Controller

POSITION SUMMARY 

The Controller is an integral part of the University’s Leadership Team (LT), implementing University strategy through operational management, with primary responsibility for accurate and timely financial records and reporting for the University via supervision and leadership of the Accounting Department. Additional responsibilities include overseeing the University’s Purchasing Card Program, management of operating cash levels and coordination of the annual financial audit. This position provides leadership in implementing best practices in higher education financial control and reporting systems and requires excellent analytical, management and communication skills with a high level of confidentiality, professional judgement and attention to detail.

POSITION FUNCTIONS

  • Leadership & Collaboration: Serves as a member of the University’s Leadership Team (LT); participates in both strategic execution and operational coordination in collaboration with the other members of the LT; maintains collegial and solution-oriented relationships with other members of the LT and their respective departments; maintains positive, service-oriented relationships with Budget Officers and all members of the University Community; creates and maintains training materials for the University community via Blackboard Collaborate and Tornado Times;
  • Accounting Operations Management: Manages and supervises Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payroll and General Ledger staff and facilitates the interface of those functions with other University offices; oversees the University Purchasing Card Program; coordinates filing of all tax reports including sales tax, payroll tax, and informational returns; reviews check runs, payroll registers, bank reconciliations and other accounting documents; owns the monthly and annual close processes and is responsible for the resulting reports; creates and documents continuous improvement efforts for the department;
  • Budget Management
    • Operating Budget: Uses various reporting tools to communicate budget information to budget officers at regular intervals; provides permissions support for reporting tools; composes institutional budget adjustments; assists CFO in accumulating and organizing annual budget information; coordinates communication with budget officers on budget management best practices and procedures;
    • Capital Budget: Supports the Capital Planning Committee and CFO by accumulating and tracking all capital budget requests to maintain the 5-Year Capital Expenditure Plan; monitors compliance with and produces monthly reports of the current year capital budget and related expenditures; maintains capital expenditure records.
  • Restricted Fund Management: Prepares quarterly endowment allocations; monitors expenditures of temporarily restricted funds for compliance with donor restrictions; coordinates annual Scholarshipmatching and related reporting process with Financial Aid and External Relations; prepares quarterly and ad hoc reports for stakeholders;
  • Treasury Management: Manages operating cash levels and sets related Accounts Receivable and Payable strategies; draws federal funds at regular intervals; approves ACH transactions and initiates wires as needed; serves as operational contact for all payment processing and banking relationships;
  • Financial Reporting:
    • GAAP Financial Reports: Prepares annual GAAP – compliant financial report and all required notes to the financial statements; prepares quarterly GAAP – compliant statements for debt compliance purposes; coordinates the timing of the annual financial audit and prepares/coordinates preparation of supporting schedules with other staff;
    • External Reports & Surveys: Prepares annual reports and benchmarking surveys required by IPEDS, SACS-COC, NCAA, NACUBO, SACUBO and other organizations; prepares quarterly and annual financial reports to Concordia University System (CUS); figures and reports on trends in various performance ratios;
    • IRS Form 990 and 990PF:  Prepares the University’s form 990 and all supporting schedules, as well as the 990PF for the University Foundation;
    • Internal Financial Reporting: Prepares monthly operating summaries and supplemental schedules;
  • Financial Analysis: Assists CFO in routine and ad hoc financial analysis to support institutional decision-making, identification of KPIs and tracking/reporting mechanisms, building financial models for new initiatives, building and maintaining the annual report, and computing trends in various performance ratios;
  • Financial Systems Design & Maintenance: Maintains structure of chart of accounts including all elements of account codes, detail codes, and index codes; recommends changes to chart of accounts structure to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of financial reporting and analysis; proactively reviews and streamlines operational processes to ensure the delivery of high-quality service to all stakeholders, sound internal controls, appropriate document retention and compliance with University policies; maintains internal control documentation for all financial processes.
  • All other duties as assigned

POSITION REQUIREMENTS 

  • Bachelor’s degree required – preferably in Accounting or Finance; CPA track preferred
  • 5 years’ progressively responsible roles and supervisory experience in higher education preferred
  • Knowledge and understanding of GAAP and internal control structure
  • Experience with relational administrative databases, other than general ledger software, and writing SQL queries preferred
  • Self-motivated with initiative to recommend changes to policy and procedure and develop related documentation
  • Superb oral and written communication skills with the ability to simplify, present and explain complex concepts to a group and interact professionally with all levels across the university
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member to organize, problem solve, set priorities, collect data, establish facts and draw accurate conclusions with attention to detail

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Able to endure extended periods of sitting, typing, and talking on the phone.
  • Able to work effectively in a fast paced, strong service-oriented environment subject to frequently changing priorities.

BENEFITS/BACKGROUND

Concordia University Texas offers an all-inclusive benefits package to eligible employees. For additional information click here: Benefits

Commitment to the Concordia Mission

Concordia University Texas is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). As a private, faith-based University, employees must be supportive of our mission of Developing Christian Leaders and our spiritual principles and values as a Lutheran institution of higher education. To the extent allowed by law, we reserve the right to give preference in employment based upon religion.

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