business policies and practices that balance controls, compliance and customer service. The Assistant Controller leads an accounting function that includes oversight of the efforts of managers; development of those in leadership positions and in the leadership pipeline; making hiring decisions; providing coaching and mentoring; managing performance; determining staffing needs; and developing and ensuring succession planning.
This position is a very visible position working with all areas of the University including, but not limited to, Deans and Department Chairs, Principal Investigators (PIs), department and research administrators, the Vice Provost for Research, the Vice President for Finance, the Office of Tech Transfer, and all areas of the Controller’s office. This position also interacts frequently with contacts from various funding organizations (e.g. federal, foundation and corporate).
The Assistant Controller will bring strong analytical, organizational and decision-making skills as well as strong written and oral communication skills. S/he must also have the demonstrated ability to foster a culture of customer service, professionalism, and proficiency; an inclusive and engaging approach with a wide range of individuals and groups across all levels of a large organization, including a collaborative style with research administration, faculty members, department administrators, and management teams; and the ability to be proactive in resolving potential areas of concern or conflict.
The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's Degree and at least 8 years of related experience in research administration and/or accounting, including at least three years in a leadership role and experience working with multiple federal funding sources, experience serving as a key advisor to university leaders, faculty and staff in the area of research accounting as well as participation in the development of strategic and long-term plans and recommendations of new and updated policies and procedures, participated in an annual audit in accordance with the OMB Uniform Guidance and other special audits and overseen the preparation of a university’s Facilities and Administrative Cost Study and the annual Fringe Benefit Rate Study as well as reviewed sponsored program expenditures for compliance with university policy and governmental costing principles, deep experience preparing financial reports and a strong knowledge of tools including Excel, Tableau and/or Argos.
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.