The Controller directs, manages, coordinates, and oversees the institution’s various financial accounting operations. The incumbent is responsible for all University financial systems, financial reporting, policies, and standards, research accounting, capital asset accounting, investment accounting, tax, and accounts payable. The Controller is a member of the Extended Cabinet and serves as an expert advisor to senior leaders and plays a critical role in the implementation of new financial applications and procedures. We seek candidates who possess the highest level of integrity and possess the ability to work with colleagues in a team environment in a spirit of partnership, transparency, and fiscal responsibility.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Manages the integration of the university finance system (Workday) with accounting operations and reporting requirements. Analyzes financial information through the use of queries, spreadsheets, databases, and other reporting tools for trend analyses, forecasts, and financial ratios in conjunction with the budget office and other university entities
The Controller works closely with the Budget Director to monitor and project operating results to achieve operating margins and other financial metrics for presentation to the university board of trustees.
Develop and implement financial reporting solutions to meet the needs of the university community, enabling effective decision making.
Determine what types of additional accounting and internal control training are needed in the operating environment and sponsor its delivery.
Ensure the successful completion of a comprehensive plan that addresses accounting, processing, and compliance issues and risks in the post-award grant accounting unit.
Implement procedures required to comply with the new accounting and reporting standards on revenue recognition and lease accounting.
Manage federal tax examinations, and federal and state inquires, address provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and advocate together with peers, outside counsel, and other organizations to influence regulations and guidance favorable to the university.
Meet with staff from other departments to promote understanding of financial and tax issues and facilitate the best financial management practices in all areas.
Ensure that critical department goals and deadlines are met.
Review of University-wide financial balances and activity throughout the fiscal year and work with other Financial Managers to resolve problems.
Review and analyze audited financial statements and single audit report for compliance with GAAP, government accounting standards and to identify significant financial or compliance issues for the University.
Review tax compliance and federal, state, local and international income and employment tax returns for regulatory compliance and to minimize liability to University.
Work with internal and external auditors in the planning of the audit, and preparation of the financial statements.
Participate in the review of legal documents from a financial/business perspective.
Participate in board and operations meetings, provide financial statements and feedback in the development of business and strategic direction.
Meet with all levels of University and participate in training programs to explain University policy and procedures.
OTHER DUTIES AND ASSIGNMENTS
Ability to lead, develop, and build a large and diverse team of professionals, with an emphasis on promoting teamwork, supporting professional development, and fostering a positive work environment.
Functional knowledge of information technology and its appropriate use for effective and efficient delivery of administrative management services.
Ability and interest to be a trusted leader and catalyst for change in a fast-paced and decentralized environment, respecting all constituent groups using best practices for effective financial operations.
Able to work occasional evenings, holidays, or weekends as needed.
Performs other duties as assigned
Master's Degree in Accounting/Finance or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience
A minimum of 8 years of experience at the senior financial level responsible business and accounting leadership experience in a similarly complex environment including experience in a central control function overseeing multiple financial and operational areas is required. A reputation for integrity and the highest ethical standards; sound judgment, enthusiasm for the mission.
Licenses or Certifications
Professional Designation - Certified Management Accountant or CPA Required
This position has fiscal or financial responsibilities other than employee expense activity, such as processing or approving transactions; monitoring or preparing budgets; or generating income for University
Directs the activities in the Controller’s Office, which entail several departments, including setting policy and procedures for internal operations to ensure consistency and compliance with good accounting practices and external regulations.
Extensive experience with Workday (or other academic institution’s ERP) and query languages is required. Advanced proficiency in Excel. Excellent presentation skills and strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
SPECIAL WORKING CONDITIONS
About Marymount University
Marymount is a comprehensive Catholic university that emphasizes the liberal arts, career preparation, and personal and professional development. Consistently rated #1 or 2 among regional universities in the South for its diverse student body , Marymount serves nearly 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s location in suburban Arlington, Virginia, offers easy access to the rich resources and international, cultural, and ethnic diversity of the nation’s capital. Marymount University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.
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