Western offers an excellent benefits package including shared premiums for a comprehensive health insurance plan, dental insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, and other insurance options. After one year of employment, Western provides free tuition for dependents enrolled full time in undergraduate programs for up to four years.
Western Colorado University seeks innovative candidates with public financial management executive level experience for our Controller position. This opportunity offers tremendous experience and an exceptional environment.
The Controller reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer and is expected to lead an administrative department providing strategic leadership, fiduciary guidance, and customer service excellence. Position leads four full-time employees and is required to direct all accounting activities for an institution with 300+ employees and over $60M in annual revenues. The Controller will work closely with the senior management team in ongoing development of the University’s short and long-range financial and strategic plans.
Oversees internal and external audits and prepares audit reports and annual financial statements. Oversees major system development projects that impact financial reporting, including the current ERP conversion, and maintains the University’s chart of accounts. Establishes University financial policies and transactional standards, ensuring consistency with the University's mission and strategic plans and compliance with Board of Trustees' policies, State and Federal fiscal management laws and regulations, and generally accepted accounting principles. Reviews and approves University contracts, as designated by the State Controller, in compliance with fiscal rules and regulations.
Safeguards assets and assures accurate and timely recording of all transactions by implementing disciplines of internal audits, controls and checks across all departments. Manages the accuracy and productivity of day-to-day activities of accounts payable, cash disbursements, invoicing/billing, customer credits and collections, payroll, capital asset records, general & entity accounting, cost accounting for campus, and annual tax reporting.
Responsible for supervising staff and directing the management of all activities around the general ledger, production of financial statements, reconciliation and reporting to the State of Colorado and coordination of audits and audit follow through. Oversees monthly closing procedures and account reconciliation processes. Remains current on GASB accounting pronouncements and implements new accounting standards.
Directs the activities associated with the security and investment of the University's assets and funds by working with the State's Treasury Department. Ensures compliance with bond reporting requirements and participates in ad hoc reporting, including but not limited to, NCAA and IPEDs.
Serves as the primary contact for all accounting matters and interacts cooperatively with other departments, private entities, employees, students and parents, other state agencies, and other entities to resolve problems and complaints and achieve University goals.
Bachelor's degree in accounting and three years in higher education or public accounting, at a managerial-level, is required. Governmental accounting (GASB) experience preferred. Advanced degree in public administration, accounting, CPA or CMA strongly preferred. Successful candidates must possess strong, proven leadership and management skills, excellent oral and written communication skills. Successful candidate must be technologically savvy, preferred candidate will have State of Colorado public governmental accounting experience and familiarity with WorkDay software.
What you need to apply:Apply here. Required attachments to online applications include a cover letter describing position specific interest, resume, and a list of professional references.
Western is a residential, public university with an enrollment of 3,000 students who come from across Colorado and all fifty states. Faculty members share a strong commitment to personalized education with the liberal arts as its core. They are student-oriented, collegial, energetic, and engaged in the campus and community. The curriculum provides flexibility where experiential learning and interdisciplinary approaches are valued. Western supports diversity, equity, and inclusivity of all types including ability (physical, mental), social class, racial/ethnic, linguistic, religion, sexual orientation, age, experience, gender, and cultural. Please see our diversity statement, and our DEII Committee charge. The University is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver. At an elevation of 7,700 feet in the southern Rocky Mountains, the Gunnison Valley provides exceptional year-round outdoor recreational opportunities. Professionals have chosen Western because of the quality of life combined with rewarding careers. Visit http://www.western.edu to learn more about the university.
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