The University Controller supports learning by working directly with the Vice President for Finance in promoting financial sustainability at Aurora University. Excellent financial reporting, internal control, and judgement are critical to the success of this position. A successful candidate is skilled in communication, problem resolution, technically proficient with GAAP and not-for-project accounting, and has strong Excel and other software skills.
Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Ensure the completeness and accuracy of university accounting records and maintain a climate of confidentiality.
Manage efficiently and effectively all university accounting and financial processes consistent with the requirements of the university’s policies and procedures to include timely account reconciliation, monthly budget to actual reporting, grant oversight and reporting, and quarterly and year-end financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.
Oversee the daily operations of the Business Office to ensure accurate and prompt services are provided and delivered to the employees and students of the university. Functions of the Business Office include accounts payable, payroll processing, grant accounting, endowment accounting, fixed assets, and overall general ledger management and compliance reporting.
Manage and direct the preparation of the university’s annual financial statements in accordance with GAAP, including related disclosures, notes and management analysis.
Coordinate and serve as liaison for all audits of the university. Anticipate and supervise preparation of audit reports, tax returns, corrective actions, and activities to discover discrepancies or potential noncompliance issues; initiate and monitor response to auditor inquiries and suggestions.
Supervise, train, and mentor staff in a team environment; determine deadlines and plan staffing requirements for all fiscal activities; recruit and hire staff as needed; evaluate performance of staff; ensure and/or conduct staff training and cross training.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with university administrators, staff, and faculty to support student and employee success.
Assist the VP for Finance with analysis, budget management, and other projects as assigned.
Essential Job Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in accounting; Master’s and/or CPA preferred.
Accounting and audit experience in higher education required.
10+ years of experience and increasing responsibility in a complex organization.
Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills required to communicate financial information in a meaningful way to all constituents of the university community.
Ability to interpret, apply and communicate regulations, accounting principles, policies and procedures.
Highly organized, detail-oriented and accurate.
Ability to manage multiple priorities, understand and attend to details, meet established deadlines, and provide excellent customer service to the university community.
Able to maintain strong internal control environment including supporting documentation and authorizations.
Strong analytical skills as required for account analysis and reconciliation.
Expertise in spreadsheet and word processing software: Microsoft is preferred.
Experience with Ellucian’s Colleague system preferred.
Ability to inspire and motivate others to perform at high levels.
Able to handle multiple priorities and effectively meet deadlines as required.
Ability to interact verbally in person, over telephone and via written and electronic media.
Ability to move about campus and other locations.
Ability to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.
To apply, please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent benefits including health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission.
About Aurora University
Aurora University is an independent, comprehensive institution founded in 1893 offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Our two campuses are located in Aurora, Illinois and on the shores of Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. Additionally, we have an Educational Center in Woodstock, Illinois.