Director of Financial Services/Controller

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  • Full Time
  • Casper

Website Casper College

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Summary
The Controller serves as the chief accounting officer and must be an exceptional communicator who delivers a hands-on approach to leadership, operations, and problem-solving. The Controller must work seamlessly with the campus community, including the board, senior administration, faculty, and staff, and have familiarity with department needs across campus. The position will have primary responsibility for maintaining the integrity of the College’s accounting and financial reporting functions, monthly financial reports for the Board of Trustees and managers, and all financial reports to the U.S. Department of Education. The Controller maintains the general ledger and the budget and manages the Accounting and Financial management functions, including cash management, accounts payable, purchasing, student accounts receivable, cashiering. The Controller is responsible for coordination and completion of the annual audit.

Responsibilities
Supervises staff, including evaluation and planning workflow, deadlines, work objectives, time utilization, and problem-solving. Scope of supervision encompasses all aspects of the fiscal operation of the College including, but not limited to, budgetary control, grant accounting, coordination of purchasing with accounts payable, travel, reconciliations, accounts receivable, student accounts, cashiering, and the maintenance of general and subsidiary ledgers, and development and refinement of database software. Recommends and advises on policies and procedures related to Accounting and Financial Management to the Vice President, Administrative Services, and implements such policies and procedures when approved.

Prepares complex annual financial reports and analyses for external entities (e.g., State and Federal reports). Collaborates with other functional areas of the College to participate in strategic planning related to enrollment management and College growth. Serves as a liaison with Federal and State entities, auditors, administrative services staff, other College staff, and students.

Essential Duties
Management of financial operation of Casper College

Supervise and evaluate employees in Accounting and Financial Management office

Responsible for effective staffing of reporting areas

Primary contact person in all matters concerning financial reporting, audits, and related activities: must maintain relationships with internal and external auditors and state and federal agencies

Participation with senior management in the planning and development of policies and procedures relating to financial operations

Represent, as requested, the Vice President, Administrative Services in matters related to accounting, budget, and financial operations

Supervise and manage day-to-day operations of the Accounting and Financial Management office, to include accounting, budget, accounts receivables, accounts payable, purchasing, cash receipts, student loans, general ledger, cash management, and investments

Ensure that budget and accounting procedures and processes comply with all state, federal and institutional requirements

Initiate and develop financial information and control systems and necessary management reporting, including internal budgets

Oversee design and management of the College’s financial management systems, guide the fiscal integrity of the institution, schools, and departments within the institution

Analyze and monitor college budgets, cash management, investments; provide budgetary and financial accounting processes for all college units to ensure accountability

Performs other duties as assigned by the Vice President, Administrative Services.

Provide training to users of the finance system and related functionality

Conducts year-end closing and opening of financial records

Management of BudgetPak budget planning software

Minimum Qualifications
B.S. Accounting, business administration, finance, or the equivalent specialty; a combination of education, training, and experience may be considered

Equivalent of five (5) years full-time recent work experience in the management of financial services or business office, in public higher education, non-profit, public agency or large, multifaceted organization

Two years experience with the supervision/management of staff and responsibility for transactions

Equivalent of three (3) years experience implementing, designing, and developing computerized tools for financial management

Experience should document a record of initiative, independent judgment and the ability to manage a complex organization and large projects

Demonstrated experience of good practices in leadership, teamwork and facilitation

Desired Qualifications
C. P. A certification

Master’s degree in business administration, public administration or related field or equivalent experience

Accounting experience in public higher education

Documented experience with Ellucian’s administrative ERP system (Colleague)

Accounting experience in higher education

Fund accounting experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Business Acumen

Strong financial and analytical skills

Excellent depth of knowledge of GAAP and GASB accounting skills

Innovative thinker who takes ownership and pride in providing effective, efficient, customer service-oriented processes

Evaluates decisions in terms of impact on the College

Ability to analyze and interpret financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and projections

Knowledge of computerized information systems used in financial or accounting applications; to include Excel and Word

Knowledge of budgeting and fiscal management principles and procedures; including budget preparation, monitoring and administration.

Leadership

Provides solid mentoring and professional development opportunities to enable team members to broaden their skills and experience

Involves team members in process improvement projects facilitating a sense of ownership and engagement

Important and valued colleague by leaders in other departments

Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures

Ability to be creative and innovative to accomplish the goals of the institution

Communication

Strong verbal and written presentation skills, including the ability to translate complex financial or accounting concepts for non-accountants

Evaluates and understands the level of detail needed for various audiences when preparing reports or analyses

Demonstrates a high level of professionalism and courtesy in communications

Ability to collaborate with campus constituencies to develop understanding and respect for our purposes(s)

Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

High Sense of Integrity

Acknowledges issues and errors promptly with plans for mitigation and prevention of future events

Establishes processes and behavior that are compliant with regulatory requirements, accounting promulgations and College policies

Executing for Results

Consistently provides high quality and accurate reports and analyses

Responds timely to requests for information

Defines clear expectations for performance and effectively holds team accountable

Able to plan and manage complex projects

Ability to research, maintain, and implement technical knowledge of accounting and other areas which could impact financial operations

Ability to resolve problems and develop and implement new business and financial practices that are cost-effective and enhance the delivery of customer services

Work Environment
Typical work environment is an office setting requiring normal safety precautions. Non-routine occasional work may be spent around the community. Short periods of time will be spent outdoors travelling between campus buildings in various weather conditions. Frequent interaction with the public may occur (students, employees, community).  Work is usually performed during the normal workday; however, early morning, late evening and weekend work may be required. Travel to work related events, conferences, and other related duties may be required.  Due to busy seasons, there will be specific times of crucial availability when leave time may not be approved.

Physical Demands
Employee is regularly required to sit and stand for long periods of time, speak, hear, use hands and fingers to handle materials and use computer, feel, and reach with hands and arms. Occasional lifting of up to 10 pounds may be required. Visual requirements require close-up, distance, and ability to adjust focus.

Apply by June 30th, and include the following:
Application, complete with 3 references

CV or Resume

Cover Letter

Copies of Transcripts (official transcripts required upon employment)

Note to Candidates:
Employment is contingent upon a successful background check.

This is a full time, benefited position.

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