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Controller
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Job Type Full-time
Job Status Interviewing
Date Posted Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Location New Orleans
Duration
Company Information Dillard University
2601 Gentilly Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70122
Website: http://www.dillard.edu
Job Description

Dillard University, classified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as a balanced arts and sciences/professions institution, invites applications for the position of Controller. The University is located in the culturally rich and diverse city of New Orleans, Louisiana.


Position Overview
This position reports directly to the Vice President of Business and Finance and CFO.  The controller oversees the daily activities of the University’s Accounting, Financial Reporting, Accounts Payable, Treasury, Purchasing and Grant Management areas. The Controller coordinates and leads all financial, federal and state compliance audits of the financial statements, and other required financial compliance reports in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.


Essential Duties and Functions
• Oversees the Office of the University Controller and directly oversee all accounting staff activities for timely and accurate maintenance of the general ledger and financial management reporting.
• Performs advanced accounting work utilizing a centralized accounting system serving University community, including completing periodic financial statements
• Develops and implements financial management systems and internal controls.
• Maintains current knowledge of GASB, FASB, and other GAAP pronouncements that affect the university’s financial system, and best practices in internal controls over financial reporting
• Establishes or recommends to management financial strategies, objectives and policies for the university.
• Prepares reports which summarize and forecast the university’s financial activity and financial position in areas of income, expenses, and earnings based on past, present and expected operations.
• Coordinates all external audits of the University.
• Works directly with the Financial Aid Office and the Office of Research, Sponsored Programs and Program investigators in developing written replies and corrective actions in response to external and internal auditors\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' reports.
• Prepares reports for all regulatory agencies as required, including the Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate, and the Department of Health and Human Services Annual Operating Report.
• Reviews the Office of Business and Finance budget proposals, and prepares necessary supporting documentation and justification.
• Direct determination of depreciation rates to apply to capital assets.
• Performs other duties as assigned by CFO.


 


 

Qualifications Education, Certifications and/or Experience Minimum Qualifications
Undergraduate degree in accounting or finance. Current CPA license required.
Minimum 5 years of experience as a senior professional accountant plus experience in a senior managerial level position within a large, sophisticated environment, preferably in a higher education setting.
Demonstrated in depth knowledge of GASB, FASB, GAAP, A-21, and A-133 and their application to a university, research, and/or similar environment.
Proficient use of personal computer software and ability to interface with complex financial accounting, procurement and administrative information systems.
Experience in supervising staff or managing a department, with demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership, vision, supervision, professional development, and training to ensure individual staff development and achievement of organizational goals and provide high levels of customer-focused services and continuous improvement in the fiscal services area.

Other Specifications
Knowledge of accounting principles and methods, preferably with an emphasis in college or university financial reporting.
Excellent technical accounting skills and knowledge (including IRS regulations, etc.).

Breadth of expertise in grants and contracts administration; regulatory compliance, systems implementation and management reporting.
Working knowledge of state funding process as it applies to higher education.

Ability to prepare accurate monthly financial reports.

Knowledge of management methods and ability to provide administrative guidance and provide direct training and supervision as needed.

Excellent oral and written communication skills coupled with negotiation skills necessary to formulate policies and programs and arrive jointly at solutions with clients and stakeholders.

Excellent relationship management abilities; the ability to manage through influence and persuasion at all levels of an organization.
personal attributes - including ethics, integrity, patience, flexibility, adaptability, persistence, and tact - necessary to deal with a highly decentralized environment.

Preferred Qualifications
Public accounting experience; MBA or other advanced degree in accounting, finance, business or a related field; experience preparing consolidated financial statements for large, complex organizations; extensive knowledge of both Federal and State Grant funding requirements. Reasonable knowledge of the U. S. Depart of Education Federal Student Aid guidelines. Experience with Jenzabar Financial Software or its equivalents is a must.

How to Apply Interested candidates are to submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted.
Please send a complete package electronically to:

humanresources@dillard.edu

Dillard University
Office of Human Resources
Rosenwald Hall Room 306
2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

NO PHONE INQUIRIES

Dillard University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Individuals who require reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in the search process should notify the Office of Human Resources.
Email Resume To humanresources@dillard.edu

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